Data Recovery Service Provider Explains How to Choose an E-Reader in New Blog Post

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, a data recovery service company based in Irvine, California, has recently published an article on its website that offers advice on how to choose an e-reader for oneself. With the pandemic, people who love reading books are restricted from going to the library. And purchasing books from the bookstore is inconvenient not just because of the pandemic but also due to the large amount of space that physical books will require in the home. Fortunately, there is the e-book alternative and with people finding themselves having a lot of free time at home, they can indulge in reading their favorite books in e-book form and using an e-reader, such as a Kindle, Kobo, Nook, or even using an e-reader app on their tablet or smartphone. The question is which of these e-readers are appropriate for a particular person.

There are actually a number of factors to consider when making the appropriate choice. One of these key factors is screen size and the actual physical size of the gadget. The device should be light enough in weight so that it doesn’t become a hassle to hold for long periods of time while reading. And the screen size should be enough to allow one to adjust the text size to allow easy reading. The problem with the screens of smartphones and tablets is that they are not truly effective in minimizing glare, which could cause a lot of strain on the eyes. E-readers like Nook, Kobo, and Kindle use e-ink and other similar technologies to reduce glare and make e-book reading easier on the eyes. In addition, e-readers have been designed specifically to make it easy to hold them even when reading for long periods of time.

Meanwhile, e-readers are usually more energy efficient than other gadgets like tablets and smartphones. Some may even allow reading for several weeks on just one charge of the battery. However, it is still a good idea to check on the battery life of a particular e-reader before buying it. Modern e-readers now have a frontlight but this could be a substantial drain on the battery. Thus, it is always important to check on battery life for those conditions when Wi-Fi and the frontlight are turned on.

Jack Edwards from Hard Drive Recovery Associates says, “We hope that this blog post has provided you with valuable information on how to choose your own e-reader. Using an appropriate e-reader can provide you with hours of reading enjoyment, much like reading from a physical book. However, there is also the possibility of losing those e-book files. Fortunately, we can help you recover those files.”

Hard Drive Recovery Associates provides a service that helps people recover valuable data that they are unable to access because the hard drive containing those files had crashed or failed. Those valuable files may not even be replaceable, such as family photos, important documents, composed music, drafts of books being written, and more. The data recovery service that the company can provide can help people avoid the stress and panic that they often feel when their hard drive fails. Fortunately, their recovery rate for desktop and laptop hard drives is 98 percent. And they will not charge the client if they are unable to recover the hard drive data.

The company offers free evaluation and this can be requested by calling them on the phone or by filling an online form on their site. Aside from providing data recovery services for desktop and laptop hard drives, they can also recover data from MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones, and iPads.

For business enterprises, they can provide data recovery solutions for RAIDs and servers. Servers continue to be the primary way of storing computer data for enterprises, even with the increasing popularity of cloud computing. Servers and RAIDs are more robust when it comes to protecting data, but a server or RAID may still crash or fail. They provide a specialized 24-hour drop shipment program so that business enterprises to have their server or RAID functioning properly against as soon as possible.

Those who are in need of a data recovery services provider can check out the Hard Drive Recovery Associates website, or contact them via the telephone, or through email. They are open 24/7 to ensure that those who need emergency data recovery can access their service.

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Keep the Heat Out of Your Laptop, Among Very Sensible Guidelines in Owning a Laptop

If there’s anything your laptop hates, it’s not you. It’s actually the heat. Increased temperatures compromise your laptop’s performance, so you best be prepared on knowing how to prevent your device from getting “fried.” Also, here are some tips that you should already know as someone who uses a laptop regularly.

Back ‘Em Up (Those Files, That Is)

As an owner of a laptop, desktop, or whatever computing device you may have as of the moment (although some rules do not really apply to smartphones as they are in their own peculiar universe), the cardinal rule you have to bear in mind and never forget are these four words:

BACK UP YOUR DATA.

Now that I’ve said it, that rule very much applies to smartphones as well, although the effort in backing up on these devices are not that pronounced since there are apps that do the job automatically for you. But yes, it is true that while in the past, the most valuable part of your computer is the hardware itself, nowadays, the bits and bytes of data you use in them have become extraordinarily valuable to priceless levels. You surely have invested large sums of money on buying MP3 files, e-books, and movies, not to mention the hours you’ve spent slaving away in writing and finishing those documents and other files. And if in the event that you don’t have a back-up for them and your device goes kaput, those thousands of dollars and countless hours will just go down the drain.

Your options for back-up come in the form of traditional backup software and hardware. They’re more affordable than cloud-based services, but they’re also more susceptible to events such as fire, theft, inclement weather, and the like. On the other hand, cloud-based backup services may cost more if you are planning to go beyond their free versions, but the peace of mind and security they offer is priceless.

Online backup services scan your hard drive for files worthy of protecting, encrypt them for security, and send them up to the company’s online servers. Once your files are uploaded, you can access and restore your data from anywhere. Though there’s some overlap, online backup services shouldn’t be confused with cloud storage and file syncing services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and SugarSync. Those services do store files in the cloud, but they aren’t designed to automatically protect all important documents and media files, let alone system files.

(Via: https://sea.pcmag.com/storage/10573/the-best-online-backup-services-for-2020)

Critical Software Needs Regular Updating

In the past, it used to be that updating software regularly may not be a must. But with malware, viruses, worms, and heightened online security breaches happening every single day, events such as software conflicts and hardware incompatibilities have also become regular happenings. Thus, it goes without saying that updating your devices with fixes, drivers, and patches are things you should be on top of regularly so you keep these threats that are also mutating regularly at bay. There are even programs that provide system owners like you the most convenient ways of updating your software, so don’t miss out on getting their services. A lot of these services do not need you to do anything, as they will do the updating on your behalf in an automatic fashion. Imagine being a responsible computer owner without putting in too much effort? That’s a definite yes if you ask me.

Software updates offer plenty of benefits. It’s all about revisions. These might include repairing security holes that have been discovered and fixing or removing computer bugs. Updates can add new features to your devices and remove outdated ones.

(Via: https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-how-to-the-importance-of-general-software-updates-and-patches.html) 

Stay Clean, Keep Cool

Like with most other things, the cleaner your device is, the better it runs. When your plumbing system is clean and free of blockages, your water supply is better. When your dryer is free of lint, your clothes get drier, faster. If your engine doesn’t have fuel residue, your car run smoothly. The same goes with your laptop. The fans of your computer would need to be free of dirt so that the functioning components of your device are kept cool and running. When the fans are dirty, they do a bad job in making your device cool, and when your device gets hotter than it should ideally be, you’re going to have problems.

Dust, dog hair, spiders, whatever finds its way into your case will raise the temperatures significantly over time and can cause some real damage to your components. Let’s not be too dramatic, your system will still work but you can be sure your components will never last as long as a periodically cleaned computer.

(Via: https://www.wepc.com/how-to/stop-your-pc-overheating/)

If you still didn’t know these tips, well at least, now you know. Now, if you have other problems with your laptop such as a device that has water spilled on it, we’re here to help.

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Keep the Heat Out of Your Laptop, Among Very Sensible Guidelines in Owning a Laptop

If there’s anything your laptop hates, it’s not you. It’s actually the heat. Increased temperatures compromise your laptop’s performance, so you best be prepared on knowing how to prevent your device from getting “fried.” Also, here are some tips that you should already know as someone who uses a laptop regularly.

Back ‘Em Up (Those Files, That Is)

As an owner of a laptop, desktop, or whatever computing device you may have as of the moment (although some rules do not really apply to smartphones as they are in their own peculiar universe), the cardinal rule you have to bear in mind and never forget are these four words:

BACK UP YOUR DATA.

Now that I’ve said it, that rule very much applies to smartphones as well, although the effort in backing up on these devices are not that pronounced since there are apps that do the job automatically for you. But yes, it is true that while in the past, the most valuable part of your computer is the hardware itself, nowadays, the bits and bytes of data you use in them have become extraordinarily valuable to priceless levels. You surely have invested large sums of money on buying MP3 files, e-books, and movies, not to mention the hours you’ve spent slaving away in writing and finishing those documents and other files. And if in the event that you don’t have a back-up for them and your device goes kaput, those thousands of dollars and countless hours will just go down the drain.

Your options for back-up come in the form of traditional backup software and hardware. They’re more affordable than cloud-based services, but they’re also more susceptible to events such as fire, theft, inclement weather, and the like. On the other hand, cloud-based backup services may cost more if you are planning to go beyond their free versions, but the peace of mind and security they offer is priceless.

Online backup services scan your hard drive for files worthy of protecting, encrypt them for security, and send them up to the company’s online servers. Once your files are uploaded, you can access and restore your data from anywhere. Though there’s some overlap, online backup services shouldn’t be confused with cloud storage and file syncing services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and SugarSync. Those services do store files in the cloud, but they aren’t designed to automatically protect all important documents and media files, let alone system files.

(Via: https://sea.pcmag.com/storage/10573/the-best-online-backup-services-for-2020)

Critical Software Needs Regular Updating

In the past, it used to be that updating software regularly may not be a must. But with malware, viruses, worms, and heightened online security breaches happening every single day, events such as software conflicts and hardware incompatibilities have also become regular happenings. Thus, it goes without saying that updating your devices with fixes, drivers, and patches are things you should be on top of regularly so you keep these threats that are also mutating regularly at bay. There are even programs that provide system owners like you the most convenient ways of updating your software, so don’t miss out on getting their services. A lot of these services do not need you to do anything, as they will do the updating on your behalf in an automatic fashion. Imagine being a responsible computer owner without putting in too much effort? That’s a definite yes if you ask me.

Software updates offer plenty of benefits. It’s all about revisions. These might include repairing security holes that have been discovered and fixing or removing computer bugs. Updates can add new features to your devices and remove outdated ones.

(Via: https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-how-to-the-importance-of-general-software-updates-and-patches.html) 

Stay Clean, Keep Cool

Like with most other things, the cleaner your device is, the better it runs. When your plumbing system is clean and free of blockages, your water supply is better. When your dryer is free of lint, your clothes get drier, faster. If your engine doesn’t have fuel residue, your car run smoothly. The same goes with your laptop. The fans of your computer would need to be free of dirt so that the functioning components of your device are kept cool and running. When the fans are dirty, they do a bad job in making your device cool, and when your device gets hotter than it should ideally be, you’re going to have problems.

Dust, dog hair, spiders, whatever finds its way into your case will raise the temperatures significantly over time and can cause some real damage to your components. Let’s not be too dramatic, your system will still work but you can be sure your components will never last as long as a periodically cleaned computer.

(Via: https://www.wepc.com/how-to/stop-your-pc-overheating/)

If you still didn’t know these tips, well at least, now you know. Now, if you have other problems with your laptop such as a device that has water spilled on it, we’re here to help.

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Up Your TikTok Knowledge After Reading This

Now that’s the President who threatened to ban social media platform TikTok in the country is out of the White House, everyone who’s doing a killing on the app, rejoice! and for those who are still in the dark as to how to make this much raved about app work for you, here are some tips:

Give your videos more pop with added effects

Unlike a lot of social media platforms where you would need a third-party app to add effects to a video you’ll be posting, TikTok sets itself apart from the rest by having video filters and effects integrated into the app. That means that you don’t need to use another app to give your video that extra kick. Instead you can just use the filters and effects that are already on TikTok, add them to your recorded clips or even in real time while you are recording them. Using the effects in real time gives your posts a more natural feel as you already have them on the video, instead of adding them later which would be more editorial but produced.

If you are an enthusiastic Tik Tok user, you probably know that this tool is also equipped with some effects. These include filter effects, time effects, video covers and stickers. These effects can be easily activated as soon as you record or upload a video clip. Just look for the “Effects” tab and you can start adding them to your video. However, this way does not offer adding text or caption effects. But it is indeed a good way to enhance your Tik Tok video prior to uploading it.

(Via: https://lightmv.com/add-effects-in-tik-tok.html)

Get your username and profile picture with the times

The feature of TikTok that allows users to change their usernames and profile pictures is especially beneficial to early adapters of the app. If you joined the app as early as when it was still Musical.ly, chances are your username and profile picture are already outdated and better left to the throwback posts that will take you down memory lane. Usernames and profile images are quite important factors in making your social network account relevant. Thus, knowing how to change these details are of the utmost importance. Don’t worry, though, because the process of changing these details – your profile picture, profile video, name, and username are quite quick and should not really take you a few minutes the most.

By default, TikTok assigns you a default profile picture. Chances are, however, that you’ll want to personalize it and use an image of your own. Username changes on TikTok are limited – you can select a new one every 30 days. However, profile picture changes are unlimited.

(Via: https://social.techjunkie.com/tik-tok-change-profile-picture/)

You can download a TikTok video, too!

TikTok videos, with their ideal length and size, are primarily intended to be viral, either through the TikTok community itself within the app or through other social network platforms like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook (but seriously, who still uses Facebook nowadays?) Because of this focus on shareability and the goal of going viral, the feature of sharing TikTok videos is very prominent in the app, so prominent that it is featured on the individual page of each clip, no user can miss it. This tool for sharing also lets users post the link to the video on other social media networks, as well as send the video to people in their network, and yes, even download it to their device. So, if you want to have a copy of the video on your phone or tablet, you can download it through the app itself, no need to use a third-party video downloader.

But what if you want to download a TikTok video on your computer, for example? This article teaches you how:

TikTok has released a TikTok PC app in 2020 and you can watch TikTok videos within a computer browser now. If you come across any funny TikTok videos on your computer, a powerful video downloader could help you save them without switching between your phone and computer.

(Via: https://www.videoproc.com/download-record-video/how-to-download-tiktok-videos.htm)

Get those coins!

Now, if you’re in the social media game for the popularity and the dough, then TikTok is a perfect platform for you. The popularity is already explained above, where your very short video clips can go viral and give you a lot of social media clout, if not notoriety, depending on the nature of the videos you will be posting, of course. But what about the money? Well, there’s TikTok coins, a virtual currency that can be used only within the app. TikTok coins can’t be mined or used elsewhere in other online stores like Bitcoin. But then, a lot of TikTokers have sworn by it, as they have accumulated a lot of it during their livestreams.

You use TikTok coins to tip content creators. You purchase an emoji during a content creators’ live stream and the coins are converted into an equal amount of diamonds in the streamers wallet.

(Via: https://teilo.org/tiktok-coins/)

See? Knwoing more about TikTok isn’t that hard. Just like reaching out to experts if you encounter laptop problems. If your laptop is giving you grief, don’t stay pressed; get in touch with us.

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Up Your TikTok Knowledge After Reading This

Now that’s the President who threatened to ban social media platform TikTok in the country is out of the White House, everyone who’s doing a killing on the app, rejoice! and for those who are still in the dark as to how to make this much raved about app work for you, here are some tips:

Give your videos more pop with added effects

Unlike a lot of social media platforms where you would need a third-party app to add effects to a video you’ll be posting, TikTok sets itself apart from the rest by having video filters and effects integrated into the app. That means that you don’t need to use another app to give your video that extra kick. Instead you can just use the filters and effects that are already on TikTok, add them to your recorded clips or even in real time while you are recording them. Using the effects in real time gives your posts a more natural feel as you already have them on the video, instead of adding them later which would be more editorial but produced.

If you are an enthusiastic Tik Tok user, you probably know that this tool is also equipped with some effects. These include filter effects, time effects, video covers and stickers. These effects can be easily activated as soon as you record or upload a video clip. Just look for the “Effects” tab and you can start adding them to your video. However, this way does not offer adding text or caption effects. But it is indeed a good way to enhance your Tik Tok video prior to uploading it.

(Via: https://lightmv.com/add-effects-in-tik-tok.html)

Get your username and profile picture with the times

The feature of TikTok that allows users to change their usernames and profile pictures is especially beneficial to early adapters of the app. If you joined the app as early as when it was still Musical.ly, chances are your username and profile picture are already outdated and better left to the throwback posts that will take you down memory lane. Usernames and profile images are quite important factors in making your social network account relevant. Thus, knowing how to change these details are of the utmost importance. Don’t worry, though, because the process of changing these details – your profile picture, profile video, name, and username are quite quick and should not really take you a few minutes the most.

By default, TikTok assigns you a default profile picture. Chances are, however, that you’ll want to personalize it and use an image of your own. Username changes on TikTok are limited – you can select a new one every 30 days. However, profile picture changes are unlimited.

(Via: https://social.techjunkie.com/tik-tok-change-profile-picture/)

You can download a TikTok video, too!

TikTok videos, with their ideal length and size, are primarily intended to be viral, either through the TikTok community itself within the app or through other social network platforms like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook (but seriously, who still uses Facebook nowadays?) Because of this focus on shareability and the goal of going viral, the feature of sharing TikTok videos is very prominent in the app, so prominent that it is featured on the individual page of each clip, no user can miss it. This tool for sharing also lets users post the link to the video on other social media networks, as well as send the video to people in their network, and yes, even download it to their device. So, if you want to have a copy of the video on your phone or tablet, you can download it through the app itself, no need to use a third-party video downloader.

But what if you want to download a TikTok video on your computer, for example? This article teaches you how:

TikTok has released a TikTok PC app in 2020 and you can watch TikTok videos within a computer browser now. If you come across any funny TikTok videos on your computer, a powerful video downloader could help you save them without switching between your phone and computer.

(Via: https://www.videoproc.com/download-record-video/how-to-download-tiktok-videos.htm)

Get those coins!

Now, if you’re in the social media game for the popularity and the dough, then TikTok is a perfect platform for you. The popularity is already explained above, where your very short video clips can go viral and give you a lot of social media clout, if not notoriety, depending on the nature of the videos you will be posting, of course. But what about the money? Well, there’s TikTok coins, a virtual currency that can be used only within the app. TikTok coins can’t be mined or used elsewhere in other online stores like Bitcoin. But then, a lot of TikTokers have sworn by it, as they have accumulated a lot of it during their livestreams.

You use TikTok coins to tip content creators. You purchase an emoji during a content creators’ live stream and the coins are converted into an equal amount of diamonds in the streamers wallet.

(Via: https://teilo.org/tiktok-coins/)

See? Knwoing more about TikTok isn’t that hard. Just like reaching out to experts if you encounter laptop problems. If your laptop is giving you grief, don’t stay pressed; get in touch with us.

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Are You a Responsible Laptop Owner?

So, you have a laptop from your office and a personal laptop that you alone may use or you might share with your family. Congratulations! But you do know that your responsibilities don’t end there, right? Being a responsible laptop owner by knowing how to take proper care of it is a must for your device to serve you for a long time. If you don’t want to be on the market searching for replacement units every six months or so, then you have to know how to handle your device properly. Laptops, if properly cared for, can actually last for years, so knowing how to do that can save you a lot of money, not to mention prevents you from suffering brought about by a damaged unit.

Keep Updated on BIOS Updates

A number of laptop models have control over their fans through the BIOS. Thus, responsible laptop owners like yourself should regularly check online with your laptop manufacturer if there are BIOS updates for your unit. I am sure you might be in the dark on how to do these BIOS updates by yourself (although most of them just require you to run the update and restart your device once the updating is done). So, if you feel like you’re not the most qualified person to update the BIOS yourself, ask for some help from someone with more IT experience, particularly someone from your company’s IT department. I’m sure your company’s IT guy would appreciate some human interaction after almost a year of not seeing someone because of the pandemic.

The BIOS, or Basic Input Output System, is the crucial low-level interconnect between your motherboard, the components plugged into it, and your OS. This firmware stored locally on the board initialises everything plugged into the mobo’s I/O, and is crucial to the smooth operation of your PC, from the best SSD for gaming to your CPU to the best gaming RAM. Think of it as the system governing the highway between all your computer’s most important components.

(Via: https://www.pcgamesn.com/bios-update)

Laptop Desk Yes, Lap Burn No

For some reason, a lot of us have adapted to using our laptops as their names imply – on top of our laps. After all, we are in the comforts of our home, “working” our jobs while in our pjs and not leaving our beds. But remember that our laps do not provide ventilation and the right temperature to our devices. Unless you’re a cold-blooded amphibian, your body temperature isn’t really conducive to the proper functioning of your laptop. So, it comes as no surprise when we feel our laptops getting hot when we use it on top of our laps for a long time. To prevent this lap burn situation, get yourself a laptop desk or cooler that will have vents to improve air circulation on the underside portion of your device. Not to mention that laptop stands or desks not only lessen the possibility of overheating, they can also do wonders for your posture!

No matter whether you’re working remotely, bingeing TV shows from bed or gaming on the go, it’s always important to maintain a good body position, yet while everybody knows this far from everybody practices it daily. A laptop stand can fix this; by placing your laptop on a stand, then adjusting it to the correct height and angle, you can immediately remove the strain caused by a poor computer posture.

(Via: https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/accessories/1410227/best-laptop-stands-desks-for-posture)

Don’t Forget to Unplug

As laptop users, we also tend to forget that we have accessories attached to our devices such as external keyboards, hard drives, and mice that we need to unplug when we don’t use them. They consume power and they can contribute to your device overheating. It is advisable to detach them before storing your laptop for the day. Finally, never forget to unplug your laptop when its battery is already fully charged. Leaving it plugged in even if the battery is already fully charged is just inviting overheating.

If your laptop already has a hard time keeping cool, leaving it plugged in and at 100 percent charge is probably a bad idea.

(Via: https://www.windowscentral.com/leave-laptop-plugged)

But then, even if you’re the consummate pro at taking care of your gadget, you might still encounter some bumps when using your laptop. If your device is acting up, get in touch with us before it gets worse.

 

 

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Are You a Responsible Laptop Owner?

So, you have a laptop from your office and a personal laptop that you alone may use or you might share with your family. Congratulations! But you do know that your responsibilities don’t end there, right? Being a responsible laptop owner by knowing how to take proper care of it is a must for your device to serve you for a long time. If you don’t want to be on the market searching for replacement units every six months or so, then you have to know how to handle your device properly. Laptops, if properly cared for, can actually last for years, so knowing how to do that can save you a lot of money, not to mention prevents you from suffering brought about by a damaged unit.

Keep Updated on BIOS Updates

A number of laptop models have control over their fans through the BIOS. Thus, responsible laptop owners like yourself should regularly check online with your laptop manufacturer if there are BIOS updates for your unit. I am sure you might be in the dark on how to do these BIOS updates by yourself (although most of them just require you to run the update and restart your device once the updating is done). So, if you feel like you’re not the most qualified person to update the BIOS yourself, ask for some help from someone with more IT experience, particularly someone from your company’s IT department. I’m sure your company’s IT guy would appreciate some human interaction after almost a year of not seeing someone because of the pandemic.

The BIOS, or Basic Input Output System, is the crucial low-level interconnect between your motherboard, the components plugged into it, and your OS. This firmware stored locally on the board initialises everything plugged into the mobo’s I/O, and is crucial to the smooth operation of your PC, from the best SSD for gaming to your CPU to the best gaming RAM. Think of it as the system governing the highway between all your computer’s most important components.

(Via: https://www.pcgamesn.com/bios-update)

Laptop Desk Yes, Lap Burn No

For some reason, a lot of us have adapted to using our laptops as their names imply – on top of our laps. After all, we are in the comforts of our home, “working” our jobs while in our pjs and not leaving our beds. But remember that our laps do not provide ventilation and the right temperature to our devices. Unless you’re a cold-blooded amphibian, your body temperature isn’t really conducive to the proper functioning of your laptop. So, it comes as no surprise when we feel our laptops getting hot when we use it on top of our laps for a long time. To prevent this lap burn situation, get yourself a laptop desk or cooler that will have vents to improve air circulation on the underside portion of your device. Not to mention that laptop stands or desks not only lessen the possibility of overheating, they can also do wonders for your posture!

No matter whether you’re working remotely, bingeing TV shows from bed or gaming on the go, it’s always important to maintain a good body position, yet while everybody knows this far from everybody practices it daily. A laptop stand can fix this; by placing your laptop on a stand, then adjusting it to the correct height and angle, you can immediately remove the strain caused by a poor computer posture.

(Via: https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/accessories/1410227/best-laptop-stands-desks-for-posture)

Don’t Forget to Unplug

As laptop users, we also tend to forget that we have accessories attached to our devices such as external keyboards, hard drives, and mice that we need to unplug when we don’t use them. They consume power and they can contribute to your device overheating. It is advisable to detach them before storing your laptop for the day. Finally, never forget to unplug your laptop when its battery is already fully charged. Leaving it plugged in even if the battery is already fully charged is just inviting overheating.

If your laptop already has a hard time keeping cool, leaving it plugged in and at 100 percent charge is probably a bad idea.

(Via: https://www.windowscentral.com/leave-laptop-plugged)

But then, even if you’re the consummate pro at taking care of your gadget, you might still encounter some bumps when using your laptop. If your device is acting up, get in touch with us before it gets worse.

 

 

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Don’t Turn Your Laptop Into a Horror Story Character

Got time for a COVID horror story?

I am speaking from personal experience. It was in the last week of June when my company advised all employees to pack their belongings in the office and work from home. A week after, my A/C broke down, probably from working too much because of the summer heat. Looking for a local A/C mechanic was a challenge it took me the entire evening, so I left it plugged in. The next day, I tried to switch the laptop on, but upon closer inspection, I realized that I am looking at a huge opening under my trackpad. Apparently, my laptop’s battery bloated, creating an un-ignorable gaping hole. So, I didn’t have A/C, I had to work from home, and my office laptop broke down as well. And these all happened during the first weeks of summer.

It has been months after that horrendous episode and the sight of my laptop’s bloated battery still makes me shudder up to now. So, here are some suggestions so that my horror story won’t happen to you.

Shut It Down

You might already be used to working with a desktop computer in your office before March 2020 (Do you still remember that time, when everybody can go about their lives willy nilly without wearing face masks? It was just last year but so much has happened. Anyway, I digress.), where you can just turn off your monitor when you’re “done with the day” and turn it on again when you get to the office the next day. Well, that is not really recommended for laptops. Laptops need to be shut down when you don’t use them. I’m sure a lot of us have learned our lesson the hard way this pandemic, when we would just press the button of our laptops, thinking they’re already “off” and not even unplugging the device only to be greeted by a laptop that has overheated the next day. So for the love of your mental health, shut down your laptop properly when you’re not using it to give your device some rest and time to cool down, preventing that traumatic event of overheating.

There’s still debate about the impact of shutting down and starting up modern components. To many, the very concept that shutdowns and startups create extra stress is dated. Putting that argument aside, there are some solid reasons for leaving it on or turning it off that aren’t up for debate.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/should-you-turn-off-your-computer-at-night/)

Know how to tinker with your device’s power settings

In the past, when I encountered things such as “sleep mode” or “hibernate” on my laptop, I would often dismiss them as the same and not really understanding them. Until that event I narrated above happened, I didn’t realize that as a responsible laptop owner, understanding what these power setting are, knowing their differences, and how to adjust and use these options will benefit me as they will keep my laptop from heating up even if I’m only not using it for a short time. The good news is we can also set our system’s components such as display and hard drives to turn off after a time period, so they won’t make your device work too hard, increasing the risk of it heating up. You may also know how to activate standby and hibernate modes of your device.

But then, there is also a debate whether it is better to put your laptop on sleep mode or hibernate mode. Here is an article that tells us which should be best for your Windows system:

When you come back and move or click the mouse or press a key like the Spacebar, the previous state is how you left it. A startup is usually very fast, and it doesn’t take more than a second or two to bring everything back. It’s nothing more than just a Standby mode.

(Via: https://www.alphr.com/sleep-vs-hibernate-whats-the-difference-in-windows/)

Feel the Fan

When your laptop overheats, whether it is because your battery bloats or your hard drive crashes because of the heat, it can only be traced to one thing: your laptop’s fan has ceased to function the way it should. That is why you would need to check it regularly, whether it sounds like it is struggling or making weird noises like a dying patient in a hospital or making healthily whirring noises that benefits your device. There is a software to ensure your laptop’s fan’s health, so make sure to check the online support and warranty information of your laptop’s manufacturer.

A properly functioning laptop fan sounds like a soft propeller fan; however, the fan may not be audible when you first turn the computer on, because it is running at its slowest possible speed. To provide more airflow and cool the system, the fan speeds up as you continue to use your laptop — it will likely switch to a faster, louder mode after about five minutes, when your laptop reaches its operating temperature. The best-cooled laptops may have incredibly quiet fans that are only audible in silent rooms by careful listeners. Note that your fan may be broken or obstructed if it makes irregular pulsating or loud screeching noises.

(Via: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/make-sure-laptop-fan-works-74677.html)

What about you, what’s your most challenging laptop experience? If you lost important files on your device, take advantage of our expertise. Don’t hesitate, don’t wait, or your experience might turn into a full-fledged horror story!

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Don’t Turn Your Laptop Into a Horror Story Character

Got time for a COVID horror story?

I am speaking from personal experience. It was in the last week of June when my company advised all employees to pack their belongings in the office and work from home. A week after, my A/C broke down, probably from working too much because of the summer heat. Looking for a local A/C mechanic was a challenge it took me the entire evening, so I left it plugged in. The next day, I tried to switch the laptop on, but upon closer inspection, I realized that I am looking at a huge opening under my trackpad. Apparently, my laptop’s battery bloated, creating an un-ignorable gaping hole. So, I didn’t have A/C, I had to work from home, and my office laptop broke down as well. And these all happened during the first weeks of summer.

It has been months after that horrendous episode and the sight of my laptop’s bloated battery still makes me shudder up to now. So, here are some suggestions so that my horror story won’t happen to you.

Shut It Down

You might already be used to working with a desktop computer in your office before March 2020 (Do you still remember that time, when everybody can go about their lives willy nilly without wearing face masks? It was just last year but so much has happened. Anyway, I digress.), where you can just turn off your monitor when you’re “done with the day” and turn it on again when you get to the office the next day. Well, that is not really recommended for laptops. Laptops need to be shut down when you don’t use them. I’m sure a lot of us have learned our lesson the hard way this pandemic, when we would just press the button of our laptops, thinking they’re already “off” and not even unplugging the device only to be greeted by a laptop that has overheated the next day. So for the love of your mental health, shut down your laptop properly when you’re not using it to give your device some rest and time to cool down, preventing that traumatic event of overheating.

There’s still debate about the impact of shutting down and starting up modern components. To many, the very concept that shutdowns and startups create extra stress is dated. Putting that argument aside, there are some solid reasons for leaving it on or turning it off that aren’t up for debate.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/should-you-turn-off-your-computer-at-night/)

Know how to tinker with your device’s power settings

In the past, when I encountered things such as “sleep mode” or “hibernate” on my laptop, I would often dismiss them as the same and not really understanding them. Until that event I narrated above happened, I didn’t realize that as a responsible laptop owner, understanding what these power setting are, knowing their differences, and how to adjust and use these options will benefit me as they will keep my laptop from heating up even if I’m only not using it for a short time. The good news is we can also set our system’s components such as display and hard drives to turn off after a time period, so they won’t make your device work too hard, increasing the risk of it heating up. You may also know how to activate standby and hibernate modes of your device.

But then, there is also a debate whether it is better to put your laptop on sleep mode or hibernate mode. Here is an article that tells us which should be best for your Windows system:

When you come back and move or click the mouse or press a key like the Spacebar, the previous state is how you left it. A startup is usually very fast, and it doesn’t take more than a second or two to bring everything back. It’s nothing more than just a Standby mode.

(Via: https://www.alphr.com/sleep-vs-hibernate-whats-the-difference-in-windows/)

Feel the Fan

When your laptop overheats, whether it is because your battery bloats or your hard drive crashes because of the heat, it can only be traced to one thing: your laptop’s fan has ceased to function the way it should. That is why you would need to check it regularly, whether it sounds like it is struggling or making weird noises like a dying patient in a hospital or making healthily whirring noises that benefits your device. There is a software to ensure your laptop’s fan’s health, so make sure to check the online support and warranty information of your laptop’s manufacturer.

A properly functioning laptop fan sounds like a soft propeller fan; however, the fan may not be audible when you first turn the computer on, because it is running at its slowest possible speed. To provide more airflow and cool the system, the fan speeds up as you continue to use your laptop — it will likely switch to a faster, louder mode after about five minutes, when your laptop reaches its operating temperature. The best-cooled laptops may have incredibly quiet fans that are only audible in silent rooms by careful listeners. Note that your fan may be broken or obstructed if it makes irregular pulsating or loud screeching noises.

(Via: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/make-sure-laptop-fan-works-74677.html)

What about you, what’s your most challenging laptop experience? If you lost important files on your device, take advantage of our expertise. Don’t hesitate, don’t wait, or your experience might turn into a full-fledged horror story!

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What You Should Look For in a New E-Reader

During the pandemic, a lot of us have acquired new habits. Some have rediscovered the joys of cooking. Some have developed their green thumbs in their gardens by trying to grow plants. Yet others have tried to commune with nature and take advantage of not-so-crowded places to take their fitness goals to the next level by taking daily walks and jogs. For me, one comfortable hobby I wished to get back on when the lockdowns started was reading. Oh, what a joy it was to finally go back to sitting on my comfy couch, with a cup of cocoa or tea, turning pages of suspense, horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, or family drama while forgetting the cares of COVID-19. Oh, that was something I haven’t done with all the stresses of work, the daily commute, and taking care of the family. But to aid this interest, I have to equip myself with a great e-reader to last me the pandemic and beyond. So what things should I  consider to get myself the best model for me?

Consider the Screen Type

Legitimate e-readers (not tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire that are basically tablets that can also be used as “e-readers”) have displays made with a technology called E-Ink. But then, as mentioned earlier, there are now tablets that can be disguised as e-readers such as the Kindle Fire and the iPad that have LCD or backlit displays. So, if you are on the lookout for an e-reader, remember that those legitimate e-readers that utilize E-Ink technology are not the same as those with LCD displays. E-Ink, with its paper-like display, reduces eye strain and allows for the device’s battery to last longer. However, unlike devices that have LCD displays, they don’t display color and have rather buggy, if not slow, touchscreen capabilities. However, there are also Kindle, Kobo, and Nook (from Barnes & Noble) models that employ e-Ink technology but already have backlights, so you can still read through the devices even in the darkness, which ironically a lot of avid readers prefer.

Traditionally, eBook readers have been equipped with two kinds of screens: LCD displays and eInk. Depending on your needs and wants, choosing a reader with one or another is a principal decision as the type of a display determines essential things about your eBook reader.

(Via: https://www.booknizer.com/articles/types-of-ebook-reader-displays.htm)

Consider Battery Life

Battery life may not really be a primary consideration for most readers this pandemic season since they are most likely just inches away from a charging plug when their devices go low-bat. But for those who may already want to take their e-readers on the road, how long their devices can last on a single charge is an important factor. Obviously, basic models without the bells and whistles would have longer battery lives compared to their counterparts with fancy features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and web browsing.

Side note: E-reader shoppers should consider that the only reason legitimate e-readers (not the tablet-e-reader hybrid models) have Wi-Fi connectivity is for these devices to allow users to shop and download e-books. So, don’t expect e-readers to provide you with a seamless browsing experience, as they are not really the devices to use for this purpose in the first place.

Also, even if you have the best e-reader with the longest battery life, there are, of course, things you can still do to prolong it.

Now ereader owners are limited by the battery that coes with their devices, and while screens may be getting larger, batteries generally aren’t. Most ereaders have a 1Ah or 1.5Ah battery, which is actually good enough for a couple months of usage – if you are careful.

(Via: https://the-digital-reader.com/2020/05/23/eight-tips-for-extending-the-battery-life-on-your-kindle/#:~:text=Now%20ereader%20owners%20are%20limited,usage%20%E2%80%93%20if%20you%20are%20careful.)

Consider Formats

Also, keep in mind that different devices are capable of handling different e-book formats. Popular file formats for e-books include EPUB, PDF, and TXT. Most e-readers such as Nooks and Kobos can handle these formats, but not AZW and MOBI files, which are proprietary (i.e., exclusive) formats for Amazon devices. This means that Nooks and Kobos cannot open AZW and MOBI files and on the flip side, you cannot read an EPUB file on a Kindle.

Now, if you are someone who wants to publish an e-book, you would need to see which format would be most beneficial to your budding biz, which means looking into which e-reading device is most popular among your audience.

The most used, widely adopted, and most popular ebook format in the digital publishing world is ePub. It is what most publishers would send to you when requesting eARCs outside of NetGalley. It is the ebook format they send to ebookstores for selling and the preferred format developers would create first.

(Via: https://bookriot.com/popular-ebook-formats/)

Now that you know what factors you should look into when choosing e-readers, you may also want to know where to get help when you are experiencing hardware problems with your laptop. Get in touch with us and let our expertise work for you.

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