Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sundays are made for maintenance

Not just our own catching up and planning the week, but I mean our computer maintenance as well. A recent post James wrote about defragging and performance has me rethinking my weekend workload. We're all so busy during the week, that's it's difficult to keep the PC's running at top speed; we simply don't take the time to maintain them. It's a vicious cycle because we demand performance during the week, so we can't skip the weekend tuneup.

Here in the house we have two laptops for work, two personal laptops, two desktops, two PDAs and various digital cameras, iPods and more. Every single one of those devices are expected to function perfectly and quickly. Is it fair to expect that from our beloved devices if we don't show them some love in return? After the jump is my common sense, but important approach for each Sunday going forward!

  • Clean off the desktops on the PCs by moving (or removing) any data files, downloads, etc.
  • Clean out the Recycle Bins
  • Check the installed program list and wipe out anything not used in the last two months
  • Run the Disk Cleanup function and free up space.
  • Run a Disk Defragmentation on each
  • Run Windows Update. I have this scheduled, but the laptops aren't always on during the scheduled time.
  • Run updates for all virus and anti-spyware programs.
  • Defrag all external hard drives and iPods
  • Review all new data and pictures on Compact Flash and SD cards; archive, burn or delete as necessary
  • Review PDA data and remove as necessary to save space, i.e.: notes, downloads, podcasts, installation files, etc.
  • Turn off the satellite receivers overnight to automatically receive any new software updates.
  • Back up one PC per week using Norton Ghost and an external hard drive.
While all of this is going on, I'm going to enjoy my Sunday morning coffee from WaWa and read a good old fashioned newspaper. Call in personal maintenance by unplugging for a short while!

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And here I thought I was the only one. Nothing like watching a little football while doing maintanence.

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