So you went and got yerself a shiny new mac and thought whoop! No more computer maintenance!
Notsofast there, hot stuff.
‘Tis true: Macs rock. Installing things is simple and they really do hum along without issue. If you’re switching from a PC, your only regret will be that you didn’t switch sooner.
However. Over time….ehhhh…they do get a little bogged down. All that fast as lightning internet surfing can leave you with HUGE cache files and they come with a LOT of software you may not need (yes, I’m talking about you, Garage Band.)
I picked up Clean My Mac as part of a Cult of Mac deal bundle awhile back and I LOVE it. I’ve since upgraded to the paid version and – like all things mac – the UI (user interface, are you totally impressed that I used ‘UI’ in a sentence and sounded like I knew what I was talking about??) is so clean and lovely. You just run a scan and it will give you a list of what you can delete.
Yesterday I discovered the Uninstaller and went to town.
The Uninstaller scans and gives you a list of EVERYTHING installed on your Mac, along with the last time you opened it and the size. I found a bunch of Epson scan software – when I tossed my old Epson scanner months ago. Garage Band? Gone. A bunch of mac-installed programs that aren’t even supported anymore? Gone. iPhoto? Gone. I know, I know – but I don’t use it and it’s SO HUGE.
It’s part of minimizing, folks. If I haven’t used it in 3 years I’m not going to. So out it went:
The best thing I ever did for my mac was add RAM (from 4 to 8 GB, huge difference). Next up is a new battery. But this is definitely a utility I can’t do without.
Psssst: If you’re still on a PC, they have a version for those too.