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Monday, September 15, 2008

Get Rid of an Old Computer

Do you have an old computer that you just don't know what to do with. Here are some ideas.

1 Part out your computer. Save the hard drive or CD/RW and keep it so you could use it in your new computer if that part breaks down.
Most thrift stores will not take old computers, but there are places that will. See if a nearby school would like it or offer it for free on craigslist.com.
Freecycle.com is a nonprofit website to give and get stuff entirely for free so it doesn't end up in a landfill. Membership is free.
Call your local computer store as some of them are offering to give a discount on a new purchase if you bring in your old computer for recycling. Also, Earth911.com will tell you a local place where they recycle old computers.

Clean an LCD Flat Screen tips

If you have a new LCD flat screen tv, you might be amazed by the crisp clarity of the screen. After a short period of time, you might start to notice a layer of dust is dulling that brilliant screen. When cleaning your LCD flat screen, you must be careful not to scratch the surface and ruin this expensive piece of equipment.

Turn off your LCD flat screen tv. It is easier to see dirt and smudges when the screen is black.
Mix one part isopropyl alcohol (or rubbing alcohol) with one part distilled water in a spray bottle. The mixture should not be more than 50% alcohol. You can use tap water, but it can contain salt that might streak the screen.
Spray the mixture onto a clean, soft cloth. The softer the cloth, the better. An old cotton t-shirt or a micro-fiber cleaning cloth are great choices. Some LCD tvs even come with a cleaning cloth.
Wipe the surface of the screen with the cloth until clean.
Allow the screen to air dry.

Choose Between a Desktop or a Laptop

First, decide how safe your environment is -- from thieves. If you live in an area that is constantly being robbed or in an area where the cat-burglars roam every week, then the desktop might be best for you. Most thieves are looking for that portable, lightweight laptop. They can pop into your place, pocket the computer right into their own backpack and walk out unnoticed.

The desktop, on the other hand, takes more muscle, and most thieves just won't bother. Why lug a stolen desktop around --when in the same space, you could carry three or four laptops.

So, if you live in a secure area or if you live in a home where there is someone "always at home", then a laptop is a good choice for you.
Laptops give you the advantage of easy set up after a "move" or change of scenery. Are you moving soon or do you move often? Laptop is the way to go.

So many times, our friends have said,"we just moved in and the computer is not connected yet". And that goes on for weeks or months sometimes, after they relocate.

Laptops are the best ways to save time. You move, just put the backpack into your bag and carry it out yourself. You are "set up" and connected immediately day as your move.
And now, for the myth that laptops can not do what desktop do. That is so not true. The only thing that a laptop cannot do is weigh in as much.

Laptops can do the same gaming, computing, net access, storage and surfing access, that any desktop can do. Years ago, desktop could hold more and do more. But come into this century, laptops are singing the song, "Anything you can do, I can do better"!

All you have to do is make sure that you get what you want when you order your laptop. If you order from Dell or from some other specific companies, they will make your laptop to order for you--at no extra cost.

And, best of all, your laptop is portable --anywhere. You can plug your laptop in anywhere and do your word processing or storage procedures. You can use your laptop to store pictures and videos and important files. And, you can even connect on the net anywhere if you have the proper wireless equipment or files.

There is not much that a desktop can do that a laptop cannot spin circles around. So, go for it. Choose the laptop.

Change the Size of Your Screen Image

To change the size of the screen pictures, icons, words, etc., you have to change the pixels. I will show you how in this article.

CHANGING THE PIXEL SIZE: To change the pixel size simply display your desktop. The desktop is the main screen, where icons are located. Right click out in an open area, away from the icons. A menu will appear, click on properties. In the properties box, click on the "settings" tab. At the bottom of the "settings" display you will see a box with a slider that says screen resolution. Move this bar back and forth to make the screen image smaller and larger.

LARGER SCREEN IMAGE: To make the screen image large slide the bar down, toward the less end.

SMALLER SCREEN IMAGE: To make the screen image smaller slide the bar up, toward the more end.

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