Ah, the Bank Holiday weekend. A whole extra day off. A chance to explore, unwind or watch Top Gear repeats on Dave.
But why not actually use it for something productive? V3 has put together a list of some of the most useful technology chores you could get done this weekend that would leave you feeling good about yourself.
Back up your smartphone
Yes it’s boring but it doesn’t actually take that long and, if the worst were to happen to your device, you’d be very grateful that all those important photos, videos and other media is safely backed up on your laptop.
Clean up your desktop
Most people’s desktops resemble a digital a jumble sale of files and folders strewn across the screen with little order or coherence. Now is a good time to sort the whole thing out, whether that’s by dumping the lot in the recycle bin or creating elaborately named folders so that everything has a home. Trust us, once your desktop is clean you’ll feel a lot better.
Erase those TV recordings you’ll never watch
You thought you’d watch that historical documentary on Napoleon, or that Norwegian thriller everyone raved about, but six months later they’re still clogging up your TV box, wasting space and making it hard to navigate to the things you really want to watch, such as Homes Under the Hammer or Top Gear. So go on, get deleting. You’ll feel very virtuous afterwards.
Free up some space
Whatever device you own, you know it’s filled with apps and software you just don’t need, whether that’s fitness apps you never used, to mixing software you downloaded when you suddenly thought you’d renew your dreams of being a DJ. Get rid of them, free up some space and move on with your life.
Unsubscribe from those pesky emails
We all get them, the endless emails from supposedly real people offering you deals, or encouraging you to come back to use their service that you used only once and never intend to use again. You always mean to unsubscribe but somehow never get round to it. Seize the bull by the horns and just do it. Bliss.
Tidy up those music playlists
Subscribing to that ultimate ABBA disco playlist seemed a great idea at the time. Now, not so much. Be brutal and get rid of all those ridiculous playlists to leave the ones you truly like so you can always find something to listen to, whatever the circumstances. And, hey, if you want them back, they’ll still be there.
Upload your photos
Many people have hundreds of photos on digital cameras or smartphones that really should be uploaded to your computer or Facebook, Dropbox or any other social media/cloud storage vendor you use. Find that USB cable and get uploading and share your photographic brilliance with the world.
Sort out your friendships
Facebook. How many friends do you have that you haven’t spoken to for ages, in real life or digital life? We’d wager plenty. Now’s the perfect time to remove them so you can ensure that only those you really want to know what you’re up to can keep tabs on your 'perfect' life.
Change some passwords
Yes, very boring, but given recent hacks this is possibly the most important. Having the same password on multiple sites is not a good idea, especially if it’s 'password' or '123456', so set about changing them now to avoid any disasters further down the line.
Update your software
Most people get pop-ups for new software updates and promptly ignore them, thereby missing out on new features and, perhaps more importantly, security patches. So, now’s the time to get up to date by installing everything on offer, from trusted sources at least. Just be prepared for your devices to be unusable for a little while as you do it. Time for some Top Gear perhaps?
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