The holiday season tends to be a little slow for some of us in an office; it’s the perfect time to tune up our technology and back up our systems. So, around New Year I like to remind folks of some of my favorite tools for keeping your computer running smoothly.
PCPitstop is a web site that will run a diagnostics tests on your computer for free. It takes a few minutes but PCPitstop will look atthe following:
It will compare your systems to others like it and give you advice to improve your rating. My favorite thing is that the advice is not too techie. It’s like a cook book for non-chefs – if you can follow directions and you’re a computer user you can probably fix many problems yourself.
Back up your system
I generally back up my systems by simply burning all of my files to CD. The only potentially tricky aspect of backing up to a CD is backing up email files. Microsoft has a good article on how to do that if you use Outlook.
Don’t have a CD burner?
If you don’t have a CD burner another option is to find or rent server space online to back up your system. All the Space is a good list of cheap and free storage space on the Internet.
Share files with friends
I decided to check out Yahoo Briefcase for free storage space. It’s a little pokey because you have to upload individual files. But – and several of you have asked about a tool that can do this – with Yahoo Briefcase you can share files with friends. (Well, you can choose to share with everyone or share with specific other Yahoo Users – but for those of you looking to share PowerPoint presentations and other “public” documents this could be a good, no-cost fix.)