There are so many problems we come face to face with every day, but lack the knowledge and expertise to tackle them. What is social networking? What happens to websites once they have been hacked? Whether you’re a tech-savvy individual that is always sharing your knowledge with others, or you’re someone who knows very little about these things, here are a number of common computer based questions and answers that might interest you:
1. How Do I Maintain My Laptop’s Battery Health?
There is so much information out there; some people say that you should drain all the power out of your battery before recharging it, or that your battery power should always be kept within the 40% and 80% mark. But the reality is that much of this information is out dated, applying to the older nickel-based batteries that were used in the past. Today, batteries are made from Lithium Ion, which is much easier to maintain. These batteries last longer when kept cool, and when the laptop is not plugged into the mains when battery life is at 100%. All these batteries will eventually die someday, so you shouldn’t stress about it.
2. What Is Social Networking?
The short answer is that social networking is a means for people to communicate with one another over the internet. Social networks differ from your standard email services in that they are far more interactive. Twitter and Facebook are the two most common social network sites, which I’m sure you’ve already heard about.
3. How Can I Make My Wireless Internet Cover My Entire Home?
There are two ways that you can do this, you can either buy an extender or purchase a long range wireless internet router; buying the long range router however, does tend to be more cost effective. Extenders can be somewhat unreliable and are restricted by the technology of the older router that you attach them to. A high-quality router should have no problems covering your entire home, including the garden.
4. Why Does “Flash Has Stopped Working” Occur?
Flash is a browser plug-in or add-on, which allows you to watch certain advertisements and videos on specific websites. However, flash can at times be taxing on the CPU, making the computer ran slower to it eventually crashes. Most internet browsers give the end user the option to turn Flash off. This can save on battery life, but it will prevent you from accessing websites that require it, such as Hulu. Flash is becoming more and more obsolete by the day, so eventually you won’t need it, which I guess is a good thing.
5. What Is Skype?
Skype is an internet-based service which allows people to communicate with one another through the net. If you have your own Skype account, you can log into it and call someone else who is on the Skype service. Skype works a lot like an internet telephone, with webcams, so you can see who you are speaking to and they can see you.
6. What Is Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi is the technology which allows electronic devices to communicate with each other through the exchange of data. All of which is done without wires of course. Almost all laptops today come with Wi-Fi built in. That means your laptop computer is internet ready the moment you take it out of the box.
7. What Do Malicious Files Do?
We’re all taught that viruses are bad, but what the vast majority of computer users do not know, is how they work. Viruses are basically programs that copy themselves onto your systems, and spread from one system to another, similar to a real life virus. Trojan viruses are programs that look like any other legitimate program, only they contain secret code, that’s doing something else, such as allowing a hacker to gain backdoor access to your system.
8. Do You Need To Eject Your USB Drives?
Have you ever wondered why you are reminded to eject your USB drive before you remove it from your system? This is because of a process called write caching, which is used to improve performance. If you copy something to the drive, it may say that the task has been completed, but that is not always the case, in many instances the system may be waiting for other tasks to stack up, so that it can carry them all out at once. When you use the eject feature, the computer will finish up anything that has been queued. Windows tends to be better at avoiding any issues than Mac OS X and Linux systems. But it’s recommended that you utilise the eject feature regardless of the operating system. It’s a quick and simply step, which will ensure your data remains safe.
Author Info : Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website www.compuchenna.co.uk.