Demystifying Mac Disk Space: Dealing with a Full Disk

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac is back with the thrilling conclusion to “Demystifying Disk Space,” explaining that the simple cure is to delete or move files to free up at least 10% of the disk’s capacity, so you have plenty of free space available for your virtual memory swap files.

Demystifying Disk Space on your Mac

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

After restarting my Mac, my Virtual Memory swap file shrunk to 0 bytes.

Dr. Mac says that in his experience, many Mac users do not understand how close to capacity their startup disk is, so he’s here to offer you a quick lesson in disk space.

A Phenomenal Storage Breakthrough

· John Martellaro · Link

IBM's Watson supercomputer

The headline is from Gizmodo: “A New Storage Breakthrough Could Squeeze a Library’s Worth of Data Into a Teaspoon of Protein.”

By 2020, researchers estimate that the world’s digital archive will weigh in at around 44 trillion gigabytes. That’s an astounding amount of data that isn’t necessarily being stored in the safest of places. Most storage mediums naturally degrade over time (if they’re not hacked or accidentally destroyed) and even the cloud isn’t as reliable as companies want us to believe. So researchers at Harvard University have turned to some unique chemistry they believe could safely archive the world’s data for millions of years—without requiring any power.

Reclaim iCloud Storage Space by Deleting Old Backups

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Running out of iCloud space? Check your device backups! Depending on how you migrated to any new devices, you may have old info stuck on Apple’s servers, and cleaning it out could save you money from not having to upgrade your storage plan.

macOS: Changing How Mail Saves Attachments

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Apple’s Mail program has a nifty way of handling certain attachment types, so if your Mac’s storage is at a premium, you can change how this works to save space. We’ve got the details in today’s Quick Tip!

Apple Offer 1 Month Free for iCloud Storage Upgrade

· Jeff Gamet · News

iCloud storage upgrade free month offer

Apple is offering a free month for iCloud users upgrading from the free 5 GB storage tier to any of the paid options. The offer is a move to get more iCloud users to upgrade to a paid storage plan.

Two Free Mac Apps Help You Find Huge Files Fast

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says he always uses one of two free apps to hunt down huge files on his boot disk. Both have been around for years, and both find huge files faster and easier (at least in his humble opinion) than any other technique.

How to Increase Your iPhone's Memory from 16GB to 128GB

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Let’s say you want more storage in your iPhone. No problem, if you get the right flash memory chip, have the right gear to duplicate what’s on the original, and are confident with your soldering skills. Strange Parts did just that, and it worked! Check out their video to see the whole process.

Apple Increases Free iCloud Storage to 200GB for Schools

· Jeff Gamet · News

iCloud

Apple’s free iCloud storage for education is getting a boost from 5GB up to 200GB. The extra storage makes sense considering students need a way to store their assignments and other files, and was announced at the “Let’s take a field trip” media event on Tuesday.

Four New Things You’ll Learn Today – Mac Geek Gab 651

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Logo

Quick Tips about VPN, Sierra’s storage, Universal Clipboard, and Wi-Fi priority are just the start to the show. From there we talk about using Flash on your iPhone or iPad (it’s true!), portable VPN options, accessing a file server with iOS and much more. Download or just press play right here and enjoy. You’ll learn at least four new things, we guarantee it!