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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
follow are.... 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 components. 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 circuitry damage. 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 computers desktop. 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
components. 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
important device! 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 current
lines. 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 system. If 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
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