Even though the Mac runs more smoothly and more stable compared to Windows – thanks to its stable UNIX core – it still needs maintenance nonetheless. Most of the time, the main maintenance processes are done automatically in the background and in the time when most of the users are not using it – a.k.a. in the middle of the night.
Your Mac is also the kind of machine which can go on fine for ages without the need for rebooting. My Mac’s last reboot was three weeks ago when I installed a few software updates. So, the maintenance arrangement seems logical.
But if you are the kind of person who can’t leave the machine without turning it off, or if your machine is in the office where the rules require you to turn it off every time you leave it, your Mac might have missed several maintenance schedules, and the cumulative effects could cause several glitches.
In the rare cases where the automatic maintenance schedule fails, you are advised to do it manually. However, one of the alternative applications that can help you is MainMenu.
Upon installation, this small app – about 1.4MB in size – will reside in your menubar above next to the clock and other tools like Bluetooth and Airport status. From this menubar icon, you can access MainMenu’s menus.
The first thing you would want to do is to go to the “Preferences”
and choose “General”. Make sure that the “Start MainMenu automatically when I log in” box is checked. This will make sure that it will always be available for you to use.
You can choose what kind of menubar icon you want to use from the “Appearance” tab.
The “Log Window” tab gives you options to display the log window and set the hotkey.
“Batch Tasks” might be the most important tab of all. Here you can choose what tasks need to be done when you choose “Execute Batch Task” (Command + R).
There are two main groups here: the tasks that need no restart after executed and the tasks that do. But it seems the developer has saved the latter group for the next version of the app.
For me, I would check all of the boxes in the Batch Tasks except for the “Clear All Browser History” and “Empty All Browser Caches”.
Another tabs are “Updates” and “Registration”. Note: no registration is needed for version 1.x.
Now let us see the menus.
For those who don’t want to be bothered by the little things, just pick “Execute Batch Task” (Command + R).
The “Maintenance Scripts” I mentioned – that run in the middle of the night – are available at the top. There are the “Daily”, “Weekly” and “Monthly” scripts, but to make life easier, choose “All Scripts” to run.
Other menus are: “Disk Utility”, “Rebuild”, “Cleaning”, “Finder” and “Others”; each with their own sets of tasks that you can explore and choose.
But the one that I find most useful is the “Disable Dashboard” task from the “Others” menu, as I almost never use Dashboard and its widgets.
I could use the extra power gained from disabling Dashboard to other “heavy” activities such as composing my next hit with Garageband or editing my vacation videos in iMovie.
Do you have any other favorite utility tool? Share your experiences using the comment section below.