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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.

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4 Responses to Socks… and not the knitted kind!

  1. Mike H. says:

    Thanks for “reminding” me of this wonderful app! It works great and….wow! PPC?! 10.3.9?! YES!

  2. Nina says:

    How does this differ from Onyx? Is one program any better than the other?

  3. Phyllis Evans says:

    Socks can run from a standard account, while Onyx requires an administrative account. Socks runs on both Intel or PPC. Current version of Onyx is Intel only. The biggest thing to me is that Socks can be scheduled to run automatically and Onyx can’t.

  4. John Davis says:

    And what’s more is that Applejack has finally been upgraded to version 1.6 for Snow Leopard! Works like a dream and very fast!