By Remez Sasson
I bought a new desktop computer about a week ago, but only yesterday I had time to take it out of the box, connect the wires and switch it on.
I worked with my old computer for about five years, but lately, it started making all kinds of problems. It started making strong noises, like an engine working, which could point to problems with the fan, and certain programs stopped working, which meant that it was time to reinstall Windows.
I made a search on the Internet, to find out what is the average life time of a computer, and discovered that the average life time of a computer is about 4-5 years, and mine was five years old.
I believe a computer can go on working more than five years, depending on how much you are using it. However, since I have been using mine for five years, many hours a day, I decided it was time to buy a new computer, especially since I am using it for work. I couldn’t afford having the computer stop working, when I am in the middle of writing articles, writing a book, or replying to the many email messages, I receive every day.
I always recommend having another computer for backup, if you are using it for work, in case one computer stops working. It is also important to have all your stuff constantly backed up on an external drive or DVD. That’s why I also have a laptop, and I back up all the contents of my computer on an external drive.
Now, I have both computers working side by side, so that I can find all the stuff, I need on the old computer, while working on the new one, installing the programs I need, and transferring my files from the external drive to the new computer.
Cluttering Your Computer
Is your computer full of stuff, which you never look at? Do you keep saving all kinds of eBooks, articles and programs, which you found interesting, and told yourself you were going to read or use sometime, but never find the time for them? Most people do so, and in time, their computers get cluttered with a lot of stuff, just like a basement or a drawer, where you keep shoving things.
It is best to exercise some common sense and self-discipline, and ask yourself if you really need all this stuff, and whether will you ever read it. If the answer is no, then don’t save it on your computer, but if you do save it, then read the articles or eBooks you saved. Don’t just keep them there.
This is exactly what happened to me. I keep saving articles and other stuff that seem important, useful or interesting. Often, I do read or use this stuff, but in time, there is more than I am able to read. It often happens that when reading an article or looking at some stuff that was saved long ago, it does not seem pertinent, interesting, or relevant any more. It probably was important at that time, but later, it lost its importance.
I would like to give you a little advice, even if you might be aware of it and are using it.
Put every article, eBook or software you save on your computer in a special folder, and it give it a name. In this way, it would be easier to find the stuff you saved, and your computer would not get too cluttered.