You’re not the only unprepared for the summer heat; your PC, laptop, tablet and phone are all feeling the intense pressure, too!
This means your applications may not run as fast due to sustained changes happening on the inside of your device.
Here are some ways to keep your devices cool and efficient this summer.
Avoid the sun
As much as you love the sun, direct sunlight can heat up the metal and plastic components very quickly, dispersing that heat further through your device. Keep in the shade as often as possible.
Avoid other heat sources
This might sound obvious but keep your devices away from the sun, campfires, barbeques, stoves or ovens. We like to eat all summer and we usually bring our devices wherever we go.
Take the case off
Imagine how hot you’d be if YOU wore your jacket year-round. Your device may have a cover on it that’s making it suffocate in the summer heat.
Close unused applications
Have you ever gone to shut down all your open apps on your phone and realized there are apps running from days, or even weeks, ago? Those are using up precious processing resources and the more you request your device to do, the hotter it gets!
Don’t put laptops on the bed
Most devices, especially laptops, have a cooling fan. When you keep your laptop on a flat surface like a table or a counter, the smooth edges allow for breathable space. When you cover the fan’s exhaust window with a blanket or pillow, you’ll hear your laptop spinning faster and faster to compensate for the built up heat.
Technology works best when it’s kept to cooler and moderate temperatures. Consider keeping your workplace a comfortable atmosphere, especially for yourself! If your home is too hot, try moving to a cooler room, or the basement.
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Is Your Mobile Device Strategy Strict Enough?
Chrome is the most-used web browser (by far) so it makes sense that being able to use it faster throughout your work day makes sense, right?
Here are 10 tips on how to personalize your experience!
Save Web Pages as PDF’s
- Open any web page
- Press CTRL+P (Cmd+P on Macs)
- Choose “Save as PDF” from your print options
Make “Favicons” Your Bookmarks Tags
- Right click on a bookmarked page
- Delete the name/text, leaving only the Favicon (small image icon)
Shrink (or “Pin”) Tabs
- Right click an open tab
- Select “Pin Tab”
- This will shrink the size of your tabs up top down to just the Favicon
Re-Open Recent Tabs
- Right click on the title bar up top
- Select “Reopen closed tab”
Go to Incognito Mode
- Click on “Settings”
- Select “New Incognito Window”
- Your browsing history will not be saved in this mode
Navigate Between Tabs Quickly
- Press CTRL+1 to open the first tab
- Press CTRL+2 to open the second tab
- Continue this…..you get the idea
Open Multiple Pages on Startup
- Go to “Settings”
- Select “Set Pages” under “On Startup”
- Enter the URL’s you want to appear each time you open Chrome
Solve Math Problems
- In the address bar, enter any math equation (without hitting enter) and get your answer
Play Media Files
- Find media you want watch, or listen to
- Drag & drop into the address bar on Chrome
Bookmark All Open Tabs
- Right click on any of your open tabs
- Select “Bookmark All Tabs”
- You now have a folder of tabs in your bookmark menu
Now that you’re a Chrome master, go show off! Nothing makes you look smarter than navigating your web browser faster than your neighbour!
What is a Technology Needs Assessment?
While it’s important to be optimistic about the future of your organization, you should never believe that you are impervious to data loss. Today’s environment is fraught with threats that business owners need to take seriously.
How does your organization manage its IT? For some businesses, it’s not an easy choice or even a remotely affordable one. Some companies are forced to endure subpar services from break-fix IT providers that don’t necessarily have the tools available to prevent issues from happening. Others try to prevent issues from evolving into major concerns. These others are the organizations that have the right idea behind technology maintenance.
The modern small business will face several challenges in 2018. The world is changing, and with it, so is business. This can either be looked on as the opportunity they’ve been waiting for, or, can be the beginning of the end. Understanding what problems your business faces, and how to solve them, is imperative to your small business’ success.
Your business data is the result of you and your team’s hard work, it also helps you understand the intricacies of your own operations, and where you want it to go in the future. Does your business have a process for collecting, storing, and sorting vital data so that your organization can figure out where to go next?