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6 Essential Apps You Want To Install on Your PC

6 Essential Apps You Want To Install on Your PC

Has this ever happened to you? You go to boot up your computer only to find out that the computer is not working. You take it to the repair shop, and they tell you need to buy a new computer.

If you are like most business owners or employees, you have experienced this scenario at least once in your life. When that happens, you might be wondering what programs should I include on the new computer to prevent the same thing from happening again. While many of the applications depend on what you do for a living, these six are essential apps for any PC.

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1. Web browser

You will still find many PCs without a basic web browser, or an outdated one. You should install a reputed Web browser on your PC as early as possible. One reason is that many programs will have to be downloaded from cloud-based sites on the Internet. You also need a Web browser to do most of your business today. If you are an attorney, you will be searching up cases to act as precedents. If you are an IT professional, you will need to access forums and different code solutions. Which Web browser should you choose? You probably want both Firefox and Google Chrome. Some sites work better in Firefox, and Chrome is necessary for some places. Both are equally effective although sometimes, you will experiences interruptions.

2. Anti-Virus

Every PC needs to protect itself against viruses, spyware, malware, etc. AVG is a free application that is considered the best by technical people. You want to make sure you have installed software that protects against each of these problems. You might need several different software combinations to protect against all of them. For example, Spybot Search and Destroy protects against spyware. Hitman Pro protects against malware and advertising. When getting protection, read what the product offers as protection, so you know what you are going to need.

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3.Removal Tools

When you purchase a new PC, you often have a pre-loaded anti-virus software that will expect you to pay once the trial is completed. If don’t want McAfee or Norton Anti-Virus, you will need to download the removal tool to eliminate it from your new PC. If you remove these, remember to install virus removal tools  of your choice that can be activated when a virus does end up on your computer.

4. WinDirStat

This software will tell you how much space programs and videos are eating from your computer or laptop. It gives you a chart listing of all the usage by type, such as programs, documents, pictures, etc. You will be able to eliminate those items that are considered bloatware or causing other problems.

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5. Office Suite

Although many business owners are using sharing software, such as Google Docs, it remains helpful to have a version on your computer. OpenOffice is a good one to have on your PC. It can emulate many programs out there and is free to download. When you need a document that you don’t want to make public, you can use OpenOffice or whatever program you choose. Many PCs today have Microsoft Office loaded.

6. Instant Messaging

Many people want you to send an instant message to them. You need the software application to be able to do that. If you use Digsby, you get the advantage of combining IM, gmail, Facebook and Twitter in one application.
Today, you might not need as many applications on your PC as you used to need. So many products, such as customer relations, are available as a cloud-based system. You only need a login and password to access these programs. If you wanted to cut down how much you load onto your laptop, you can stick to these and get the rest online.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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