Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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▼ ❑ Announcements
• ❑ Anyone new here since the March Meeting?
Please fill out the questionnaire.
• ❑ ncc-mac.blogspot.com is up and running.
I sent out invitations to everyone who filled out the questionnaire at the March meeting. Comments are welcomed.
• ❑ I have registered this group with Apple. Here is their response.
Thanks for visiting the Apple User Groups web site and submitting your
info. It's always great to see a new group forming.
We've put the group on pending status as it needs to grow in a couple
of areas before we can add it to the program or locator. When
accepting new groups, we typically look for:
1. three different leadership contacts
2. a couple of group meetings successfully completed (doesn't apply to
"Online Only" groups)
3. a website with at least basic meeting and contact information
4. at least 25 members (100 members for online groups)
• ❑ Q&A, General Discussion
▼ ❑ Basic Care & Feeding of your Macintosh
Links to all mentioned utilities can be found at MacUpdate.com or VersionTracker.com
▼ ❑ Backup, backup, backup!
There are two kinds of computer users: those that have had a hard disk fail and those that will have a hard disk fail.
• ❑ Mac OS X 10.5.x Time Machine
For best results use an external hard disk that's at least 1.5 times the capacity of the drive you're backing up.
▼ ❑ Mac OS X 10.4.x or later
• ❑ Retrospect Express
Free when you buy certain external drives.
• ❑ Carbon Copy Cloner (Free)
• ❑ SuperDuper! ($27.95 Shareware)
• ❑ Finder
For backing up selective files.
• ❑ iPhoto & iTunes
Can back up their own libraries.
▼ ❑ Maintenance Scripts
Maintenance scripts archive log files daily, weekly & monthly. This normally takes place in the middle of the night, but if your computer is off, you can run the scripts manually.Theoretically MacOS X 10.5.x runs these scripts at Startup if the computer has been off overnight. Mac OS X 10.4.x is supposed to do this too, but it does not do it reliably.
• ❑ Maintenance (Free)
• ❑ Maintidget (Free)
▼ ❑ When things just don't feel right…
• ❑ Restart
That may be all that's necessary. Sometimes restarting in "Safe Mode" (holding down Shift when restarting) can clear up some problems.
▼ ❑ Disk Utility
• ❑ Repair Disk Permissions
• ❑ Verify Disk
▼ ❑ Boot from install DVD
• ❑ Repair Disk
• ❑ Create a troubleshooting account. If the problem goes away, there was probably a problem in an Application Support or Preferences file.
▼ ❑ Single User Mode (BE VERY CAREFUL!)
• ❑ AppleJack (Free)
applejack auto restart
▼ ❑ Commercial Disk Utilities
• ❑ TechTool Pro ($98)
• ❑ DiskWarrior ($99.95)
▼ ❑ Other considerations
• ❑ Use a surge protector or UPS
• ❑ Have enough RAM
• ❑ Don't overfill your hard disk. Leave ample room for Virtual Memory to grow.
• ❑ Don't lose your software discs
• ❑ Empty the Trash
▼ ❑ Keep System and other software up-to-date
• ❑ Software Update
• ❑ App Update & Widget Update
• ❑ Macworld's Maintenance Calendar