New computer? — things to do first

Whether you received a new computer as a holiday gift or not, there are some standard things to do after you’ve enjoyed the out-of-the-box experience and configured some initial settings. PC World / MacWorld has some useful summaries. More below.

7 critical things to do immediately with a new PC” discusses getting Windows Updates (yeah, new doesn’t mean all’s up-to-date), installing an alternate Web browser, deciding whether malware proaction is adequate and to your liking, checking for crapware, adding some useful (free) programs *, and starting a backup plan.

* Their “Your new PC needs these 22 free, excellent programs” has some suggestions for useful apps. I’ve used and recommend Chrome, AVG AntiVirus Free, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, and CCleaner (for the more technically inclined).

Got a new Chromebook? Here’re some things to do: “How to set up your new Chromebook the right way” — like getting familiar with what you can do offline and printing.

Got a new Mac? Check out “The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac” for some useful apps — Default Folder, 1Password, Dropbox, Skype, …

Got a new iPhone 6? Yep, it’s a computer that does phone calls. So, check out “Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first” for tips about backup, security, settings, updates, the new Tips app, and Apple Pay.

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  1. So, you got a new PC … got crapware, bloatware as well? Well, this PC World article (February 2015) provides a good summary of the situation: “Bloatware: Why computer makers fill your PC with junk, and how to get rid of it.”

    It’s a nasty, symbiotic relationship for bloatware developers, PC makers, and everyday users. Bloatware effectively subsidizes PC prices. If it weren’t for all that crud, you’d pay more—perhaps much more—for your computer.

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