Open Loops blogger Bert Webb and I often collaborate on projects, include guesting at each others functions. At a recent presentation I did on “Effective Workplace Communication” the laptop I was using to run my PowerPoint presentation became possessed by evil juju and began a spontaneous series of automated functions ending in a system shutdown. Bert and I had different theories about why this occurred at this particular moment in the great cosmos. But, one thing we did agree on is “technology is a great thing…when it works!” And Murphy’s’ Law can be suspended.
Based on that I have put together the following list that usually keeps me functioning.
When I loose productive time at work it is usually because of a problem I have encountered with my computer. And any time I have a computer problem it is usually related to one of the following items. In order to be a little proactive I have build this little checklist. I have automated as many of them as I can and if much of your livelihood depends on your technology functioning smoothly I suggest you consider doing the same.
Computer Maintenance Checklist
At system setup
- Install a surge suppressor/emergency shutdown power strip
- Register your software products
- Schedule automated updates
- Read the maintenance section of your manual
- Set up your email to auto-archive older messages
- Install anti virus software
- Install anti-advertising software
- Put your software drivers in a pocket sleeve 3 ring binder
- Run a disk scan to check for hard drive issues
- Run a defragmentation program
- Run a clean up to delete unneeded files
- Back up your files to a remote location
- Empty your recycle bin
- Delete your Internet files
- Clear your browsing history
- Delete your cookies
- Update your virus definitions
- Run a full virus scan
- Check for updates
- Delete/uninstall unneeded or unused programs
- Clean your keyboard
- Clean your monitor
- Clean your peripherals
- Rebuild your desktop
- Change all your passwords
- Renew your software update and anti virus subscriptions
Reg Adkins writes on behavior and the human experience at (elementaltruths.blogspot.com).