Contrary to popular belief, computer’s are very reliable.
I’ll wait for the laughter to subside a bit…
Computer hardware doesn’t change, or at least changes slowly. Some things do wear out such as fans, mechanical hard drives and even the electronics, but not to the degree automobiles wear out, for example.
No, the change I’m talking about is software. You would think that the incredible knowledge and engineering that goes into a computer’s electronics would be the weak point, but it turns out it’s all about the software. Millions and millions of lines of code inside the programs. There isn’t a person on the planet that knows even a fraction of what’s going on with all that code.
You would think that if the same company wrote all the software, at least they would make sure all programs worked together or didn’t interfere with each other.
The problem is that you have a lot of cooks in the kitchen, even in the same company. Your typical computer contains software that comes from entirely different companies and people. They don’t know each other and don’t care what their programs do to all the other programs on your computer. As long as their stuff works, it’s all that matters.
Often times we feel more like referees than computer technicians, trying to keep all these programs from colliding with each other. Programs must not only coexist with other programs on the computer, they must also get along with the hardware. Throw in a malicious infection or junk program into the mix and you have a challenging environment.
All programmers are supposed to follow rules when creating programs, called ‘good practice’, in order to avoid problems with their software and everyone else’s. The problem is that programs are written by programmers that assume that their particular program will be the only one on your computer.
Not realistic. At all.
Currently the most pressing issue is the shear size of the programs being used that slow down the overall performance of the computer to frustrating levels. Fortunately, there is a solution if you’re interested.
The free solution? Do what we do and adopt a minimalist attitude. Nothing gets installed unless it’s needed. NOTHING. All of our computers leave our factory with the minimal amount of programs installed. Only what’s needed. Super clean. It pays off with reliability and performance. There is no need for cleaning utilities or antivirus programs that contain everything but the kitchen sink.