Giveaway: The Fast Solution to Your Slow Computer


Congrats to Shannon for winning the giveaway!

We all love (and have grown accustomed to), the swiftness of a new computer. It glides like a gazelle from one application to the next with nary a glitch. We expect it to go faster than a speeding bullet. But does anyone ever ask what happens to all the tech trash we eventually ditch?

U.S. consumers toss 10 million computers into landfills every year.  In fact, the average age of a US computer is just 2.4 years before it is discarded. Only 11% of all computers get recycled and, according to NPR, many of them are disessembled by workers in Third World Countries without any protective clothing to guard them against such things as brominated flame retardants.

Before you give cast off your PC because it’s simply too slow, consider a software optimizer that can return your PC to its original speed. System Mechanic** is one such software that, at a retail value of $39.95, can extend the life of your existing computer at a fraction of the cost.

But there’s more.

The developers at, the makers of System Mechanic, have offered to give away ONE software package that you can upload to every computer in your single family household for an entire year! They gave me three-year access to it myself so I could try it out. It has restored my kids’ laptop  to its like-new speed. My home office computer  has also returned to its initial speed. There is power in slow. But when it comes to computers, we take exception.

Enter to win by leaving a comment that tells me whether or not you have a gadget-free zone in your house? If yes, where is it and why? If not, that’s fine too.  The winner will be drawn from a hat and contacted via email by October 15th.


**Editors note: (System Mechanic 10.5 works on Windows® 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP. System Mechanic is designed to work on all recent Windows operating systems, and it is both 64-bit and 32-bit compatible. It also works on Windows 2003 Server. Support for Windows 2000, ME, and 98 is discontinued.)


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  1. willowdrinkwater

    October 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    My gadget free zone is my guest room with a slidng glass door to a deck that faces the sunset over the mountains. There are only books there. Yours is there. A bed. A futon. A chest of drawers. A night stand. A comfy reading chair and a lamp. There are also four poinsettias in the closet going dormant to turn red (slowly) at Christmastime. I love your writing. It moves me to do things I wouldnt do otherwise.

  2. linda thomas

    October 9, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Our home is a restored 1923 Craftsman style home. My husband made one of the big old closets into a library for me. I have a comfy rocker and a wall full of books. I can shut the door and I’m away from tv, computer, phone – gadget free.

  3. shannonrinaldo

    October 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Reading this made me take a moment to think about whether we have a gadget free zone. And I realized that although we have several rooms in our home with no gadgets- we carry our ipads, phones, and laptops around with us into those zones. So, essentially, we ourselves become the perpetrators by contaminating our surroundings with handheld gadgets. We need to have zones where we do not carry gadgets (for example, we probably shouldn’t carry them into the bathroom for crying out loud) in addition to having rooms where no gadgets are housed.

    1. powerofslow


      October 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Great thoughts, Shannon. I think our tech portability has contributed to the bleeding of the lines between public (work) and private ( home), making the need for mindfulness that much greater!

  4. powerofslow


    October 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I love it, Loren! That’s amazing and must help your clients relax so much more quickly!

    1. Loren

      October 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      It must contribute to why I love working as much as I do… and we Breathe!

  5. willowdrinkwater

    October 10, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Where is your office, Loren. I am there.

    1. Loren

      October 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Good morning,.. I just looked at your profile and I see that you are in VA… a little far to travel to where I am in Northern NJ, but you can always check out my meditations at my website… It’s what the Internet is all about… We can connect in so many ways.

  6. willowdrinkwater

    October 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I will check out your website, Loren. My husband has a cousin who lives in the northwest of NJ near the Delaware Water Gap where we went on our honeymoon ten years ago. My sister lived in Bernardsville before she moved to VA. LIfe is good when we live moment by moment.

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