Rules for Computing Happiness
- Use at least two partitions (or hard drives)
- Keep the operating system, and programs on the main partition
- Store documents, media, and everything else that should survive an O/S reinstall on a separate partition
- Automate a backup process for the O/S partition. Ideally this should be on another physical drive, but for software-only crashes it’s still sufficient to store on a separate partition of the same disk.
- Automate a backup procedure for the documents folder, and any other important media
- Backup the documents folder to multiple locations (2nd hard drive, dedicated thumb drive, ftp site, dropbox)
- Backups can never be too redundant
- Keep the operating system as lean and efficient as possible
- Use portable versions of software as much as possible. Keep them in an “Apps” directory in the dropbox folder.
- Use a password manager, and use a unique and difficult password for all sites
- Buy the best monitor, keyboard, mouse, desk, and chair you can afford.
- Buy the best processor you can afford
- Purchase everything else with bang-for-the-buck in mind. Then upgrade over time, as needed.
- Don’t spend more on a graphics card than the cost of a modern video game console
- Use an external hard drive for backups and media storage
- Use a battery backup
- Stability and reliability are
- Use Rich Text Format (.rtf) for word documents
- DRM Free MP3, AVI