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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Computer No Nos

Have you ever committed a computer no no? I'm sure we all have at one time or another, but we really should watch ourselves from here on out. To help you pinpoint a computer no no, here are a few things you should never do with your computer.

  1. You should never turn your computer off while you're in the middle of a program or if you have a bunch of windows open. You need to always close out all programs and windows before shutting down your computer. If a program freezes up on you, always try to use Ctrl + Alt + Del before you do anything else.

  2. You should never turn your computer off and then turn it back on without waiting at least 60 seconds. The system needs at least that long to calm down a little.

  3. Never remove a disk or a CD from their respective drives until the drive light has turned off or you hear no sound from the drive. It usually takes a few seconds for it to turn off, but if it's still on, don't push that release button!

  4. Don't ever use a magnet around your computer, the monitor or around a diskette. Magnets are bad news! Also, don't ever try to force a disk into the drive. If it doesn't fit, you may have it upside down or backwards.

  5. Always make sure you turn your computer off before you start connecting any new hardware. It will save you some troubles down the road.

  6. You should never have any type of food or drink around your computer. Just eat and drink somewhere else!

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