Optimizing your computer

Taking control of your computer

In the old times, when every operative system was based on a command line interface (CLI), it were users, people like you and me, who decided which was the order in our computers, including what the names of the directories (or folders) would be, and which file went into each of them. As computing evolved, and programs (and applications) became more complex, these programs included more files and their manufacturers tried to ease us the way preparing installation routines that would save and configure the files for us.

Now we are so used to these routines that we have lost control of what happens in our computers: something that, if you think it well, should not happen.

Taking into account that our computers are ours, persons who have some more knowledge about computing than others usually get surprised. Our machines are now full of programs we don't know what they do, and the way in which we tidy up our files has also became messy. Sure, the applications suggest us to save our files in the folders they create for us, but, honestly, people work best when they do things by themselves; so this article is written to help you take control of your computer again.

Before continuing, let me remark that this article is written keeping Windows users in mind. People who use Linux or Apple's OSX usually have less of these issues.

What we will have to deal with to regain control of our computers

The first thing we will need to do is to reorganize our folders. There is already an article about this on Heptagrama. Anyway, you should know that, when talking about your computer, you will have to deal with three kinds of files: the ones you receive, the ones you produce and the ones you consider drafts or sources for other works. On the article, you will find a set of suggestions on how to reorganize your files.

The second thing we will need to do is to uninstall some of the applications we have. There are dozens of applications out there that do the same things that you do everyday, but taking less disk space and computer memory than "the usual ones". What is the result of switching? Your computer will be able to run more efficiently, your disks will be emptier for longer time and you will also feel happier with your current machine. If you thinking well, this is not only a smart thing to do because you will save money (as you won't need to buy other disks) but also an environmentally-friendly decision, too, as you will waste less.

The third thing to do is to convert your files from a format to another. This might be the most time-taking thing in the list, but in the long term, you will thank your renewed control over your machine. If you know what are your files, where they are and how to deal with each of them, then you will not lose time searching and using your information.

The last part is to defragment your files on your PC. To do this, use your favourite Windows utility.

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