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Out With the Old! The new year is a good time to think about things that might be becoming outdated. If you've stashed away old files that you may need to reference some day, will their file format or medium soon be obsolete?
Computer + Liquid = Trouble Liquids and computers don't mix. Read this tip and learn what to do. If disaster does strike you will be able to act quickly!
Abuse of Powerstrips We recommend that you plug your computer into a surge protector. But if that power strip also has a heater, air conditioner, printer, or other high-draw electrical item, you're asking for trouble. Read on for more.
Energy Saving Tips for your Computer Computers and other electronics account for a growing energy load in most homes and offices. We've got some tips to help you minimize their power consumption.
The Care and Feeding of Laptops Laptops have become common, and we carry them everywhere. It's easy to forget that they're still expensive pieces of electronic equipment and can easily be damaged. Read on for some suggestions on laptop care.
Keep File Names Short and Sweet File names should be descriptive, but they also must be live within the limitations of file systems. As files are moved from place to place, long or unusual names may become incompatible. Read on for specific tips.
Where to Save your Files In olden days (say, 1995 or so), operating systems expected you to create your own organization for your hard drive. These days, the OS expects you to follow its rules. What are they? Why bother? Read on.
Calibrate your Laptop Battery Laptop batteries require occasional calibration to keep in sync with the computer. Read on to find out what you need to do.
How to Kill your Laptop in 2 Easy Steps ...and void the warranty, too! What's the secret? Read on.
Erasing Data before Tossing out Your Computer We have found computers in our dumpsters with very sensitive personal data still on the hard drive, including tax records. This would be a bonanza for an identity thief. What to do? Read on.
Really Simple Fixes More often than I'd like to admit, after spending way too much time on a problem, a simple restart of the program or computer fixes it. Read on for two key problems that we've solved with this technique this week.
Breathing Room As computers have increased in power, the amount of heat they create has also risen. Here are some tips to ensure your computer has room to breathe.
It's Too Darn Hot! Somehow it didn't make it into Cole Porter's lyrics, but it's just too darn hot to leave your computer in the car for any length of time.
Deauthorizing iTunes Accounts You can only link 5 computers to an iTunes account. What to do if you're over the limit?
Get your Computer Ready Before you arrive on campus, run updates for your system software and application software.
No Internet Connection? Are you File Sharing? If you're having trouble getting a connection to the outside world from your computer despite the fact that you're connected to an on-campus network, check your file sharing software.
Your Computer is not a Basketball... ...nor does it get thirsty. Don't bounce it, and don't give it a drink. If it gets wet, unplug and/or remove the battery right away, turn it upside down, and don't start it up for at least 48 hours. Read on for more.
When in Doubt, Reboot Our rule of thumb for strange computer behaviors: first, try restarting your computer. Works for phones, iPods, and printers, too.
The Importance of Being Updated Microsoft and Apple regularly release software updates to the operating system and applications. These updates are often the delivery mechanism for security patches, and it's important that you install them.
Laptops Really Do Freeze! It's cold outside, which can cause problems for electronic devices. Take a few simple precautions to avoid damaging your tech toys and tools.
File Names that Won't Cause Problems File names should be descriptive, but they also must be live within the limitations of file systems. As files are moved from place to place, long or unusual names may become incompatible. Read on for specific tips.
Today is World Backup Day! Join the Celebration! OK, so it's not Carnival, but...today you''ll find me celebrating by backing up my work and home computers. Just in case April 1 holds any surprises...
Spring Cleaning for your Computer We get asked quite a lot about how to best clean a computer. Here are some tips to help you keep the shine on without damaging the components.
Bits, Bytes, and Beyond Computer technology has a lot of lingo, and if you're buying a computer you need to know at least enough to understand the specs. Here's a primer on the basic units of computer storage.
Memory & Disk Space Last week we gave some background on understanding the terms of measurement that are used to describe memory and storage in computers. Now we tackle the practical application: how much do you need?
Buying a Computer with your Hampshire Discount (for Faculty & Staff)
The past couple of weeks we've given you some information to help with choosing the right computer to meet your needs. Here's the last little bit of info and instructions to use your Hampshire discount.
Buying a Computer with your Hampshire Discount (for Students)
The past couple of weeks we've given you some information to help with choosing the right computer to meet your needs. Here's the last little bit of info and instructions to use your Hampshire discount.
Keep your Laptop Happy this Summer The Tech Tip is about to go on summer vacation. If you are, too, here are some tips for keeping your laptop in great condition, mentally & physically!
Patience is a Virture... ...especially when dealing with computers! Sometime just waiting is all it takes to resolve a problem.
Batteries need Exercise, too! Did you know that your computer battery needs a work out every now and then to stay in tip-top shape? Read on for details.
All About Skype More and more interviews and phone conferences are being held through Skype. Here's what you need to know.
Baby, it's Cold Outside Winter's here (well, kind of!), and with the cold weather come a couple of cautions for your portable computer.
Backup your Data. Now. Please. When is the last time you backed up your files? If you have to stop and think, it's been too long. Take a few minutes right now to backup your important files, it can save you untold time and trouble in the future.
 

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