A secondary rule is nearly as simple, though a bit less elegant. I review Mac (occasionally iPhone and iPad) apps that I use, or, would use, or would recommend a friend or family use (with the associated need for support when things go wrong).
My geekier Mac friends and sys admin husband tell me to leave my Mac running all night so OS X can run a bunch of scripts to clean out caches and log files and other cruft common to Unix-like machines. That seems like a waste of power, so I stick with a regimen of cruft cleaning with Mavericks Cache Cleaner. There’s more going on here than meets the eye or the definition of ‘cache cleaner.’
MCC (which also works on older versions of OS X) has five basic modes.
- Disaster Plan
The latter is merely a built-in version of ClamAV, the popular anti-virus app. Since there are very few viruses in the wild for Mac users to be wary of, let’s move on.
Maintenance – OS X does some maintenance in the background, often late at night, but if you power down your Mac, MCC can keep it up to date with just a click or two.
Optimizing – This means cleaning out caches, log files, RAM, and recovering storage space (hard disk drive or SSD).
Customization – OS X has all kinds of hidden features which are easily turned on in MCC. They’re built-in by Apple so you probably won’t wreck your system.
Disaster Planning – This might be worth the modest price of admission all by its lonesome. MCC will create a bootable installer of OS X on a USB drive, which makes a great emergency startup disk, with most of MCC’s functions built-in.
There’s plenty going on inside Mavericks Cache Cleaner, so the name is being outperformed by the functionality. The user interface, though, couldn’t be much easier to use and gives you a good idea of what’s happening with your Mac.
MCC is a worthy utility for those of us who don’t want to get our hands dirty mucking around in OS X to make sure it’s running right. If you’d like similar control and options, but without the price tag, there’s always the free Onyx, Maintenance, and Deeper apps– more complex and convoluted, but with similar functionality.