"Tips For Maintaining a Healthy Functioning Mac"
Tips For Maintaining a Healthy Functioning Mac 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 functioning Mac. 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 launch. 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.