smcFanControl to the rescue of your iMac

During the previous week I found myself trying to manage an early 2008 iMac with some serious issues booting. After having tried any trick I knew I decided myself to use the Apple’s Hardware Tests. Here I found some glitches with the fans. This mac was used in a man’s luxury tailor shop … so the outside was shiny!

Never I could ever imagine the amount of dust collected inside…

Without opening the iMac chassis I tried a first cleaning using an air-compressor. Then I remembered of smcFanControl, a software more commonly used to tame the heating of Apple’s notebooks. After the download I’ve started it and created a new cooling profile called “Cleaning” setting all the 3 fans inside the iMac to their maximum speed. Then I’ve selected it and … WOW … a cloud of dust was blown away from all the case’s fences! Incredible!

I had the iMac running this way for near twenty minutes, then made come it back to its default. Since then the iMac is working smoothly like when it was brand new. Zero euro spent, maximum result!

Bogdan Rauta – one of the authors of Infographic Monster News – has recently got in touch with the il social enterpreneur Robb Shecter recently came under the spotlight with his translation work of the Software Licence of Apple’s OS X 10.11 to a down to Earth language: OS X El Capitan License in Plain English.

There are many little surprises in the license, mainly because like everybody I never took chance to read the license in all its length. Bogdan summarized ulteriorly the work of Robb with the following Infographic, that I hope you’ll enjoy!

No warning, no support, just fait accompli. Disk Utility RAID volumes work for the time being, but there is no support in Disk Utility for Apple RAID any more.

MPG editorial view: this is not just a technical issue. The way this has been handled is a failure of integrity and judgment (“ethical lapse” might not be too strong a term), notwithstanding the hot air emitted by CEO Tim Cook on respecting users. How can an abrupt ripping out of core functionality in any way be respectful of users?

Such actions generate a deep mistrust of Apple competence and judgment by professional users. Commented upon for years here at MPG with growing unease, this latest fiasco is a logical escalation in line with Apple Core Rot. The steady decline in software quality control in both iOS and OS X is its evil twin. There are no adults in charge of OS X development any more, with iPhone bugs and breaking of critical iOS features on the menu for iOS users. MPG does not consider these things (and many more) as random events, but rather signs of dangerous cracks to Apple’s future.

Mac Performance Guide on the “RAID management”-gate by Apple.

Beware OS X 10.11 El Capitan if you use the native software RAID


Thanks to a warning by my friend Paolo, I became aware of a new downside of upgrading to OS X 10.11. I thought that Disk Utility just had a bad nightmare in its design generation, but it seems that it’s lacking of really important features (*), a proper RAID management.

I am following some articles on MacPerformance Guide website and searching for some other news on the topic. What’s scaring for me it’s that I was so trustful to Apple to upgrade a last generation MacPro just yesterday perfectly unaware of this issue. The striping RAID has lost no data and it’s present … but now I fear its fate and trying to provide a risk-free solution to the colleague who owns that Mac.

Please be aware when upgrading a RAID-equipped system !!!

(*) Philosophically I can understand Apple. They have not a single RAID-capable machine since 2013 … but the amount of machines out there – and their importance !!! – was not a thing to manage the way they did.

The only feature I’m really missing are Safari content blockers. In case you were wondering, the requirement for this feature is an iOS device with 64-bit processor, which means iPhone 5S or newer, iPad Air or newer, iPad mini 2 or newer, and the 6th-gen iPod touch. As I observed on social networks, slightly older devices would benefit a lot from content blockers, as there are certain sites with so many ads and underlying related code that browsing them is an exercise in frustration and a blow to the device’s general performance. Too bad (and ironic) that they can’t take advantage of this iOS 9 feature.
Riccado “morrick” Mori

coordinated Apple Watch & iPhone Wallpapers

coordinated Apple Watch & iPhone Wallpapers

Samuel Zeller, a swiss architecture’s photographer and active Instagrammer, has started this new project collecting a handful of his best photos as wallpapers for iPhone and the Apple Watch, tailoring them for the best possible view given the physical constraints of their different screens. At the moment there are 30 magnificent wallpapers available over his website →

I liked Samuel’s work so much I’ve started following his work in all the socials he’s involved in …

the ultimate Apple Watch review (?)

Last month the “magazine” Backchannel on started a brand new experiment. It gathered under a common hashtag every Medium post / reviews of Apple Watch owners interested in participating to the initiative. The final goal was to summarize the best and insightful opinions into a last, final, ultimate post on the new-born in the Apple family of devices.

Words have been written. The experiment is done. The meta-review is ready:

Is the Apple Watch Really Worth Your Time? The Ultimate Review. →

Personally I didn’t like it. I found it fragmented, without a clear vision of how the review should unfold. A bit too fragmented. Without a clear judgement coming out of it. I better enjoyed reading in their entirety (most of) the single review published each author.

Anyway if you’re interested in the topic reading it is worth your time. Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it or not!

“The world doesn’t need another Dell or HP. It doesn’t need another manufacturer of plain, beige, boring PCs. If that’s all we’re going to do, then we should really pack up now.

But we’re lucky, because Apple has a purpose. Unlike anyone in the industry, people want us to make products that they love. In fact, more than love. Our job is to make products that people lust for. That’s what Apple is meant to be.”
Steve Jobs

[via a post talking about something else differently]