Format your Laptop / PC once a year

As we keep on using our Laptop / PC it tends to slow down also it starts accumulating Apps and lots of files which are not needed. Also, a lot of OS updates and Apps updates tend to accumulate lots of files and logs which are not required anymore, this also tends to slow down the system. Now I am making this habit to just Format my laptops both at home and office once every year. But before doing so make sure you backup all the critical files you need.

Following is the process I follow:

  1. My most critical files are either backed up using Dropbox or Google Drive.
  2. Those files which are residing locally, I go thru them and delete those not needed.
  3. Back up all the files on an external drive.
  4. Make a list of software which I need. I keep installable of them backed on the external drive too.
  5. Next, I just format the drive and install the software. I use Mac so it quite an easy process which you can check out in this video (You have to make sure you can connect to the Internet as Mac reinstall requires internet)
  6.  After reinstall which takes roughly 30 mins or so. Install all the software I need.
  7.  I start putting files which I backed up in organized fashion.

That’s it, You get the feel of a brand new laptop and also clean up your dirt which keeps creeping on by a year of usage. I strongly suggest you do the same and feel the experience of bliss and happiness which I get out of it :). Try out and let me know your experience in the comments below.

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How to Speed up your PC

Check out a free tool called PC Decrapifier that helps remove programs, unnecessary startup items that can slow down your PC.
It takes you to step by step, giving you recommendations on what to remove, many of which can be removed unattended. Nothing is removed without your approval. We show you the list before anything is removed.

Click here to download.

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Audacious an open source audio player

A descendant of XMMS, Audacious plays your music how you want it, without stealing away your computer’s resources from other tasks. Drag and drop folders and individual song files, search for artists and albums in your entire music library, or create and edit your own custom playlists. Listen to CD’s or stream music from the Internet. Tweak the sound with the graphical equalizer or experiment with LADSPA effects. Enjoy the modern GTK-themed interface or change things up with Winamp Classic skins. Use the plugins included with Audacious to fetch lyrics for your music, to set an alarm in the morning, and more.

Audacious runs on Linux, on BSD derivatives, and on Microsoft Windows. To download and install the latest version (currently 3.10), please see the download page.

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Sizer: Resize and reposition windows for PCs

Sizer helps you to resize any app to the size you want. It is rediculiously small application which can help you to resize windows. As developers if you need to test app at different size this is one of the best app to use.
You can download the app from http://www.brianapps.net/sizer4/sizer4_dev570.msi
More more about the app you can visit http://www.brianapps.net/sizer4/

Download and enjoy.

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Mirror your Android screen on PC or Mac (without root)

Sometimes you need to control your Android device from PC or Mac. Recently I wanted to take a screenshot of an App which doesn’t allow screenshot. So this was the easiest method I used to take a good quality screenshot ;).

To mirror your android screen on PC or Mac  you will require 4 simple prerequisites:

  1. Make sure you have install Chrome.
  2.  Install Vysor extension, made by prolific Android developer Koushik Dutta.
  3. Enable USB Debugging Mode on Android.
  4. Connect Android with USB cable and start the Vysor Extention.

For more you can also check out vysor.io

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Disk inventory find out what is cluttering your life (PC/Mac)

One of the reasons you have a slow computer is storage of unnecessary files. In this day in age storage is becoming cheap, hence we download/copy things and then forget about it. All this adds up and finding this files manually is a nightmare in itself.

If you need to know what files are taking up what kind of space Disk Inventory X for MacOS will give you a big easy to read graphic that also helpfully takes you right to the storage chugging files you want to delete. A nice alternative for Windows users is Windows Directory Statistics.

Check them out both are free.

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