How to Actually Use Your Computer: Part 4

17082008It seems as though we are now on part 4 of this series. Today I will be covering a couple things that you could use your computer for. So this part will be a short article. Run through this checklist and see if you fully utilise your computer on a daily/weekly basis:

  • Web browsing
  • Social networking
  • Email (client)
  • Music player
  • Video/movie player
  • Text editing (a biggie!)
  • Document editing (different from text editing, this includes formatting)
  • Desktop publishing tools
  • Animation tools
  • Graphic design tools
  • Sound editing tools
  • Instant messaging and chatting
  • Diagram / scientific model editing.
  • Games
  • VoIP (with or without webcam use)
  • Revision tools
  • CD burning
  • File transfer protocols (eg: SSH or FTP)
  • Webservers (or mailservers)
  • Web radio server
  • DJ-ing
  • eBooks and related media.
  • Video editing
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Recording (sound)
  • PIM management
  • Databases
  • Specialised document editing (eg: LaTeX, markup languages, music notation)
  • E-Commerce
  • Hacking (as in, illegal activity)
  • Finances
  • Scientific use / data measurement / simulations
  • Operating system tweaking
  • Security systems
  • Filesharing (mass downloading, torrenting, etc)
  • Stock markets
  • GPS/maps/navigation
  • Paperweight
  • Peripheral management (eg: interacting with phones/scanners/printers/cameras)

So, how many did you get out of 41? My personal score is 26.

Let me know your score!

Dion Moult

I've been developing software for well over 10 years, work as an architect (not the computer kind, the regular sort), and am classically trained as a pianist. I try to do the right thing when I get the chance in my field, such as through contributing to open-source communities and promoting sustainable living.

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  1. This list is really created for some people. I can list 50 more things that a computer can be used for. For example, on your list I got 14. If I made a list of 25 things, I would probably get in the 20s too.

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