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11. Stay away from Internet Explorer.
Use Safari, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape...anything but IE.
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01-14-2009 03:45 AM
If you are in the habit of shutting down your Mac, considering using a utility every now and again like Onyx, which can run the default UNIX maintenance scripts all at one time. They are generally known as Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and a default install of OS X has them scheduled to run at around 3 AM local machine time. Make sure that you have the latest version of the utility for your system, they can be found at MacTracker or VersionTracker. But it's good to be careful, excepting for the above named scripts, others can cause you to make a whole lot of resets to your system prefs. Some stuff in the parameters is pretty harmless, and useful, like enabling the Develop(er) Menu, or changing the arrows in Safari. These are hidden defaults, which can be enabled by using the command line in Terminal, but who wants to get that geeky?
The best saver, which Ted's article mentioned, is to have a recent back-up. For OS X I am a fan of SuperDuper! which can save an entire disc to another drive or to an image, and even over a network to a disc image. (freeware/shareware with more features enabled when registered.) I've heard that CarbonCopyCloner has also made great strides, freeware. Of course, if you're running Leopard, TimeMachine is always available. I haven't tried it yet, since some of my stuff doesn't work in Leopard, and besides, I like to make backups when I have things humming, but that's just me.
If you don't install and test a lot of stuff, TimeMachine's hourly backups should suit most folks just fine.
01-14-2009 09:25 AM
This is a very old thread but still very useful advice.
Time Machine has been working beautifully for us. But I also make backups of some directories to CD at useful intervals. My husband got on external 1 terabyte hard disk for Christmas, did a complete backup of all our computers, and took it to work so that we have an off-site backup.
But burning your most important stuff to a CD is something everyone can do.
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