Show your PC some love!
If you are an office worker, you no doubt spend more time with your device than you do with your partner and loved ones!
But computers behave like humans – the better you treat them, the more loyal to you they will be! Your PC is a massive investment, and if you take very good care of it and keep it in tiptop condition, you will be rewarded. Most PC’s have an average lifespan of 5 years (slightly shorter than the “7 year itch”!) So if you’ve got Valentine’s Day all wrapped up (wine – check, meal booked – check, gift – check) then it’s time to show your PC some love…..
Protect your power cables
Frayed charging cables can be dangerous to use and expensive to replace!
Hold the cable by the plug when removing it from the wall to avoid unnecessary stress on the most delicate part.
In transport, loop your cables & keep them bound with a strap or clip to prevent them from unravelling.
Make sure you loop your cable the right way. Avoid creating any harsh bends in the cable which will put stress on the wire. A simple circular wrap (rather than a figure of 8) will allow you to uncoil the cable without creating any knots or twists).
Avoid using your device while charging it to avoid unnecessary wear on the cable.
Give it a clean
Dust, dirt, and grime will cause PCs to malfunction - the fan will clog & overheat and keyboard keys will stick.
Use a keyboard vacuum or canned air to remove dust and crumbs from your keyboard and PC fan
Clean your screen with a microfibre cloth and a specialist screen cleaner (never use a glass or window cleaner!)
If you insist on drinking tea and coffee at your desk, use an anti-topple cup such as www.themightymug.com to avoid spillages
Keep your cool
Your PC or laptop fan has to work overtime to cool down the device in warm conditions, so show it some love by keeping it out of the sun and/or a hot room. Keep your PC well ventilated to ensure that the fan can dissipate the heat from your device properly, and use your laptop on an even hard surface (do not take your laptop to bed! The duvet and soft surface will block the fan from working effectively)
Keep your device updates
Always update your device to keep things running smoothly
Install anti-virus/malware software
Run regularly scheduled scans with your anti-virus software
Keep your operating system (Windows, Mac etc) current. OS developers regularly issue security patches to fix and plug security leaks to help keep your system secure.
If you are not confident in doing this yourself, get an expert to take care of it for you!
Treat your device with care. Try not to move your PC around too much as the constant movement is likely to dislodge parts in the machine – find a home for it and stick to it. Use a padded case for your laptop to transport and store it carefully
Finally... be kind to yourself!
Lastly, as Valentine’s Day is all about love, why not show yourself some love? UK Office workers spend 1,700 hours a year in front of a computer screen! To avoid eye strain, dryness & tiredness, as well as stiff joints and muscle pains, take regular breaks away from your desk. The HSE suggest, as a minimum guideline, at least 5 minutes in every hour should be spent away from the screen (short, frequent breaks are better than less frequent longer breaks - so a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes is better than a 20 minute break every 3 hours). Finally, be sure to visit your optician to check your eye health and vision.
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