I kind of stumbled on this, but thought it important enough to re-share in case you hadn't heard it. Are you missing posts from your friends and companies on FB ? Do the dates seem wonky sometimes? Here's how to stop that. Go all the way down to the bottom of your page. About two thirds of the way across, you will see "edit options". You have 2 choices : Friends and pages you interact with most, and all of your friends and pages. By default, FB will show you the things and people you interact with most, so you may be missing things. You may want to choose the "all of your friends and pages", as this will get everything onto your newsfeed.
Be very careful about all those cute little apps they have to tell you who your favorite friends on FB are and personality tests and quizzes. I found out today that something I clicked on for one of those apps started shooting full sized webpages of garbage (not nasty, just annoying), and before I knew it, there were 16 pages piled up. It took starting up a Norton Scan and then doing a restart on my laptop before it went away.
Playing games on FB - I am a full on Bejeweled fan. For no reason, it got really slow and didn't work right. Cure : Have no other windows or apps running when you try to play a game. NEVER EVER shut down your antivirus program, and always make sure it is updated. The games on FB can be very graphically intense and suck up alot of memory.
Get rid of things on your desktop you don't need. Put it on a CD, and save it there. A CD will save MUCH more than a memory stick. The only problem is that you don't have instant access until you pop the CD in, but it makes a speed difference. Go to your temporary files and delete them. You don't need 90% of what's in there. And as for FONTS !!! OMGoodness, I had 450 different fonts on my laptop when I checked. I'm probably going to mess something up, but the space they are taking up is stupidly large.
Make sure you empty your deleted and junk files in your mail programs. Another big space waster. Set up folders so all the mail from, say, Addicted to Scrapbooking always goes into whatever file you want it to. Your Aunt can have her own folder, you can set up things to go wherever you want. Have you ever used the sweep function in Hotmail ? It is so cool - you select one message from ABC company, click on sweep, it gives you options, and then it picks up all the ABC messages and sends them where you want them to go, instead of having to click all 147 messages you got from them in the last 2 months.
I have a more detailed listing of ways to improve computer speed, and I will look it up, and will email it to you if you'd like. Norton has it built in somewhere, and any other antivirus will likely have the same thing. Whatever operating system you are on should have something similar.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming, and hope to find some more giveaways shortly.