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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sweet Stuff: To-Do Lists and Task Management

Is your New Year's resolution to become more organized? Manage your time more efficiently and accomplish more things?  Here is a Butterscotch review of three FREE software programs that may help you achieve your goals for 2012.

Seems we have technical issues to imbed the video here, so pop over to Butterscotch to see the review of Total Organizer, Debrief Notes, and KnowledgeWorkshop.
 

Monday, December 26, 2011

For Your New Computer

It's the day after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for the mouse... click, click, click..

Oh yes, a new PC computer for Christmas! Well, there are some pretty important steps you you need to take with your new Windows system to help the longevity of your computer and to prepare for any future problems.

First, setup your wireless or connect wired to the Internet. This is important as you need to download the Windows Updates to be sure your operating system is operating properly.

Next, you need a full backup. Most computers don't come with disks, so it is your responsibility to do a complete backup, one that includes the operating system. This most likely will require several DVD disks.  If you have to purchase some, do it quickly. If, for any reason, your computer system needs to be reinstalled, these disks are critical.  Label them for your specific computer model and put them in a safe place in case they are needed.

Now you can customize your computer.  You can remove any icons on the desktop that you don't need such as links to websites and games.  This is called bloatware and you are free to delete any or all of them off your desktop.  Just right-click and select delete. Some of the games are installed on your system and you can remove unwanted programs by using the “Uninstall Programs” in your control panel.

You can change the sizing of the font size, gadgets and background images in the "Appearance and Personalization" section in the control panel.

Computers don't need screen savers anymore as the screen technology has changed over the years. With the power options, you can have your computer shut down after a certain period of time with no activity. This is configured in the control panel under "Hardware and Sound | Power Options".

It may take a few weeks to tweak your computer to fit your needs, but if you have run the updates and backed up your computer, you have a smooth start.