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they don't tell you when you buy a new computer is how long it can keep
going before it slows to a crawl and eventually stops altogether.
This happens to ALL computer systems, all versions- Windows, Macintosh
and Unix. They bog down, and here's why: (apart from viruses, which can
have the same slowing effect) the programs we use and the systems
themselves generate temporary files as they run, just like people
generate trash as a matter of course. We have to take out the trash or
we'll be up to our ears in it. Further, internet browsers, like
Internet Explorer, will download and record on your hard drive entire
web pages before they display them on your screen. Also, they “cache”
these web pages, which means the files are kept on hand in case you
decide to browse back to the pages at some point in the future. EVERY
time you browse to ANY web page, the browser checks to see if it has
stored that page in the cache. If it has, it displays the stored copy
instead of loading the page from the internet again. All this cache
checking adds to the delays.
You'd think the geniuses at Microsoft or Apple would have figured out
how to get the computers to take care of this mess easily and
automatically. Actually, Mac OS X will take out the trash, but at 3 in
the morning. I usually recommend a $9.99 utility that takes care of all
this stuff every time you start up the mac. Microsoft supplies free
utilities like Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter, but the only
provision for automation here is to use another utility called the Task Scheduler. There are also free and inexpensive
third-party utilities you can get that handle this periodic maintenance.
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April 11, 2011