TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt for Mac

Free encryption program, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP.

TrueCrypt-Mac

App description: TrueCrypt 7.2
App description: Tools
The good: Free
The bad: None
Updated: May 2014
System requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Issue with the M1 Mac SSD

How to fix M1 SSD issue

The problem of increased appetite for the resource of SSD-drives in the new models of Macbook Air and Macbook Pro with M1 processors. The topic has been discussed in all popular technical forums. And despite the massive nature of the problem, all discussions boiled down to the fact that Apple does not consider this a problem. So there is no problem. And what kind of game people are ready to believe for complacency instead of face the facts and find out the reasons for the rapid depletion of the resource of a non-removable SSD-drive.

Some respected people said that the SMART protocol is too complicated for the system to simply take and ask the SSD controller: “How long do you have left to live, disk?” They say that Apple drives are not a popular thing. Somewhere messed up in the driver. So he gives out gigabytes written to disk for terabytes. And the creators of software for checking the status of SMART people are not literate enough. Yes, and different manufacturers of hardware, too, for 20 years cannot agree on uniform units of measurement in the parameters of the state of the disk.

M1-Mac-SSD

With all the massive manifestation of SSD gluttony, a solution as simple as 2 cents (completely disabling Spotlight) seems to be hiding from ordinary users. Everyone is trying to convince me that the consumption of the SSD resource with a write speed of 180GB / hour is normal.

As I said, the problem can be fixed by temporarily disabling Spotlight indexing. I used the command in terminal:

sudo mdutil -i off -a

But this command does not completely solve the problem. In my case, the command helped me:

sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

But the second command should be executed only with CSR protection disabled. The solution is not suitable for everyone. There will definitely be active Spotlight and Siri users. Disable or not disable is an individual choice of each user. For me personally, the integrity of an SSD is more important than a working metadata search.

iTunes

Old version iTunes for Mac

Apple’s latest foray into the world of consumer software is iTunes, a combination CD ripper, MP3 organizer, and CD burner. Simply insert a music CD you own, encode the tracks into MP3s, and then create a custom playlist. You don’t even have to enter the names of the tracks, as the program contacts the CDDB network on the Internet and downloads the names for you.

Once you’ve got your playlist finalized, you can burn the MP3s onto a blank CD for listening to in the car, home, shower, or anywhere. A very nicely made application, and the quality is everything you have come to expect…

iTunes-MacOS

Here you could download previous versions of iTunes for Mac. We love iTunes! I have loved it from the moment I first saw it.

Category: Tools
Version: 10.5 – 12.0
Download Size: 37.3 MB
License: Freeware
Release Date: March 10, 2020
Last Updated: April 01, 2020
System requirements: Mac OS X

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