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The following software is available for download. These software are all designed for PowerPC and Intel Macs running 10.0 through 10.7.3, with exceptions noted on their individual pages.
Periodic Logfile Cleanup - developed by the webmaster of this site
Eject Disc - developed by the webmaster of this site.
Force Empty Trash - developed by the webmaster of this site.
Spindown fix - developed by the webmaster of this site.
source code for Force Empty Trash & Spindown Fix are below
The Norton Uninstall script which used to be on this page has been removed. There is another script at Symantec's website which may work better on certain installations.

Periodic Logfile Cleanup

Much like the former mainstays for the Mac of Anacron, and Macjanitor, this little script is able to cleanup the system daily, weekly, and monthly logfiles whenever one desires. Be sure to read the readme that comes with it. Both a PowerPC G3, G4, G5 (labelled PPC) and a modern version for Intel Macs (labeled just by the Application name) are included in the Zipfile download as well as a readme for contact. gu

Eject Disc

Eject Disc (link to download application) - PowerPC Macs can eject discs following the knowledgebase HT2179, whereas the Intel Macs need to consider my software above, or the eject button from iTunes, if not the F12, or eject key on the keyboard.

do shell script "drutil eject -drive internal"
on error error_message
display dialog error_message buttons {"OK"} default button 1
end try

Force Empty Trash 1.0

For people who just want to force empty trash, this program has been made: Force Empty Trash (link to download application) This has been tested with Mac OS X 10.1.5, 10.2.3 through 10.6. It may work with earlier versions of Mac OS X. A newly compiled Mac OS X 10.7 compatible version is now available.
It requires the password you used to setup installation of software on your machine.

A word of caution

Warning: One of the most common suggestions to freeing up disk space is to empty your trash. Do not do so until all the data in the trash either is definitely not needed, or is safely stored elsewhere. Items stored in the Dock or Finder Sidebar in Finder Windows are NOT safely stored. Microsoft Windows users may come across that misconception because the taskbar in Windows reflects an actual folder. It does NOT on a Mac. The Dock and Sidebar are merely shortcut locations and should be treated no differently than Aliases. Even a launched application in the Dock that is saved to the Dock still only has it stored in the Dock as a shortcut to the original location. Many applications get off the internet or their CD as disk images. These are virtual disks which disappear upon reboot or logging out. Until an application is safely in the Applications folder, with a Get Info filetype of Application or Classic Application, it is not safe to delete the .dmg, .smi, .zip, .sit, .hqx, .zip, or .img file it was obtained from.

If you don't know what to throw into the trash, don't! Some system files on purposely are impossible to delete unless you use Force Empty Trash. Force Empty Trash overrides any protection those files had by default by the operating system. Thus if you drag items to the trash that are protected because the operating system meant for them to be protected, you will find yourself with a non-working system. A workaround if something really goes wrong is an Archive and Install if you have Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Ask an expert if a specific file is OK to delete before dragging it to the trash, and be sure to mention what folder it is located in. If your system is already not working properly and you dragged that file out of the folder it belongs in, it may be difficult to tell if it OK to delete it. A repair of permissions with either Repair Privileges Utility in 10.1.5 or Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility -> First Aid tab -> select hard disk in Mac OS X 10.2 and up followed by a restart from the Apple menu will sometimes clear up files that can be deleted.

Spindown fix 1.1

Spindownfix for 10.2.2 to 10.6.8 (except 10.4.11), (link to download application requires Stuffit Expander), Link not requiring Stuffit Expander, Link for Mac OS X 10.7

is a utility designed to do one very simple thing.
It tells the computer if the Energy Saver is off not to spindown non-boot volumes. This problem has been noted as a problem
when doing video capture in Mac OS X, as frames get dropped if the hard drive isn't spinning when files are written to it.

Please read the included readme as this program requires authentication to work.

A user on April 8th, 2008 has reported a serious bug with 10.4.11, in that their hard drive would not stop spinning and the fans started going on forever. Currently investigating the cause.

It has been tested in Mac OS X 10.2.2 through 10.4.2, and may work in earlier versions of Mac OS X, though since I don't have machines using
the older Mac OS X versions, I can't say for sure. There is also another test point where someone has succeeded in using it in 10.4.2.
The only operating system/hard disk configuration it hasn't worked on so far is Mac OS X 10.4.11 with a Maxtor One-Touch hard drive.
However, Cocktail has been known to work in its place. This software can also force empty the trash in some situations where mine can't. I would caution not to use Cocktail for anything but what a technician recommends, as many of its automated functions can cause more harm than good.

Spindownfix is also available .dmg format for 10.2.2 through 10.6.8 (except 10.4.11), (link to download application)

Source Code

The source for both these applications is very simple for those who are curious and know what they are doing with
administrative processes in Applescript:

do shell script "rm -r ~/.Trash/*" with administrator privileges

on error error_message
display dialog error_message buttons {"OK"} default button 1

end try

do shell script "pmset -a spindown 0" with administrator privileges

on error error_message
display dialog error_message buttons {"OK"} default button 1

end try

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