I am considering upgrading my laptop. That led to me evaluate the software I have on my current laptop and decide that of what I have installed, what I really use, what I really need and what I can get rid of. Besides social media and email, the only thing I use my personal computer(s) for is family research. Therefore, I am only concentrating on what I need to support my family research.
Now, if I back up a little…I have upgraded hardware several times in the last however many years. In the past I copied all the files from my old computer to floppy drives (yikes), CDs, DVDs, flash drives and external hard drives. Then when I got my new computer I would copy it all on to the new computer. Unfortunately, a lot of that stuff I never really organized on my new computer. It just sat there in a folder called “old computer” until the next hardware upgrade. So, copies became copies. Some files got renamed, some didn’t…WHAT A MESS!!!
So this time I’ve decided to organize and do a software audit BEFORE upgrading any computer. I estimate that this will take me…20 years. Kidding. Kind of.
Over the next few days I am going to talk about what I have found and where I think I am going.
So, stay tuned…