Magazine article New Zealand Management

EXEC TECH : Tech Tidy - Part One; in a Two-Part Technology Guide for 2010, Pauline Herbst Runs through the Basics of Spring Cleaning Your Computer, Starting with a New Operating System and Antivirus Software

Magazine article New Zealand Management

EXEC TECH : Tech Tidy - Part One; in a Two-Part Technology Guide for 2010, Pauline Herbst Runs through the Basics of Spring Cleaning Your Computer, Starting with a New Operating System and Antivirus Software

Article excerpt

Byline: Pauline Herbst

Every new year you should clean out your computer, everything from your inbox to contacts that have changed roles and companies several times since you first added them. Ita[euro]s also a good time to review your software and hardware.

Why? Because technology updates so quickly that if you dona[euro]t keep on top of it, your new gadgets wona[euro]t work with your existing setup and you wona[euro]t be able to take advantage of the increased productivity these tech tools give you. Before you start a[euro]" back up your files. The last thing you need is to lose your data.

WINDOWS 7

Every computer needs an operating system, or OS, to run. Mac lovers will want to use the latest, Mac OS X Snow Leopard (which follows on from the feline duo Tiger and Leopard). NZ Management went the PC route and installed the latest OS, Windows 7 for this review. Those PC users that havena[euro]t upgraded to Windows 7 may be wondering if they should take the plunge. After all, in the past decade or so youa[euro]ve already stumbled through 98, 2000, ME, NT, XP and Vista. The short answer: upgrade to Windows 7. Youa[euro]ll be a happier PC user.

Reasons for upgrade: Speed, useful features that follow your workflow, and a lightweight system that wona[euro]t slow your netbook to a crawl (yes, we are referring to Vista here).

Despite the card shark monikers, features we particularly find useful are Peek, Shake and Snap. Say you have a number of windows open: a powerpoint presentation, word document and email. By clicking or hovering on a button on the bottom right hand corner of your task bar, you can turn them all into faint outlines so you can access the desktop below. Thata[euro]s a[euro]Peeka[euro] in action. The new task bar is also pretty nifty a[euro]" by hovering over the Outlook icon for example, you can see ghostly thumbnails of the windows you have open within that program and quickly select one.

a[euro]Shakea[euro] lets you grab the title bar of the document youa[euro]re working on (for example, an Excel profit and loss statement), and give it a vigorous shake to minimise all other open windows.

a[euro]Snapa[euro] allows you to compare two documents side-by-side on the screen. You simply drag the document to the left or right of the screen and it snaps into place. Similarly if you drag it to the top of the screen it will fill the screen.

There are a number of other useful functions, but the final two worth mentioning are the instant search function and display switching. Looking for a document and cana[euro]t remember where you saved it? Type its name in the search box at the bottom of the start menu and results appear as you type. Want to switch from your monitor to a projector? Hold the windows button and the a[euro]Pa[euro] key and you can select your option instantly.

Ease of installation: This depends on how comfortable you are with your computer and whether you are currently running XP or Vista. Youa[euro]ll need an external hard drive, your Windows 7 installation disc and any software you may be running (this is if youa[euro]re upgrading from XP). Vista is relatively straightforward: insert the disc, select the upgrade option and the software does it for you without reformatting (wiping your entire hard drive) the PC.

If you have XP it seems youa[euro]re punished a bit, as you have to reformat your PC first, meaning backing up those files to an external hard drive is imperative. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.