Reasons I switch to Windows 7 from OSX

Reasons I Switch to Windows 7 From OSX

Reasons I switch to Windows 7 from OSX: There may be some who think that my action to move to Windows 7 from Mac OS is a counterproductive action. It could be so, but still, this is something I need to experience myself (and maybe you too). By the way, this is my second day using Windows that I installed on my Mid-2010 MacBook Pro.

Also, read about Boot Camp common problem to install Windows on a Mac (Missing Create Install Disk Menu)

If you ask me why I did not upgrade straight to Windows 10, my answer is that Boot Camp only suggested me to install between Windows 7 or Windows 8 (depends on MacBook type). I had a bad experience with Windows 8 (which I think is a generic version of Windows 10), so I will stick with Boot Camp suggestion.

Also, read about things to do after installing Windows on your Mac.

In addition to adjusting to the Cmd switch that switches to Ctrl, I also have to adjust to the placement of buttons above the application window. I have lost track of my cursor several times when I wanted to find the buttons.

Software installation process is more complicated. Unlike a Mac that only needs to open the disk image and move the app directly to the Apps folder, the installation in Windows is determined by the installer itself, where it will go and from where I can open it. The same thing happens with the uninstall process.

Please note that this is not a Mac vs PC article since I’m a proud user of both.

Customization

Years of using the Mac and all I got were two color options (graphite and blue), and that only changed a very small part of the display. Not surprising at all, given Apple always controls everything that happens to all its products, even in the front end though. With Windows, I can freely customize, although I keep changing it to a minimum, considering I’m forgetful and tend to forget what I was doing before when my Windows display suddenly became messy.

You can change your theme by typing “theme” in the Start Menu and click on “Change The Theme”.

Softwares Are Easier To Find

Softwares for Windows are easier to find both in online stores and in retail stores. In my neighborhood, there is a large mall of nearly ten Windows software vendors, and only one that sells Apple products, it is an iStore that focuses more on hardware sales. I think this is a bit troublesome because not all applications are in the App Store. And expecting real-time answers about the software in the App Store is something impossible.

Also read here to see how to move Windows 10 1709 default folders.

And believe not if I say the workers on iStore use templates to answer their customers? I hardly ever get new knowledge from my conversation with them. All I get is the impression, “oh, it’s so true”. They only reinforce the facts I find, not the solutions. When I asked what difference the official OS would have with my OS downloaded from the internet, he simply replied, “The official one has a dock”. That’s a silly answer.

This is different from my experience in the Windows software store. Although they are not official stores, they have a myriad of answers to what I am asking.And even giving me more ideas of what that software is capable of.

Windows Computer More Easily Found

This is a scenario where I decided to go for a walk and the misfortunes that always with me decide to walk with me. I accidentally left my laptop and phone at home. Then suddenly a writing idea popped into my head, and I knew that I would forget to write anything if it was suspended for a while. I’m senile, mmm … or have I ever written about this before?

I only have one choice, find the nearest internet cafe! or go home I’m willing to bet, the majority of internet cafes will rent out PCs, and not Macs. At least that’s what I met here.

Read here to know how to solve Boot Camp tight partition.

Then why is this a consideration? Yes, you know how difficult it is to change the habits on the computer? Different software and hand gestures will obviously hamper our productivity. Imagine how panicky and ridiculous if we forget to close our browser window because it uses the wrong hotkeys.

Giving New Life

Just like installing Linux on my old MacBook Pro, installing Windows also gives new life for this old man. High Sierra is cool, stable, amazing (add yourself what you expect from an OS), but it feels heavy when running on my MacBook. To prevent too much oath I am computing, installing Windows is the best choice besides installing Linux. Especially, the cool Deepin Linux. ūüôā

Also, read more about Deepin OS.

Saving on Hardware

Although I rarely find hardware constraints on my MacBook Pro, or almost never. But it would be nice if we can get insight from hardware constraints that we find. The answer to this hardware constraint is tantamount to the experience I encountered with software constraints. Answer the Mac technician we can guess, that is … replace with a new one!

If you’re like me, who has an “insider” acquaintance, you’re lucky enough not to have to replace all your MacBook pro lids just to overcome Wifi or Webcam constraints. This can be understood because Apple is a hardware manufacturer, and they sell Apple Care to guarantee the performance of its products.

This also happens if you use Windows on MacBook Pro or other Macs. Inevitably we have to take care of our hardware constraints to Apple’s official branch. However, if you use Windows on PC… congratulations, you have a lot of advantages and savings if one of your PC components is troubled.

Click here to read about how to resurrect your old MacBook.

Things You Should Do Before Buying Used SSD / HDD

Things You Should Do Before Buying Used SSD-HDD

Today, I intended to sell some of my SSDs which, after I think I rarely use. But apparently, selling SSD is not as easy as buying it. Incidentally, I bought my SSD in brand new condition. So I think, there is still warranty anyway. Now I want to share about things you should do before buying used SSD-HDD that I learned from some prospective buyers.

There are some prospective buyers who ask some things that I think will not be asked when buying a new item. They asked me to send them a video, yes, clear videos and photos of the products that I have included photos when I put them in an online store.

In order to satisfy that person’s trust issue, I still needed to send the latest photos from my SSD. Luckily he did not ask me to put my right hand on my head and my left hand rubbed my belly huh?

They also asked for a screenshot of SSD’s health. And specifically, they asked Sentinel. because I run a Mac, of course, I have trouble using Sentinel which is exclusive only for Windows and Linux. Wait, there are Windows and Linux version?!? This is not exclusive … it’s the Mac that is ignored.

Read about Macbook Upgrade to Resurrect Old MacBook Pro

Luckily I got a nice alternative named DriveDx. DriveDx immediately displays the condition of my SSD once the program is run.

things you should do before buying used ssd

Before deciding to sell it, I make sure my SSD is in top condition. For that, I tested its ability using Black Magic Disk Speed Test. And thankfully, it’s worth doing.

Black Magic

So, By Narrowing It Down, They Asked Me For:

  1. Current physical condition (photo and video)
  2. If it’s still under warranty or not (proved by showing the warranty seal or purchasing bill)
  3. SSD Health (using DriveDx)
  4. SSD Speed and performance (Black Magic Disk Speed Test)

Get DriveDx here.

Get BlackMagic Speed Test here.

Well, those are the things my prospective buyers need before they decide to buy the SSD I’m selling. I think that’s also things you should do before buying used SSD-HDD and when the product arrives in your hand.

iMovie tutorial for students

iMovie Tutorial For Students

Hello, welcome to iMovie Tutorial For Students. Yesterday, I just got a question from my daughter, about a cool, easy and free video editor. There are several names that I recommend her, namely Power Director, Splice, and iMovie. The second question arose from her, “which of the three have fewer limitations, including watermarks.” And that leaves the answer, “iMovie!”.

I remember once I had a very thick iMovie tutorial book (which I forgot which version), and its contents discuss things beyond the use of iMovie itself.

Yes, we know that iMovie is an easy-to-use app. But to get good content that will be displayed in it is difficult. That is what I will summarize and discuss in the iMovie Tutorial For Students series with the additions many by my own experiences.

Also, check how to make money from your videos.

iMovie comes in both desktop and mobile (iPhone and iPad) versions, but in principle, their features are the same. I will set an example using both alternately. I hope this will not be confusing. If it turns out this is confusing, please contact me, and I will guide you online for free.

iMovie tutorial for students is easy to understand but hard to master (well, not that hard). I usually use iMovie myself when I’m running out of resources or just too lazy making a “professional” editing for basic needs, such as wedding and other non commercial event videos.

iMovie Tutorial For Students Will Be Covering

How-Tos

  1. Choose between new Movie and new trailer
  2. Create New Project and importing clips
  3. Add clips to project
  4. Split clips
  5. Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions
  6. Superimpose
  7. Exporting videos

More How-Tos

  1. Changing the clip speed
  2. Shoot the video
  3. Dynamic framing
  4. Playing with audio
  5. Collaborating with Final Cut Pro X

Understanding The Terms Used

  1. Non-Linear Editing
  2. Movie clips
  3. Timeline
  4. Movie Format
  5. Library, Projects, Theater
  6. My Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions

Most of the topics above will be easy to apply on both desktop and mobile version of iMovie.


Let’s Start Our iMovie For Students!

How-Tos

Choose between new movie and new trailer

In the very beginning of using iMovie, you will be asked if you want to make the new movie or new trailer. Both are great for their own use. In fact, if you choose to make the new trailer, you don’t even need to continue writing this tutorial, that’s because everything will be self-explanatory right within the new trailer section. The New Trailer even gives you a storyboard to follow. Everything is focused and aimed to¬†a certain storyboard. That includes the framing, duration, and songs. Cool!

However…¬†That’s just that about using The New Trailer. You have nothing to tweak and there is no post-processing¬†that might actually improve your video.

On the other hand, choosing new movie will give you a blank canvas to start everything from a scratch. And this will give you more control of whatever storyline you have in mind.

Hotkeys: Cmd N for New Movie, and Cmd Shift N for New Trailer.

Next in iMovie Tutorial for Students:

  1. Choose between new Movie and new trailer
  2. Create New Project
  3. Add clips to project
  4. Split clips
  5. Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions
  6. Superimpose
  7. Exporting video.

Create new project

So, you decide to continue reading after all, great!

As mentioned above you will have to manually import your video clips to iMovie. Some cameras are supported for automatic importing. Just plug your camera into your MacBook or iMac. If auto importing is not supported, you can manually transfer your clips to your Mac, and then click the import button on the upper left of your screen. Then browse to your clips folders on your Mac. Then click “Import Selected”. Or use the software provided by your camera manufacturer.

As for mobile user, you can first import your videos from your Photos gallery. You can also import them using third party software comes with your camera. I’m using Sony A6000, therefore I use PlayMemories to transfer my clips to my Photos gallery, and then to iMovie.

If you’re using both, in this case, you shot and edit your videos using your iPhone and decided that you need larger screen, you can easily import the projects by using the “Import iOS iMovie Projects”

import ios imovie project

Next in iMovie Tutorial for Students:

  1. Choose between new Movie and new trailer
  2. Create New Project 
  3. Add clips to project
  4. Split clips
  5. Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions
  6. Superimpose
  7. Exporting videos

Add clips to project

The clips in our library are not ready to use unless we put them in a project. A project is where we put some clips in certain order, add some texts etc and then export them as one finished movie.

Click on the big plus button to open a new project if it’s not open yet (a project is either a Movie or Trailer you choose in the earlier step). Choose the Movie for now. You will then be directed to a blank movie project.

Click on the Arrow Down button on the upper left of your screen. Choose the source of your clips. That would be where you import the clips earlier. Select multiple clips at once by holding Cmd key and clicking the media you want to import. Click “Import Selected”.

You then can choose the media in your Movie (you imported earlier specifically for this project), or by choosing the media in your Library (the universal media collection from other projects).

imovie tutorial for students

And this is where all the fun starts! Start dropping your clips into the timeline below and order them to your likes. Well, the best way is that you made the storyboard first.

Next in iMovie Tutorial for Students:

  1. Choose between new Movie and new trailer
  2. Create New Project
  3. Add clips to project
  4. Split clips
  5. Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions
  6. Superimpose
  7. Exporting videos

Split Clips

We need to split clips to continue the clip to another clip in order to make a smooth and fluid movie. Or we can split clips to cut away the bad takes. The way to do this is by right-clicking on the clips in the project you want to split and then choose split clip. The clips will then be split in two, you can then delete the part you don’t use or put other media in between.

The result of clip splitting

You can also trim the clip by right-clicking the clip on the place you want it to get trimmed, then choose trim. The clip will then be cut and leave the untrimmed part.

Result of trimming

Next in iMovie Tutorial for Students:

  1. Choose between new Movie and new trailer
  2. Create New Project
  3. Add clips to project
  4. Split clips
  5. Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions
  6. Superimpose
  7. Exporting videos

Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions

First, I want to give you head tips that you can easily drop the new element (media, audio, titles, backgrounds, and transitions) on where the old one is. So, you don’t have to remake it when something wrong happens Just drop the new one and choose Replace from start.

Adding media on iMovie is basically the same. You can do it by drag and drop the movie elements on the timeline. Remember when we split the clip into two parts? Now we can choose and then drag the media from library to the space between the two clips (or anywhere else).

For the audio section, you can choose between your iTunes songs, Sound Effects, and Garage Band (if you have it). You can preview the audio by clicking on the play button. Go on and try to experiment with it. There is no other way to know how fun movie editing is besides trying it yourself.

As for the titles section, you can choose from many premade text selection there. When you drop it beside the clips, it will be a title alone and will be treated as other iMovie media. When you drop it on the top of other clip, it will be a text overlay.

See that it has 4.0s written on the text, that’s the duration of the text (4 seconds). You can play with the text duration by dragging the edge of the text. Please note that some texts work best in their default setting.

You can change the text font and content by clicking it on the preview section.

For background, you can choose Maps and Backgrounds. Like the others, you can simply drag and drop it on your timeline, but this time, under the other clips (hence, they are called backgrounds) while it’s not actually necessary always be a background. Maps are something very sophisticated in iMovie. Just check the video below…

Cool, huh? All I did was inserting the location and destination. Try it! Make your own Indiana Jones movie.

The transition is something very tempting but also something you must have considered not to overuse. They give appealing effects for the movie maker, but they also tend to sicken the viewer when they’re overused. Just check most big screen movies made by big studios. They barely use any transition at all, except for the opening and sometimes the closing. The most popular is crossfade. No one ever had enough with this one.

Same way to use transition, drag, and drop.

Pay attention that transition will consume the last part of the previous clip and the first part of the next clip. Make sure that you don’t “kill” your best movie part in the transition.

Next in iMovie Tutorial for Students:

  1. Choose between new Movie and new trailer
  2. Create New Project
  3. Add clips to project
  4. Split clips
  5. Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions
  6. Superimpose
  7. Exporting videos

Superimpose

Actually, there is one word that will make you understand what superimpose is:

Green Screen!

Even though that word alone is a supersimplification, green screen, and blue screen is what most people understand (and wish). And, iMovie has that!

You can choose from:

  • Cutaway
  • Green/Blue screen
  • Split Screen
  • The picture in Picture.

You will have to stack two movie clips, click on the top clip (the superimpose menu won’t appear unless you click on the top layer clip), choose the option and see the magic happen.

Note that if your green screen failed, most probably is that iMovie doesn’t consider your screen green or blue enough. Use a well-lit background in the making.

Next in iMovie Tutorial for Students:

  1. Choose between new Movie and new trailer
  2. Create New Project
  3. Add clips to project
  4. Split clips
  5. Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions
  6. Superimpose
  7. Exporting videos

Exporting Videos

Your masterpiece won’t go anywhere unless you export it. Click on the Share Button on the top right of your screen, and choose where you want to put it. The picture below shows you the option:

Next in iMovie Tutorial for Students:

  1. Choose between new Movie and new trailer
  2. Create New Project
  3. Add clips to project
  4. Split clips
  5. Adding Media, Audio, Titles, Backgrounds, and Transitions
  6. Superimpose
  7. Exporting videos

And, Exporting Videos concludes this part. Congratulation, you have master the first part!

Also, check how to make money from your videos.


More How-Tos

  1. Changing the clip speed

    You can change the movie speed to add the dramatic effect by right-clicking the clip and choose “Show Speed Editor”. It will add a circle button on your clip. Drag the button to the left in order to speed up your clip, and drag it to the right to slow your clip down. Please note that slowing down a clip that’s taken by the regular camera will make the clip looks choppy.

  2. Shoot the video

    * Try to use tripod or stabilizer all the time. It’s better to move the video in editing rather than stabilizing the video using a software. It can come up as a wavy clip.
    * If you plan to make a zoom, shoot from a wider angle, then zoom in iMovie.
    The quality will be reduced due to the digital cropping, but doing the opposite (shoot in close up then zoom out) is impossible since iMovie has nothing to fill the blanks with.

    My suggestion is, don’t use zooming on iMovie or zoom while filming instead.

  3. Dynamic framing

    Shoot the same scene several times using different angle and different zoom to get various framing. This will add more flavor to your movies.

    For example:

    * Shoot people A and B talking from people B’s back, keep filming until the conversation ends. Don’t stop when people B start talking.
    * Shoot people them both talking from A’s back,¬†keep filming until the conversation ends. Don’t stop when people A start talking.
    * Shoot them both from the wider angle so the viewer can see both talking at the same time.
    * Edit and sync all clips in iMovie.

  4. Playing with audio

    A movie without a back sound is as bad as a movie with wrong back sound. My suggestion is for you to start hunting the sound effect or install Garage Band and start making your own back sound. You can also use a professionally made song provided by Bensound.com. Or, you can add the song later on YouTube if you’re making YouTube videos. Please note that the existing sound can be overwritten by the YouTube song.

  5. Collaborating with Final Cut Pro X

    When you think iMovie is just not powerful enough for you, you can collaborate it with Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). You can buy FCPX on the AppStore and then import your project from FCPX. My suggestion is by using both. Work with the storyboard with iMovie and then add more effects in FCPX.


Understanding The Terms Used

  1. Non-Linear Editing

    In the past, an editor had to scrub the film roll forward or backward to reach the frame that he wanted to edit during the process of making when the video yet using the digitally now. Changes made is to modify the frame at the source. It is not how it works in the digital era as it is now. And that also applies to iMovie. The editor, or we, can edit the frame without changing (non-destructively) on the video source (video file).

    The results shown by the video editor to us are the video frames that have been flavored with effects and other modifications by the computer and not the original video frame. We refer to this process as non-linear editing.

  2. Movie clips

    The movie is a movie when it’s done editing, polished and ready to launch. A movie can consist of hundreds of smaller parts named clips. The word “flix” is sometimes used replacing “clips”, both mean the same. The videos you shoot on your phone will be called clips when imported to iMovie.

  3. Timeline

    The timeline is where you “cook” your video. It moves from left to right, where left is the start of your project, and right is the end of your project. Everything aligned in the timeline will appear at the same time in the movie preview.

  4. Movie Format

    There are several movie formats known till date, and it keeps increasing in number. The most popular movie formats are Mov, Avi, Mpeg (mp4 etc) and the new WebM.

That concludes iMovie Tutorial For Students. Thank you for reading, and see you on the next tutorial.

Aside

How to Integrate PayPal Button Into Wix website

In my opinion, Wix is the best website builder with a lot of features that are very pampering its users. With Wix, we can quickly monetize our blog with AdSense and also PayPal. By integrating PayPal Button Into Wix website.

Also, read about AdSense here.

With one time setup, which I admit in this part is quite tiring because of the slow internet connection, the result is on par with the time I used to make the web. Indeed the process of making it is not as easy and as smooth as the ad, where people in the video simply drag and drop elements into their website. But you know… “ads”.

Here’s how to integrate PayPal button into Wix website:

With pictures:

Of course you should be registered on PayPal to use this button. You will need a working phone number and an email since PayPal will always use those two in order to verify most of your activities in it.

Since I presume you’re a Wix user, please kindly subscribe to my Wix page. See you there.

Read about how to monetize Wix website using AdSense here.

Google AdSense Auto Ads

Google AdSense Auto Ads

Again, New Exciting Ads Type Launched by AdSense!

Just now, I got a notification that Google has launched its new product for AdSense called Google AdSense Auto ads. Its name is self-explanatory, this is the type of ad that works automatically.

You have to read this tutorial at least once because after you’re finished reading this article, you won’t need other AdSense tutorials, ever!

Of course, this is not only greeted happily by the bloggers, but also by all users of AdSense. I focus on bloggers because as a blogger who does not like complicated things like me, writing is the only fun thing to do. And this is now being managed by Google AdSense.

Here’s What’s Written on its Official web:

They let you focus on creating great content. Auto ads automatically place and optimize your ads for you so you don’t have to spend time doing it yourself.

They potentially increase your revenue. Auto ads analyze your pages and find new places to show ads based on your layout, content, and existing Google ads.

They’re easy to use. You place the same piece of code just once on each page that you want to show Auto ads. Google takes care of the rest.

Those three points sound very beneficial for me.

Here it is from one step to another:

But…

There is something quite worrying for me, namely the existence of Vignette ads (which we can disregard its use manually). Vignette ads will appear every time our web visitor moves from one page to another.

Also, read here about the most effective AdSense placement.

Well, I had a bad experience with this type of ad. I think this is very annoying, and I tend to avoid nets that use this type of advertising. But we’ll see. I’m sure this is not something that geniuses in the Google lab are overlooked.

These Are The Types of Ads “Brought” by Auto ads:

Matched content is the latest ad unit from Google AdSense that displays the suggestions of pages that contain the content of our entire web and is accompanied by advertisements from the outside. This ad only appears in the mobile version (along with Auto ads).

Also, read here about Matched Content Ads.

Text & display that can appear anywhere in our web pages.

In-article ads are ads that appear as delimiters in our articles, for example between paragraphs. With the note, the article should have an adequate length.

In-feed ads work like In-article, only, In-feeds only appear on mobile devices.

How to Use it

How to use it is relatively easy, namely by pinning the code provided by AdSense into the <head> of each page that we expect will bring Auto ads.

The code looks like this:

<script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”>

So, you will have to make:

<head>

<script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”>

</head>

Also, read here to know how to insert script to your WordPress site.

However

Some people will be less happy with the launch of this Auto Ads, for example, the makers of AdSense tutorials like me. :_(

MacBook Upgrade

MacBook Upgrade to Resurrect Your Old MacBook/Pro

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re in one of the scenarios below:

Scenario 1:

Have an old MacBook/Pro and feel if your MacBook is not able to serve your needs well? Wait, do not let it be thrown away or sold at a cheap price. Because with a little effort (and cost) we will be able to prosecute MacBook Upgrade and make it endure for at least the next few years.

So let your nephew who has been begging for your MacBook waiting for a few more years. Because, you’ll fall in love with your MacBook (Pro) again!

 


Scenario 2:

You see someone selling a used MacBook on Amazon for a very cheap price, and you really crave it once.

Scenario 3:

You are a technician who is dismantling a MacBook belongs to a person who is in one of the two scenarios above.

Let’s Start Our MacBook Upgrade

Read the tips for MacBook Air here.

  • SSD
Older MacBook doesn’t have SSD since SSD was not even invented yet. But now you can easily replace your old HDD with SSD. SSD was first introduced in MacBook Air, hence the slim body and anti-shake. I even dropped my SSD on purpose and the data can still be accessed. SSD has no moving parts so any kind of shaking won’t destroy the data in it (unless if the damage is done physically).

This can be done on MacBook Pro & MacBook

  • 2 SSDs!

The average SSD comes in a smaller capacity than the HDD. This actually makes sense, because anyway most of the data we can save in Cloud services.

Read more about Cloud storage here.

But this will be a problem if you need physical storage media to do video and photo editing (among other tasks) that require real-time data rotation.
This is when we’ll be using 2 SSDs at once, by putting it into the caddy that we then put into our MacBook.

This can be done on MacBook Pro & MacBook

  • Using RAID 0

If you still have an extra HDD, why not use two HDD’s inside your MacBook? Use the same method with the 2 SSDs above, insert your HDD, then make your 2 HDDs into one Raid 0. Raid 0 works to use both HDDs that you have simultaneously with speed as its primary goal.

I was tempted to make 2 SSDs into RAID 0, but I did not feel any significant change. Apparently, this is still a questionable thing to its usefulness.

Here is how we’ll do it:
  • Press Cmd and Space to open Spotlight
  • Type diskutil to open the Disk Utility
  • Go to File > RAID Assistant…
  • Choose Stripped (RAID 0)
  • Click Next
  • Choose your disks
  • Set the properties*
  • Everything should be well guided from there
*Be careful when choosing Chunk Size, as this will prevent the occurrence of the Bottle Neck effect. Remember how the Bottle Neck effect in the movie Saving Private Ryan? This is similar.
Choose a small chunk size if your MacBook data usage is small but often (eg typing blogs and other Office tasks), and use large sizes if you’re working on large data (for example, continuously applying Photoshop or Final Cut Pro X filters).
  • Resetting Completely

After years of usage and hundreds of times installing and removing applications, lots of junk files are left on our Mac. Of course, we can use “app forced to us to install it”, know what application I mean?
But nothing is cleaner than actually resetting our Mac to be as new (even with the latest OS version).
First of all, make sure you have an internet connection.
The trick is to hold down the Cmd + R key when turning on the Mac. Then select New Install from there. Leave your Mac, and do activities as usual (unless your usual activity is to use a MacBook). Once that process is complete, your MacBook will look like new.
  • Other OS

Mac OSX is by far the most sophisticated OS I’ve ever had. But, just like what Apple always does, the older device would be rendered useless from one update to another. This is the time you should consider to run your old MacBook on other operating systems that run perfectly on your old MacBook.
Here is the list of other OS that runs smoothly on my MacBook Pro Mid-2010:

Read here to learn a trick for MacBook Pro on Deepin/other Linux.

  • Alternative Apps

Another way for MacBook Upgrade is by using alternative applications. Doing this can also make your MacBook feels lighter. For example, replace heavy Adobe Photoshop with GIMP, replace Adobe Lightroom with Photos, Replace Final Cut Pro X with iMovie.

Read more about Free Photoshop alternatives here.


It’s like circumcising many functions, but we can use several small separate apps to get similar results, without the temptation of trying hundreds of tool functions in Photoshop that we don’t need¬†have¬†never touched before (and this is related to the chunk size we discussed earlier).
That concludes our topic about MacBook Upgrade, see you on the other topics.

Google Chrome Alternatives

Google Chrome Alternatives Late Feb 2018 Edition

Chrome web browser has been my mainstay since seeing its first ad showing how fast Chrome is opening a web page. However, the function of the web browser is no longer just a means of opening web pages but also to run commands ranging from simple to complicated. The release of Chromebooks reinforces it. If you think you need a Google Chrome alternatives for some reasons, like the new environment or just want to separate some credentials apart, just continue reading. We will be discussing that below:

Also, read what is Chromebook, Chrome Themes, and Google Chrome Updates.

A web browser can evolve into a reliable operating system. This is accompanied by the number of developers who create extensions and web apps. Is Chrome currently a mainstay? Let’s compare it with some Chrome alternatives below.

I excluded: Chromium, Firefox, Brave, and Tor.

Google Chrome Alternatives #1: Vivaldi

Vivaldi is a unique web browser. With a solid display, Vivaldi able to display a lot of information on one screen. This is evident as I am writing this article.

Vivaldi

I can do the writing on Google Translate, pinning the translations into this article, monitoring my social media and simultaneously seeing what’s in my other tabs on one screen. It would be cooler if those tabs were presented in real-time.

It also has web panels which we can use to pin our favorite websites and display their mobile version. I guess it makes Vivaldi consumes less of our computer resource since I couldn’t notice any performance degradation.

Of course, this is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you have a large screen (with high resolution), why not? After all, if we get bored we can arrange to display only one screen only.

We can even hide all pictures. 

Vivaldi becomes even more sophisticated with the ability to use the Chrome extensions. Wow!

The only downside of Vivaldi is that sometimes YouTube videos won’t open.

Google Chrome Alternatives #2: Opera Neon

If Vivaldi’s display slaps our face with a lot of information, Opera Neon is just the opposite. Neon Opera presents a minimalist look but loaded with functions. This reminds me of the Linux desktop that I customized using Gnome-Pie. Very cool! Just take a look at my short review in this video:
Opera Neon is a web browser that has the coolest look in my opinion. But unfortunately Opera Neon has been showing signs of bad since installed. Several times the installer closed itself, and I have to verify the disk so that Opera Neon can be installed properly.

In addition, going to a website by typing the address in the search field also resulted in the Neon Opera closed itself. Hopefully in the future Opera Neon will be able to function normally, because I really like this festive web browser.

Google Chrome Alternatives #3: Waterfox

Most likely, if you like Firefox, then you will love Waterfox. With the ability to run Firefox add-ons, Waterfox is made open-source by the creator who is 16 years old is really like Firefox. This can obviously be an alternative to Chrome, but it does not seem to be an alternative to Firefox. Watch it:

Google Chrome Alternatives #4: Maxthon

Maxthon became the last in our Google Chrome Alternatives Late Feb 2018 Edition list. The hand gesture feature is cool to try, but unfortunately, I can not click and hold the back button in order to easily return to some previous page in a single click.

Maxthon speed is average, but obviously not even once Maxthon crashed when I used it. Maxthon also has a community, which seems to be related to Xiaomi, a great mobile phone brand in China.

Looking for the coolest mobile web browser? Try Firefox Focus here!

Matrix Writer VS Blogo

Will be an inexhaustible conversation when it comes to writing blogs and which app options to use. This time We will be discussing two of my flagship apps, Matrix Writer, and Blogo. Actually, I wanted to include Blogilo in this article. But unfortunately, Blogilo sent an email informing me that Blogilo has become a dormant project.

Read more about Matrix Writer here.

Read more about Blogo here.

I will not go too deep into this article, just like my other articles which only talked about the surface and from an end-user perspective. But you can read deeper about both in the previous articles I wrote.

Writing and Posting

Matrix Writer allows me to post into many domains at once. For example, I can write a single note in Matrix Writer app and then choose where I want my writing to post to with a single click seamlessly. Matrix Writer supports both leading blogging host, WordPress, and Blogger.

On the other hand, Blogo works differently by not allowing me to post into more than one blogging host at once.

So, in this matter, it’s a +1 for Matrix Writer

Supported Blog Hosts

We can choose both Blogger and WordPress on Matrix Writer, there are also options of Matrix Blog and Other Service, but I can’t find an easy way to use that. Well, at least not as user-friendly as Blogo.

Meanwhile, we can choose WordPress, Blogger, and Medium on Blogo easily only by typing our blog address and let Blogo take care of the rest. We can get into what we love to do the most, writing.

+1 for Blogo here.

History

On Matrix Writer, we can see the history of our articles starting from the first one we wrote on it, while on Blogo we can see longer than that. I’ve tried to set my history to 50 (not a good idea) and then I have 50 posts on every blog I have before the one I’m currently writing. I can then right click on the old article to get the URL and then paste it as a link to my current article.

+1 for Blogo here.

Looks

I believe this part is very subjective, but I choose Matrix Writer on this one, judging by the workspace alone. I’m not quite fond of its Dashboard (since I found that some buttons are still mysterious). Oh, and I just found that my spelling correction “them to theme”in the setting has been fixed. Amazing!

+1 for Matrix Writer here.

So, what do you think? What’s your favorite blog writer?


How to Get A Quieter MacBook Pro on Deepin

I have discussed why I need a more quiet MacBook Pro and also why I chose Deepin than any other Linux. Or just to make sure that we’re in the same situation, this can be read in previous articles. But if you want to know how to get a quieter MacBook Pro on Deepin,¬† just continue reading this article.

Read the previous article here.

Let’s Get Started

  • Open the terminal, with Ctrl + Alt + T (for Deepin).
  • Type this:

cd /sys/devices/platform/applesmc.768/
cat fan * _min
cat fan * _max

  • Write down the min and max numbers you get. I got 2000 for minimum and 6200 for maximum.
  • Now input this in Terminal:

cat /sys/devices/platform/coretemp.*/hwmon/hwmon*/temp*_max

This is to determine the maximum value for the system to detect the temperature, whatever that means.

  • Write the results then divide by 1000. I get 95000 as the results, then I will note 95.
  • Extract the zip file and open the folder in File Manager.
  • Right-click on the folder then choose: open in Terminal.
  • So now we have two open terminals, right? Just to make sure that you didn’t just close your previous Terminal.
  • Type this in terminal:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential

  • Enter your¬†password and hit enter.
  • Put this in Terminal:

make
sudo make install
sudo make tests

  • Hit Enter
  • Then this:

sudo gedit /etc/mbpfan.conf

  • You will get something like this:

[general]
min_fan_speed = 1299 # default is 2000
max_fan_speed = 6199 # default is 6200
low_temp = 63 # try ranges 55-63, default is 63
high_temp = 66 # try ranges 58-66, default is 66
max_temp = 105 # do not set it> 90, default is 86
polling_interval = 7 # default is 7

  • Change the min fan, max fan and max temp (the green text) with the values you noted earlier. Leave everything else as is.
  • Put this in Terminal:

sudo cp mbpfan.service / etc / systemd / system /
sudo systemctl enable mbpfan.service

  • Make a note of this (not on Terminal):¬†ps aux | grep mbpfan
  • Restart and type¬†ps aux | grep mbpfan in the Terminal afterward:

If there is a line ending with / usr / sbin / mbpfan, you are good to go.

Also, read about Deepin OS.


Done!

And that’s how I get a much quieter MacBook Pro. It’s not totally making this MacBook Pro fanless I know. But I’m happy with it since I barely hear the fan working at all.

Source: Dgraziotin.

This is how A Quiet Place looks in a movie.

Lightroom Alternative for Linux

I just did something that I knew I would regret later, wiping out my MBP entirely. Such an impulsive move, right? But I found the silver line sooner than I expected.
I found Darktable.
Darktable is not a table decorated with skulls and a crystal ball on it. Though it’s really cool if I own such thing.
Darktable is an image processing application running on Linux (I’m using Deepin). With Lightroom-like GUI that makes the adjustment process intuitive. At least that’s what I thought.
But apparently, his free application has a lot of tools that do not even exist in Lightroom or any other image processing app in its league. Unfortunately, it still looks stiff with some execution steps. But I believe this can be anticipated after acquiring its workflow better.