The kitchen sink

Well, it’s January.  It’s the time of year when people like to make resolutions for the next 12 months.  Everybody wants to get a fresh start or at least talk about getting one, so I’m going to dedicate this blog to things that are good to do in January.  I’ll also sprinkle in a few odds and ends (hence the title).

Andrew Clarke

  • I know someone who is organized enough to clean his computer completely every January.  He reformats the hard drive and only installs the programs he actually needs.  If you are able to be that dedicated to starting fresh, your benefits will be a faster computer, a safer computer (because any malware would be wiped out),  and the peace of mind of knowing that you could recover fairly easily if your computer ever failed because you know where everything is.
  • If you can’t take things to that level (and very few of us can), you should at least run Malware Bytes and Eset to make sure your computer is basically clean.  A future post will deal with performing a more thorough evaluation of your computer to look for things like root kits.  Information on running the two programs mentioned here is available in previous blog postings.
  • Backup, backup, backup.  I don’t think I need to say more.  While it’s best practice to backup on at least a weekly basis, I know most of us don’t.  The next best thing would be to at least backup when the time changes (twice a year) and, finally, once a year if you just can’t bring yourself to be bothered more often.  That way, even though you’ll still lose a lot of data if your hard drive crashes, you won’t lose everything.
  • If you have a desktop computer, remove the cover and blow out the dust. You can buy cans of air at office supply stores or hardware stores.  Keeping the inside of your computer dust / animal hair free will prevent some failures that occur when fans get clogged, causing your computer to overheat.  Make sure you turn the computer off before you open it, of course.


Say what?!? section

  • I recently heard on the news that Microsoft is gearing up to release its next version of the Windows operating system this fall.  Oddly enough, it’s going to be called Windows 10.  They reportedly skipped over version 9 to emphasize just how dramatically different this version will be.  The report said they would be offering it for free to anyone who owns Windows XP, Windows 8, or any other version of Windows.  It’s supposed to correct some of the mistakes they made in trying to force us all to use touch devices.  I have not researched it yet, but based on what I’ve heard I’ll be doing so soon.  The beta version is supposed to be available now, but it’s only recommended for experts.
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2 Responses to The kitchen sink

  1. Betsy Ertel says:

    Thank you, Andrew, for more of your wisdom. As always, it is invaluable.

  2. Eli Cox says:

    wonderful use of language within the piece,
    it in fact did help when i was surfing around

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