Computer maintenance can be a long and tedious process, trying to find rogue processes, old and useless registry entries or cleaning out temp files takes time to do manually or with the tools provided within Windows. That is part of the reason that programs that automate cleaning are so popular, though some are almost ransome-ware so be careful which ones you choose. The same goes when you are trying out new anti-virus programs as well. For extra bonus points you can bring network and hardware maintenance into the mix as well, from replacing elderly protocols to replacing elderly hardware, there are lots of problems to fill your spare time. Even keeping track of your vendors can absorb hours. Check out the Microsoft Forum for more issues … as well as solutions, of course.
If you’d rather have a bit of fun instead of working, the Gaming Forum’s Fragging Frogs are available on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday to help you out with that. The Lightning Round is available for those who prefer their smackdowns to be delivered with words than with bullets. If you are more altruistic, donate your CPU cycles to a BOINC project or to Folding@Home, or even join in the 24 hour a day swap meet that is the Trading Post.
You have probably noticed a lot of content on the front page covering Quakecon and the interview that Ryan did with John Carmack, so you are right in assuming that the PC Perspective Podcast spends a goodly amount of time on the same topic … and others.