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Summary

Mac OS X gives you a great deal of flexibility, but it also requires more responsibility to run. To successfully keep your computer running smoothly and safely, you must stay current with system patches and create backups. If system performance problems arise, it may be beneficial to understand the effort your computer is expending to do the tasks you ask of it. The chapter began with a look at Apple's automated software updates. Next, it looked at several options for backing up your data, including burning data CDs and creating disk images to transfer over the Internet or network to a safe storage place. To finish up, you learned about the Activity Monitor Utility, which enables you to observe your computer's processor function.


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