Keeping Your Computer Fitter for Longer

If, like me, you throw your hands up in exhaustion whenever you hear about the latest computer release or hardware/software update, you may be suffering from the upgrade delusion. We are told that technology is moving so fast these days that we have to keep upgrading and replacing the old with the new to keep abreast. There is no problem with this in principle, but when “old” has gone from being defined as 5-6 years less than a decade ago to now 18 months by some authorities it’s quite difficult to keep to this incessant upgrading need.

Keep Computer Fitter for Longer

The fact of the matter is that we live in a disposable world and our computers seem to fit quite neatly into the mix. They start to get slow, they seem incapable of managing new programs, operating system upgrades and generally working as well as we’d like them to.

However, there are ways to keep your computer purring like a well-oiled machine long after has fallen into the category of being too old to keep up. Here are 3 top tips to keep your computer fitter for longer:

1. Keep a Clean House

Sometimes it’s the simplest solutions that go the furthest. Regularly updating your anti-spyware and cleaning your disk will avoid the clogging up of your system. This is more often than not the cause of a computer slowing down, crashing when handing large and complicated files or programs, and generally displaying the characteristics which can mistakenly be identified as the computer reaching the end of its useful life.

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2. In with the New, it is Free After All

When it comes to trusted sources, whether websites or uploaded software, it’s essential to keep updating your system and programs up to date with the upgrades that are made available. These companies are working around the clock to debug existing versions, integrate new upgraded functions and generally keep their products and services running at their peak. Consumerism will have you believe that to get the latest software you need the latest hardware. Sometimes of course they are right, but often you can bring your existing machine up to the same functioning capability as the new releases with a few automatic system and software updates. With fast download speeds accessible for most home broadband users it needn’t take long to install the latest and safest version.

3. Don’t Overfeed Your Laptop

The battery of a laptop works in very much the same way as any other battery would for any other electronic device. We wouldn’t put batteries into a portable stereo and have it plugged in at the same time, or leave our mobile phones plugged to their chargers long after they’ve reached full charge. So why then do so many people happily sit on their laptops for hours on end with a full battery and the A/C adapter plugged in? Not only is it a waste of electricity but it is actually damaging the battery and reducing its lifespan. Either run your laptop off its battery only plugging it in when it needs charging, or really extend its life by taking the battery when you are near a mains socket. The computer will run off the mains alone leaving your finite battery life to be used only when portable use is essential.

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Naturally, nothing lasts forever and eventually you’ll need to refresh your hardware to keep up to date with technological advancements. They key here, though, is to not be so quick to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Find a little permanence in the ever transient world of tech gadgets and hardware and practise looking after your computer to keep it as young and fresh as it can be for longer before resorting to the “newer and faster” option.

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