Happy 2014!

I want to wish all my followers a happy and successful 2014, wherever you are.

Best regards,
Scott

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Slow Finder in Mavericks.

Ever since installing OS X Mavericks, I have found the Finder to be painfully slow, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

The system I am mainly working on at home is a stacked 27″ iMac (late 2011) with 16GB of RAM, and SSD (256GB) that has all my apps on it, and a 2TB HDD with all my files. It also has a Sandy Bridge Core i7 and the best GPU option available at the time, so all in all not the slowest machine out there.

Mavericks worked just fine, and still does, but Finder has really been giving me grief. I handle a lot of big files (Canon RAW images) and photoshopped JPEG’s, and I regularly have to wait 20 seconds or more for them to be shown in the preview pane of Finder, not to mention just switching to a Finder window from say Safari sometimes takes a minute with the spinning beachball of death showing up, even though the systems load is minimal, as observed by “top” and “w”.

The day before yesterday it got so bad that I did a little search on the web, and this is what I found:
Launch Terminal and issue the following command

rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist&&killall Finder

What this does is it deletes the preferences list of Finder, forcing it to build it up again, which solves the problem for some reason – I believe because Finder is looking at this rather large file every time you use Finder.
This is a temporary fix, as I have noticed this morning that Finder again is slowing down.

Apple needs to look at this pronto.

About downloading apps on iDevices, and Macs… @justin @shawnblanc

Justin Williams of carpeaqua, and Shawn Blanc of shawnblanc.net are wondering why you can’t, for example, download an iPad app on your iPhone. I’ll tell them.

Because the 99% wouldn’t be happy campers if the bought an iPad app from their iPhone and find out that they can’t run it on the device they have. That’s why.

Not everyone has a Mac, and iPad, and an iPhone guys, and no, iTunes must not die Justin, but I’m eager to hear of your alternatives.

My predictions for 2013 – revisited.

On January 4th of this year I made my Apple predictions for 2013. Let’s have a look how I did, shall we?

Q1 FY13 will be Apple’s best quarter. Ever. Q2, will be lower, Q3 will be bigger than Q2, and Q4 will be lower than Q1, but larger than Q2 and Q3.

Q1 FY13: Revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share.
Q2 FY13: Revenue of $43.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share.
Q3 FY13: Revenue of $35.3 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.9 billion, or $7.47 per diluted share.
Q4 FY13: Revenue of $37.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share.

Source: Apple Investor Relations.

I was right about Q1, and Q2, not right about Q3, and partially right about Q4.
Score: 60%

OS X will see an update at WWDC, so will iOS.

Yep, we got Mavericks aka OS X 10.9, and iOS 7.
Score: 100%

There will be a new Mac Pro, and new iPods.

Yep, the new Mac Pro is imminent, but we didn’t get new iPods.
Score: 50%

iMac and Macbook (Air, Pro) will see updates. No touchscreen for Macs, no ARM-based Mac. No Retina for the Air.

Yep, all got Haswell and other significant upgrades. No touchscreens, no ARM-based Macs, and no Retina Display for the Air.
Score: 100%

There will be an new iPad (9,7″). It will be thinner.

iPad Air.
Score: 100%

The iPad Mini will go Retina.

Score: 100%

Maps will improve dramatically over the year, with incremental updates to the back end.

No arguing that.
Score: 100%

There will be no NFC in any Apple product.

Score: 100%

The Mac Mini will be manufactured/assembled in the US.

Nope. It’s the Mac Pro.
Score: 0%

The new iPhone will be the iPhone 5S. It will come in black and white, and it will have a 4″ screen.

Didn’t see the gold one coming in January, but my predictions were correct…still…
Score: 90%

There will be no dedicated television set. Apple has the Apple TV, which will see an upgrade.

I guess there was no upgrade to the current (3rd gen.) Apple TV, but there sure as hell was no television set.
Score: 50%

No entirely new product will be introduced.

Score: 100%

No unicorns with fairy dust.

Score: 100%

So, it seems that my overall score for my 2013 predictions is at around 80,77%. Not bad, not bad at all.