A couple of days ago I realized that both the kitchen desktop computer and my laptop were running verrrry slow.
The slowdown had been gradual, but it eventually became obvious. Sometimes things performed better than others. For example, I'd be typing along just fine, then all of a sudden I was a whole sentence ahead of what was showing on the screen; I'd have to stop and wait until it caught up. The optical mouse on my desktop seemed to have a mind of its own. Instead of working smoothly, it jerked. I'd scroll down, then have to wait for the cursor to move. The last straw came yesterday afternoon when I had to submit a job report. The report itself was mainly yes/no check boxes, but I also had to upload18 photos. It took me almost two hours to finish it!
Last night I did a thorough spring cleaning of both computers. Even though I always keep my virus software up to date I checked again to make sure it was. I ran the disk cleanup utility and made sure all my browser plugins were up to date. I deleted a couple of old programs I didn't need any more (and had forgotten was there). Thankfully, that took care of the issues. Now both computers are humming along.
Five years ago today: Can You Believe It?