OSX hacks, tweaks and cleaners.
October 25, 2012 4:14 PM Subscribe
Lay on me your OS X hacks, tweaks and cleaners.
posted by griphus to computers & internet (28 answers total) 78 users marked this as a favorite
I am the guy who has been editing config.sys and autoexec.bat since he was 12. In Windows, I'm used to msconfig, Process Monitor, and a number of tweaking utilities that made sure everything looked the way I wanted and acted the way I wanted. Nothing loads on boot without my explicit permission, I can see everything that's running and just in general I have a really good hang on what's going on with the computer. I also run CCleaner, et. al., regularly to maintain good hygiene.
Now I want to do the same with my MacBook. Except with this OS, I no longer have an inherent feel for what is a useful trick and what is system-breaking crapware. Help me out here. I'm using Lion right now because they seem to think I'm ineligible for the Mountain Lion update, but I figure I will eventually break through that nonsense and update.
Now I know that OS X is Unix-based, but I'd like more GUI-based programs (am I supposed to call them "apps" now?) and less command line wizardry. Although I am completely capable of using the command line, so if there's anything particularly cool, let me know.
If it matters, I'm using an SSD, so a) stuff specifically for SSDs would be useful and b) stuff that does a lot of reading/writing to disk would not.
Oh and something to let me snap windows to half-screen like Window Key+Left or +Right in Windows 7 would be awesome. I miss that feature.