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Monday, August 08, 2005

WAP-War Against Problems

Today I found a cool free app called Preferential Treatment which checks for corruption in your preferences which you can also find at Version Tracker. It's a small app that has lots of potental.

This application will check your preference files (both in your user’s preference folder and the system’s preference folder) for corruption by using the “plutil” command line tool. If it finds suspect files, it will list the files and allow you to reveal them in the Finder or move them to the trash. You may also double-click on a file in the found files table to open it in the application of your choice (you can designate the default application from the preferences). There is also an option to save the results of a scan to a text file. (Note: if you trash a file before saving a report, the report will not include information on the file you moved to the trash.)

“Preferential Treatment” is basically a GUI wrapped around the “plutil” command line tool provided by Apple Computer, Inc. since Mac OS X 10.2 (see “man plutil” in the Terminal). “plutil” just checks to see if .plist files are valid XML. This application is no panacea but it does help to fix blatantly corrupt preference files.

Another great app to have in your war against problems is Alsoft's DiskWorrior the safest, and the most powerful utility to prevent and eliminate directory damage available for your Mac.
DiskWarrior is not a disk repair program in the conventional sense. Instead of patching the original directory, it builds a new replacement directory using data recovered from the original directory, thereby recovering files and folders that you thought were lost and that no other program could recover.
It scavenges your original directory to find all the file data it can. It then uses this data to build an entirely new replacement directory. Hardware failure presents a potential threat to your data. When a drive mechanism fails, the data on the drive can be lost,
DiskWarrior can be used to activate internal diagnostics that are built into disk devices to help determine if a drive is in danger of physical malfunction. If the potential for failure is indicated, DiskWarrior will notify you, giving you the opportunity to back up your data before the drive fails. These tests can be executed manually, or you can choose to have the tests run automatically every hour, day, or week.

2 good apps to have in your Utilities folder. Also having good info is great to have on hand, and the book every Mac User should have is Ted Landau's Sad Macs, Bombs and Other Disasters, you wanna know how to fix a problem? Ted's book is the bible for your Mac life.

Remember in the computer WAP world, there is help out there for you MacAddicts.


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