What computer tasks do you do weekly? Monthly?
If you blog full-time, or even a lot of the time, then keeping your computer running well is a priority – or it should be. Doing some basic maintenance can keep your computer healthier, such as running cooler and faster. I’m not a computer genius (not when it comes to techy fix-it stuff) but here are some of the tasks I do on a normal basis for my laptop. I try to get everything done once a week.
- Clean the whole darn computer plus my external fan, mouse, and keyboard
- Empty the cache and recycle bin
- Clear out any useless documents and pictures
- Defragment and clear out disk space – you can do this from your control panel
- Clean up the desktop – i.e get rid of useless icons
- Back up everything!
That’s pretty basic. I don’t do too much extra; although, I know in XP you can do some other extra tasks meant to keep your computer running smoothly.
I run my virus scans and software updates daily. I can’t afford to lose anything due to icky spying sites, a virus, or some other issue. I have really good computer security. I use Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security, and I think it’s great. I’ve never had an issue, it runs well, and it’s pretty cost effective. My subscription allows me to place the system on 3 computers.
What are you doing to protect your computer and blogging schedule?
I’ve had some computer issues this week, so this topic has been on my mind. That means, that we’ll be looking at more computer issues this week; such as backup protection (what to do when something goes wrong), cleaning know-how, and how to get your sluggish computer back up to speed so you can get back to blogging fast.