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What You Need To Know About Computer

It is crucial that you clean all parts, corners and surfaces of your house. There’s no such thing as over cleaning. Never underestimate the power of a clean house. It can influence the health of the family. When we clean, we always take care of the things that are visible and functional. For example, floors, counter-tops, toilets, carpets, etc. Sometimes, we ignore other things because we think they are harmless for example, mattresses, windows, PC’s, etc. We think that they are not too dusty because they are less exposed but that is where we are wrong. Every computer accumulates dust, grime and germs that we need to tackle.

When you think about computer cleaning, you have two options here – do it personally or hire somebody else to do it for you. Of course, it is time consuming and exhausting, but if you want someone else to do it, you simply need to look for a reliable company. In case you choose to clean everything on your own, bear in mind that it’s best to clean on a professional level. You need a few tips and the right tools to be successful. You can find many tips online or from housekeeping magazines. For the right tools, there are many available in stores near you. If you are settled, you should schedule the clean. You can ask for help from family members so that the tasks are easier and quicker to handle.

If they are quite hesitant, entice them by declaring rewards. If you are done with the bedroom, kitchen, living room and the bathroom, look back again and think about the things you might have missed. In your home office, you have to organize your files so that you do not waste your time looking for a specific document. If you have a computer, it is imperative that you clean it. You should know that the keyboard of your computer has millions of germs and bacteria. If you want a professional help, you can easily look for cleaning companies that cater personal computers and laptops. Do not worry because it will not cost you much.

This specific cleaning should be practiced and observed at all times because it can affect the performance of the computer. Keyboards should always be wiped with disinfecting wipes. Do not eat while you are working and if it can’t be helped, wash your hands and use utensils. Make sure you get rid of crumbs and other food particles so that you can stay clear of ants and other insects. Aside from keyboards, you have to wipe the monitor or screen and more importantly, you have to secure the CPU. Each computer has a fan that regulates the temperature. If there is any build-up of dust and dirt in one of the fans it can reduce the performance and to some point, it can destroy the system. It is best to consider professional help because you are dealing with specific technology.

Common Misconceptions About Computer

Nashville computer repair shops thrive because the number of computer users continues to climb. Like in most cities around the United States, more and more households in Nashville, Tennessee recognize the value and importance of owning and maintaining a reliable and functional computer at home. The rise of numerous businesses, great or small, also contribute to the growing number of users in the area.

Because there are more computer users, there is a higher demand for computer repair shops to cater to computer owners and users in Nashville and in surrounding areas like Green Hills, Belle Meade, Franklin and Brentwood. However, there are still many users who are having misconceptions about computer repair activities and businesses. Nashville computer repair shops have been doing their best to collectively reassure clients about services available.

Here are the most common misconceptions about computer repair in Nashville. Repair experts aim to further enlighten users about the advantage and assistance they offer.

oNashville computer services companies are very expensive. This could almost qualify as an urban legend. This misconception may have emerged due to word of mouth started by previous computer repair clients who think they have spent too much from their computer services. Expensiveness of repair services is relative. Logically, such costs are costly to some, cheap to others and just reasonable to many. If you want to maximize the value of your money, you could get quotes first and do comparison-shop before getting a computer service from any shop.

oComputer shops incur other possible damages to computers to ensure clients will keep on coming back. This misconception has for some time discouraged computer owners from getting expert computer services. Nashville computer repair shops assert that such misconceptions could never be truthful as they are all protecting their integrity and credibility as business establishments.

oComputer services take forever. This is not true. In fact, most computer service tasks can be completed in just a few hours. You can bring your personal computer to a Nashville repair shop and wait until it is fixed or agree to pick it up later in the day. However, there are times when such shops have too many clients so you may have to fall in queues. For your convenience, you can even opt for home services.

oComputer service and repair shops steal from the inside of your computer or replace certain parts with old ones. For your peace of mind, you could ask the repairmen to do the task in front of you. Repair shops are businesses and as such, will not in any way try to cheat on you because doing so could tarnish their image.

Learning About Computers

I don’t think that there are people nowadays that need convincing regarding the usefulness of computers, because everywhere has at least one: if not at home, at least at work. You don’t have to look far or hard to find a computer, because everywhere you turn you will find at least one.

People having completely different professions, from artists to doctors, everybody uses at least one computer function. Only think about the immense storage capacity a computer has and the great volume of information we receive every day. As the world grows smaller the information travels faster and we are practically “bombed” with a lot of data our brains cannot store. Besides that, a computer can also manipulate data faster than we can, make complicated calculations or guide equipment in performing operations that require precision, like surgeries. Lately they started to be used also in arts, electronic music being very popular among teenagers.

Yet, using a computer is not an easy task. Computers function with the help of some programs, which can be compared with a live TV show script. In this case the producer is the computer programmer, the host is the computer itself and the guest is the user. In a TV show the producer will try to make a script which must be respected by the host, but he can never be sure of the guest’s reactions, so he will have to consider alternative scenarios and the trust the host to use whatever scenario fits best. Also during the show changes can occur, that will need the host to combine elements from the different scenarios mentioned before. During the show both the producer and the host will have to take in consideration the reactions of the guest and react accordingly.

Now if we talk about a programmer, things are quite similar since he has to write some algorithms indicating the computer how to perform according to the indications of the user. Unlike the TV producer, the programmer “scenario” is for a long-term “TV show”. The programmer has to take in consideration the reactions of different possible “guests”, namely users, with different backgrounds and education. And now we have used the keyword “education”. Unlike the TV show guests, the computer users can be taught how to “deal” with a computer. It doesn’t matter if you are a “difficult guest” or a “sociable one”, this “host” can usually accommodate all tastes.

Like in any other case of study, learning how to use a computer supposes finding a good teacher or at least good learning materials. A good suggestion might be ITIL foundation, which is a collection of books for professionals that need or want to learn about computers. ITIL is the acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library and it is a trademark of the UK’s Office of Government Commerce. ITIL has, depending on the used version, either 3 levels: Foundation, Practitioner and Manager, or 4 levels: Foundation, Intermediate, Expert and Master. The books cover subjects referring to IT Service Management and they try to give a unitary perspective of IT management, applications and services.

Myths About Computer Repair and IT

7 Computer Repair Myths

I’ve been in the computer repair business for some time now, and there seems to be a few myths that many people believe about computer repair, computer repair companies, and other related topics. Here we’ll dispel those myths.

Unless you’re a computer repair guru or techie yourself, chances are you may have been the victim of one or more of the following PC and computer repair myths at some point.

Read on to find out what these common computer related myths are, see if you’ve been duped, and finally get the truth about computer service and repair.

1) My computer guy knows everything about every program out there.

Expect your computer repair guy to know all the details of every program you have installed on your PC? Perhaps you expect too much.

There are so many programs around and they are constantly changing. It would take more than a lifetime to learn them all. While a given computer repair tech may know about common applications (i.e. Word, Quick Books, etc), they may not know anything about programs specific to your industry or other applications that aren’t as common.

2) The computer repair person can fix some problems I’m having with a website(s)

Another all-to-common computer related myth.

Your computer tech cannot usually “fix” problems with websites (such as Facebook) because the website itself is actually on a server which is another computer built to run web pages and share content located somewhere else. Only the people who administer the website can access the files and the computer which hosts the site (the same rule above also applies: no one knows everything about every website; plus they come and go).

He or she may be able to tell you why you’re having problems with it or maybe tweak the settings on your computer to correct some small issues, but this is usually limited in what it can accomplish and any real problems with a website have to be handled by the people who own and operate it.

3) My teenager or my neighbor’s/friend’s/coworker’s teenager/young-person can fix it.

Kudos to the older generations for giving positive credit to the younger people forĀ something.

Too bad that this is nothing more than an error in reasoning.

There are some pretty computer savvy youngsters around that can write programs, troubleshoot hardware, and understand computer architecture.

But most young peoples’ wisdom is in the form of using the internet, specific programs, and using the computer in general (this is most likely due to the fact that they grew up with PCs).

People like this are dubbed “power users”. Being a power user does not necessarily give one the ability to trouble-shoot, install, and configure hardware and software properly, especially on complex networks and servers.

Computer repair calls have been made to me because the owner of the PC let his teenager or twenty-something have a crack at fixing it first, thus making the problem worse.

4) I need to be a computer technician, engineer, or computer scientist to fix my own computer.

This reminds me of the time I locked my keys in my car (with the wireless key fob, of course). I called a locksmith thinking he was going to pull some James Bond style moves and pick the lock or something equally intriguing.

He stuck an air bladder between the door and car, pumped it up to pry the door open a bit, then stuck a metal rod between the door and car so he could hit the unlock button granting me access to the car.

Something I expected to require special skills or be difficult turned out to be something I could do in my sleep with one hand tied behind my back.

So it is with many computer repairs – you just have to know how to do it.

Maybe your 18 year old isn’t quite the computer whiz you thought he was. This doesn’t mean you need to kick out $250 for that repair quite yet.

Fixing many computer problems is kind of like walking a tight rope: you don’t have to be a genius, you just have to know how to do it.

Many repairs are easy and require little or no technical knowledge. That’s what this web site is here to show you.

5) I’d know it if my computer was infected with viruses, spyware, or other malware.

Sometimes you will, but not all malware is so overt. Often, malicious software is designed to run quietly in the background so it can log the keys you press, the websites you visit, and attempt to steal data and passwords, sending them back to whomever. Other computer viruses can turn your computer into a spamming machine without your knowledge.

If this happens, you may get a letter from your Internet service provider explaining why they disconnected your machine from the Internet. I’ve seen this happen.

6) I can buy a new computer for $350, so I’m going to pitch the old computer rather than fix it.

Computers that sell for less than $500 are very low-end, cheaply made machines. They are equipped with low grade processors; modest amounts of RAM; small, slow hard drives; and are cheaply made. Buy one and you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. An older (5 yrs or less) computer can often be repaired and/or upgraded for a relatively cheap price.

If you do it yourself then the only cost is the software or hardware you buy. Then you get another 2-4 years out of it.

Remember the Golden rule of shopping–YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

And yes, it’s true, even for computers.

7) Tablets are sooooo cool and powerful; I think I’ll just use one of these and pitch my desktop or laptop PC.

Tablets can be cool, fun, and even somewhat powerful.

But they are not meant to be upgraded (ever try to change the battery in your iPod?), nor are they usually cheap.

Most tablets can only run one application at a time. The ones that can run more than one program at a time can run two – that’s it.

Compare this to a desktop or even laptop PC

  • Many upgrades are possible: adding memory, bigger hard drive, better video, sound, etc
  • Can run many applications at once
  • Much easier to repair

If a tablet breaks, you usually throw it out or send it in for repair. Forget about adding memory or a bigger hard drive; or even changing the battery when it dies (and it will). Get ready to spend $400-$900 every couple of years.