Avoid RISCy Behavior – Mac Geek Gab 795

· & · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Ever have an iOS device that won’t stay connected to your Mac? How about needing to connect your Thunderbolt 2 devices to your new Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac? What about proving your location in the past? Or looking up phone numbers?

These are just a few of the questions John and Dave tackle this week. Of course, Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips are healthily represented as we drive towards the end of 2019. Just make sure to avoid RISCy behavior. Or don’t, and be like Chuck Peddle!

Intel Power Gadget Monitors Your Mac's Energy Usage

· · Cool Stuff Found

Traditional methods to estimate power/energy usage of the processor has always been a cumbersome task that included special purpose tools or instrumentation on the platform along with third party equipment. Intel Power Gadget is supported on Windows and macOS and includes an application, driver, and libraries to monitor and estimate real-time processor package power information in watts using the energy counters in the processor. In version 3.0 there are more features that include estimation of power on multi-socket systems as well as externally callable APIs to extract power information within sections of code.

Intel Power Gadget Monitors Your Mac’s Energy Usage

Geekbench Results Tease 6-Core MacBook Pro with 32GB RAM

· · Rumor

Geekbench results posted this weekend appear to show an upcoming MacBook Pro featuring the latest 6-core Intel processor and 32GB of RAM, a major upgrade over the current 4-core models limited to 16GB of RAM. This suggests that a 6-core MacBook Pro could make its debut this week at WWDC.

Disable tailspind and spindump to Speed Up your Mac

· · How-To

tailspind and spindump processes running full CPU on Mac

Apple’s macOS High Sierra introduced enough performance enhancements that my dual-core, 2011 MacBook Air felt like it had new life breathed into it. Occasionally, though – and more and more frequently recently – events would cascade such that my CPU would run at full tilt for 5-10 minutes before finally settling in. When that was happening, Activity Monitor and/or iStat Menus would show two system processes chewing up CPU: tailspind and spindump. Thankfully, we now know how to stop that.