The last time I made a list of the first updates to a new computer was at the end of 2011.
I remembered to jot down some notes today when I changed out laptops and thought it interesting to compare what I did then to what I did today.
- Physical set-up of different stations. Monitors, new dock, wireless keyboard/mouse, cameras, and headphones.
- Wireless projection software
- Browsers: unpin Edge/IE from task bar, add Chrome and Firefox to taskbar.
- Delete unnecessary short cuts on desktop.
- Make Chrome my primary browser.
- Sign into my personal Chrome browser.
- Install Dropbox, but do not sync folders.
- Set-up Outlook
- Create email signature
- Set-up printer
Bonus: various webinar downloads
I still have a preference for browsers which continue to update and I have moved closer to cloud storage (even though I must remember to clean my desktop periodically).
I am less tethered to my physical machine. When changing machines it is more about the portability of the machine and how the machine functions in all the different places I take it. It used to be able transferring software, but I have moved proprietary softwares onto a desktop anchored in the office. I feel like I am moving closer selecting devices for specific purposes and not expecting one machine to serve all my needs.