Regular maintenance is necessary for peak performance and to prevent problems, but it's hard to know what to do and when to do it. Never fear, because you can now turn to best-selling author Joe Kissell, who walks you through his commonsense approach. Read this ebook to learn how to start on the right foot; what you should do daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly; and how to prepare for OS X updates. Joe even explains how to monitor your Mac's health and debunks common panaceas.
Whether you're using 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion, you can find answers to questions such as: • How can I tell if my Mac is likely to have trouble? • How can I find out which unnecessary files are taking up space on my disk? • Should I defragment my hard disk and repair permissions regularly? • What are the safest ways to clean dust and crud from my Mac? • What is the best way to keep my software up to date?
Table of Contents • Read Me First • Introduction • Maintaining Quick Start • Start on the Right Foot • Perform Daily Tasks • Perform Weekly Tasks • Perform Monthly Tasks • Perform Yearly Tasks • Things You Might Never Need to Do • When a New Version of OS X Is Released • Monitor Your Mac's Health • Learn More • Periodic Task Checklist • About This Book
Read Me First Macs, like all machines, are prone to break down eventually—in either a physical sense (a component going bad) or a logical sense (files becoming corrupted, applications misbehaving). You can reduce the risk of such problems, and minimize the damage when they do occur, with a regular maintenance regimen. This ebook contains simple steps you can take to keep your Mac humming. This ebook was written by Joe Kissell, edited by Caroline Rose, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.