Computer Tips: Cleaning The Registry

Computers are very complex, and issues can arise no matter how carefully you take care of your machine.  The bottom line is that keeping a clean computer can really help you to get the best performance out of it that you possibly can.  We suggest that you start out by cleaning out your computer.  There are a number of programs out there that can help you to do this easily, even if you’re not a computer expert.

One such program is called RegCure Pro, and you can find out more about it in this RegCure Pro review.  It’s a registry cleaner at its heart, but it has so much more functionality to it that you can really do a lot.

But first, what is a registry cleaner?  The Windows registry is basically a database of storage where your computer stores all sorts of different preferences and settings.  These settings can pertain to the operating system, or they can pertain to the software that you have installed.  Sometimes the registry gets cluttered with extra entries, bogging down your computer, so it’s very helpful to be able to clean out the PC

The RegCure Pro software can also defrag your hard drive, which is a very helpful process.  Defragging of the hard drive means that the pieces that your files are stored in all over the hard drive are put back together for faster access.

Of all the things that RegCure Pro can do, it’s a very helpful software tool that can really help you to get the best performance possible out of your computer software.

Travel Tips – Batteries

Directions for many appliances, photo or otherwise, warn you to remove any batteries when the unit is not in operation for some time. Generally this is suggested to avoid slow drain of the batteries (which can occur in some electrical circuitry, turned off or not), or to prevent minor oxidation/corrosion which can cause poor battery connections or no jiuce at all. Leave a battery in place for a long time, particularly under warm and humid conditions, and chances and humid conditions, and chances are you’ll have an icky mess on you hands as well.

In the hope that you will do as I say and not as I do, I’d suggest removing your batteries and storing them separately whenever any item isn’t going to be used for at least two weeks.

Surprisingly, I find it is just as important to remove batteries when cameras, flash units or other battery eaters are to be packed for transportation. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve packed a flash unit which somehow came into contact with an object that turned said flash unit on all by itself. I have done likewise with cameras that require a light touch of the shutter button to turn on. Recently, I burned out the printing heads of two portable battery-operated computer printers in the same manner.

While I can emphasize careful packing, taping of on-off switches in the “off” position, plus other safety checks, I find the safest, simplest and easiest measure is to remove one or more batteries for traveling. I no longer surprise or amuse passengers on airplanes with the muffled ringing of my alarm clock or the whir of my portable electric razor coming from my locked luggage.

~Keppler, Herbert. “When travelling remove batteries.” Modern Photography 50 (1986): 7