reBOOT Canada

http://www.rebootcanada.ca/

Need a computer for emailing and such? This organization will sell a basic refurbished computer for $75. It won’t run the newest games but it will give you an online presence and let you look for work – give you a leg up on the cyber highway. Pretty good. Makes me laugh cause the PC I’m using is pretty much the same one they are selling. Mine is 5 or 6 years old now.

Decluttering

Clutter! There, I said it! Are you cringing just thinking about it? I do. You see, I am a clutter bug.

Sitting in front of my computer I am surrounded on nearly all sides with a clutter of my own making. It’s 90 per cent paper, biodegradable eventually, if I let it sit in the same spot that long. But, there is the odd coffee mug (empty but for the dregs on the bottom), a jar of vitamins (because here I know I will remember to actually take them), there are multiple and assorted pens. The pens are kind of funny since I type everything. But, I do make the odd note, maybe once or twice a week. There are also many PC games. Everyone needs their procrastination of choice. I’d be doing myself a favour if I made them less accessible. Like, if I moved them out of easy reach. That’s not likely to happen, get real!

I’m not a complete pack rat, but everything does seem to settle around my computer, eventually. I could throw out some of the newspapers. If I haven’t read them a month later I should make myself give up on them. But, I might find a really great source for something I’d like to write about. Or, I might come across an ad with a great graphic I could use. (Not copying graphics, just using the ideas to make my own.) Or, I might find an article that says something really amazing, even better than I ever thought to say it myself. *Sigh* It’s so hard to let go.

What’s your clutter? If you had to make a dent in it today, could you? What pile could you sort through fastest? Which one did you last trip over or have to restack when it all slid to one side?

We have an endless supply of information. But at some point we each have to find a way to control it. You can’t do much about the source or the temptation but you can try to limit how much you keep. If you’re living with a path to the computer, it’s really time to take action and let some of it go. Don’t worry, there will be more information overload tomorrow.

You are the company you keep, don’t surround yourself with paper, it has a really bad habit of bringing those little buggy worm things. Ick!

Happy decluttering, you know you won’t be alone. I’ve just brought a big green garbage bag to the computer for my own clutter.

Take Action

Doing something makes you feel better. Think about the times you accomplished something and how much better that felt than leaving it for someone else, deciding it was beyond you or some other version of not doing. Even if the task is more than you are capable of, take a chunk out of it, or just try anyway. Find something you can do.

If you want to be a professional (paid) writer don’t think about it, don’t make elaborate plans and stop there. Do something. Take action. Start by cleaning all the junk files out of your computer, maybe a whole reformat if you don’t feel too nervous about trying that. (It isn’t really that complicated, it just looks intimidating). Don’t get too deep into cleaning or organizing or planning anything though. Those are pools of stagnation and procrastination too. Start there but move on.

If you’ve made a list of possible clients to write for, begin contacting them. Write your query letters and send them. Write a book proposal and deliver on it. You will feel so much better: accomplished, capable and far ahead of where you were when everything was just plans and stuff you’d like to be doing.

Also, you can find time for the things you really want to do. If you get stuck in the planning then you need to push yourself into the action. If you think you don’t have enough time take a look at what you are doing, where your time is being spent. Is all that really necessary or are there times when you’re just spinning your wheels?

iVillage: Home Biz Resources

Starting A Business

Advice for Success: Home Business

Home Office How-To’s

There are a lot of articles here, even quizes about if you would suit a home business, but iVillage has a lot of scripts and ads. If you have a dial up connection, like mine, it is a bit hard to be patient and wait for the site to load. I found keeping only one iVillage window open at a time made a big difference. The first time I tried to find articles about home business I went ahead and opened each in a new browser tab. That caused my computer to freeze and crash. So, I will read easier now, one at a time. Open a window and close a door, or a window, as the case may be.

From the NaNoWriMo Forums… A Useless Quiz

MARITAL STATUS: Divorced.

CHILDREN: None

DESCRIBE YOUR HOME: It’s one room with a bed and a computer. Sometimes I even use the bed.

OCCUPATION: Right now I’m a writer, home business. I will possibly be a cashier later.

WHAT IS YOUR DOMINANT CHARACTER TRAIT: Niceness.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR BEST FRIEND: I haven’t seen her for more than 10 years.

DO YOU HAVE AN ENEMY? WHY IS THIS PERSON YOUR ENEMY? I have no enemies, just a lack of closet space.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Corporate Communications in college.

PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE: Smile. Let them wonder what you’re really up to.

HABITS: Several bad ones, no smoking however.

HOBBIES/PASTTIMES: Writing. Art, sewing, web design, road trips, reading and writing.

CHOICE OF ENTERTAINMENTS: Internet. Reading sites/ blogs and furthering my own obession with promoting my own sites.

FAVORITE PIG OUT FOOD: Ice cream and cheesecake. Maybe some lasagna and perogies. Toss some salad on that for colour.

FAVORITE PERFORMER/AUTHOR/SPORTSWOMAN ETC: Shirley Jackson. L.M. Montgomery.

EVERY NEW YEAR’S I RESOLVE TO: Become more wicked each and every year.

NOBODY KNOWS I AM: Wicked, evil and just plain self centred.

I WISH I COULD STOP: Buying losing lottery tickets. I’m sick of them.

I’M A SUCKER FOR: Children laughing, computer gadgetry, books, fabric, crafts and pretty pictures.

THE WORST PART OF MY LIFE IS: Right now I’m sick. It’s probably that bird flu so I’ll have a great excuse if I don’t get 50,000 words at the end of November.

I WANT TO TEACH MY CHILDREN THAT: I’d like for them to get on the ball and be born before I teach them anything.

A GOOD TIME FOR ME IS: Now.

THE WORST ADVICE THAT MY MUDDER GAVE ME WAS: Think.

I THOUGHT I WAS GROWN UP WHEN: I ran away from home.

WHEN I FEEL SORRY FOR MYSELF I: Get outside!

NOBODY WOULD BELIEVE ME IF THEY SAW ME: Pick my nose.

MY FRIENDS LIKE ME BECAUSE: I amuse them. Like a bug collection.

MY PET PEEVE IS: Nasty, selfish, petty people.

MY MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT: Ummmm…..

I CAN DIE HAPPY WHEN: I’m really, fully dead.

I’D REALLY RATHER: Be immortal but never age past 32 or thereabouts. It would be nice to have the power of flight and invisibility too. Shapeshifting would about cover all the bases.

MY MOST HUMBLING EXPERIENCE WAS: There have been too many. I can look at a tree and feel humble. The world is big and amazing.

Geek Girl!

You are a Geek Girl!

You’re competent, eccentric, and proud to be exactly who you are.
It also helps that you’re the smartest person you know.
Meeting a guy is not a challenge for you, as long as you’re willing to pull away from the computer.
There’s a ton of geek boys who are dying for a girl exactly like you.


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MSConfig

Once upon a time on a computer which has since migrated with my Mother down to her Florida getaway and hurricane magnet…

I used to use an uninstaller and nothing else to clean my computer. It ran great. Crashes and freeze ups were rare. If one did come along I knew it was time to clean it up or check for a more updated kernel32 file. Not a problem.

Now, until recently, I was running a firewall, several spyware programs and virus checkers. Most of those are gone now. They became the problem. In trying to keep my computer virus and other pestilences free I ended up having freezes, crashes and system overload warnings when I was actually running almost nothing. So, most of those old guards are gone. My computer is my own again, it runs faster and much smoother. It’s no longer bloated with all those safety gadgets.

However, I still have the problem of clean up. It’s not so simple any more. Don’t think your spyware will do it all for you. If you want to get rid of some computer bloat of your own look for information about cleaning up your individual computer. Meanwhile, this tip (below) is something I used to know but forgot about. It’s just what you need to get some pests out of your start up menu.

Make a fresh start. Accelerate your Windows start-up by disabling programs that automatically start with Windows. Go to Start, Run, type msconfig, press Enter, and select the Startup tab; uncheck the box for anything you don’t want starting up with Windows. Recheck the box to change it back again.

Keep in mind, do not get rid of something just cause you’ve never seen it before or don’t know what it does. Windows has a lot of programs keeping it running which you will never see. They run in the background. It’s only when they stop running (or are removed by accident) that you find out what they are and how much you need them. So, just get rid of programs you know you have already deleted from your hard drive, those uninvited guests who have outstayed their welcome.

Good luck, happy cleaning.