Tips For Maintaining a Healthy
Tips For Maintaining a Healthy Functioning Mac
Although Macs are well known for being fairly trouble-free, it is still important to do basic upkeep to
keep them running at optimal performance. Here are some useful tips for maintaining a healthy
Keep your system software updated. This is important for performance as well as security. Your
computer may prompt you for updates, but if not, you can access your updates from the Apple menu by
selecting “Software Update.”
A full drive will slow your computer down. If your computer hard drive is at or near capacity, you need
to free up some space. Clean up any unused programs. Move archives or large video files to an offline
storage device. There are several options available for storing data. An external hard drive or the
Cloud, are both good options. Use the Time Machine program to back up your entire hard drive, and
then periodically save any changes. You should always keep at least one tenth of your hard drive space
free, for best performance.
You might not think this next suggestion would be among the tips for maintaining a healthy
functioning Mac, but it is important to tidy up your desktop. Keep only necessary items on your Mac
desktop. Mac computers treat every desktop icon like a separate window. Managing all of those
windows slows down your computer.
If you are experiencing slow start-up time it could be because you have too many programs launching
on boot up. Disable any unnecessary programs from starting up when you launch your Mac. It is easy
to change which programs are launched on start-up. Go to “Apple”, “System Preferences”, choose
“Accounts” and select your account name. From there, select or deselect which programs start on
You may have seen tips for maintaining a healthy functioning Mac elsewhere that mention disk
defragmentation and wondered what that meant. Well, defragging your disk simply means re-purposing
the space on your disk drive. As you delete and add file data on your computer the space that data
occupies gets fragmented or separated, and can slow down performance. Defragging your hard drive
moves data so that it occupies continuous space. This will speed up your access time. Use the Disk
Utility program to defrag your hard drive.
Finally, repair your file permissions using the Disk Utility program. Sometimes slow performance is
due to problems with the file structure. Repairing permissions fixes the structure of files and programs
installed, using the Apple installer program.
All of these tips for maintaining a healthy functioning Mac will have your Mac running at its optimal
performance level for years to come.
History Macintosh Computer
The Macintosh Computer is a personal computer designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple
Inc. With the launch of the first Mac on January 24, 1984, Apple created a major buzz with the now
famous 1984 commercial based on the George Orwell book of the same. Ridley Scott produced the
legendary commercial of the female agent of change shattering the PC world’s stranglehold on the PC
market with her sledgehammer ushering in a new personal computer paradigm.
Prior to the Mac, Apple released the “Lisa” computer, a $10,000 personal computer and predecessor to
the Macintosh which introduced the world to the graphical user interface (GUI) and mouse, an idea
Jobs got on a visit to Xerox Parke. Although “Lisa” failed, the graphical user interface was born.
The original Macintosh computer came standard with 64 KB of memory and one 3.5” floppy disk drive
which would store a whopping 400 KB, 25% more than the 320 KB 5.25” disks available on IBM
compatible machines. Optionally, you could increase memory to 128 KB, add a second floppy drive or
move up to a hard drive which would set you back $1,500.
What helped make the Macintosh computer “different” was the use of square pixels as opposed to
rectangular pixels which would display higher quality graphics. Menu selections were one mouse click
away and computer newbie’s loved the simplicity. Processing power would increase in time but
computer memory would remain very expensive. An additional 256 KB of memory cost about $400.
In 1985, software development would bring MacWrite, MacPaint and Excel to the Macintosh
computer. Steve Jobs was ousted as CEO and started NEXT Computer. Steve Wozniak left to return to
college and become a teacher. The following 9 years would see Apple’s market share slowly decline.
Current CEO and former head of Pepsi Gil Amelio would leave, Apple would buy NEXT Computer
and Steve Jobs would return to Apple as CEO for life.
The iMac would revitalize the Apple product line and see Jobs take his company into profitable
territory. The OSX UNIX based operating system was released in 2001 allowing Apple to market to
the enterprise market.
In the last decade, Steve Jobs has persevered and brought the iPod, IPhone and iPad and faster personal
computers to the world. In June of 2010, Apple’s $221.1 billion market cap would surpass Microsoft
for the first time.