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Mac Maintenance Guide at the Mac Attack

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I just had a chance to listen to the latest episode of the Mac Attack where my friend, Steve Stanger, spent considerable time coming up with a sensible Mac maintenance plan. Steve is Apple certified both with software and hardware and I've always founds his advice spot on.

Steve also wrote out his steps, which I will reprint below. Regardless, I strongly recommend adding the Mac Attack to you podcast list where you will undoubtedly learn even more. And if that isn't good enough, you may even hear my dulcet tones on The Mac Attack.

Steve's Mac Maintenance Plan:


General Mac House cleaning


- keep your software up-to-date (Mac OS and applications)
- back up before performing any maintenance
- before performing maintenance quit all applications

Recommended monthly maintenance


- repair system/disk file permissions
- manually run daily, weekly & monthly maintenance scripts

Recommended six month preventative maintenance


- zap parameter ram (PRAM) - hold down Command, Option, P, and R
- rebuild LaunchServices
- clear or delete System, User, Internet, and font caches

New Link - The Mac Attack

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For some time now I have been corresponding with my friend, Steve Stanger, over at the "Mac Attack" podcast. Steve is a Mac guru and has probably forgotten more about the nuts and bolts of these little machines than I'll ever learn. Even more important, he is a very nice person and a pleasure to listen to. He has that rare ability to instruct without talking down to you. I am going to start making occasional contributions to Steve's show. If you haven't already, you should head over and subscribe.