In part one we walked you through a refreshing tech cleanse, a hard-goods banishing of cheeto-dust and fingerprints. In part 2 we’re going to delve into the harder things of device maintenance. We’re talking about the upkeep of the actual innards of your favorite and most finicky devices; your smartphone, tablet, home computer or laptop.
Spring cleaning for computers:
1) Delete Apps/Programs you’re not using
Every application has a cost! Whether it’s in draining battery life, CPU (processing), RAM (random access memory), or simply disk space, unused applications have a big effect on your device’s performance. And you may not realize it, but some applications will install secondary utilities...
During the winter our iPads, smart-TVs, e-Readers, laptops and desktop computers put in some hard service keeping us cozy and entertained. Now that the warm glow of Spring is streaming through your window, it’s high time for a deep-tech cleanse (I recommend a large cup of coffee, or two, to go along).
Time Required: 1-3 hours (depending)
Spring cleaning for hardware:
1) Clean your keyboard, mouse and other peripherals
Break out the compressed air, isopropyl rubbing alcohol, e-clothes, and q-tips! Make sure to power down, unplug cables and remove batteries before cleaning your devices. Keyboards can benefit from a gentle but substantial inverted shake (dislodging larger crumbs and dust-bunnies) before...