Spring clean your e-life

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Noticed BlogHer just isn't loading as quickly as it used to? Okay -- We've had a little downtime -- but part of the problem might be your own computer! Now that you've spring cleaned your home, get started on spring cleaning your cyberlife:

Spring Clean your computer. Gina Trapani's made computer cleanliness easy with The Complete Guide to Speeding Up Your PC's Startup she wrote for Lifehacker. She goes through the basic steps for cleaning up your computer to speed up performance -- and even warns you not to get taken in by the "myths and misconceptions and misguided "secrets" to speeding up your PC published out there." Apparently, there are a lot of dumb tips that don't work! Read and learn --

Christina Capecchi Dust, delete, de-frag: 8 ways to spring-clean computers at MinnPost's covers a few more cleanup ideas -- though I strongly suggest you modify her last suggestion to clean the external surfaces of your computer with 409! Replace the 409 with your favorite homemade or storebought green cleaner, and your computer will be good to go.

Spring clean your web browsing. Your spick and span should be running faster already, but you can still speed up your web life. Kevin Purdy at Lifehacker has Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Web Browsing, starting from the basics you may already know -- like using Google to read documents in HTML instead of waiting for big PDFs to load -- to others you've likely never considered -- like setting up OpenDNS on your router. If 10 tips aren't enough for you, read through the comments on the post. Those have additional great ideas, from using ad blocking software to blocking Google analytics.

Spring clean Wordpress. Check out 8 WordPress Spring Cleaning Tips: Backups and More, collected together by Kim Woodbridge at (Anti) Social Development. Her tips range from measures to speed up your computer, to directions for preventing time-consuming blog catastrophes, to ideas for increasing page views.

How's all this related to the environment, you ask? The faster you get the work on your computer, the less time you'll spend on it -- and the less energy you'll use. Turn your computer off (or at least let it sleep) when you're not using it -- a practice that'll also save you money on your electricity bill. For more energy-saving computing tips, read Gina's list of Top 10 Computing Energy Savers.

Photo by Pablo Ruiz Múzquiz

BlogHer Contributing Editor Siel also blogs at greenLAgirl.com.

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