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Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac

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Keep your Mac running smoothly with our easy maintenance program! Regular maintenance is necessary to avoid problems and to ensure your Mac runs at peak performance, but it's hard to know what to do and when to do it. Best-selling author Joe Kissell has now applied his commonsense approach to the task of maintaining your Mac, whether you use Tiger or Leopard! Learn how to start on the right foot; what you should do daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly; and how to prepare for Mac OS X updates. Joe even explains how to monitor your Mac's health and debunks common panaceas.

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac
    1. READ ME FIRST
      1. Basics
      2. What's New in This Version
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. 1. QUICK START TO MAINTAINING YOUR MAC
    4. 2. START ON THE RIGHT FOOT
      1. Install the Latest Version of Mac OS X
      2. Turn On Software Update
      3. Update Third-Party Software
      4. Clean Out Accumulated Cruft
      5. Turn Off Unneeded Login Items
      6. Set Up a Backup System
      7. Run Apple Hardware Test
      8. Run Disk Utility
      9. Make Sure Scheduled Maintenance Tasks Run
      10. Install Antivirus Software
      11. Use a Surge Protector
    5. 3. PERFORM DAILY TASKS
      1. Back Up Changed Files
      2. Download Software Updates
    6. 4. PERFORM WEEKLY TASKS
      1. Clean Up Your Desktop
      2. Back Up Everything
      3. Rotate Backups Offsite
      4. Use Software Update to Install Apple Updates
      5. Check for Third-Party Software Updates
      6. Reboot If Performance Seems Slow
      7. Consider Clearing Certain Caches
    7. 5. PERFORM MONTHLY TASKS
      1. Empty Your Trash
      2. Use Disk Utility's Repair Disk Feature
      3. Clean Your Screen
      4. Clean Your Mouse or Trackball
      5. Exercise Your Notebook's Battery
      6. Check for Take Control Updates
    8. 6. PERFORM YEARLY TASKS
      1. De-Dust Your Mac
      2. Clean Your Keyboard
      3. Clean Your iSight
      4. Make Archival Backups to DVD
      5. Remove Unneeded Files
      6. Change Your Passwords
        1. Look for passwords to change
        2. Choose a good password
    9. 7. THINGS YOU MIGHT NEVER NEED TO DO
      1. Repair Permissions
      2. Defragment Your Hard Disk
    10. 8. WHEN A NEW VERSION OF MAC OS X IS RELEASED
      1. Buy It!
      2. Buy Take Control of Upgrading to ___
      3. Make a Fresh Bootable Backup
      4. Upgrade
    11. 9. MONITOR YOUR MAC'S HEALTH
      1. Use Monitoring Utilities
        1. RAM usage
        2. Disk usage
        3. CPU load
        4. Temperatures
        5. Other statistics
        6. Monitoring utilities
      2. Check Your Drives' S.M.A.R.T. Status
    12. A. TROUBLESHOOTING RESOURCES
    13. B. PERIODIC TASK CHECKLIST
    14. C. ABOUT THIS BOOK
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgments
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits