I use Cocktail for maintenance, run the UNIX CRON scripts and to tweak the
DiskWarrior is deployed when I want the disk directory rebuilt. However I
only do this once in a while. The current version to run on Lion is v4.4.
To delete applications and their support folders, I use CleanMyMac. You can
also flush bursting font and language folders with this. If you're
adventurous, you can use CMM to slim down Universal Binary applications by
cutting out legacy code, leaving them Intel-only. That can save you some
And when I see something strange happening, I 'fsck' the hard drive by
booting into Open Firmware.
OS 10.x is an entirely different animal now! With OS 10.8 "Mountain Lion",
it is going to get weirder still with all that iOS integration.
The other thing is to keep your desktop as clean as possible. The window
redraw buffer will thank you for it.
From: N. Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman [mailto:sivasothi@...
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 06:50 AM
To: John Larkin
Cc: Laurence Gwee; Kenneth Pinto; Kevin Lim; Ivor Khong [mac]; ME@N
Subject: Mac maintenance
Oops, forgot to change the subject line; just did.
One more thing I do is to clean up the desktop.
I see this app helps automate that process:
On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 6:16 AM, N. Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman
I sure don't do mainrtenance the way I used to in OS8 (I skipped OS9).
Remember Conflict Catcher?
I understand changes in OS means there is no need to defrag any longer which
is a relief.
What I still do naturally these days, is:
1. Restart the mac every once in awhile.
2. Use Onyx and let the scripts in "automation" run, for maintenance,
rebuild and clean.
3. I keep a buffer of empty hardisk space else it gets sluggish. With a
relatively small hardisk with each new mac laptop this means
upgrading/reinstalling OS after 1-2 years. My laptops usually last five
years so I do a complete reinstall of the OS after 1-2 years.
4. Keep my Apps updated. Most of the ones I use are listed here:
5. The backup routine is important for that rare time you need a lost
file - I use Super Duper and Time Machine with an external 2.5" and 3.5"
hard disk respectively.
I lost my Disk Warrior lost touch with the upgrades. When there was a
problem in the past, it helped.
What else should I be doing?
See you on Friday the 13th at Holland Village Starbucks!
On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 4:59 AM, John Larkin <john@...> wrote:
A couple of questions for you all re Mac OSX.
1. What do you consider to be the best way to configure the Mac OS to make
it work faster.
2. What are the essential downloads and apps needed to tweak the OS,
stabilise it, and resolve issues like defraggers etc?
I use Onyx and I have switched off a number of things in System Preferences.
Things have changed I feel since the days of OS9 and before when you can
really play around with the OS. At leasts that is my experience.
What do you think?
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