When you click umpteenth article or post with some kind of computing advice you don’t really expect novel. You sure hope, but mostly it is something old and beaten.
It is strange to see that much of good advice is still ignored and how bad advice gets repeated to this day. Here are some of my favorite and “favorite” advices from both sides.
Use portable software.
Natively portable software is not a best choice for corporate and multi-user environments, but is totally awesome otherwise. It doesn’t interfere with anything. It is much easier to maintain, move around and backup. It plain makes sense, unlike crazy trap of Windows registry.
Subscribe to RSS feeds.
I vaguely remember times when it took me few hours every evening to get through batch of fresh IT news. It fills me with terror and I have to look at FeedDemon to ensure that RSS feeds were indeed invented and I no longer have to go through that. Ever.
Feeds might have started simply as a way to streamline news consumption, but they evolved into easy, flexible and highly powerful format. Precisely filter what you want to read, automate downloads, get fresh wallpapers (ok, last one didn’t work out well for me).
Really really lot of computing is repetitive. Some moments of such are noticeable and boring, but it takes effort to really figure them out and get rid of those. Most complex software titles come with native macro tools. Some programming languages like AutoIt are openly dedicated to interface automation. There are research into making it extremely user friendly.
If something can up your computing experience by really large margin – this is it.
Read the freaking manual.
Not something users like to do and even less developers like to write and maintain. However documentation is invaluable. It is great source to look into advanced functions and usage scenarios, pick up recently added functionality and save time with adopting hotkeys and other shortcuts.
Very few people recognize overclocking for what it is – sport and challenge. Most fell under false impression that manufacturers are retarded enough to sell more capable hardware at lower prices. In some cases that is indeed the case. Most of the time it is only a way to waste money and lose warranty for performance gain that won’t be even noticeable with human perception.
Every operating system (that is still alive) has advantages and users that go for them. It is however absolutely disgustingly crazy to change OS just because. Your platform is serious commitment. Its interface is literally wired into your brain and reflexes, your knowledge spins around platform-specific sites and information.
Jumping to another platform without clear understanding is like launching yourself naked into outer space because stars are more shiny over there.
Deep tweak your system.
Optimization is a process of tuning system for better performance of specific task. As a general rule systems are excellently tweaked to perform most common task, that is generic usage, out of the box.
Making changes to that setup requires understanding of what you are doing and why, not deleting stuff because random site over there said so.
What are your favorite (or not) advices?
What advice had changed your experience for better? Which made you and your computer miserable? Share them in the comments! :)