Care Feeding of Healthy Computers

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Published on March 12, 2014

Author: johnlorens

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Tips from expert John Lorens on caring for your computer.

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Care & Feeding ofCare & Feeding of Healthy ComputersHealthy Computers John LorensJohn Lorens Program / Project ManagerProgram / Project Manager johnlorens@gmail.comjohnlorens@gmail.com 847847--687687--13291329

22 AboutAbout John LorensJohn Lorens Played with computers since early 80Played with computers since early 80’’ss Build, repair, update PCs, and setup smallBuild, repair, update PCs, and setup small networksnetworks Strong PC (IBM clone) backgroundStrong PC (IBM clone) background –– veryvery little with Apples, though these bestlittle with Apples, though these best practices apply to all computerspractices apply to all computers Professional Project & Program ManagerProfessional Project & Program Manager of Building Automation system.of Building Automation system.

33 So your computer is notSo your computer is not feeling wellfeeling well Runs slow and slowerRuns slow and slower PopPop--ups come up constantly while youups come up constantly while you’’rere surfing the websurfing the web Programs lock upPrograms lock up Computer runs warmComputer runs warm Lots of error messagesLots of error messages

44 Do you really need a new computer?Do you really need a new computer? How to make yours work for youHow to make yours work for you Minimum requirementsMinimum requirements Memory (4GB)Memory (4GB) Hard drive (160 GB)Hard drive (160 GB) CPU (i3 processor)CPU (i3 processor) Operating System (see next slides)Operating System (see next slides) Software (see next slides)Software (see next slides)

55 Difference betweenDifference between operating systemsoperating systems O/SO/S –– which is best ?which is best ? XP (Home / Pro)XP (Home / Pro) VistaVista Win 7(Starter, Home, Pro, Enterprise, Ultimate)Win 7(Starter, Home, Pro, Enterprise, Ultimate) Win 8 (basic 8, Pro, RT) or 8.1 (hotfix for 8)Win 8 (basic 8, Pro, RT) or 8.1 (hotfix for 8)

66 Various Internet BrowsersVarious Internet Browsers surf the Websurf the Web Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer ““I.E.I.E.”” by Microsoftby Microsoft Firefox by MozillaFirefox by Mozilla Chrome by GoogleChrome by Google Safari by AppleSafari by Apple

77 AntiAnti--virus & Antivirus & Anti--Spam programsSpam programs Purchased versionsPurchased versions McAfeeMcAfee NortonNorton KasperskyKaspersky Free onesFree ones –– AVGAVG MalwarebytesMalwarebytes AvastAvast Which work bestWhich work best Level of security you need, what they block, howLevel of security you need, what they block, how effective are theyeffective are they

88 AntiAnti--virus & Antivirus & Anti--Spam programsSpam programs Where to find free onesWhere to find free ones AVG free EditionAVG free Edition (thru www.cnet.com)(thru www.cnet.com) http://download.cnet.com/AVGhttp://download.cnet.com/AVG--AntiVirusAntiVirus--FreeFree-- 2014/30002014/3000--2239_42239_4--10320142.html10320142.html MalwarebytesMalwarebytes (thru www.cnet.com)(thru www.cnet.com) http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebyteshttp://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes--AntiAnti-- Malware/3000Malware/3000--8022_48022_4--10804572.html10804572.html When to updateWhen to update –– weekly if not automaticweekly if not automatic

99 SoftwareSoftware Office Suite 2003, 2007, 2010 (compatibility patches)Office Suite 2003, 2007, 2010 (compatibility patches) Adobe Reader (free)Adobe Reader (free) Adobe Flash (free)Adobe Flash (free) Java (free)Java (free) Cute PDF (free)Cute PDF (free) VLCVLC –– video media player (free)video media player (free) MusicMusic –– iTunes (free)iTunes (free) Windows Media Player (free)Windows Media Player (free) WinAmp (free)WinAmp (free)

1010 PrintersPrinters Ink jet vs. laser vs. AllInk jet vs. laser vs. All--inin--OneOne which is best, maintenance costwhich is best, maintenance cost BrandsBrands –– HP, Brother, Canon, EpsonHP, Brother, Canon, Epson Brother laser B/WBrother laser B/W http://www.amazon.com/Brotherhttp://www.amazon.com/Brother--HLHL--2270DW2270DW-- CompactCompact--WirelessWireless-- Networking/dp/B00450DVDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qiNetworking/dp/B00450DVDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qi d=1392011599&sr=8d=1392011599&sr=8--1&keywords=brother+hl1&keywords=brother+hl--2270dw2270dw Brother color laserBrother color laser http://www.amazon.com/Brotherhttp://www.amazon.com/Brother--PrinterPrinter--HL3140CWHL3140CW-- WirelessWireless-- Networking/dp/B00BR3VZCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=Networking/dp/B00BR3VZCG/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&iepc&ie=U=U TF8&qid=1392011773&sr=1TF8&qid=1392011773&sr=1-- 1&keywords=1&keywords=brother+color+laser+printerbrother+color+laser+printer

1111 OnOn--Line interviewsLine interviews WebcamsWebcams –– LogitechLogitech http://www.logitech.com/enhttp://www.logitech.com/en--us/product/hdus/product/hd-- webcamwebcam--c310c310 HeadsetsHeadsets –– when do you need one?when do you need one? http://www.logitech.com/enhttp://www.logitech.com/en--us/product/stereous/product/stereo-- headsetheadset--h390?crid=36h390?crid=36 Conference programsConference programs SkypeSkype –– free version onlyfree version only Go to MeetingGo to Meeting –– 30 day trial basis30 day trial basis

1212 How do I setup my PCHow do I setup my PC Organize your docs in My DocsOrganize your docs in My Docs (Not on your Desktop screen)(Not on your Desktop screen) DocumentsDocuments PicturesPictures MusicMusic VideosVideos FavoritesFavorites

1313 Home Network setupsHome Network setups Wireless networksWireless networks Keep it secure with WEP, WPS, etcKeep it secure with WEP, WPS, etc DonDon’’t share with everyonet share with everyone Wireless coverageWireless coverage –– where to put the broadcasterwhere to put the broadcaster Wired RoutersWired Routers Power surge protectorsPower surge protectors

1414 Networks on the goNetworks on the go Hot Spots at cafHot Spots at café’é’s, librariess, libraries Personal Hot Spots & AirCardsPersonal Hot Spots & AirCards

1515 How do I keep it running well?How do I keep it running well? Backing up your computerBacking up your computer Personal files onlyPersonal files only not operating system or programsnot operating system or programs Where toWhere to –– external hard drivesexternal hard drives DVDsDVDs flashflash ““thumbthumb”” drivesdrives onon--line services like Carboniteline services like Carbonite How oftenHow often –– depends on the content & your usagedepends on the content & your usage

1616 Updates to accept or declineUpdates to accept or decline AntiAnti--virus programs (accept databasevirus programs (accept database updates but donupdates but don’’t pay for free ones)t pay for free ones) Microsoft (accept)Microsoft (accept) –– whatwhat’’s in those updatess in those updates Adobe Reader (accept but be careful ofAdobe Reader (accept but be careful of McAfee bundled in update)McAfee bundled in update) Java (accept)Java (accept)

1717 Keep things running wellKeep things running well Defrag your hard driveDefrag your hard drive –– what does this meanwhat does this mean how oftenhow often –– schedule weeklyschedule weekly Minimize running too many programs atMinimize running too many programs at same time (at startup)same time (at startup) Cleaning out cookies you left during webCleaning out cookies you left during web surfingsurfing Internet Options, General, delete HistoryInternet Options, General, delete History Programs like Advance System Care (free)Programs like Advance System Care (free)

1818 Keep it running wellKeep it running well Who uses your PCWho uses your PC –– itit’’s your networkings your networking tool, not a toy for the familytool, not a toy for the family Download safe programs like Adobe flashDownload safe programs like Adobe flash player, iTunes, Java thruplayer, iTunes, Java thru CNET.comCNET.com GamesGames –– risks with free onesrisks with free ones EmailsEmails –– which ones do you openwhich ones do you open

1919 Sharing your files with othersSharing your files with others CloudsClouds –– what are they ?what are they ? Google Docs (Drive)Google Docs (Drive) DropboxDropbox

2020 New PCsNew PCs –– if you still feel you need a new PCif you still feel you need a new PC ASUSASUS DellDell Lenovo (Thinkpads)Lenovo (Thinkpads) Windows 7 vs. 8 vs. 9 (Threshold)Windows 7 vs. 8 vs. 9 (Threshold) Laptop vs. Tablet vs. DesktopLaptop vs. Tablet vs. Desktop

2121 Questions ?Questions ?

2222 Thank YouThank You John LorensJohn Lorens Program / Project ManagerProgram / Project Manager johnlorens@gmail.com 847847--687687--13291329

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