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"Should I leave my PC running all the time, or shut it off after every use?"
I hear this question quite often!
IF you use a battery backup, AND you use your PC every day, it can be left ON. You can turn off the monitor to save power. (CRT's use
about 45-65 Watts, and LCD monitors use 14-20 Watts) This can extend the life of the hard drive by a couple of years. The trade-off
concerns the cooling fans in your system. They need the dust blown out of them every 2-5 months or they will slow down and burn out the
motherboard components prematurely. Fans cost only a few dollars each, there are at least 3 fans inside today's systems.
If a fan is neglected for too long, your PC can overheat and damage whatever it is designed to keep cool.
Dust that collects on the other components can cause a gradual buildup of static electricity, and can compromise the reliability of other
Delicate components like the modem, the RAM, and the Motherboard depend heavily on fans.
I use either a compressed gas spray, or, use a vacuum. In many cases, I also use a small wooden paintbrush to knock off the last layer of
dust that the compressed gas does not remove. If you use a regular air compressor to blow out the dust, you stand a very likely chance of
creating a dangerously high amount of static electricity from the stream of air. This is why compressed gas is used instead. I recommend
to all PC users to appoint my expert services at least twice a year to check on the fans and components inside.
If you book me in advance, I can assure that your investment will reduce premature component failure and loss of valuable data.
Let's talk a bit more about added security.
Basically, you need a LOT more protection than ever before, and even more in the near future! Formerly, it used to be, that you could
expect to be hit with malicious threats of thousands per-hour that you are online. No kidding! The more that terrorists, and other
perpetrators of violence and malicious behaviour utilize the fastest speeds of their internet connections, the more you will need to fend
them off by using more security measures than you need to protect your own home and your surroundings. I recommend that you pay
close attention to the use of firewalls, anti-spyware Anti-virus, and more.
Check out my links at the top of this page...
Consider the children!
If you have children at home who use the internet for browsing, games, chat rooms, and general education, YOU must be educated enough
to help them discern the safe from the unsafe web pages. This is no small task! There are filters, and other safeguards that must be put in
place before exposing any PC to the internet! Yes, in most cases,
you can use "Open DNS' as a way to filter out unwanted and unexpected web pages.
I suggest that if you use more than one PC, to make sure that the one you use to hold your valuable files, records, and financial data, to be
completely separate and backed up from a PC that contains entertainment, Internet browsing, and gaming software.
HAZARDOUS INTERNET SOFTWARE includes:
ANY Tool bar that has a search function, is sponsored by hundreds and even thousands of individuals of whom you cannot know to be
100% trustworthy. ( Yahoo Toolbar, Google Tool bar, MSN Tool bar, and several other popular ones are all about customizing advertizing to
your search topics from their interface.
It has been proven to be much safer to just use the front page of Google than it is to use the various search Tool bars. If you can, get rid of
it! ( if not, call me) usually through the control panel/add remove programs icon)
FIREWALLS are not all created equally!
The best firewall that I have found is a separate stand-alone unit called Alphashield. An easy choice for investment.. These are the only
ones I can find that will stop all the ads, viri, spies BEFORE your computer has to slow down to fight them! If you cannot afford and
Alphashield, at least use the Windows firewall that comes built in, or your router settings. You can read more about these Here
Please ask me if you are interested in one. Seriously, I don't browse the internet without it!
One Alphashield External Firewall will protect up to 30 PC's on a single connection! Just locate it between your High speed modem, and
your PC. It will NOT work with Dial-up internet access at this time.
So far, this is only the beginning, but at least you have a good start on protecting your valuable data, and your children who only deserve
the best chance for a safe web browsing experience.
On Email Etiquette:
HOW TO FORWARD E-MAIL APPROPRIATELY
It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails. Please read the short letter below, even if you're sure
you already follow proper procedures.
Do you really know how to forward e-mails? Most of us DO NOT know how.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it?
Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail
addresses & names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some
poor sap to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every e-mail address that has come across his computer. Or,
someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make
five cents for each hit. That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel!
How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps:
(1) When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top ). That's right, DELETE
them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever you know how to to. It only takes a second. You MUST click the
'Forward' button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don't hit the
forward button first you won't have full editing functions . I particularly dislike having to scroll through 200 Email addresses before I get to
(2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use t he
BCC: (blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address.
If you don't see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and
that's it, it's that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say 'Undisclosed Recipients' in the 'TO:' field of the people
who receive it.
That way you aren't sharing all those addresses with every Tom, Dick or Harry.
(3) Remove any 'FW :' in the subject line . You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read
the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open
many e-mails just to see what you sent. These are the ones that often end up having picked up a virus from somebody. This is really
(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10
or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses.
A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and
email addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your
position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list f names and email address on a petition. (Actually, if you think about
it, who’ supposed to send the petition in to whatever cause it supports? And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it
just ain’t so!)
(6) One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say that something like, 'Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something great run
across your screen.' Or, sometimes they'll just tease you by saying something really cute will happen IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me,
I'm still seeing some of the same ones that I waited on 10 years ago!) I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed. (Could
be why I haven't won the lottery??)
(7) Before you forward an Amber Alert, or a Virus Alert, or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you
forward them. Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for Years! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in
question could be checked out at: Snopes
It’ really easy to find out if it's real or not. If it's not, please don't pass it on.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.
Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's tell everyone we know, or at least send them the link to this page!~
Watch for more info in the future right here where you can be assured that someone cares about your computing environment and