mac cleaning tips

As a way of maintaining your Mac, it is advisable that you clean it once in a while. When you clean it appropriately, it retains the features it had when it was new. However, there are a few steps that will help you while doing the cleanup.

Steps to Cleaning your Mac

Upgrade the operating system

It is important to change your OS into the latest Mac OS to enhance its performance as well as speed.

Learn to restart

The simple manner of restarting your computer helps it in a great way. It is the solution for most of your computer’s issues, which is simply done by restarting.

Get rid of some apps

When you have owned your Mac for a long time, you tend to have several apps too. Some of this apps will slow down your Mac’s startup time because they open automatically. Once you have removed those apps from your computer, it will regain its actual start up speed. You can also delete the large files that you have accumulated over time to improve its performance too.

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Once you have cleaned the internal system, you should also clean it on the outside to ensure that it does not age fast.

How to clean the exterior of your Mac

Shut it down

Start by shutting down your computer and unplug it from the main socket. Using a damp cloth, wipe the outside of it and avoid water in any of its ports so as to avoid damaging its internals. Then clean the screen and the keyboard to ensure they are dust free.

Blow it out

If you have exposed your Mac to a lot of dust, it is not possible to get rid of it using the damp cloth alone. In such cases, you can use a blower to blow out the dust that is trapped on the keyboard and the ports.

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By using the simple cleaning methods, you will greatly improve the performance of your Mac thus making you feel better while using it.

Since reports of Apple’s secret collection of iOS location data arose, the Cupertino-based company has remained silent on the matter, not responding to press inquiries despite the fact that numerous government agencies were looking to launch probes into the company’s use of such data.

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Despite being on sick leave from his position as Apple CEO, Steve Jobs has broken Apple’s silence, issuing a response to an email sent to him but a worried Apple device owner.

A reader of Macrumors claims to have e-mailed Jobs with concerns:

Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.

Steve responded with:

Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.

Sent from my iPhone

As many sites have pointed out, Google does in fact track the location of smartphones running its software. However, the search giant has been found to limit the number of location entries on the device, purging data when there are 50 records stored. Jobs’ statement suggests that Google uses this information to track its users, whereas Apple doesn’t “track anyone”.

The key point is Job’s use of the word “track” – whilst iOS devices are collecting location data and the times the device is pinpointed, the information submitted to Apple is anonymous, which means Apple has no way of tracking a specific user’s location. This data is collected even if the user does not enable location services on the device.

UPDATE: As the author of this site, I have some technical back ground and I have inspected the SQLite database file that contains this data.  Yes, it contains cell location data in the CellLocation table and yes, it does also contain Wifi location data in the WifiLocation table but all this is old news.  This location data has always been around and has been available via the Core Location APIs.  What we are looking at nothing more than log files.  My guess is that Apple is preparing up a formal statement and will put out an iOS update which will increase the purge time of this data so that fewer records are kept as well as fully turn off this logging if you choose to disable Location data in your iOS device settings.  But there is no evidence that Apple is collecting this data and submitting it to themselves (let alone any 3rd party).

I found a great write up from an expert in the field who has written a book on iOS Forensic Analysis prior to this recent research announcement.  This is mostly anti-Apple FUD campaign. The announcement of this discovery by this particular group was timed for the Where 2.0 conference. Just a big publicity stunt by OReilly media that was blown totally out of proportion.  I wouldnt be surprised if Apple sued OReilly media for defamation.

It looks like after the recent WWDC announcements Steve looks to be back responding personally to some user emails.  What a nice guy!  It was great seeing him personally introduce some new things such as the new iCloud features.

Emails From Steve reader Mike was kind enough to write in to let us know that he received a response from Steve (in under 15 minutes, no less!) to a question that he had in regards to the new version of OS X Lion.  OS X Lion will only be available via the Mac App Store and it was announced that you will be able to install OS X Lion on multiple computers on authorized computers that have your Apple ID.  That was a great deal which normally would require the purchase of a family pack for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.  As Mike found out, you will however need to purchase Lion separately if you use 2 different Apple ID accounts.

Michael J. M. wrote:

Hey Steve!
Hope you are feeling well. I have a question about upgrading to Lion that I havent seen addressed anywhere.
I know that if I have multiple Macs in my house with the same Apple ID I can purchase Lion once and upgrade all of them. But my wife and I have separate Apple IDs. Do we need to purchase Lion twice in order to install on both of our Macs?
Sent from my MacBook

Steve Jobs wrote shortly after:


Sent from my iPhone


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UPDATE, Thursday July 21: OS X Lion is now out and a lot of people are finding this page through Google.  To install OS X Lion on multiple computers you can just sign in with the same account via the Mac App Store on different computers.  You do not need to pay for the software multiple times if you do this.

This is the third email I’ve seen from Steve since WWDC.  It looks like Steve must have sat through some discussion meetings since the emails he has replied to clarify items such as the discontinuation of MobileMe and the App Store installation of Mac OS X Lion.

Emails From Steve reader Andreas Dantz was kind enough to write in about a recent email he received from Steve.

With the removal of any physical media installation method for Lion, Andreas wondered how a clean installation would work if he bought a new hard drive.  Would he need to first install Snow Leopard and then upgrade Lion on top of that?  Or would there perhaps be an alternative to this?

Andreas wrote:

Dear Mr. Jobs,

I just wanted to know if there will be a way to install Lion on a new HDD/SSD without previously installing 10.6?


Andreas Dantz

Steves straightforward reply:

Sorry, no.

Sent from my iPhone

So just in case you thought there may be an alternative physical media installation method.  Sorry, no, Apple was serious when they said that Lion would only be available through the App Store.  This is pretty interesting since it means that Steve must have sat through the meetings where they discussed the implications of this move to a download-only upgrade.

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This email from Steve follows on from the last email a reader sent in.

Along the same lines, the user is concerned that they will have no bootable media for a clean install of Lion.  It has been noted on several other blogs that OS X Lion does create a separate recovery partition to enable clean installs from a working system.  In the event of a total hard disk failure where the only option is a full re-install it does seem to be the case as Steve points out that the official reinstallation procedure involves first installing Mac OS X Leopard.

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OS X Daily has a great overview of Lions clean install and Snow Leopard requirements.  It should be noted that the article refers to the developer previews of Lion so certain details may change once Lion is officially released.  In review:

  • You need Mac OS X 10.6.6 or greater to download Mac OS X 10.7 Lion from the Mac App Store
  • The Mac App Store is why 10.6.6 is listed as a system requirement for 10.7
  • Lion requires Snow Leopard to download, but Lion does not require you to upgrade over an existing Snow Leopard installation
  • Once you have downloaded Lion from the App Store, you start the installation process within Snow Leopard (unless you use an unofficial boot DVD)
  • The OS X Lion Installer allows clean installs on new hard drives or new partitions (see image at the very top of post) if the target installation drive is blank
  • You can also unofficially create your own bootable Lion installation DVD and perform a clean install through that (it’s not supported by Apple, but this would remove the Snow Leopard requirement completely)
  • Unless Apple removes the ability to change the target disk for Lion to install on, or removes the dmg file from the downloaded package, all of this should stay the same

Over to the email!:

On Jun 20, 2011, at 9:57 PM, xxxx wrote:


Im really exited about Lion, but Im a bit anxious about the absence of any physical media in the event of a crash where I need to do a clean install. Will Lion still provide a way to make a bootable image in the event that I need to start from scratch?

And Steves response which has led to some debate:

From: Steve Jobs
Subject: Re: Lion clean install
Date: June 21, 2011 7:55:05 AM PDT
To: xxxx

You can clean install Snow Leopaard [sic] first.

Sent from my iPhone



Today Apples Board released a statement that company co-founder and longtime CEO Steve Jobs has passed away.

Apple has also put up the following website in memory. They are asking for “thoughts, memories, and condolences” to be shared by way of this email address:

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This is an unofficial fan website but it will also remain as a tribute to Steve Jobs.

Please feel free to leave any comments you wish in this post.

The release below:

Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors

CUPERTINO, Calif. — We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

A great way to remember Steve is to via his upcoming biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It will be released on October 24, 2011 and would also make an excellent Christmas gift for any Apple fan you may know.

When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, Apple immediately paid its own tribute to its talismanic leader by posting a memorial page on its website, also asking those that wanted to pay their respects to email a specially created email address with their thoughts and tributes to Jobs.

In the weeks that have passed since Jobs’ death Apple has received over one million tributes to its Remembering Steve email address, taking them and posting them on its Steve Jobs website page for visitors to read:

Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts, and feelings about Steve. One thing they all have in common — from personal friends to colleagues to owners of Apple products — is how they’ve been touched by his passion and creativity. You can view some of these messages below.

And share your own at

Apple website visitors can still send their tributes, which will in-turn be posted to the website should they be approved.

Steve Jobs died on October 5 after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

A great way to remember Steve is to via his upcoming biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It will be released on October 24, 2011 and would also make an excellent Christmas gift for any Apple fan you may know.

Source: Macrumors