Sadly the reliability of any internet connection here in Thailand can drive you stark raving mad and put you in a frame of mind whereby you want to throw your PC out of the window, but here are ten (well actually eleven) things to keep you occupied next time your connection is down.
1. Clean out and categorize your bookmarks. I don’t know about you, but I tend to just click ‘bookmark this page’ and leave it at that. Yesterday, when I hit the little ‘down arrow’ on Firefox to let the bookmark list scroll down I counted. Not sites, but seconds. 11 seconds worth of scrolling bookmarks is way too many. If you haven’t visited a site in a month it’s not important. Create categories and organize the list of bookmarks after you’ve eliminated all those links you don’t need. Do not create a miscellaneous category. Catch all categories do exactly that and soon become difficult to use.
2. Delete programs you don’t use. Why delete them when you have plenty of space on the drive? Because it makes things like Scandisk and Defrag run faster. It might not make your PC run any smoother, but you’ll feel good knowing you aren’t wasting space.
3. Unplug your PC, take the cover off and clean out the dust. Invest in some canned air. Heat is a PC’s enemy and even in a clean environment, cooling fans suck dust through every opening and it builds up fast. If you have pets, do it once a month. Most PC cooling fans get clogged here pretty quickly, so this is worth doing on a regular basis. We have many problems caused by overheating PC’s, which in turn has been caused by poorly functioning cooling fans.
4. If you use Outlook or Outlook Express whereby you can organise your emails without being connected to the internet, spend some time going through and deleting old emails and create folders to categorize and sort emails that you do need to keep. I must confess this is one of my major failings. I tend to archive and keep emails for two years ….. ummm that’s a few thousand too many!
5. Run any maintenance programs you don’t have auto-scheduled. Defrag the hard drive. Run a full virus scan! Reclaim your drive space and allow your PC to run smoother.
6. Create and Edit a Video. No you can’t upload to U-Tube but you can shoot, cut and burn some movies while you’re waiting to get back in connection.
7. Listen to Music, Burn Some new CD’s. Yes this is an oldy but a goody but still presents some fun, listen to your tunes, burn some new mixes for the road and see what old music you can discover.
8. Photoshop some Images. Take some family shots and some of your friends passed out drunk and have some fun. You can’t get fresh material from Google Images or Flickr but you can have some local hard disk fun making new images that can be used to embarrass the family – or friends!
9. Play one of your games. I know, some of them are online only but I’m sure you have a few that you can play in single player or offline practice. Game on.
10. Backup your data! Boring but essential! Just do it!!!
And now for number eleven, the bonus item. This is something I put off for a long time because it’s time consuming and no one really likes to think about what happens to the ones we love should something happen to us. You may need connectivity to accomplish this one, which is why the title isn’t six things to do with a PC when you have no Internet connection, but this one is important.
11. Write down your logins and passwords for all your sites, blogs, email accounts, Antivirus/spamware software, affiliate programs, where you purchased your domain names, etc. All that information is the key to your business. If something should happen to you your spouse or significant other will need that information.
When you’re done, put the information in a safety deposit box or keep it in a fire resistant safe at the house and let the people that may need that information know where it is kept.
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