Put your Mac on a diet

Summary:This week's pseudo-theme of Mac maintenance reminds me of a story. Back during the Internet bubble when I was a principal at a Web development shop, a customer called my partner and asked him if her computer had enough "meggers." That term still brings a smile to my face.

This week's pseudo-theme of Mac maintenance reminds me of a story. Back during the Internet bubble when I was a principal at a Web development shop, a customer called my partner and asked him if her computer had enough "meggers." That term still brings a smile to my face.

In yesterday's installment I talked about a great way to find out what is taking up all the space on your hard drive with a cool visual program called Disk Inventory X. Today I'd like to share another tip on how to regain a few more "meggers" of lost space on your hard drive.

MonoLingual (Universal Binary) removes unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X and freed up about 500MB of disk space on my MacBook Pro. Monolingual is free and requires Mac OS 10.3.9 or higher. Some users have reported saving as much as 4GB of drive space using MonoLingual but I would caution against removing anything from the Architectures tab as it can make non-Intel programs non-launchable.

Also worth mentioning is Jesse Hogie's Maintenance, an elegant freeware action for Apple's Automator designed to keep your Mac running healthy. Maintenance runs a series of system maintenance scripts via the Terminal: repair permissions, verify preference files, run periodic and update prebindings.

These great freeware applications will help keep your Mac healthy and lean.

Topics: Apple

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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