Housekeeping Vs. writing

I am not a very practical fellow by choice. It’s more out of necessity, and even then I am not all that practical. But I do know I hate clutter and a lack of organization. Then again, if I don’t deal with the clutter in my life, and maintain some level of organization, just who the heck is gonna do it for me?

It’s like cooking. If I want to eat well, I cook. And wash the damn dishes, and do the shopping. Otherwise I have to eat whatever anyone else bother to prepare.

Don’t you just hate that?

So I have to maintain my own computer, and for the same reasons. What I have here is not the most powerful machine in the whole wide world. In fact it’s probably eight or nine years old, which is ancient for a computer. But it works, as long as I keep the registry clean and the viruses and mal-ware out and the hard drive defragged.

I use Advanced System Care by IObit. For the first few months I had it installed I used the ‘dumbed down’ version, which, by the way, is far from dumb. It is in fact downright amazing, for a free download. When you get around to paying for unlocking all of the features, it is one heck of a system utility. And boy, does it have a lot of tools. is the URL. Check these folks out. This is one place where you really get far more than your money is worth. Advance System Care should be on every home computer.

I already owned Registry Mechanic by PC Tools before I downloaded Advance System Care, and keep the license updated, so I do not use the registry cleaner in Advance System Care. But you can if you don’t already own another registry cleaner. I did use the IObit tool for a month or so, and it works very well. I am always hesitant when it comes to messing around with the Windows Registry, and you should be as well. But both of these tools create a system restore point before they go anywhere near the registry, and both of them work flawlessly.


I strongly recommend IObit and their products, and PC Tools Registry Mechanic as well.


About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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