Category Archives: Apple/Mac

File Vault and Mountain Lion Update

Just a quick note about performance and Battery Life.  NOTE: this was in Mountain Lion Beta things may have changed since the official release.


My battery life drop by 50% and performance decreased by 20% or so… So in short just keep in mind that you are going to experience some performance hits hopefully in the Official Release it isn’t as big of a hit as I experinced also to note I do access large amounts of data, such as Aperture, and Parallels running 2-3 VM’s, which increased my CPU usage by 25-30% due to encryption.


Anyways just wanted let you all know my experience with File Vault


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File Vault and Mountain Lion

I recently tried to use File Vault which keep getting stuck at random points… I would roll back and try again, I did this about six times before I finally found the issue… What keep happen, it would be encrypting and my MacBook Pro would go into power save, or I would close the lid to move locations.  What I found to final work and got my disk fully encrypted was every time power management would kick in, I would simply reboot, this would then show an actual estimated time instead of just Estimating time… Anyways hope this helps some of you that are having this issue like I did.


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MDS and MDSworker

Hi all I recently ran into an issue with my Mac. My battery life went from the original 6-7 Hours down to 1.5 Hours, as you can imagine this was not ideal, I noticed my CPU was being used at 100+ percent, and MDS and MDSWorker Process just burning it up… So after a lot of Googling I found that it was Spotlight Search causing the issues Anytime I disabled Spotlight Indexing CPU went to 0% reenabled jump back to 100+% even after letting it sit for a few days.  So I started playing around… It appeared according to forums and blogs that Spotlight was stuck on something, and most of the time people said it was time machine, so I disabled local snapshots, nothing.  Disabled Time Machine entirely, still high CPU.  So then I set the privacy settings in Spotlight to exclude /library/Backblaze and what do you know, CPU dropped to 0%.  SO the point of this post is, most likely you have some application installed that has a Locked file that is causing the MDS & MDSworker process to go nuts, in my case it was BackBlaze’s Database… So every case maybe different but cause will most likely be the same.  A locked file… Anyways hopes this helps.



Sluggish iPhone 4 (fixed)

So I have had my iPhone 4 for almost a year, throughout the year I have installed and uninstalled many app’s as well as tested beta IOS releases and always update app’s and IOS versions as they come out.  For the last two or three weeks I have noticed my phone getting extremely slow…  So I started rebooting everyday, but this only fixed the problem for a few hours.  I removed any app that I thought might be “running” all the time… Still nothing. Reset all settings again still nothing. As I was just about to reset my entire phone and start over I decided to take a look a few things such as HOLY Crap I have how many text message Oh maybe that is why it takes several seconds to open messages. Oh and maybe the 40+ voicemail’s will help the phone open a bit quicker. So needless to say I removed 2000+ text messages, 40+ voicemail’s, and 1400+ Photo’s/Video’s from the camera roll, and WOW this thing is like brand new!  On a side note now I don’t really have an excuse to get a new iPhone 4s 😦

Mac Users and Lion

After switching from OS X 10.6 to 10.7 I found the lack of mouse controls and when I switched to the Magic mouse it was even more lacking, however after testing a few different products however only one really stood out and did everything I wanted plus some… And that application is BetterTouchTool, you can download it from or visit the main site Please visit their blog at if you have any questions.



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