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March 2006

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SATURDAY/SUNDAY: MARCH 25/26, 2006

THIS WEEK’S FOCUS: Computer Maintenance

MORE BASIC MAINTENANCE

Here are some more common-sense things you should be doing to keep your system in tip-top shape:

  • Back up your data—There’s no excuse for losing valuable data if your system crashes. Buy a cheap external hard drive and configure it to automatically back up all your data on a regular basis.

  • Update your virus and spyware definitions—New viruses and spyware gets released every day. Your system won’t be protected unless the definitions are up to date—so download them!

  • Run Windows Update—Yeah, I know it’s a pain, especially if you’re on a slow dial-up connection, but these regular updates are necessary to patch security holes and fix bugs. There’s no good excuse not to do it.

  • Organize your files—Okay, so this one won’t make your system run any faster, but it will help you more easily find things. Anytime you have more than 10 files of a certain type, create a new subfolder for them! Don’t get stuck with folders so overcrowded that finding that one file you need is practically impossible.

ON THIS DAY: TITAN DISCOVERED (1655)

On March 25, 1655, Christiaan Huygens discovered Titan, Saturn’s largest satellite. Titan wasn’t named until almost two centuries later, however, when Sir John Herschel, discoverer of Uranus, assigned names to the seven moons of Saturn that were known at that time.

BLOG OF THE WEEK: DOC SEARL’S IT GARAGE

This is a great blog for the technically minded, especially those who have technical problems. Doc Searl is business editor for Linux Journal, and his blog covers technical issues from the IT user’s and developer’s perspective. Find out more at http://www.itgarage.com.

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