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Dear Aunt TUAW: There's a spider in my iMac

Dear Aunt TUAW, There's a tiny spider running around just behind the glass of my iMac. Hopefully it won't be cause for a service call! [The photo is attached at the end of this post.] Your loving nephew, David R. Dear David, Obviously your Mac isn't running the Robot Exclusion Stan...

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TUAW's Daily Mac App: IceClean

OS X does a pretty good job of maintaining itself due to its Unix core, but there are times when you'd like to run some of its self maintenance tasks manually, and that's where IceClean comes in. Just using the built-in Unix System Tasks that underlay OS X, you can clean out system caches for...

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TUAW's Daily Mac App: Onyx

Cleaning up a Mac is something many users never do, but if you want to squeeze all the performance and disk space you can out of your Mac, you need a tool like Onyx. A free multi-purpose utility, Onyx lets you run a myriad of system tasks such as disk maintenance, cache clean-up and index reb...

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Dear Aunt TUAW: Help me tune my Mac

Dear Aunt TUAW, Think you should discuss how to speed up a mac that is bogging down with long beach ball spins, etc. I have been having this problem with a 3 year old iMac, and I know others are too.... What can I do to get it back to the way it should run? Your loving nephew, Austin...

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Ask TUAW Video Edition: Maintenance on your Mac

This week, Julie writes in about being a new Mac user (having come from the Windows world). She wants to know what kind of maintenance she needs to run to keep her Mac working. I give a few suggestions, but there are A LOT more we could give her. Applications mentioned in this video: Dis...

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MobileMe will go down for maintenance tonight

Here's a quick heads-up. MobileMe will go down for maintenance tonight. Specifically, MobileMe account maintenance will take place on 12/14/2010 between 22:00 and 23:00 PT, while MobileMe sync maintenance will occur on 12/14/2010 between 22:00 PT and 12/15/2010 00:00 PT. Apple notes, "Due to sche...

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MobileMe to go down for scheduled maintenance

MobileMe customers who use the web apps will experience some down time later today as Apple performs some scheduled maintenance. Expect the web services to be offline between 10:00 PM and 12:30 AM Pacific Time. Apple doesn't mention if other services will be affected, so we assume you'll still be...

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The extra special TUAW TV Live all-Mac episode, version 2.0

Welcome to another episode of TUAW TV Live, the weekly livestreaming video show where you can join in on the conversation. Today, I'll be presenting another all-Mac episode, where I try to avoid using the i-words (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and showcase the venerable Apple computer line. Some of ...

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MobileMe web access will be MobileGone between 10 PM and midnight PDT

Don't be expecting to see any MobileMe web functionality tonight for 2 hours between 10 and midnight PDT. Apple says it is shutting the service down for "scheduled maintenance". A note on the MobileMe support page states: MobileMe members will be unable to access MobileMe applications at

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Apple Store is currently down

Yes folks, it looks like the online Apple Store is currently down. Given that it is 10:00 PM on a Saturday night over in Cupertino, I'd say chances are pretty good that it could just be some simple maintenance, but you never know. We'll keep an eye out for any changes and post an update if any...

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Friday Favorite: MainMenu 2 keeps your Mac running smoothly

I'm a sucker for Mac maintenance utilities. That's not to say that I run them on a regular basis like I should do, but whenever I find a new one I like to give it a try and see how it's going to work for me. Dare To Be Creative Ltd. recently released version 2.0 of MainMenu, a collection of Mac util...

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Take Control of Maintaining, Troubleshooting your Mac

Author Joe Kissell has been informing and entertaining Mac users for years through his books, TidBITS columns and Macworld articles. He's recently finished a pair of books for the Take Control ebook series that will help you learn how to keep your Mac running at its most efficient pace, as well as t...

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Freeware favorite OnyX goes 2.0

Whenever we write about Mac OS X utilities for system maintenance, our readers always remind of us one freeware utility that does a lot of work at no cost -- OnyX from Titanium Software. This multifunction application does verification of your Startup Disk and System file structure, performs a lo...

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First Look: Gas Cubby for iPhone

In August, TUAW provided you with a first look at an iPhone trip expense tracking app called Trip Cubby. Now developer David Barnard and his company App Cubby have released Gas Cubby (click opens iTunes). Gas Cubby is an automobile maintenance manager. If you can't remember the last time you chan...

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File under "Hmmm": Best Buy website down

Maybe this is a coincidence, coming as it does on the eve of a big Apple announcement... it could be meaningless, just regularly scheduled inventory maintenance, the BB version of the yellow sticky note. Sure, that's probably it -- nothing to see here. Yeah. No reason at all to think that Best Buy'...

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