A few months back I was one of many who updated my Macbook to Yosemite 10.10 and began to have WiFi issues. I followed the forum posts, messed with system preferences recommended by the experts and waited for a fix from Apple. Several 10.10.x updates later I was still having issues. When an update came along that promised to address the issues I was hopeful… until a familiar WiFi dropout happened just like before.
Along with several others I took to the Apple forum and pleaded for help. My voice was heard and I was asked to play a part to help sort the issue out. I downloaded debugging tools and was given access to pre-public release updates to test.
At this point in the process we all knew that the issue was a conflict between WiFi and Bluetooth. I could have one or the other but getting both to work at the same time was a problem. As part of the process I was asked to turn on logging for bluetooth. When a dropout occurred a diagnostic report could be generated and sent off to the Apple engineers to see what was happening.
Within a short while the situation was resolved and for the past six months or so, I have been WiFi worry free and bluetooth happy. All is working well and as a result I have been able to write using the external keyboard and mouse and not get any WiFi dropout. Sorted.
Recently I began to think about the free space I had on my hard drive. I have a lot of music and photos and some of the virtual musical instruments use a lot of space too. I was running out of space so was thinking, like all good minimalists, what I actually needed on the Macbook. What software or files can I get rid of or store elsewhere?
As I began to look at what I had and how much drive space was being used by each, I realised that something wasn’t quite right. I had a lot of music, plenty of photos and some Audio Units that took a lot of space, but not enough to make a significant dent in the amount of space that had been used. It was time to look a little closer.
I downloaded a little program that visualised what space was being used and I quickly discovered the culprit. In a folder was a file that was 34gb in size. It was a file that was growing every minute that the Macbook was on. It was being accessed constantly. It was a log file. It was a bluetooth log file. It was the file that began generating when I had the issue earlier in the year. It was now huge. This was a plain text log file that had grown to 34gb in size! I don’t know if this comes close, but I wonder what size the human genome is in plain text?
A quick check in the bluetooth preferences showed me that I was still running the logging tool. I turned it off and the file disappeared. My hard drive breathed a sigh of relief and the urgency in sorting out my folder and file system moved from being urgent to important, that’s the right quadrant it should be in.
So a little question to ask each of ourselves today is, what are we still doing that doesn’t need to be done? How much of what we do on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis is no longer needed? What things are being done simply because they have always been done?
There are things we do that are no longer important or need to be done. Take a moment to see if there is anything that needs clearing, or removing, from your life. If you don’t need it, or it doesn’t need to be done, get rid of it. The less that is going on the more we can focus on what is important and brings us joy.