Tag Archive for ‘Glenn Fleishman’

Deleting iOS Apps Stored by iTunes ➝

Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld:

When Apple updated iTunes to version 12.7, it overhauled the iOS/iTunes interaction. We ran a guide, “iTunes 12.7: How to cope with the abrupt changes,” which answered most of your questions. But one thing I noted in passing continues to come up: several readers have asked if they can really, really dump the iOS application files that iTunes retained after the upgrade.

You don’t need these. Really. You don’t. iTunes will never rely on them to sync back to your iOS device, and your Mac can’t do anything with them. Delete them. Go ahead.

This tip freed up 36GB of storage on my Mac Mini. And if you’ve been downloading iOS apps through iTunes, you might be able to reclaim a similar amount of storage on your machine. Glenn goes on to explain how to turn on content caching on your Mac, allowing you to more quickly download operating system and app updates on all the devices in your home.

What to Do With That Old iPhoto Library ➝

Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld:

Deleting a hard link in one place leaves all the other references intact. When the number of hard links drops to just one, you’ve just got a file! No hard links at all. And deleting that one reference, the file itself, truly does throw the file in the trash. Thus, delete your iPhoto Library, and—ostensibly—you won’t delete any files shared by Photos through hard links.

Having said all that, please make a complete backup of both your iPhoto and Photos libraries before deleting the iPhoto Library. You should be able to toss it and lose nothing, but I’m not so blithe as to suggest you whistle while you’re emptying the trash and assume all is well.

A great tip for anyone who has fully transitioned from iPhoto to Photos on the Mac.

How Glenn Fleishman Stopped Using RSS and Didn’t Even Notice ➝

I’ve been using an RSS reader for about a decade now and still check it several times a day. I can see the appeal of getting rid of my RSS reader and keeping up with the news on Twitter — having one less inbox to keep track of sounds great. But, I feel like I’d need to follow too many people on Twitter in order to make sure I didn’t miss anything interesting.

You see, I’m one of those completists that Glenn mentions. For whatever reason I can’t bring myself to ever hit the mark all as read button — I have to read every single headline and every single tweet. And from this perspective, the only way to keep myself from going crazy while still keeping up with everything is to curate a tight list of RSS feeds to subscribe to and Twitter users to follow.

Maybe I’ll change my tune at some point in the future. But, until then I’m happy continuing to read news in my RSS reader.