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Degunking Your Mac

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ISBN-10: 1932111948

ISBN-13: 9781932111941

Edition: 2004

Authors: Paraglyph Staff, Joli Ballew

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"Degunking Your Mac covers the latest operating system (OS X Panther) and earlier versions, including OS 9. It provides the essential tips and tricks to help all Mac users bring their computers up to top performance. This book is a huge time saver because it's organized according to the special twelve-step degunking process that will improve the performance of any Mac. The book includes a handy degunking chart that will help users really focus on what they need to do to clean their Macs. All of the crucial degunking tips and tricks are in the book, including how to degunk Macs that run dual operating systems, how to better manage hard drives that get gunked up with all types of media files,…    
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Paraglyph, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Is My Mac Really Gunked Up?
What Gunk Is
What the Experts Know
Understanding How You Got Gunked Up
Files Are Stored Everywhere
Installation Files Are Everywhere
Spam, Spam, Eggs, Bacon, and Spam
You Have Too Many Installed Programs or Fonts
The Desktop, Dock, Finder, and Folders Are Overrun
Fragmented Hard Drive
You're Low on Hard Disk Space
Data Files Are Unorganized
Bookmarks Are Unorganized
Spyware Is a New Threat
These Cookies Aren't So Tasty
You're Gunked Up!
Ready for Degunking?
Degunking Your Mac
The Strategy Behind Degunking
It's Psychology, Not Just Technology!
Important Degunking Questions to Consider
Organizational Techniques for Files and Folders
A Clean Desktop and Finder Windows
Organizational Techniques for Mail
Disable Unnecessary Components
Updates Are Important
About Security
About Backups
Maintaining Your Mac
Getting a Clean Start
The Degunking 12-Step Program
Summing Up
Getting Rid of Files That Shouldn't Be There
Clean Up Your Home Folder
The Documents Folder
The Pictures Folder
The Movies Folder
The Music Folder
The Library Folder
The Public Folder
Personal Folders You've Created
Clean Up Your Desktop
Remove Unwanted Items
Organize Your Icons
Remove Items from Your Desktop Using Finder Preferences
Clean Up Other Folders
The Shared Folder
Clean Up Your Hard Disk Window
Clean Up the Users Folder
Deleting User Accounts
If You Share a Computer
Search and Find Elusive Temporary Files
Manage Aliases
Summing Up
Uninstalling Programs You Don't Need (and Tweaking Those You Do)
Remove Programs You Don't Use
Cleaning Out the Applications Folder
Remove Programs for Hardware You No Longer Own
Don't Need iApps?
Find Programs You Don't Even Know You Have
Tweak Programs You Do Need
Configure Program Preferences
Configure View Options
Classic, Carbon, and Cocoa
Applications and OS Versions
Summing Up
Organizing Your Remaining Files and Folders
Better Organize the Home Folders
Personalize the Home Folder
Personalize the Desktop
Move Data into the New Folders
Organize Your Graphics Files and Artwork
Take Advantage of Labels
Compress and Archive
Empty the Trash
Empty the iPhoto Trash
Empty the iMovie Trash
Find Elusive Files
Make a Final Pass
Ready? Empty!
Disk Fragmentation
Defragment the Drive with Third-Party Utilities
Summing Up
Clean Up the Dock, Finder, and Menu Bar
Clean Up and Personalize the Dock
Remove Icons
Add Icons
Auto-Hide, Shrink and Enlarge, Move, Magnification, and Effects
Third-Party Applications
Clean Up and Personalize the Finder Windows
Move and Shrink
Add, Rearrange, or Remove Icons
Add Folders to Bottom Half of the Sidebar
Miscellaneous Cleanup
File Name Extensions
Apple Menu
Menu Extras
Summing Up
Fonts and Font Gunk
Where Fonts Are Stored
Library Fonts
Private Fonts
Network Fonts
System Fonts
Classic Fonts
Organizing Fonts
Two Ways to Select Fonts
Installing and Deleting Fonts
Font Book
The Power of the Font Book
Preview Font Families
Enable/Disable Fonts and Font Collections
Tweak Preferences
Delete Fonts
Moving Fonts from OS 9
Extensis Suitcase
Free Icon: Fontifier
Summing Up
Preventing Spam Gunk
Choose the Best E-Mail Addresses
Set Up Your Primary E-Mail Address
Set Up Backup and Disposable E-Mail Addresses
Avoid Spammer Dictionary Attacks
Use Your E-Mail Address Carefully
Don't Use the Unsubscribe Option
Never Post Your E-Mail Address on the Web--Except as a Graphic
E-Mail Addresses, E-Lists, Newsgroups, and E-Commerce
Use Disposable Addresses for E-Commerce
Using Mail's Junk E-Mail Utilities
Creating Rules
Using the Junk E-Mail Filter
Use a Separate Spam Filtering Utility
A Short Spam Filtering Glossary
Free Icon: JunkMatcher
Avoid Triggering Other People's Spam Filters
Summing Up
Cleaning Up E-Mail Gunk
Do You Know Who's in Your Address Book?
Delete Unnecessary Addresses
Edit Contact Information
Create Address Groups
Buy, Sell, or Hold?
Once Again, It's Psychology, Not Technology!
Create a Folder Hierarchy
Keep Your New Folder Hierarchy to One Screen
Creating Folders and Subfolders
Watch Out for Those Attachments
What to Watch Out For
Miscellaneous Pointers
Send E-Mail as Plain Text
Have Your E-Mails Read to You
Color-Code Messages
Archive Messages
Summing Up
Optimizing OS 9
Understanding the Differences Between OS 9 and OS X
Classic Gunk
Degunking System Preferences
Removing Unnecessary Files
Problem Applications
Classic Issues
Use Symantec's Norton Utilities 8.0
Defragment Your Hard Drive
Startup Items
Rebuild the Desktop
Get Rid of OS 9
Just Say No
A Saner Way to Move to OS X
Summing Up
Optimizing Your Hard Drive
Degunk the Startup Process
Select an Optimum Startup Disk
Degunk Your Startup Items
Save Time: Log On Automatically
Things That Can Make a Good Startup Go Bad
Enhance Hard Disk Performance
Get the Latest Device Drivers and Updates
Choose Non-System-Intensive Screen Savers and Themes
Optimize Your Display Settings
Optimize Your Hard Drive Easily
Other Ways to Tweak Your System
Summing Up
Staying Organized and Up-to-Date
Set Software Update Preferences
Choosing What to Install
Energy Saver
Configuring Energy Saver Properly
Let Atomic Bird Macaroni Get Updates for You
Obtaining Upgrades for Your System
iLife Upgrades
Explore Expose
Get a .Mac Account
Summing Up
The Best Hardware for Mac Degunking
Why Add Hardware?
Add Memory
Physical Installation
Add a Backup Device
External Hard Drive
Backing Up Using CD and DVD Burners
Other Storage Options
Add a Second Monitor
Add Additional USB Capabilities
What Should You Buy?
Physically Clean the Machine
Cleaning Keyboards, Mice, and Monitors
Degunking Outside of the Case
Purchase a New Computer
Transferring Files and Settings
FireWire Target Disk Mode
Summing Up
Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tools
Check the File System for Errors
Delete Library Caches
Run Disk Utility to Verify and Repair Permissions
Scan the Startup Disk for Errors
Zap the PRAM
Incorporate Third-Party Applications
Get Awesome Freeware and Shareware
Great Commercial Software
Summing Up
Improving Security
Basic Security Tasks
Physical Security
Secure the Login Process
Hide the Restart and Shut Down Buttons
Create a Screen Saver Password
Log Out Automatically
Use Mac OS X's Built-In Firewall
Use Secure Empty Trash
Create and Enable a Visitor Account
Use Anti-Virus Software
Common Configuration Techniques
Configure Safari for Security
Explore the Security Options
Lock Keychain When You Leave Your Desk
Use FileVault
Summing Up
Backing Up Precious Files
Backup Techniques
Copy to CD as a Backup Option
Other Backup Devices
Recommendations for the Home User
More About How Often to Back Up
About Storing the Backups
Summing Up
Troubleshooting Your Mac with Degunking Techniques