“Enhance your Mac!”, “Speed up your PC!”, “Create an augmented Mac right now!” etc. – we can see these ads every day while we surf the Web – tons of them dazzle around, interfere with our work and irritate with bright blinking colors, resembling a porn advert. Speaking frankly, I get really tired of all those banners trying to sell me something I don’t really need. Just because I am a software developer, I do understand what’s hidden behind these ads and why they are, putting it mildly, a bit unfair. Well, they are actually fair, but from a different angle – and to figure this angle out, it’s necessary to understand the principles of operating systems, particularly – of Mac OS X, which is becoming a bit more popular nowadays because of the growth of its acceptance in Asia and Europe. Below I’ll try to explain briefly what a real “augmented” Mac is, and what software is worth buying to boost the performance of your Mac.
If you have got some elementary knowledge of PC hardware, you perfectly know yourself that there cannot be any “boosting” of Mac from a hardware point of view (well, we exclude overclocking options – but they need a good deal of practical knowledge of how PC hardware operates, and often are potentially risky – so we shall deal with them some other time). From the point of view of software boosting of performance is available, but we should understand in comparison to which performance the abovementioned boosting is offered.
Here goes the most interesting, but probably rather trivial part – we all surely face it every day, but don’t pay much attention to it. The trick is that ANY operating system requires certain maintenance (not only Mac OS X, but also Linux’s, Unix’s and – of course! – Windows operating systems). As a rule, this maintenance is implemented by in-built tools of the OS. They are designed to get rid of different junk – like cache files, temporary files and other stuff which, in fact, is absolutely useless. Well, potentially it can be used, but I can hardly even imagine a situation, compelling a common user to make use of such data. On and on, this data accumulates inside the system – not completely removed programs, caches, logs, other different stuff – and the system finds it harder and harder to work quickly, simply because such data begins to eat up RAM and HDD space, as well as certain percentage of CPU performance.
The “boosting” software, advertised here and there is made in order to replace the built-in components and tools (well, that’s sometimes good – because these tools happen to be frankly awfully designed, and not even able to perform the task they were designed for in a proper way). As a result – the PC is really “augmented”, and it begins to work like with a fresh-installed OS. A user’s task is to perform a regular clean-up (well, some software is not so bad afterwards – I’ve tried many of them and right now I’m using one of the popular programs – I just don’t want to advertise it).
That’s a principle of “boosting” and “augmenting” – in fact, it’s true, but you should understand how it works and only then making a decision.
Author Bio:- Robert Glass is an enthusiast of technology blogging. He holds a degree in CS from Cockrell and spent substantial time with a number of computer manufacturers. Besides private entrepreneurship activities and guest blogging he is engaged in several online projects including mac-uninstall.com and works on development of CS educational webinars.