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Digital spring cleaning

Posted 5 April 2017 12:00 AM by cle rinker

Spring! Time to open windows. Dust mice. Clean the keys. Trim the files. That’s right. Your computer or laptop is in need of spring cleaning too.
Like everything from cowboy boots to toaster ovens, computers perform better when they are maintained. Today’s tips are not going to be about technology – head to your friendliest geek for help with defragging. These suggestions are simple, easy-to-do suggestions for tidying up your digital life.
One good idea is to set a reminder in your calendar to dive into your computer at least twice a year. Daylight Saving dates are useful for remembering to check the smoke detector, so why not use those for computer cleaning too? A quick look at your desktop can reveal many issues. Is it cluttered with random files, documents, photos and the like? Make folders with names you will remember and start sorting.
This should be a fairly simple task and the feeling of accomplishment can push you forward. Next step is to do a deep dive into your folders and storage areas. Just because you have reduced your paper clutter (or have you?) does not mean that you aren’t sitting on a digital dump. You took 33 pictures to get one good one of your dog. Keep the good one and dump the rest. Photos are data hogs, especially if you are shooting in high definition.
An awesome option is purchasing an external storage drive. Download to your heart’s content to sweep away the digital dust. Remember, you will have to face it someday, but if you create folders - name and even date them appropriately - then you can face this task in the future with eyes wide open. Other options include storing photos and other files in the cloud.
Can we ask? Do you love to try new apps and software? Did you download that game where you are an interior decorator only to stop playing when you realized it was full of furniture ads? Get rid of them. Review your programs and purge unused apps and software.
So pick a favorite music channel, clear the room and get to work. It might be still snowing outside, but you can keep spring alive in your heart and hard drive.