Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac
Take Control of Maintaining Your MAC: Second Edition
Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac is one of three books by Joe Kissell about taking care of your Mac. The others are Take Control of Trouble Shooting Your Mac, and Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac. Together these books provide the information you need to care for your Mac.
I recommend that you read Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac first. It is basic and may reduce your need for the other two.
Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac does not prescribe what you must do. It provides you with the information you need to decide what you want to do knowing the advantages and disadvantages of all the options available.
Joe Kissell urges you to create a maintenance plan and a schedule that you will follow to make sure it gets done. He advises you to start on the right foot by installing the latest software and cleaning out "cruft."
Joe Kissel says, "The term 'cruft' is hacker slang for digital detritus, obsolete, extraneous, or otherwise useless files that have accumulated over time and now do nothing but take up space. By removing cruft, you can recover valuable disk space, increase the speed of backups, file searches, upgrades, and disk diagnostics, and reduce the chance of software conflicts."
He warns you about items not to touch. Everything is written in language that we can understand, in an informal manner that is easy to read.
Where experts hold different of opinions, Joe Kissel has invited different experts to express them. Six experts provided their opinions of the importance of removing cruft.
There are chapters about daily tasks, weekly tasks, monthly tasks, and yearly tasks. There is also a chapter about things you have heard about that you might never need to do.
Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac ends with a listing of resources where you can learn more, and a "Periodic Task Checklist of Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Tasks."