Lately I’ve been feeling more and more like the harddrive on my iMac.
There was a time when it was the coolest, trendiest model. It had all the latest gadgets and way more capacity than any computer before it. Older models had a hard time keeping up with its lightning fast processing capabilities and it could withstand hours and hours of non-stop processing without crashing.
Now, a few years and several thousand projects later, it’s running slower. Takes forever to get going. It runs out of memory way too often and requires constant rebooting, even after the simplest of tasks. It has trouble running multiple applications at the same time,
especially some of the newer ones that require more memory. Updating its system helped but also created incompatibilities with some of the older installed programs causing it to freeze up from time to time.
The worst part is that its once spacious drive is now constantly near capacity. There are files I know I should just get rid of, as they’re just clutter that tends to slow down the entire system. But sometimes it’s hard to just ‘delete’ them because some hold special memories and you never know when you may need to access them again. So I’m constantly moving files around in a never ending attempt to clean up the damn thing.
Then just about the time I have it looking more organized and running smoothly, the kids get on it and start downloading things, leaving things on the desktop and the next thing you know it’s all cluttered again and nothing is where I put it and I can’t function … I mean “IT” can’t function properly and needs another reboot.
Maybe it’s time to seriously go in, back up some essential files and images I don’t wanna lose, erase the whole thing and start over. I could add some new memory and install new system software. As hard as it would be, getting rid of a lot of the old files I never access any more would give me room to add some newer, more current, apps, maybe upload some new images and start building new projects. Would probably help it run faster and smoother without all the fragmentation.
Would mean shutting the system down for maintenance which may be inconvenient to some, but it’ll probably be better for everyone in the long run. So if you’ll excuse me I think I’m going to do a “save” and shut it down for a bit.