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How to Create a Fusion Drive in your Existing Mac

Apple announced a very unique drive called a Fusion Drive along with its new iMac announcement.

Available as a configurable option at the Apple Online Store, Fusion Drive is a breakthrough concept that combines the high storage capacity of a traditional hard drive with the high performance of flash storage. With Fusion Drive in your iMac,disk-intensive tasks — from booting up to launching apps to importing photos — are faster and more efficient. That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice. As the system learns how you work, Fusion Drive makes your Mac experience even better. And you don’t have to do a thing.

Now the thing about Fusion drive is that its not at all a special hardware, but instead the performance boost is at a software level.

A developer by the name Patrick Stein, has successfully managed to get Fusion Drive technology working on existing Mountain Lion based Macs.

A lot of Mac users these days are already using an SSD + HDD combo in their Macs. The procedure to create a Fusion Drive is by no means easy, but if you are comfortable with Unix commands and Terminal, go ahead give it a shot!

Things you’ll need to create a Fusion Drive:

1. A Solid State Drive

2. A regular Hard Disk

Steps to create the Fusion Drive:

Follow Patrick’s Tumbler post here to create your own Fusion Drive.

[How To] Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 / 5.0 On iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad And iPod Touch 4G With Ac1dSn0w Beta 1

Today is the day of jailbreaking tools. With the news of release of C-Dev reporter by Chronic Dev Team which will send crash reports to Chronic Dev Team servers (instead of Apple’s) so they can find exploits, now that news has been followed up by the news of yet another jailbreaking tool. It’s called Ac1dSn0w and it jailbreaks iOS 5/iOS 5.0.1 tethered on OS X Snow Leopard and Lion.

Although, Ac1dSn0w isn’t really different from established tools like Redsn0w and Sn0wbreeze but it is a promising alternative with its features like remote jailbreaking, custom firmware creation and iRecovery Remote. Also, it is currently available for OS X only.

From PwnDevTeam:

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve just released Beta 1 of Ac1dSn0w for Mac OS X Lion (should alsowork on Snow Leopard). Ac1dSn0w allows you to jailbreak your iDevice tethered.  It also provides features like Tethered Boot, Pwned DFU, and Exit Recovery to get your device out of Recovery Loop.It currently supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G and original iPad on iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 for tethered jailbreak. Once you go through the steps, your device will be jailbroken tethered, just like redsn0w or sn0wbreeze. iPad 2 and iPhone 4S are NOT supported.

Step 1: Download Ac1dSn0w [Google Docs Link] and launch it.

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[How to] Backup Your Data On iPhone Using iPhone Backup Extractor

Many of the iDevice users often feel the need to backup their data such as photos, music,etc.  from their devices. For such purpose, there is a new utility in the market which is capable of recovering data  from your iOS backups in iTunes, provided if the backup isn’t encrypted. In order to make this happen you need to be using Mac OS X Lion.

You can get your free copy of the application from the developers’ website. Once you download the app, copy it to the applications folder (/Applications) on your startup drive and launch it from there. You’ll be presented with a window and a button, Read Backups, which you should click. After clicking you’ll see something like this:

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[How to] Run Windows Applications on Mac using WinOnX

Mac OS X has thousands of apps available but as we all know being the leader in worldwide PC market share, Windows has the largest application base as compared to Mac OS X and not all the apps which run on Windows platform run seamlessly on OSX.

So till now we either used Bootcamp for Windows or try other types of virtualization software like Parallels or VMWare to run Windows based application on Mac OS X.

Not anymore! Nirmal Balachandran a fellow MVP recently reported about a great software which allows us to run Windows applications on Mac OSX. WinOnX App allows us to use Windows based apps on our Mac OSX environment, it is based on the popular Wine open source project which is well known for running Windows apps on open source operating systems like Linux.

This is what you need to do for running a Windows  application using WinOnX:

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[How To] Install Mac OS X Lion 10.7 In A Virtual Machine On Top Of Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard

If you want both the versions of Mac OS (Lion as well as Snow Leopard) and don’t want to deal with dual booting, another option is to run Mac OS X Lion in a virtual machine atop an older 10.6 Snow Leopard installation. You will require VMWare and a Mac OS X installer app.

Installing OS X Lion in a Virtual Machine Over Snow Leopard

Proceed to install VMWare as usual, and make sure you have the OS X Lion installer .app somewhere that’s easy to access. Everything else is just as straight forward:

  • Launch VMWare and use the Virtual Machine assistant to create a new VM, configure it how you want
  • At the “Installation Media” section, drag and drop the OS X Lion Install.app into the window, so that “Use operating system disc or image” is checked and the ‘Install Mac OS X Lion.app’ is the media

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[How to] Keep Junk Mail Folder Contents Consistent In MobileMe Webmail & OS X Mail

If you use Mac OS X Mail to check your MobileMe email, the contents of your Junk folder may not match unless you choose the right settings. By default, Mac OS X Mail stores junk messages locally, whereas MobileMe Mail stores messages on an IMAP server.

Hence, in order to experience a consistent behaviour between MobileMe Mail and Mac OS X Mail, you need to make sure that your  Mac OS X Mail preferences are configured in the following manner:

  • Open Mail on your Mac.
  • Choose Preferences from the Mail menu.
  • Click Junk Mail.
  • Make sure “Enable junk mail filtering” is selected.
  • Also, enable the option to “Move it to the Junk mailbox”  located under “When junk mail arrives.”
  • Click the Accounts tab.
  • Select your MobileMe account.
  • Click the Mailbox Behaviors tab.
  • Make sure “Store junk messages on the server” is enabled.

You can also enter the same settings on other Macs from which you use Mac OS X Mail to access your MobileMe email.With these settings, all messages marked as junk will be placed into the same folder on the MobileMe server. Whenever you visit your Junk folder and remove messages, they’ll be removed permanently.

[How to] Clear and Free Up Inactive Memory/RAM in Mac OS X

I absolutely love Mac OS X! And there’s just this 1 thing I really hate about OS X which is the way it manages memory.

Mac OS X has this concept called Inactive Memory wherein the OS stores all frequently used applications on RAM for faster access and less Disk I/O’s. I’ve read numerious articles explaining how this is actually a good feature but I’m not sold on that.

This “Inactive Memory” is supposed to get freed up when you are low on “Free Memory”; however that almost never seems to happen for me and a lot of users out there. The Inactive Memory never seems to get free even when “Free Memory” is around 10Mb and other apps are in dire need of memory!

Take this example, I’ve 8 Gb RAM on my Core i5 iMac. And I use Parallels quite often to run Windows 7 side by side. I’m almost always left with just about 20-30Mb of Free RAM. After that I open up a couple of high resource apps like iPhoto or Photoshop and the Free Memory never increases, causing the apps to take as long as a minute each to load!


There’s an easy solution to this. Simply follow the 2 Steps below:

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[How to] Hide App Store Purchases

Amongst many new features that Apple has added in the App Store alongside iCloud and iOS 5,one new feature is the ability to re-download all of your purchases on any authenticated iOS device. This means that all of your purchased apps can be viewed and downloaded from the App Store at any time.

If having a list of your past app purchases is not what you really want then, you can  hide specific app store purchases by following simple steps mentioned below:

  • On the iPhone, navigate to the “Updates” section of the App Store app and tap on the “Purchased” menu. You will then see a list of previously purchased apps categorized into “All” and “Not On This iPhone.”

  • Swipe with your finger on each app to bring up the option to hide that purchase. Tap “Hide” and the desired app will be erased from your purchase history. The same option can be used in the “Purchased” section of the App Store on the iPad.
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