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Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac, 2nd Edition

Book Description

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. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 2.3
    4. What Was New in Version 2.2
  2. Introduction
  3. Maintaining Quick Start
  4. 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. Use a Surge Protector
  5. Perform Daily Tasks
    1. Back Up Changed Files
    2. Check Software Updates
  6. Perform Weekly Tasks
    1. Clean Up Your Desktop
    2. Empty Your Downloads Folders
    3. Back Up Everything
    4. Rotate Physical Backups Offsite
    5. Use Software Update to Install Apple Updates
    6. Check for Third-Party Software Updates
    7. Restart Your Mac
    8. Consider Clearing Certain Caches
  7. Perform Monthly Tasks
    1. Empty Your Trash
    2. Use Disk Utility’s Repair Disk Feature
    3. Test Your Backups
    4. Clean Your Screen
    5. Clean Your Mouse or Trackball
    6. Exercise Your Notebook’s Battery
    7. Check for Take Control Updates
  8. Perform Yearly Tasks
    1. De-dust Your Mac
    2. Clean Your Keyboard
    3. Make Archival Backups to DVD
    4. Remove Unneeded Files
    5. Change Your Passwords
    6. Check Your UPS Battery
  9. Things You Might Never Need to Do
    1. Repair Permissions
    2. Defragment Your Hard Disk
    3. Install Anti-malware Software
  10. When a New Version of OS X Is Released
    1. Buy It!
    2. Buy Take Control of Upgrading to…
    3. Make a Fresh Bootable Backup
    4. Upgrade
  11. Monitor Your Mac’s Health
    1. Use Monitoring Utilities
    2. Check Your Drive’s S.M.A.R.T. Status
  12. Learn More
    1. Web Sites
    2. Books
    3. When All Else Fails
  13. Periodic Task Checklist
  14. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. Author’s Acknowledgments
    4. Shameless Plug
    5. About the Publisher
  15. Copyright and Fine Print
  16. Featured Titles