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We provide much advice on how to look after your hardware and maintain your PC or laptop.

Backing up

You know how irritating it is when you’re halfway through that piece of work and MS Word breaks down and you lose all your hard graft? Imagine if that happened to tens or thousands of files when your hard drive decides to break down! That’s why you must always, always save your work and save it again. If there’s something you can’t bear to lose, make a replica straight away. Save it to an external hard drive, CDs, flash drive, or whatever’s nearest, just as long as you put off that soul-destroying day when you realize all of your hard effort has been reversed by your failure to spend a few minutes backing up your files.


Remove used programmes

There must be at least a dozen programs on your PC that you never ever use. Why are they still there? What purpose do they serve? Other than increasing your registry and making your computer so much slower, they’re not offering any purpose, so why not simply remove them? It’s easy to do. Click on your control panel and then the Add/Remove Programs part and it’s reasonably self-explanatory from that stage. Just look for the programs you don’t use anymore and click Remove. Easy as that, although for a more efficient uninstall you could use a program to clean your registry properly.

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There has been much talk over the last few months about Sony following Microsoft by bringing in a fee to owners of PS3s using the PSN network. As a source of argument in the “my console is better than yours” debates, so how amusing it would be if Sony after all their talk about having “free online gaming” they started to charge.

In spite of the fact that nothing has been assured or what sections of the PSN would be chargeable I think it would be a great idea as this would allow them to make the service better.

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