November 10th, 2008
Product Link : Macaroni 2.1.1 ($9.99 Trialware)
Company Link : Atomic Bird
Thanks to the UNIX roots of Mac OS X, the operating system will try to keep things running smoothly by running regularly scheduled maintenance tasks, such as clearing out old log files, rebuilding system databases, and other tasks. Unfortunately, if your Mac isn't on when these tasks are scheduled, they may not get run for a long time, leading to the buildup of all sorts of cruft. The good news is that using Macaroni will make sure these tasks are run, and more.
Macaroni Preference Pane
One of the first things you'll see is if and when your daily, weekly and monthly maintenance has been run. If you've ever wondered exactly what happens during these maintenance events, simply click on the event, and you'll get a rundown of all the tasks performed by the script. If you'd like to force a script to execute, just click on it, and click "Run Job Now," and the script will run.
But Macaroni does a few more interesting things, too. One is that you can schedule a running of Repair Permissions. Bad permissions are often the cause of odd system behavior, so running this from time to time isn't a bad idea. You can also Remove Localized Files, which trims resources for languages that you don't need. Finally, for those who want to perform their own scheduled tasks, Macaroni allows you to define a New Job, where you can choose a program and run it on a regular schedule. Of course you can do this via the command line, but Macaroni provides a nice GUI to limit the pain.
So make sure your Mac is properly maintained, and get Macaroni now! Have any other gadgets that help take care of your Mac? Send an and he'll give it a spin.
John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line!
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