How to help extend the life of your laptop

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 Here are some more practical helpful tips to help extend the life of your laptop:
  • A surge / lightning protector is an absolute must with the electrical storms we are prone to here in SA. An electrical surge may not affect your laptop the first time it happens, but over time it will destroy it!
  • Don't get into a habit of leaving your laptop on the floor. They generally do not make great soccer balls.
  • Never leave your laptop in a cold environment. Once it gets cold and you bring it into a warm environment, condensation will build up on the circuitry and cause the laptop to short itself out.
  • Never keep your paperwork between the screen and keypad. Papers corners are very sharp and could cut into your sensitive screen.
  • Avoid placing your laptop on soft, non-porous surfaces. This will block the air vents and overheat your system.
  • Be sure to purchase a good quality carrying case for your laptop's protection. Dropping and bumping a laptop is common. If it is in a quality case, it's usually not a problem. Also, make sure that the case has plenty of additional storage compartments to avoid scratching your laptop.
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Tips for longer Notebook Battery Life

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Most of us have been, or will be in the position, when you are ready to use your notebook and get some work done, that you find your battery is fizzling out faster than your fingers can type. Here are a few simple tips to help preserve your notebooks battery life as long as possible.
Catch a few zzzzs
Use the operating systems power management features to set targets for when the display will go dark (say, after five minutes of no action) and when the machine will slip into sleep mode (no longer than ten minutes of no action). And if you can spare the extra time it takes for the machine to resume, set the PC to hibernate, not just sleep, when you close the lid
 
Dont be a power mogul
Select the "Power saver" option to extend battery life when on DC power, and leave the 3D gaming for when you're near an AC outlet.
 
Blinded by the light
Turn down the brightness of the LCD panel to the lowest level you can tolerate, without needing an Optometrist. The backlight uses an enormous amount of unnecessary power.
 
Banish non-essential components
When you aren't actively using the Wi-Fi, IR radios and bluetooth, turn them off (via the hard switch, if your PC has it, or in the appropriate utility set), so they don't trickle your power supply dry trying to connect. Also, use USB-attached devices only when absolutely necessary
 
Scheduled Tasks
Be sure that your periodic virus scanner is set to a time when you're usually plugged in. Running a full-disk virus check keeps the hard drive and CPU fully engaged for the better part of an hour
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Super gadget - Now you see it, now you dont

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Sir Richard Branson and SpaceShipOne

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We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams. Herb Brooks.

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How to come up with a new company name

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For the last couple of days I've been busy trying to come up with a "cool" company name for web2.0

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The Williams sisters: Definately A class

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I am happy for the Williams sisters. When they first came on the pro tennis scene, they were constantly criticized (unjustly), and that includes their father (Richard Williams). But now it appeares that the father was right in his development and training of Venus and Serena. The Williams sisters have changed the women game unlike any other pro woman tennis player before, e.g., playing in prime time and receiving comparable prize fund with the men (yes, Billie Jean King has worked for larger prize fund for the women), but Ms. King could not have done it without an example who could demostrate why the women should receive a fairer prize fund, i.e., the Williams sisters. The Williams sisters have made history that will be felt for some time to come.

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Things to consider when buying a Universal Remote

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A .com by any other name...

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Will Barack Obama choose Hillary Clinton for VP??

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When Hillary was making her non-concession speech on the 3rd of June, during the part where she talked about uniting the party and what she wants to do for the country, including everything she has done her entire adult life, she mentioned that people have felt invisible for the last seven years. She said she wants health care for everyone. She wants every child to reach their God-given potential, end the war in Iraq, turn the economy around. "... and I want the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected, to be heard and no longer to be invisible." What about the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for Obama?! She eliminated half of the Democrats and ALL Republicans, plus most independents in that statement! This was when she was talking about uniting the party and what she wants to do next, and she clearly indicated that she doesn't care about the people who voted for Senator Obama, but she wants to be his Vice President?

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