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Clearing Computer Clutter

September 10th, 2006 · No Comments

Jeremy Wagstaff writes:

As we demand more of our computers by adding more software and widgets and making frequent email checks, they demand more of our peripheral attention. I call it Screen Clog.

Fifteen years ago, most computers would run only one program, and that program took up your whole screen. Now, chances are you’ve got five or six windows open, a task bar somewhere, and occasional little balloons popping up to breathlessly inform you of a computer error, an incoming email, telephone call or instant message.

Here’s what I suggest: Clear the decks. Do with your computer what I did with my relative’s apartment (and subsequently with my own): Get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past six months. The act of throwing stuff out clears the head, and having all that empty shelf space lets in more light and provides a surprising psychological lift. Same applies to the computer.

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