I’m constantly on the lookout for new and better maintenance/repair software. A little maintenance now and then will keep your computer running smooth. My favorite for many years has been DiskWarrior, excellent disk repair software, but at $99.95, definitely not cheap. And the last major upgrade cost me $49.95. I recently ran across Socks ($14.99) from MKD Software, their replacement for System Optimizer X. One of the nice things about it — while other current software requires an Intel processor, Socks will also run on PPC machines and on systems back to 10.3.9. Oh, and they’ve added lots of nice features.
All computers need periodic maintenance to keep in top running form, and if it can be done automatically, so much the better. The Mac OS will automatically run cron scripts on a daily, weekly and monthly schedule, but they are set to run in the middle of the night. If you shut your computer down at night, or put it into sleep mode (my choice), then these automatic maintenance task don’t run. Socks can be configured to run these things automatically, at a time you specify. It can also verify and repair your drives, dump all or just specific caches, reindex Spotlight, dump histories and cookies, and even change things like screen capture format, all with a simple, easy to understand interface. All that for a mere $15. You can download it and take it for a test run. I did, then bought it.