A 21st Century CNY

I’m not a superstitious person, but at Chinese New Year even the most rational of us find ourselves following the old traditions such as buying new clothes, cutting our hair before new year’s day, paying off debts, cleaning the house and giving red packets. For many of us these acts are more of a mental exercise of renewal and an adherence to culture than any belief in luck, good fortune or evil spirits.

In the past few years I have had my own Chinese New Year To Do list, taking the opportunity to remind myself to keep my digital world updated. Given the amount of time we all spend on computers and digital devices these days, it’s worth spending a few hours at least once a year making the effort to keep these things running the way they’re supposed to.

If you’re one of those people to which these kind of things come naturally, my hat goes off to you. But if you’re anything like me, you might benefit from the list below:

  • Backup all your hard drives
  • Update your existing software on all devices (computers, iPods, iPads, phones, GPS etc.)
  • Clean up folders and purge or organize old files
  • Tidy up your desktop and dock or taskbar
  • Clean up and organise your music, photo and video libraries
  • Change your wallpaper
  • Get any new software you’ve been needing and delete unused programs
  • Synchronise your bookmarks across all your computers
  • Clean your screens and keyboards
  • Clean the outside of your computer
  • Change your online passwords (Security experts recommend that this be done several times a year, but most of us don’t do it at all.)

4 thoughts on “A 21st Century CNY

  1. Good list! I would also add: make sure any handwritten contacts are typed into your online address books.

    AND photograph any latest recipe hard copies so you can access them on your phone or iPad when you’re traveling.

  2. I came here for food related topics, and i find a post related to another passion of mine. Great!

    I would also like to tell you that there automatic systems, apps and services that manage backups, passwords and so on for you, so you don´t have to. They are really easy to do, and you’ll gain time for cooking since there are a few things you can cross of that list.

    By the way, i live on the opposite side of the world from you, so news come slow(ahah), i just saw you win master chef yesterday on tv.


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