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Difference Between Laptop and Desktop Computers
If you’ve never attempted to fix your own car, television, or mobile phone, it doesn’t really make sense to get your DIY handyman career started with computer repairs. Considering how much money most people invest in buying a computer, it’s not something you want to

mess around with. There are a billion tutorials available for your perusal on the web, but as a general rule they are useless at best, counterproductive at worst. You’ll probably also need a packet of Nurofen close at hand if you choose to go down this particular route. Computer geeks are almost universally guilty of the same crime: failing to appreciate that their area of expertise is not yours. There are many computer repair guys out there in blogger land, telling you why you’re an idiot for not knowing how to fix your own computer or prevent it from getting into strife in the first place. Ignore them. You might be a nurse, a lawyer, or a dairy farmer- all jobs that your standard repairmen would be ill equipped to carry out. Their job is to know about computers, and resolve any problems that might arise. Don’t feel incompetent just because you’re not confident carrying out your own computer repairs.

The main canada goose expedition parka caribou outlet that can go wrong when you try to fix your own computer is the potential for irreversible psychiatric trauma. Hospital wards are brimming with victims of botched DIY computer repairs (not true. But you never want to be within throwing range of someone in the midst of trying to fix their own computer) If you have no idea where the problem with your computer originates, you’re going to have an almost impossible task at hand. Ditto for when you are receiving repeated error messages that you are unable to decipher. Even for very experienced computer repair people, locating the source of a problem can take a lot of detective work. Tip: being honest with your repairmen about your internet browsing history can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

If getting your computer back to rude good health in a timely fashion is important to you, it’s always best to enlist the help of a professional.

Knowing when to upgrade your computer is a bit of a guessing game for the average user. We generally keep banging away at them until the frustration of waiting half a century for the canada goose expedition parka caribou outlet to boot up becomes too much. I usually intuit it’s time to upgrade when friends start saying things along the lines of ‘Jeez, I haven’t seen one of those since the introduction of colour television’.
The general rule, however, is that you should seriously consider upgrading your computer every four years. That might seem alarmingly regular to those of us who balk at the idea of spending $1000+ every four years, but remember that with computers like Macs, the resale value is quite respectable. If you have no issues with your current computer, then there’s no reason to rush out right on the four year mark and purchase a new one. If you are experiencing issues with speed, it might be a sign it’s time for an upgrade. But before you relegate it to the dustbin, check your troubleshooting page to make sure it’s not something that can be resolved without having to upgrade your computer.

Some sure signs that things may be sufficiently awry with your battered old faithful to justify upgrading to a new computer include:

Even if you’re no tech head, you’ll probably have an inkling of when it’s time to upgrade your computer. If you’ve not experienced any red flag moments, and use your computer primarily as a recreational tool, then upgrading isn’t a matter of urgency. For those who depend on their computers for work or study, sticking approximately to the four-year guideline will help to prevent any catastrophic glitches brought on by an out-dated, sluggish system.

Congratulations! Today is your day, you’re off and away. Sorry to get all Dr. Seuss on you, but deciding to buy a new computer is exciting stuff. So you’ve made that decision- now for the tricky part. What sort of a computer?

One of the first questions to ask of yourself is: do I want a laptop or a desktop computer? If you spend a lot of time travelling and like to get your work done on the go, a laptop is obviously the best option, having the edge on desktops in terms of portability. But if you only want portability so you can check Kim Kardashian’s latest sage musings on Twitter, you might be better using a smartphone and opting for a desktop at home. Desktops generally offer better performance at a cheaper price than a laptop. The cost of a laptop is magnified because of the smaller technology involved. You’ll probably pay about twice as much for a laptop as for a desktop computer.

Another thing to consider when looking at the differences between a laptop and desktop computer is your back. The ergonomics of the laptop are problematic when they’re not used correctly. Hunching over a laptop can cause nerve damage and spinal ‘humps’- all the more so if you take the name of the thing seriously and use it on your lap. Personally, I choose to use a laptop. I like the convenience of being able to take it with me wherever I go, and I often work on my writing in different locations. I have a portable wireless connector that I carry with me so that I have internet connectivity wherever I go. I must admit, I also like that I can turf my daughters out of the living room to watch 101 Dalmations on my laptop while I watch The Farmer Wants A Wife the 7:30 Report. But my close friends have a fantastic desktop computer, which works well for them given that they’re both academics and do a lot of marking and prep at home. When they’re not at home, they’re using their work computers, so the need for a laptop is not really there.

If you take some time to figure out what your requirements are, you shouldn’t have too much trouble settling on the right computer option for you.


Cloud storage. It sounds a bit, well, nebulous. Cloud storage is nothing to be feared. It’s the way of the future, and only those with a wilful desire to waste time (that’s me, too, ordinarily) will avoid the many benefits of cloud storage.

Say you’re slaving away at the office on a warm sunny Monday afternoon. There’s four more days chained to the desk before the weekend. You’re overcome by an urgent need to hear your favourite song. You decide, what the hell, why not spend $2.19 on iTunes for the privilege of having it on your iPhone. Without Cloud storage, if you want to access the song on your PC at home, you’ll have to plug in your phone to your PC and download it that way. With Cloud storage, it will be instantly downloaded to any device you choose. No messing around. It’s actually a tech phobe’s dream. Im sure we’ve all spent many unhappy hours trying to work out how to transfer data from our phones to our computers or vice versa.

What are the other advantages of cloud storage for PC users? It negates the need for hard drives or any other physical storage device. You can be secure in the knowledge that should one device fail, cloud storage ensures that your other devices will contain all the same data. Cloud storage is also much cheaper than using electronic data storage. It requires no installation and never needs replacing. You can store much larger volumes of information using cloud storage than electronic storage. Storing a lot of information on a high capacity electronic storage device requires money, complex back up systems, need to be installed and managed by people, and take up space.

If you’re a PC user like me, once you’ve wrapped your head around the concept of cloud storage, you won’t look back. In every way, cloud storage just makes more sense. And your music and files can be anywhere you want them to be. What’s not to love?

One of the most irritating things about owning a laptop is digging around for your charger at the most inconvenient times. It’s just another canada goose expedition parka caribou outlet you have to carry around when you’re on the go. I always travel light, between school books, gym clothes and my laptop, there’s very little space, so conserving is key.

Here’s a few tips for conserving your laptop battery life, so you can get though an entire day without needing the charger on hand.

Lots of people with laptops simply close the screen and off they go. Your laptop may be conserving energy in sleep mode, but there’s really no use for it. When you think about it, most laptops and new ultrabooks boot so quickly, you can turn them on and off very quickly. It’s a behavior we have left over, when laptops took 10-30 seconds to start up. Save battery and shut down, unless you need to keep programs running when you’re not using them.

Some laptops contain photosensitive sensors that adjust your screen’s brightness to the ambient light in the room, but most laptops don’t have this. In well lit offices or workspaces, turn down the brightness on your screen so that you’re not wasting battery life on lighting up your screen. It can add almost an extra hour to your battery life in some laptops.

Higher temperatures can affect the operating efficiency, which means that as your laptop gets hot, it has to work harder to perform the same tasks at lower temperatures. Working harder means more heat, and it’s a big cycle of just getting warmer and warmer, so ventilation for your laptop is important. Make sure your laptop doesn’t have a case or protective cover that obstructs any ventilation areas. Sometimes it helps to slightly prop-up your laptop so the underside is exposed. This allows air to circulate and cool the computer, making it more efficient.

We hope this has been helpful, let us know about any tips or tricks you’ve heard to extend your battery life.

Cloud computing is touted as the next big thing in the world of technology, but what is it exactly? Cloud computing is when computing functions, such as data storage or operating tasks, are effectively ‘outsourced’ over the internet to another computer. It seems a bit strange to do this, but it has a wide range of applications. Let’s say that you download a song to your phone and so you can listen to it on the way home from work. When you get home, you would have to transfer that song to your other devices, such as your laptop or tablet computer. With cloud computing, the song can be instantly downloaded to your home computer, tablet or any other device you choose. It’s handy because you can access your files from anywhere! It also lets computers work together on really big tasks they can’t do alone.

Cloud computing lets all your internet connected devices work together so you can access all your movies, music, calendars and address books from anywhere you are. You can also have a shared hard drive on your home network, that lets you access and share other users files. It’s the next step in making us more connected and making our lives easier. Cloud computing could also facilitate easy screen sharing, so technically, a Supergeek could remotely access your computer and help you fix the problem without having to visit you! It’s exciting stuff, but still a while off for consumer to start seeing that kind of service!

One of the most popular cloud services at the moment is iCloud from Apple. iCloud will synchronise all your movies, music, calendar entries and contact book across all your devices. It saves you time synching or manually downloading the files onto your other devices. They are all there waiting for you. You can also easily pull files from the ‘cloud’ onto your smartphone or tablet computer. Do you think you would find use for could computing services like iCloud?

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