Times are tough. Schools are cutting back on spending, businesses are tightening up budgets, and families are choosing to go without certain “luxuries.” It’s all part of the process that is required to get us back on track — to stop the bleeding and build up a solid foundation that will bring us through the next difficult time. But how did we get to the point of being overwhelmed with unnecessary expenses, debt, and burdens?
Spending (government, business and personal) has consistently been increasing during the past few years. Maybe it’s because we’re used to things like fast food, new cars, unlimited movie rentals, and the latest clothes. We enjoyed these luxuries when times were good — our lifestyles (and our debt) ballooned out of proportion. These luxuries had built up to the point where they are slowing us down financially.
As times got a little tougher, however, it was time for a change. We decided to clean up our budgets and trim the unnecessary expenses. This was the only solution for a problem that had us in a tailspin.
Cutting back has worked to stabilize our financial situation, but how can this process help us in other areas? Since this is a computer column, you have probably already guessed ... It’s now time to “trim the fat” from our computers. A lean, mean machine will bring you great results and eliminate headaches.
A computer can often get bogged down in processing unnecessary applications. These applications serve no real purpose (kind of like that expensive magazine subscription that never gets read).
There is an easy way to see what your computer is busy with: Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and open up your systems task manager. You will see the number of processes your computer is currently running on the bottom left hand corner of the window. If the number is higher than 40 for a desktop (45 for a laptop), you could use a good house cleaning.
It’s time to trim the unnecessary processes out of your computers daily operations. Just like you had to give up the daily Quarter Pounder value meal in order to save a little cash, your computer needs to rid itself of spyware, old printer applications, and unneeded programs that are draining much-needed power. Eliminating these processes will increase the speed and efficiency of your computer.
For help in trimming the unnecessary processes from your system, call Computer Problem Specialists at (928) 468-0000 for a free consultation. Our experts can tell you if there are unneeded programs running on your system.
Trimming the fat on your computer is much easier than cutting the excess from your personal budget. A few simple steps can get your computer running at peak condition. The health of your budget, on the other hand, depends on your ability to resist that Quarter Pounder. Good luck!
If you have any questions or feel that your computer may have been infected with a virus, please call Computer Problem Specialists at (928) 468-0000 for a free scan.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.