7 Tasks Mac Users Can Skip Today: Essential Tips

7 Tasks Mac Users Can Skip Today: Essential Tips

Editor’s Note: Apologies for the factual inaccuracies in this article. Defrag is still a thing, sort of, and Windows today performs just fine after days of uptime. Mavericks and Mountain Lion have nag screens just as annoying for Windows Firewall, and as for not breaking stuff… Well, I’ve had plenty break in OS X, free Mavericks or not.

Look for a rebuttal this week, all in the name of science.

7 Tasks Mac Users Can Skip Today: Essential Tips

Mac turned 30 years old today, in case you hadn’t already heard. Despite the naysayers declaring it a dying brand for three decades now, Mac is still chugging along with no signs of slowing down. I could sit here and add a few drops to the “Mac vs.

Windows” argument, but it wouldn’t really matter. So I’d instead like to take this opportunity to remind all you crazy ones of a few things you don’t have to do to your Macs today.

Defragment your hard drive

Whereas most Windows machines organize files like a lazy teenager hastily cramming questionably clean laundry into a dresser drawer, OS X arranges things like a college student with OCD and a Ritalin prescription. Kick back and enjoy not having to worry about where the hell your Mac is putting everything.

Update your firewall

7 Tasks Mac Users Can Skip Today: Essential Tips

As your long-suffering friends with Windows computers download their 14th firewall update so far this year, you can giggle to yourself — or right in their faces — because it’s pretty hilarious.

Delete bloatware

7 Tasks Mac Users Can Skip Today: Essential Tips

I’m sure Apple’s hardware would be much better received if it came jam-packed with useless programs and free trials of crapware, but for now, us Mac owners will find and download the programs that we want instead of letting third-party manufacturers decide for us.

Worry about the next update

7 Tasks Mac Users Can Skip Today: Essential Tips

One of the best things about owning a Mac is that you can confidently download new software updates and entire new versions of the operating system — now for free — without worrying that doing so will completely break both first- and third-party applications.

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