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Updates
What’s New in Version 1.2
What Was New in Version 1.1
Introduction
Speeding Up Your Mac Quick Start
Learn What Makes a Mac Fast (or Slow)
The Three Most Important Determiners of Mac Performance
CPU Power
OpenCL and Your Mac’s “Extra” CPU
Freeing Up Disk Space
Eliminating Malware
Quit Inactive Applications
Automatic Termination
Prune Login Items
Log Out of Other Accounts
Upgrade Your Firmware
Reset the SMC
Update Mac OS X
Upgrade Your RAM
Diagnose Common Speed Problems
Understand Diagnostic Principles
Benchmark Your Mac’s Performance
Use a Stopwatch
Check Your Resource Usage
Use Activity Monitor
Check CPU Usage
Use Live Monitoring Tools
Test Specific Speed Problems
Fix File and Directory Problems
Run Disk Utility
Check for Damaged Preference Files
Check Your Fonts
Watch for CPU Hogs
The Spinning Pizza of Death
Pause Background Applications
Adjust Application Priority
Increase Your Free RAM
Reduce the Number of Open Applications, Windows, and Tabs
Reduce the Number of Desktop Icons
Watch Out for Memory Leaks
Disable Unused Dashboard Widgets
Improve Your Disk Performance
Tame Disk Access
Uninstall Unneeded Applications
Defragment Your Disk
Speed Up Your Browser
Quit and Reopen Your Browser
Have Fewer Tabs and Windows Open
Manage or Disable Flash
Block Flash with a Plug-in
Uninstall Flash
Manage Extensions, Plug-ins, and Add-ons
Internet Plug-ins
Use a Faster Browser
Speed Up Your Email
Adjust Checking Frequency
Consolidate Your Accounts
Keep Your Inbox Trim
Optimize Your Rules or Filters
Rebuild Mailboxes or Database
Monitor What Your Email Client Is Doing
Speed Up Your Network
Understand Factors Influencing Network Speed
Monitor Network Activity
Check Your Wi-Fi Connection
Band
Check Your Wired Ethernet Connection
Use a Faster DNS Provider
Test Your Broadband Service
Speed Up Booting, Sleeping, and Waking
Understand What Influences Startup Speed
Speed Up Startups
Manage or Disable Safe Sleep
Speed Up Mouse and Keyboard Input
Speed Up Your Pointer
Adjust Acceleration
Preferences for Third-Party Input Devices
Enhance Your Mouse, Trackball, or Trackpad
Speed Up Typing
Speed Up Keyboard Control
Macro Utilities
Upgrade Your Hardware
Add RAM
Upgrade Your Hard Drive
Choose a Hard Drive
Install a Hard Drive
Add an SSD
Install an SSD
Technique B
Add a Secondary Drive
Use a RAID
Use a Faster Disk Interface
Add a Faster Video Card
Add a Second (or Larger) Display
Buy a New Mac
Speed Up Your Peripherals
Learn about Buses and Ports
Optimize USB and FireWire Configurations
Ebook Extras
About the Author
Author’s Acknowledgments
Shameless Plug
About the Publisher
Copyright and Fine Print
Featured Titles
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Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac

Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac

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Updated for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion!

Has your Mac lost its zip? Do you wish you could squeeze extra life out of an older but still functional Mac rather than investing in the latest model? Or are you a power user looking to put together the ultimate high-end Mac configuration for work or play? Nearly every Mac's speed can be boosted considerably and inexpensively if you know what you're doing. In this practical, hands-on book, best-selling author Joe Kissell offers you the results of his extensive research and experimentation in the area of Macintosh performance.

This book shows you how to identify the exact causes of slowdowns and measure your Mac's speed before and after making changes so you know exactly what their effect was. You'll systematically root out the gremlins that chew up CPU cycles, RAM, and disk space; discover numerous tricks to improve responsiveness; and learn how to speed up your email, Web browser, network, peripherals, and more. You'll also explore the benefits of hardware upgrades such as SSDs, faster hard drives, and extra RAM; discover techniques and utilities to boost your Mac's speed; and get to the bottom of some of the most common and pervasive performance myths.

With this 204-page book, you can:

Save money: Extend your Mac's useful life and postpone buying an expensive new computer. Save time: Work more efficiently rather than constantly waiting for your Mac to catch up with you. Eliminate irritations: Banish the spinning pizza of death. Reduce startup and application launch times. Work smarter: Learn power user tricks for getting more done with less effort.

You'll learn answers to questions like:

What are the eight quickest fixes for Mac performance problems? Which common claims about Mac performance are myths? How can I objectively measure my Mac's performance? Which popular Mac OS X features have hidden (and severe) speed penalties? What are the best ways to find and eliminate CPU and RAM hogs? Can I make my Mac faster by freeing up disk space? Will defragmenting my disk, repairing permissions, or clearing caches speed up my Mac? When is an SSD (solid-state drive) a smart upgrade choice? Which hardware upgrades are worth the money, and which should I avoid? If Web browsing is slow, how can I tell where the bottleneck is? How can I make my Mac start up, go to sleep, or wake up faster? How can I type faster? How can I make my mouse pointer move faster or more fluidly?

Updated for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion!

Has your Mac lost its zip? Do you wish you could squeeze extra life out of an older but still functional Mac rather than investing in the latest model? Or are you a power user looking to put together the ultimate high-end Mac configuration for work or play? Nearly every Mac's speed can be boosted considerably and inexpensively if you know what you're doing. In this practical, hands-on book, best-selling author Joe Kissell offers you the results of his extensive research and experimentation in the area of Macintosh performance.

This book shows you how to identify the exact causes of slowdowns and measure your Mac's speed before and after making changes so you know exactly what their effect was. You'll systematically root out the gremlins that chew up CPU cycles, RAM, and disk space; discover numerous tricks to improve responsiveness; and learn how to speed up your email, Web browser, network, peripherals, and more. You'll also explore the benefits of hardware upgrades such as SSDs, faster hard drives, and extra RAM; discover techniques and utilities to boost your Mac's speed; and get to the bottom of some of the most common and pervasive performance myths.

With this 204-page book, you can:

Save money: Extend your Mac's useful life and postpone buying an expensive new computer. Save time: Work more efficiently rather than constantly waiting for your Mac to catch up with you. Eliminate irritations: Banish the spinning pizza of death. Reduce startup and application launch times. Work smarter: Learn power user tricks for getting more done with less effort.

You'll learn answers to questions like:

What are the eight quickest fixes for Mac performance problems? Which common claims about Mac performance are myths? How can I objectively measure my Mac's performance? Which popular Mac OS X features have hidden (and severe) speed penalties? What are the best ways to find and eliminate CPU and RAM hogs? Can I make my Mac faster by freeing up disk space? Will defragmenting my disk, repairing permissions, or clearing caches speed up my Mac? When is an SSD (solid-state drive) a smart upgrade choice? Which hardware upgrades are worth the money, and which should I avoid? If Web browsing is slow, how can I tell where the bottleneck is? How can I make my Mac start up, go to sleep, or wake up faster? How can I type faster? How can I make my mouse pointer move faster or more fluidly?

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Publish date: Sep 19, 2012
Added to Scribd: Aug 16, 2011
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