?10 Secrets To A Healthy Computer And A Happier You?
There comes a time in a person?s life where no matter
how much you fight it time takes its toll and we begin to slow down in how we
perform our daily activities. However, in order to extend our youthful glow and
energy levels it is important to eat right, exercise, and keep a positive
outlook on life.
Now you may ask what has any of that got to do with
?Secrets To A Healthy Computer??
Well, in a way we?re all just like a computer. If you
neglect to take care of yourself you soon will cease to function properly and
the many tasks that once were easy to do now take twice as long to accomplish
and often require you to rest or ?reboot? after a malfunction.
I can?t tell you what foods to eat or what exercises
to perform because I am not a nutritionist. Although, with my experiences in
the personal computer field I can share with you some tips of how to keep that
rectangle box of circuitry that sits within sights range functioning at maximum
performance as long as time will allow.
Some important steps to
Make certain that your
computer is located in a well ventilated area and that all air vents are
unobstructed to prevent overheating and premature failure to any internal
Clean out the dust build-up
at least every 6 months from the inside of the computer case including case
vents, power supply vents, and all visible circuitry with a few cans of
compressed air that can be purchased from any major computer store or
electronics outlet. This will help reduce the chances of overheating and
Before cleaning just be certain to always unplug the
computer from the wall outlet and never physically contact the circuitry inside
the computer case to prevent damage.
Be prepared for an
unsuspected failure by always making backups of any important data that you do
not and can not afford to lose.
I personally keep updated backups of my website and
even store the disks at a remote location away from my every day use computers
just in case a disaster were to occur and my main computers were destroyed
resulting in the need for those lost files.
Purchase and install a well
known anti-virus program that can be regularly updated with the latest virus
definitions and ran during boot-up to help protect your computer from being the
victim of an unwanted infestation.
Every few months or so run
your computer?s ?Scandisk? program followed by the ?Defragmenter? program to
maximize the efficiency of your hard drive.
If you are not certain of how to use these utilities
and being that the steps to execute these programs varies slightly from one
operating system to the other it would be easiest to simply use the ?Help?
option that can be found by clicking on the START button found on your
The START menu will open up a drop-down-box that
should display the ?Help? option. By going here you can enter the keywords that
deal with the answers to the subject you are searching for.
Run your computers ?Disk
Cleanup? utility every other week or so. If set the ?Disk Cleanup? utility will
automatically empty the recycling bin and recover some wasted disk space by
removing the internet temporary files that seem to always accumulate.
Again, use the ?Help? option if you are uncertain of
how to perform this task.
Never smoke near a computer
because the cooling fans will pull the smoke into the case where it can coat the
inside parts of the computer with a residue which in turn can damage sensitive
Place the computer case in
an area where it will not be accidentally kicked or bumped to prevent the
loosening of cables and damage to internal parts.
Invest in a high quality
surge protector to provide your computer and monitor against voltage spikes or
?surges? that can dramatically shorten the life of your system. Just like most
items in a store, ?You get what you pay for?. So don?t skimp out on this
Its also not a bad idea to invest in a surge protector
that includes what is called a ?Data Line Protector? which allows you to connect
your telephone lines to and serves the same purpose for the telephone line to
your modem just like the surge protector does for the electrical household
Finally, if you plan
on being away from home for more that a few days at a time or if there is a
thunderstorm brewing in your area it is a very wise decision to always unplug
all electrical lines and modem telephone lines from your system. Even with a
surge protector installed it is possible that such a large voltage spike such as
one caused by a lightening strike could prove fatal to any computer
you follow these simple steps the outcome is a healthy computer that will stay
by your side and treat you well which also results in a happier you.
Dan Preston is the webmaster of a neat site called InfoHeaven Digital
Books and The Online Book Store where you can find useful and Fr'ee
information along with many how-to digital books that cover a large
variety of interesting topics.http://infoheaven-digital-books.com and http://online-book-store.net.