My computer has been getting unbelievably slow. I have a cute little white Macbook, purchased by my parents for me before my freshman year of college in 2007. This means the computer has just turned 6 years old- which is probably, hmmm, 94 in human years?
It's been getting slower and slower every day. It is extremely frustrating. I like to open tons of tabs while I surf the internet. My computer does not like tons of tabs and retaliates by freezing up for awhile.
This weekend, after a particularly annoying computing experience, I did a little online research for new laptops. I focused on PCssince I've decided that getting a Mac just isn't worth it to me. As much as I love my Mac, it would run at least $1,000 while a normal PC laptop would be closer to $300-400. I just don't think it's worth the extra $600-700. There are so many more things I could use that money on!
The other night, after doing a little more online shopping and still not finding anything I was in love with (or wanted to pay $400 for), Mike suggested trying to clean up my computer's hard drive to make it run faster. Oh. Duh. I hadn't thought of that!
I googled how to do it (obviously) and found an article by Business Insider detailing "13 Ways to Make Your Mac Run Faster". I implemented almost all of their suggestions, and crossed my fingers that the computer would run faster.
I'm not sure if it's my imagination, but I think the computer really is faster. Or perhaps I've chilled out on my out-of-control open tab behavior. Whatever it is, the computer is still chugging along and I'm very happy about this.
Also, I cleaned off the outside and the keyboard area of the laptop to make it look pretty again. (so many fingerprints and so much dirt can accumulate from 6 years of use, gross!) I'm a visual person- anything to make it look pretty makes me want to keep it longer :)
So before you go out and make a major purchase, see if there's anything you can do to make your old items keep working. The longer I can keep this computer running, the longer I can keep my money in my pocket!