Happy Friday! I fell ill this last Friday and was unable to deliver
the newsletter to you and I apologize for that. Now that I'm back, I
have a treat for you. Remember a few months ago when one of your
fellow members, Ronald Grant, asked for your assistance in a survey for his
college paper? It was in the newsletter titled: "Why are computers still so
difficult to use?" Well, I have great news! Ronald completed his
research paper and he e-mailed me and wanted to share it since so
many of you contributed to it. So, here it is: "What leads to
difficulties in using computers?" Ronald, thank you for sharing it;
we hope you received high marks. I'd also like to thank all our
members who contributed to his survey. It just makes me proud as a community
manager to see so many people willing to go out of their way to share and
help contribute to one another. You all are second to none!
Now let's get to this week's topic of how we can help Eric start off
his new Windows 7 system on the right track, and how he can keep his
machine running in tip-top shape for years to come. We received many
helpful responses from our members--ranging from setting up robust
security and maintaining your drivers and Windows updates to keeping your
system lean with no clutter and partitioning your drive. One thing
that many members mentioned time after time is to make sure you
back up your data and continue to do so. I'm sure after you read
through these answers that you'll be in great shape and will have a good
idea of how to not only start off your computer on the right foot, but also
some tips to maintaining a healthy system.
For those of you who haven't had an opportunity to respond to this
topic to offer your personal advice and experiences on how you make
your Windows 7 system run like a champ, step on up and chime in. The
more we share, the better off we are. Thanks for your participation
and have a spectacular weekend! For those of you in the United States,
Happy Independence Day!
(Note: There will be no newsletters delivered for the next two weeks;
it's time for me to take a overdue vacation. Talk to all when I get
New Windows 7 PC, please help me get started on the right track
I'm happy to say that I am a proud owner of a brand-new HP Pavilion
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit desktop. It's fully loaded with all the
hardware bells and whistles--Intel i7-970 six-core CPU, 1.5 TB hard
drive, 12GB of RAM, Blu-ray player with DVD-R, 1GB ATI Radeon video
card, and more. Before I begin to really start using this workhorse,
I want to start it off on the right track. I know there are a lot of tips
and tricks scattered out there on how to properly maintain a PC, but I
really want to nail down a solid list of routine tasks and procedures
(software and hardware) to maintain it regularly to keep this baby
running in tip-top shape for years to come. This computer took me a
long time to save up for and I want to get the most out of my hard-earned
money and make it last. Can you please help me out with that?
All advice, recommendations, and coaching are welcome. I'm taking
notes now. Thanks to all who can help out.
-- Submitted by:
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
If I move on to a dSLR camera, what am I getting myself into? My wife's friend recently went on a trip to Yellowstone National Park
in Wyoming and she shared her online photo album with us of her trip.
I was just blown away by the beautiful photos she took! Her
landscape photos, closeups of foliage and flowers, geysers, and rock
structures were just incredible--so full of life with such details and
vivid colors that it made me feel like I was physically there. Now I'm
no shutterbug and only have a point-and-shoot camera that is pretty
decent in taking photos, but seeing these photos of hers got me
seriously thinking of moving on to a bit more sophisticated dSLR
camera, which will allow me to take photos like hers. I know it takes
quite a bit of patience, practice, and a learning curve to take great
photos, but to start, I do need the tools first, right? What do you
recommend I start with? I'm green to dSLR, but I want to know what I
am getting myself into in terms of cost--from the camera to
miscellaneous equipment to get me going. Should I invest in something
basic or middle of the road or go all out? What would you recommend
for a newbie like me. Any tips or advice for someone like me who wants
to get into dSLRs will help out greatly on my decision. Thank you.
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