Dim the Display
laptop's biggest battery-life-sucking component
is its LCD display. To eke out more juice when
you're off the plug, turn down your panel's
brightness to the lowest level your eyes can
Most notebooks have a Function key
combo - or even a dedicated hot key - for a quick
(You can also adjust brightness in
Display Settings under Control Panel.)
Keep It Cool
Thanks to their small, cramped cases and tiny
vents, laptops are prone to overheating.
Unfortunately, using your notebook on your
lapóor on top of a blanket that protects your
lap from your scalding-hot notebookócan
seriously stifle ventilation and make matters
To help keep temperatures in check, opt
for a lap desk or a laptop cooling pad that
won't conduct heat or block your laptop's vents.
Back Up Everything
Constant movement puts computer components at
risk, and because of their portability, laptops
suffer a lot more wear and tear than desktops.
All of that on-the-go use increases the risk of
hard drive failure, so make sure you back up the
data on your laptop to an external hard drive,
thumb drive, or home server on a regular basis.
Portable hard drives like the Western Digital
Passport Elite make it easy to back up your data
on the road.
Wireless Home Networking Tips
Fix Connectivity Issues
It sounds crazy, but 95 percent of all Internet
connectivity problems can be solved by
power-cycling both the router and the modem.
Turn them both off, and then turn the modem back
on first. Once its "sync" or signal light comes
on, turn on your router.
You've probably heard this before, but it bears
repeating: Always enable your router's wireless
security! Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
encryption is the oldest (and weakest) form of
security; the newer (and stronger) Wi-Fi
Protected Access (WPA) and WPA-2 are the best
protection available today for home users.
Update Your Router's Firmware
All routers include internal read-only chips
with embedded instructions that can be updated
by the manufacturer. Router manufacturers
generally update a product's firmware to
increase performance as well as to resolve bugs
and security issues, so it's wise to keep your
router's firmware up-to-date. Check the
manufacturer's Web site for the latest updates.
Information Technology Certifications
Microsoft Certified Professional
Certified Novell Administrator
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry
Association (CompTIA A+
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