Much of your photography work is done on your desktop/laptop computer.
Bob described how to keep your computer running optimally with these 3 routines:
- Keep your virus software up to date. It uses reference files to recognize and deal with intruding software. I use AVG. The free version is excellent. Your ISP (e.g. Rogers) may have provided an equally good virus program. Use it, but keep it up to date.
- If you are a Windows user, use a registry cleaner once a week to make sure, that very important data is in correct order and not slowing down your computer’s ability to keep things running. I’ve used Ace Utilities and Registry Mechanic from PC Tools. Both work well. You might want to check for free programs at http://download.cnet.com/windows/.
- Again, if using Windows, empty your %temp% directory periodically. Access in Windows 7 is like this: Click on Start Icon, type %temp% in the search bar, open the temp folder by double clicking it, select All files (Ctrl-A), drag to trash or right-click and choose Delete. A few files might be active – just choose Skip for those. The folder should be empty except for a few active files that you can ignore.
Your computer will have to check far fewer files and should run somewhat faster as a result of doing 2) and 3). It may not run at all if you ignore doing 1) for too long.