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automate system maintenance

How do I automate system maintenance? I'm using tune up utilities 2010, portable spybot, malware bytes, ad-aware, c-cleaner, and avast free antivirus. I'm using windows xp. Please tell me, how can I ...
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How can laptop keyboard keys be removed and replaced?

I'm trying to fix a laptop keyboard that has issues with keys on its left side. Just by feel, it's clear that something sticky got under there. There could be something crunchy too, but that might ...
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Windows OS - well maintaining

I am planning to well maintain my desktop PC. It has the Windows OS (Windows XP) and connected to internet. I do the following activities, on weekly basis. Windows Update Anti Virus Update ...
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use rm to remove files and directories recursively

is it possible to use rm to remove files and directories matching a pattern recursively without using other commands?
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Computer USB Port Cover

I have recently brought a computer with a unique design (which I thought was cool!). The USB port is facing upwards, meaning my USB thumb drive will be placed vertically, as in, in an upright position....
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Does downloading Torrents cause excessive wear on hard drives?

I suspect that the most stressful to a HDD is being used as a target for downloading torrents. I plan to get a new HDD and use the old one only for storing downloads in progress. Is this true? How ...
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See all information about all processes, daemons, etc. running on Mac OS X

I like to view information about all processes (including every daemon etc etc) that are running on Mac OS X. I use: sudo ps -A Update: I also tried Activity Monitor as suggested by Alex. My ...
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Is it safe to get dust out of a PC with an air blower?

I use an air blower to dust the inside of my PC every few months. I keep the PC fans from turning when doing this to avoid turning them into dynamos and possibly causing damage to the electronics. I'...
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Clean the Dust Outside of the Computer Casing

No, I am not referring to the cleaning inside the casing; I want to know how to clear off the dust that gathers outside the computer casing, in the dark corners of the computer table, the forgotten ...
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Any Suggested Maintenance for Cloned Mac OS X Boot Disk

I've cloned my MacBook Pro's internal drive to a larger, faster hard drive, using Carbon Copy Cloner. The new drive is installed and seems to be working fine. Is there anything I should do to "clean ...
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How often should I dust the inside of my computer?

I would like to avoid frying my computer. I understand dust collects inside on the boards and the CPU cooling unit. How often should I open up the chassis and what process should I use to safely ...
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Is there a way to compact OS X's swapfiles?

Is there a simple way to compact the /var/vm/swapfile0 etc, short of rebooting? They can get quite large if things start swap'ing, and my laptop doesn't have much free disc space..
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OS X Maintenance - how to keep the system clean?

I'm a .NET developer and a long time Windows user. Recently I've been working a little bit on OS X Leopard, trying to learn iPhone development. So far so good - Mac OS X seems like a great operating ...
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How does dust affect a computer?

It is generally known that dust makes computers slower, and that cleaning out the dust regularly can make your computer run better. What I have not seen, is why this happens. From what I know dust ...