Saturday, January 03, 2009

 

National Clean Up Your Computer Month

By Jill Earl

I found out about it while reviewing last year’s and working on 2009’s writing goals.

It’s National Clean Up Your Computer Month. I had no idea, but I’m glad I know now. I didn’t keep on top of this important task in the past, and paid the price when my laptop went blank a couple of months ago. In the midst of a major freak-out, I managed to get past the “shoulda, woulda, coulda’s” and choice curses, and dialed up the help desk. With their assistance, I was back in business within a few days.

Lesson learned, folks. This observance will become a mainstay from now on.

Need a little guidance with getting your own computer up to speed? Here are a couple of websites to get you started:

The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) is geared more towards those in system administration, but it still offers tips that anyone can use, such as installing current software updates and security tools. Their tips are for PC users.

You’ll find some of the same tips at Learn to Write Fiction, along with links for Mac users. There's also a link that can take you step-by-step through each procedure.

League of Professional System Administrators
http://lopsa.org/node/1725

Learn to Write Fiction
http://www.learntowritefiction.com/clean-up-your-computer/

Schedule some time to clean up your computer this month. Perhaps you can combine this time with Clean Off Your Desk Day on January 12.

Shouldn't your fresh start for 2009 include your computer too?

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