For the Home Technology Enthusiast

Tips and Tricks for a better Computer



Golden Rules of High Tech Gizmos

  1. If a gizmo is doing what you want it to do, don't 'update' it, no matter what the gizmo or its manufacturer/seller tells you!

  2. Backup your data in the gizmo periodically. Even the most reliable gizmo will fail unexpectedly and at the worst possible time!

  3. Restore samples of your backed-up data back into the gizmo once in a while. Else you won't know if your backup is really doing its job!

  4. Before you get frustrated wiht the gizmo, READ ITS USER MANUAL! Make sure it is not a cockpit error.

  5. Use any gizmo as your assistant that IMPROVES your quality of life...and not as a master that CONTROLS your quality of life!


Tip #001

When things don't work the way they used to, or the way they were expected to, try 'resetting' the gizmo. The only way to truly 'reset' a gizmo is to unplug its power cord (or battery), wait 10 seconds and re-connect.


Tip #002

Just because your computer quit working all of a sudden, and is now deemed 'irrepairable', it doesn't mean you have lost all the data. There is more than even chance that the hard disk in the computer - which stores all your data - is still completely intact. You can always remove and install the hard disk on to a new computer and recover the data, or at a minimum transfer the data to another hard disk using devices such as PATA-to-USB or SATA-to-USB converters.


Tip #003

To get good performance and reliability out of your computer, avoid loading it with 'junk' software - software that you use once a year, or almost never. Also minimize the number of 'services' or 'background' software that get automatically loaded at startup.


Tip #004

A computer's performance is not just based on the speed of the processor. The amount of memory (RAM) is as important if not more. A computer with a 2.33GHz Core Duo and 2GB of memory will likely outperform one with a 2.66GHz Core Duo and 512MB of memory.


Tip #005

The amount of memory (RAM) a computer can really use depends on the operating system that it runs. Simply throwing more memory may make no difference. For example, Windows Vista 32-bit version does not recognize memory more than 4GB. Therefore, a Vista-32 machine with 4GB memory will perform just as good as the same with 6GB or 8GB memory, since Vista-32 cannot 'see' memory beyond 4GB.




If only computers did what I want them to do rather than what I tell them to do!

A wise software programmer