Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Hardware maintenance is one way to ensure that your Mac has a long and prosperous life of reading and writing bits, but software maintenance is also very important to preserving the speed and performance of your machine. By default, your Mac will automatically perform scheduled maintenance at regular daily, weekly, and monthly intervals; however, it may be important to run some of these scripts more often than prescribed by OS X. Read on to learn how to check when the scripts last run, and run them manually through the Terminal.
News flash: Macs can develop problems, just like any computers. But they tend to run fine without antivirus software and the general vigilance that helps keep PCs trouble-free (some of ’em must run fine, right?). But that doesn’t mean your Mac wouldn’t benefit from some occasional maintenance. Enter MacKeeper, a suite of tools aimed at keeping your Mac healthy. That’s a bold claim, and trust is important when using any app, but it’s crucial when your system is on the line. Unfortunately MacKeeper, with its occasionally awkward English and warnings about the importance of scanning OS X for viruses, makes a shaky first impression (the overbearing emphasis—in and out of the app—on MacKeeper’s Facebook popularity doesn’t help). When it comes to maintaining our Macs, we want Don Draper. MacKeeper delivers Pete Campbell.
Say you're looking to rid of an unused Mac app. All you have to do it drag it into the Trash and you're done, right? Wrong. The same goes for iTunes -- just because you deleted an app doesn't mean it didn't leave a part of itself behind.