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Safe Software Updates

Safe Software Updates

Do you ever feel like you are in a funk? Like the last thing you want to do is the thing you have to do?! Like all you want to do is go get ice cream and head to your favorite masseuse to complete the afternoon indulgence?! Updating your software is not anything like that! But that is how I feel right now 🙂

The Software Update

Every once-in-a-while you may hear through the grapevine that your favorite piece of software has a needed update. People are stoked out, for whatever reason, but you may be thinking, ‘what is all this nonsense about?’ Well in a nutshell, a software update is a new and improved version of the current piece of software you use on your system. This update might be quite small. For example the software developers forgot to include an exclamation point in a phrase they needed to, well, exclaim. Or it might be quite big; a large piece of the software is actually broken and they have to rewrite some core component to the software package. Or maybe they are adding to the functionality of the original package, which I personally love! I love getting surprised with additional value for no dinero. Whatever the reason, be it large or small, keeping your software up to date is quite important.

In fact, here is what Apple has to say about Software Updates:

In addition to releasing new versions of the system software at regular intervals, Apple also releases a stream of free software updates to enrich your computing experience. Mac OS X automatically checks weekly for software updates provided you have an internet connection.

You can choose a different schedule, or check manually if you don’t have a continuous Internet connection. If Software Update finds an item to download, it appears in a list. Click on an item to get a description before downloading it. If you see updates that you will never use, such as a language you don’t speak or drivers for a printer you don’t own, choose Make Inactive from the Update menu.

Practice Safe Updates

Here is a small procedure I go through any time I update. I don’t care if it’s simply the new iPhone operating system: iOS. Or if it is a new version of Lightroom.

• Create a ‘Known-good’ Backup

If you have a backup that is very recent and you ran the backup at a point of good overall system health, you will insure yourself against an unfortunate software update scenario.

• Run IceClean

Running IceClean or some equivalent maintenance program (script) prior to installing any updates, provides the update package the healthiest computing environment to execute any package manipulation.

• Execute Software Update

After IceClean I now have a clean system to execute the update. Be sure to reboot your computer in the event that it requires it to complete a successful update.

• Run IceClean (again)

After I have a successful update of the software, I always run IceClean one more time. The reason is that permissions might have changed or the log files have become chunky with data that is not critical to your healthy computing environment. Now I just said ‘permissions’ but don’t be scared of that word. All you have to know is that to run another maintenance after any updates keeps the system healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Cheers,

Stephen

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