Monday, 31 January 2011

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.  -Emo Philips 

In The Bedroom: Time To Recharge

Now that we've taken care of the big ticket technical items like your utility, phone, and cable bills, it's time for you to recharge. So, head to your bedroom, which is a place for you to recharge your batteries. In today's modern world, it's also probably where your technology recharges its batteries.

Today we'll make sure that you're taking proper care of your tech to ensure that those gadgets last a good long time.

Check out these tips for some easy ways to prolong the life of your computer and cell phone:

Clean it appropriately.

Dust is a major enemy of the keyboard and internal mechanisms, so keep the whole thing as dust-free as possible. A soft cloth will take care of the screen, and a cloth or cotton swab will clean out the keyboard. Alternately, you can try pressurized air to clean between crannies. Before you clean your laptop, always make sure it’s completely turned off.

Protect Yourself.

If you’re a PC user, you should have up-to-date antivirus protection. Otherwise, if you get a virus, you’d have to pay about $200 for a diagnostic and fix at Best Buy.

Pamper your battery.

The key to extending the lives of your favorite gadgets is taking care of their batteries. These have finite life spans of two to four years, whether you use them or not, but we’re pushing to stretch them to the limits. Avoid keeping your computer plugged in and charging constantly. Once it’s charged, unplug and switch to battery power or remove the battery to limit its heat exposure. Note that letting the battery run all the way down at least once per month keeps it active and accepting charge.

Keep it cool.

Batteries don’t like heat, and neither do laptop computers. As much as possible, use your computer on a cool, dry, hard surface. Soft surfaces can block the vents and restrict air flow through the computer.

  1. Unplug your laptop when it is fully charged.
  2. Change your phone settings to a dimmer backlight, a quieter ring, and less time before switching to standby
  3. Dispose of old batteries. You can return cell phone and computer batteries to the manufacturer, or recycle them at your local recycling center. 
  1. View the LV tips for proper cell phone and laptop care.

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