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Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! And the first warm days of the year lead some people to thoughts of spring cleaning – the yearly act of cleaning the house after the cold winter months. Time for a little spring cleaning and maintenance for your computers too!

Creating Backups

Before you start cleaning, the first thing to do is back up your files! All those important emails, word documents and irreplaceable pictures need to be safely backed up. If you are not doing a backup - start now. You can buy external portable drives that can be plugged in to your computer. Some of these drives come with their own software, that will automatically back up your files.  There are also a number of Cloud services on the internet, where you can upload your files to – such as Microsoft's Skydrive, Google's Drive and iCloud. When you sign up, you get some free space, and you can buy more online space if you need it.

Cleaning up Space

Here are some more useful tools for cleaning up some space, and making your computer a little faster!

  • Check your computer will come with its own built-in utilities.  In windows, you have disk defragmenter.
  • Mydefrag is a disk defragmenter and optimizer for windows computers. It shuffles files around to make your computer a little faster.
  • CCleaner from Pirifom is a useful free tool, that will clean up unused files and temporary internet files. There are versions for Windows and Mac computers.
  • Update your computer with all the updates and fixes – generally a good idea at least once a month! In windows, run Microsoft update. On a Mac, run Software update.  While you are at it, update Adobe acrobat, java and any other software installed on your computer.
  • Finally, do some physical cleaning!  Blow and wipe the dust bunnies off the computer. Gently wipe down the screen. Turn the keyboard over and give it a gentle shake.

Clearing Out Old Hardware and Electronics

As you spring clean your computers, you will find some electronics that have long since been replaced and are just collecting dust.  Or you will decide to update or upgrade your electronics to better suit your needs.  If that is the case, Generations Thrift Store in Waterloo, will gladly accept your old electronics.  In the case of computers, make sure you securely wipe all drives before disposing (PeaceWorks even has a repair shop that can do it for you if need be).

Enjoying Spring

Now that the cleaning is done, go find some new BBQ recipes online. See: Americas Test Kitchen

Find a new bike route to try out. McLennan park has trails, a bmx bike park and leash-free dog park.  See bus routes to get there.

Make a plan to attend the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale in May! Start training and gathering sponsors for the Run for Releif.
 

 

 

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