A computer is a complicated fusion of physical hardware, operating system, application software and data; keeping one clean is important as it can affect it in functional terms. The problem is that computers often don't seem all that complicated and that can lead people to treat them with a lack of respect. First of a four-part series, this blog post discusses the physical aspects of caring for your computer.
Windows 10 is Microsoft's latest OS. It is more secure, more stable, than earlier versions of Windows and the Start Menu has returned. The OS has better Metro integration, better gaming support, virtual desktops, a new action centre, Cortana, MS Edge and a lot more besides. Windows 10 isn't hard to install (even upgrade), it can be obtained cheaply and can even be obtained for free if you have need to use assistive technologies.
So, you've decided to upgrade your PC... what options are available to you? You can upgrade the OS & Software, the hardware (RAM, hard disk, video card, CPU) or peripherals (monitors, printers, scanners, mice, keyboards, speakers or some kind of USB device). Upgrading your PC can be challenging but it can also be worth it as long as you're prepared for the cost, the inconvenience and the challenge of something new.
Computers are typically being upgraded all the time from patches (small upgrades) to service packs (major upgrades). The biggest upgrades are to the next version of the operating system usually adding a plethora of improvements and new features. Upgrades often add speed, stability, technical improvements, greater capability and improved security. Of course, there are reasons to not upgrade, primarily the risk of potentially breaking the system and hardware incompatibility.
An older Windows 8 mini-review written close to the time the operating system was released and interesting in a historical sense and inasmuch as there are still people using it. Windows 8 as first released was sorely lacking but Windows 8.1 was a vast improvement... Windows 10 of course, is pretty much what Windows 8 should have been all along.
The following guide is for the use of the Apple iPad. Most of the information should be generally transferable to the iPhone or to the iPhone-like iPod. At the end of the article, there are links to a series of videos on YouTube.
The computing world is full of acronyms; indeed, the joke goes that TLA is a Three Letter Acronym. This is a page of some of the acronyms I am familiar with (not all by any means) ... just click the lettered buttons. Think of it as a simple way to get a vague idea of what those danged computer people are wittering on about.
Rocksquad Computers (RSQ) is a Faversham based company offering high quality web design services and IT support to home & small business users.
RSQ's mission is to design & build custom websites, support client IT problems, ensure problems are properly evaluated and, once work is agreed, commit to no further charges without client approval. In that respect, RSQ aims to leave the client with a full solution.
RSQ was founded by James Rocks, a Microsoft Certified System's Engineer with over 30 years of experience supporting Windows.
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history--with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.