Keep your computer clean

August 31st, 2009


I remember back when I was a kid, my Dad received for Christmas a real nice set of screwdrivers. I really liked them. I used them all the time for: poking holes in jar lids so my lightning bugs could breath, as a paint can opener, chisel, cleaning the mud out of my shoes, digging up ant hills. One of the worst beatings I ever got was when I nearly burned through one when I was using it as an electrical switch for a 4-H project.

bentdriverI felt they never were very good at doing what they were supposed to do – driving screws. Turns out they were good at driving screws when they were new but my abuse made them worthless.

Your work computer is a tool. Certainly more important than a set of screwdrivers. Yet I see people abusing them too. iTunes, flying toaster screen savers, SETI servers, browsing to questionable websites, generally installing software that has no business being on a work computer.

Keep your computer clean and run routine maintenance on it. If it isn’t making you/your company money it shouldn’t be on your computer.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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3 Responses to “Keep your computer clean”

  1. Brian says:

    But…I LOVE my flying toaster screensaver!

  2. Jeff Sweeney says:

    Let it go Brian, let it go.

  3. Jeff says:

    Be careful if you use a registry cleaner. I am ran into an instance a week or 2 ago where my registry cleaner decided to wipe out some Solidworks stuff that prevented my toolbox & several other add-ins from loading at start up.

    Jeff

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