ET OSX is a list of useful tools for the MacOS X, most of which live in the Applications folder on my startup drive. It started as a 'what's on my Mac' page on my personal site but quickly evolved into a blog of its own. I'm trying to focus most on of the tiny but useful utilities that sometimes save you lots of trouble and effort, and to omit for the most part the list of big guns, that one normally uses on a daily basis. The list serves two purposes, lets me easily answer 'how do I do this on the Mac' questions asked by other users, and helps me remember answers to the same questions myself.

Staying in good health with MacJanitor

MacJanitor is one of Brian Hill's excellent MacOS X utilities which lets you run periodic system tasks with nothing but a few mouse clicks. Periodics are tasks that inlude rotating and backing up logs, cleaning up cache files, updating search databases and so on and they usually get executed in the middle of the night. If your computer is accidentally not awake at that time they will fail to execute which over time potentially could result in sub-optimum performance. While other such tools like Maintenance have a more modern feel about them MacJanitor has been around since as long as I can remember and Brian currently offers versions optimized for MacOS X 1.2 (Jaguar), 10.3 (Panther) and newer (10.4 Tiger compatible). Some of Brian's other software products are available for a shareware fee, but MacJanitor is freeware. You can download it from Brian's personal site at

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