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COMPUTER REVIEWS SOFTWARE

How to Make Your Mac Run Faster

More often than not, we are finding that our hard disk is filling up every time we use the Mac. One of the reasons for this is the temporary files.

They can potentially take up a lot of space on your device and also make it slow. All you have to do is delete those temporary files on the Mac to regain extra storage.

So we’ll be discussing the best ways to get rid of them. Before go through the steps and solutions, we’ll discuss briefly what temporary files are.

The temporary files are created by a program on your Mac to keep the data temporarily. As the name suggests, these files are temporary and will be deleted automatically over time.

Following are the 4 types of temporary files on your Mac:

  1. Intermediate document versions
  2. Outdated system logs
  3. Browser cookies
  4. Application cache

Temporary files can be deleted by two methods.  The first is manual deletion which may be risky and the second is using tools that will save you time.

First Things First:

We’re always going to recommend and remind MacBook owners to make a backup before running any type tool, either with Apple’s Time Machine, a 3rd party tool or via the cloud.

It is also advisable to close all of your applications other than the tools outlined here.

How to remove junk files on your Mac with CleanMyMac X?

We already mentioned CleanMyMac X as a universal cleaning solution for your Mac. So how to clean system junk on your Mac with CleanMyMac X’s System Junk module?

1.Download CleanMyMac X for free here.

2. Launch it and select System Junk from the list of features on the left.

3. Click Scan.

4. After the scan is done, click Review Details.

5. Check the boxes opposite to User Cache Files, System Cache Files, Language Files, and other items you want to delete.

  1. Click Clean.

Download CleanMyMac X v4.

Find Duplicates with Gemini 2

One of the only features missing from CleanMyMac X is the ability to search for and remove duplicates.  The good news, the same developer of CleanMyMac X has Gemini 2 available as a stand-a-lone app to do just that job.  This isn’t related to tracking down and removing temporary files, but it is a great tool for organizing your files and removing duplicates that you no longer need.

1.Click on the big + sign or drag and drop your folders to scan.

2.Your scan is now completed, and you may Review Resultsor proceed with Smart Cleanup.

Download Gemini here.

Closing Applications and Restarting Your Mac

As previously stated, temporary files are generated by the applications, and also the MacOS itself.  So closing applications can remove some of those temporary files, and also restarting your Mac can do the same.

Restarting:

  1. Press and hold Power button for 2 seconds.
  2. Choose Restart, Sleep or Shut Down in the menu that appears.

Emptying the Trash

Launch the Finder application by clicking on its icon in the Mac OS Dock. Open the Finder menu and select “Empty Trash.” The Trash folder can sometimes contain temporary files that have not been properly deleted by applications.

  1. Go and select Finder located at the top left corner.
  2. Select Empty Trash.

Final Note

Before you go about deleting your cache and temp files, keep in mind, cache and temp files are designed to improve the performance of an app or service. One of the methods we have not shown is how to manually delete the cache and temp files, as that could lead to some serious problems with the functionality of your Mac.

Unless you’re having issues, such as needing more free space, or an app is not functioning properly, it’s probably better to leave the cache and temp files alone and let your Mac manage them. Alternatively, any of the apps outlined would be the safe alternatives to removing the cache and temporary files.

Learn more useful MacOS, Windows software, Android and iOS apps on Softwarefavorite.

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MOVIES REVIEWS

What Happened To The Amazing Spider-man Sequels?

Ever wonder why so many gaps are among the Amazing Spiderman movies? Moreover, what happened to the Amazing Spiderman 3 that was supposed to have followed, as well as the spin-offs?

It seems that for the past 20 years, the Franchise behind the Spiderman movies has continuously started and stopped them. Even more amazing than the amazing Spiderman himself, is the reason why the sequel never made it to the big screen.

According to Collider, Tobey Maguire’s role as Peter Parker was replaced by a younger Andrew Garfield, since the actual story of Spiderman consists of a boy becoming a man. Although this saddened some fans, they were able to overcome it, while thinking at least they had another Spiderman movie to look forward to.

Apparently, there had been some studio interferences and more that caused Sam Raimi to back out of Spiderman 4. Therefore — the director for the new series — was also replaced by Marc Webb, which was another bold move on Sony’s part, given that together Maguire and Raimi’s collaborations resulted in box-office hits.

The Amazing Spiderman 2012

In 2012 a reboot of The Amazing Spiderman hit the theatre’s, that starred an impressive cast including Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, Sally Field as Aunt May, Dennis Leary as Captain Stacy, Andrew Garfield replaced Tobey Maguire as Spiderman, and Emma Stone took the place of Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane, which I must say this new couple were much easier on the eyes than the previous two.

Nonetheless, this new version didn’t contain Raimi’s foolish interpretation of the character and took a rather serious approach instead, which is another contributing factor in making it more decent than its predecessor.

Not only did the movie gross close to a billion dollars, it also set a record for being the highest grossing reboot of all-time. Also, it gained the attention of a well respected critic, Roger Ebert, who stated, of all the Spiderman franchise, it was second best, which was one of his last reviews.

Being second to one is still quite impressive. What’s important, is that it’s on the plus side.

The Sequel

Although, the cast that included Garfield and Stone, did an awesome job, and the sequel was able to bring in around the same amount of earnings as the first movie did — it didn’t — however, appeal to the critics as well, who considered it to be somewhat of a jumbled mess, since there was so much taking place at once.

However, it could have been worse, and earned a Razzie nomination, instead more sequels and spin-offs were still being planned for the future, in spite of the negative reviews.

Future Plans For Spiderman Sequels Ended Overnight

The plans for future sequels were pretty exciting but failed. According to sources found on the net, one of the intriguing plans Sony had, was to resurrect Gwen Stacy (who has the same powers as Spiderman) and her dad, characters found in a 2015 comic book, who was from another dimension.

Some claim that Sony was going for more sinister villains as well as giving Felicity Jones her own spin-off, and there was also talk about Sony planning to create a cinematic universe where they would use Marvel’s own characters to compete with each other. However, all this may have been rumored. In any case, it all ended overnight.

Plans for Spiderman 3 & 4

Spiderman 3 was to be released June 10, 2016 and Spiderman 4 on May 4, 2018, which, according to Collider Paul Giamatti would play the Rhino in number 3 and Marc Webb would be the director and only act as a consultant for the 4th sequel. But, strangely enough the sequels didn’t just get delayed, they were cancelled all-together.

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DIY PROJECTS POWER TOOLS REVIEWS TIPS & TECHNIQUES

Drill Bits And Which One is Right For Your Job?

A year ago I couldn’t have told you what a drill bit was. Let alone a drill.

I started this journey when my oldest son moved out. The next oldest couldn’t push him out the door quick enough. Why? It meant that he got his own room.

What comes with a space to call your own, also comes with a renovation to give it your own personality. We could get away with the hand me down clothes, bikes, football equipment, but you can’t hand me down personalities.

So what does a Mom do? I decided since I can’t get away with keeping the bedroom the way it was, and I can’t afford to hire this guy and that to renovate a space for the next kid, I came to the conclusion it was time to get my hands dirty.

That is when I learned about drill bits, among many other things like what tools do I need? what do you use for this? For that? Drill bits seemed to be for me the most confusing. Did you know there are thousands of them?

I am about to make your life way easier then mine was, and save you from a ton of do overs, therefore saving you some cash.

I am going to introduce you to three drill bits that you cannot live without when it comes to renovating any space in your home. You are gonna go to the hardware store and feel great knowing that you know exactly what you are looking that in that isle of endless little drill bits that seem to go on forever.

Here are three drill bits you can use all over the house in many DIY projects.

Step Bit

It looks like: Simply put a cone.

It’s use: To drill various size holes without having to change the drill bit.

What to use it on: Laminates, particle board, plastics, drywall, sheet metal, and soft woods.

What I used it for: I decided to give the walls a new look using wood paneling, so I used this bit to drill holes to run cords like the cable coming from the wall. I also used it to drill holes in the trim work so I could hide loose cables from the games systems, blue ray and TV.

Pilot Drill Bit

It looks like: A straight spiral with a point on the end. A pilot drill bit comes in various sizes. (imagine a spiral staircase)

It’s use: This is a have to have drill bit. I suggest buying a set of these. They come in various sizes. They are used to start holes for screws and nails (fastners) and to make holes for screws and nails.

What to use it on: You can use these in just about any material. Just be aware that if used in plastic if you drill to fast it could melt the plastic.

What I used it for: What didn’t I use it for? Any where I needed to put a nail a screw a hinge, I used this bit. Either as a starting hole or I would drill the whole through. It was great for the paneling to keep it from splitting. I have also used it since to make various coat racks and cute organizational wall pieces for my home. by far my favorite set of drill bits.

Last but not least… A cordless drill with a right bit would make your DIY tasks much easier. Read our review for the bestcordless drill and driver for the money.

Hole Saw Drill Bits

It look like: A circle with lots of tiny sharp teeth.

It’s use: This bit is used to drill large holes

What to use it on: Drywall, wood, soft metals

What I used it on: I used it to make holes for locks in the door and a new door knob. (every teenager needs a lock on their door, trust me)I also used it to drill new holes in the ceiling for a new light fixture.

Now go be confident in knowing what drill bit to choose and happy renovating!

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COMPUTER REVIEWS SOFTWARE

Free Full Disk Encryption Program Review

When extra security is needed to keep your files and data safe using full disk encryption software will keep all of the information safe. Full disk encryption software has the ability to protect not only your hard drive but can protect the information on external hard drives and flash drives.

Windows and Mac operating system users have the choice of using built-in data encryption software programs. BitLocker is a full disk encryption software program that is included with Windows Vista and later versions of Windows. BitLocker was created to protect information by providing encryption for entire volumes.

The original data encryption software FileVault for the Mac operating system was created to back up the home directory and has had its share of limitations the newer version has more options. For users who don’t want to use BitLocker or FileVault, the following full disk encryption freeware software may be an option.

TruCrypt

TrueCrypt is powerful and flexible data encryption software that offers many benefits. TrueCrypt is perfect for, on the fly encryption, it can encrypt the entire storage device or partitions, and create virtual encrypted disks within a file. One of the benefits of using TrueCrypt is that the system volume can be encrypted in the background while a user continues to work on their computer on other activities.

It is important to note that although there is a downloadable version of TrueCrypt for use. The creators of TrueCrypt have discontinued work on the software and no new versions will be forthcoming.

DiskCryptor

DiskCryptor is full disk encryption software that was created for Microsoft Windows and allows the user to encrypt the entire hard drive of a computer or just individual partitions. Password protection can be use and key files can be added for additional security. The keyfile o file that contains encryption or license key is required when decrypting or mounting a volume.

Decryption of an entire volume is not needed to access files. The files and data can be accessed and modified while the drive is mounted. The drive can be dismounted in seconds until the keyfile or password is entered and the data can be accessed once again. DiskCrypter can encrypt several volumes at once and can even encrypt CD’s and DVD’s using the ISO image.

DiskCrypter has failed authentication during boot if you choose to use a keyfile and the user will not be able to log into Windows. DiskCrypter is supported up to Windows 10.

COMODO Disk Encryption

COMODO Disk Encryption can encrypt the system drive and any attached drive. Users can configure authentication of both using USB and password. External devices must be plugged in before authentication can occur. One password must be used for all drives. Changing the authentication method will affect all of the drives in the same manner.

Users must keep in mind that updates to COMODO Disk Encryption have been discontinued and no future updates are expected. COMODO DISK Encryption supports Windows 2000 and newer versions.