Keep your Mac running smoothly and prevent common problems with a simple, do-it-yourself maintenance program!

Maintaining Your Mac: A Joe On Tech Guide

Joe Kissell

Learn how to prevent problems with your Mac and keep little irritations from turning into major headaches. Joe Kissell shows you a simple maintenance regimen that will keep your Mac humming. It starts with a good spring cleaning and then adds simple daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks, as well as ongoing monitoring.

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Macs, like all machines, are prone to break down eventually—in either a physical sense (a component going bad) or a logical sense (files becoming corrupted, apps misbehaving). You can reduce the risk of such problems, and minimize the damage when they do occur, with a regular maintenance regimen. This 119-page book by best-selling author Joe Kissell shows you how to keep your Mac humming. Joe starts with a good spring cleaning and then adds simple daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks, as well as ongoing monitoring.

This ebook is for all Macs running OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or 10.12 Sierra.

Hey, What’s This?
We can focus our attention on only so many books, so when our friend and longtime collaborator Joe Kissell proposed revisiting this topic and creating a new book on his own, we jumped at the chance to bring it to you. It’s his book, not ours, so it looks a little different, but the content is great.

You’ll find advice for how to:

  • Start on the right foot by addressing common maintenance issues.

  • Eliminate disk clutter and free up storage space.

  • Make sure your software is up to date.

  • Check your hardware for hidden faults before they become major problems.

  • Choose useful maintenance utilities (and know which ones to avoid).

  • Perform simple daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly maintenance tasks.

  • Learn why you should skip certain frequently recommended tasks.

  • Understand what to do when Apple releases a new version of macOS.

  • Monitor your Mac’s health as you use it.

Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in San Diego with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

Version 1.2 is a minor update that includes information on new and changed features in Sierra, and a few other small corrections. The most significant changes are:

  • Added the topic “Use Optimized Storage in Sierra”

  • Added mentions of Hazel and Sierra’s Optimized Storage to the topic “Empty Your Trash”

  • Updated the “Repair Permissions” discussion to make it more apparent that this capability disappeared starting with El Capitan

Maintaining Your Mac Erratum

Posted by Joe Kissell on June 11, 2016

The “RAM Usage Meanings” sidebar on p. 103 of Maintaining Your Mac needs updating, because OS X no longer labels RAM as “Active” or “Inactive.” I’ll address this, along with a number of other minor changes, in version 1.1 of this book, which I plan to release as a free update in mid-2016.

September 20, 2016 - With the release of version 1.2 of this book, which brings it up to date with Sierra, Joe has no updates planned for the near future.

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