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Default File System compression in Snow Leopard - 02-26-2010, 08:03 AM

It was discussed a bit when Snow Leopard was in development, but I was recently reminded that Snow Leopard has file system level compression. While it is possible to turn it on yourself through the command line, I was introduced to (it seems) new application called Squeeze that automates this for you. It's normally $10, but it's currently a free item for the MacHeist nano bundle. Just go to the MacHeist website and click on the crate on the ground to get a license. It really does work, I set it to compress Applications, my Dropbox folder, and it freed up about 1.7 GB. This is pretty big for me, as I was previously skating on the edge with a couple hundred MB free. If I knew how good this was previously, I would have jumped at it, well worth the $10 they're asking.
EDIT: I added my User directory. That took another 0.9GB off, I'm guessing in the Mail archives

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