TidBITS Publishing says author Joe Kissell has completed his Mac Fitness book trilogy with the release of “Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac” (US$15), which joins the new second edition of “Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac” and the recently revised “Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac.”
The 196-page “Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac” is a compendium of detailed explanations, specific directions, and tips for testing and tuning a Mac. In it, Kissell explains how each component of a Mac contributes to its performance, and shows where bottlenecks can appear that can cause a previously swift machine to bog down with the dreaded spinning pizza of death cursor. Kissell provides answers to questions like the following:
What are the eight quickest fixes for Mac performance problems?
Which common claims about Mac performance are myths?
How can I objectively measure my Mac’s performance?
Which popular Mac OS X features have hidden (and severe) speed penalties?
What are the best ways to find and eliminate CPU and RAM hogs?
Will defragmenting my disk, repairing permissions, or clearing caches speed up my Mac?
When is an SSD (solid-state drive) a smart upgrade choice?
Which hardware upgrades are worth the money, and which should I avoid?
If Web browsing is slow, how can I tell where the bottleneck is?
How can I make my Mac start up, go to sleep, or wake up faster?
How can I type faster?
How can I make my mouse pointer move faster or more fluidly?
For more information about the book, including table of contents, an author biography, and cover graphic, see: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781615421350 .