Tag Archive: Process

Visualizing the Mac Startup Process: What Happens When a Mac Boots?

Have you ever wanted to know what’s going on when you startup a modern Mac? You press the power button, you see an Apple logo, and the Mac boots up into MacOS… from the average user perspective it’s about that simple, right? But what is actually happening behind the scenes after you press that power … Read More

Stopping the PTPCamera Process on a Mac from Hogging CPU

Some Mac users running older versions of MacOS system software may notice that after they plug an iPhone or a camera into their Mac, the computer starts running slower and, if it has a battery, the battery drains faster. Upon closer inspection with Activity Monitor on the impacted Mac, you might notice that a process … Read More

How to Kill a Process by Name Instead of PID via Command Line

Command line users rely on the ‘kill’ command to terminate a process as defined by the appropriate process identifier (PID). While there’s nothing wrong with targeting processes by their PID, another approach which is often easier is to target a process by name, rather than its unique identifier. There are a few ways to kill … Read More

Speed Up Time Machine by Removing Low Process Priority Throttling

It’s well known that all Mac users should set up Time Machine to automate backups of their computer, and while most Mac users let OS X go about backing up to Time Machine at it’s own pace, which sometimes borderlines on glacial, some users may wish to speed the backup process up a bit. With … Read More

Actor reveals unique rehearsal process for Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Jobs’

The latest Steve Jobs movie directed by Danny Boyle is scheduled for release in less that two months, and while the screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin has received a lot of attention, actor Michael Stuhlbarg says the rehearsal process was just as crazy as the script. Stuhlbarg, who plays Andy Hertzfeld — one of the […][Read More…]

Apple engineer reveals the true story behind the MacBook design process

The new MacBook is the biggest revolution the MacBook line has seen in a decade, yet it’s not with out its haters. A mobile processor. One USB-C port. A 480p front camera. And a $ 1299 price tag. “Just who the…Read more ›

Want to work for Apple? Here’s the grueling hiring process

Apple can be an incredibly demanding company to work for, but just getting in the door is nearly impossible. The hiring process for Apple retail is fairly lengthy, but according to UX designer Luis Abreu, landing a job at the…Read more ›

Show Process ID of Individual Web Page Tabs & Windows in Safari for Mac OS X

Anyone who develops just about anything for the web knows that following resource usage of a specific tab or window, or just tracking down an errant tab or window can be difficult, but Safari on the Mac has a hidden trick up it’s sleeve that makes it much easier; the ability to show web process … Read More

Apple’s new designer Marc Newsom discusses his watch design process

Apple just lured one of the top designers in the world onto the mothership, and it just so happens that he’s a genius at designing timepieces. Marc Newson created the luxury watch company Ikepod in the mid-90′s, pushing out gorgeous…Read more ›

Prevent System Sleep While a Process or Command is Active in Mac OS X

Many Mac users use utilities to temporarily prevent their computer from sleeping, often relying on sleep corners, the third party tool called Caffeine, pmset, or more recently, the command line utility that is now bundled with OS X called caffeinate. By default, the Caffeine menubar item and the caffeinate command both will prevent sleep as … Read More