Get ready for the computer geek

I’m sitting with my computer guy again in the ongoing effort to make my desktop computer more functional. I have learned so much in the last couple of days. The most important thing, I’m learning, is to keep track of what happens with your computer. Think of it like a puppy or a child. Every time you put in a new program, write down where you got it and when you installed it. Every time you had anything done to your computer, make a note telling when and what they did. Every time an unusual symptom arises, write it down. Otherwise, you’re helpless when the repair person says things like, when was the last time you defragged your computer, do you still have the disk for this program or when was the last time anybody cleaned out your CPU? Saying, “Uh, I don’t know” makes the repairs take much longer. Quick, what programs are on your computer? Assume you can’t look. When did you last back up your files?

Time to get educated and businesslike, I guess. I had about 50 icons on my computer desktop. Who knew they slowed my computer down? My actual wooden desktop doesn’t mind having stuff on it. But I’m so proud of my self; I got rid of most of them.

Tuesday the guy was here until 10:30 at night. I hope he’s gone much sooner today. Believe me, he’s not interested in me, just the computer–and the mega-check I’ll be writing him.

Moral: treat your computer well, pay attention to what you put into it, and learn the lingo. It will save you money and hours with the computer guy.

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Author: Sue Fagalde Lick

writer/musician California native, Oregon resident Author of Freelancing for Newspapers, Shoes Full of Sand, Azorean Dreams, Stories Grandma Never Told, and Childless by Marriage. I have published hundreds of articles, plus essays, fiction and poetry. I teach writing workshops and offer individual editing and mentoring. I'm also pretty good at singing and playing guitar and piano.

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