Choosing a Laptop That Suits Your Needs

Looking to invest in a new or used laptop? There are so many options out there, that trying to find the right one can get really confusing. With a little planning and consideration of your needs, you can quickly eliminate the vast majority of laptops from your search and focus on finding the one that suits you perfectly.

Determining Your Perfect Match of Laptop is as easy as considering the steps below…

Step 1: Think about your main uses for a laptop.

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The main purpose you want to use a laptop for, will be the biggest influence on the type of laptop you get. People use computers for countless reasons, but general use falls into one of the following categories. Keep these in mind when you are looking at laptops:

    • Office/Schoolwork – Mostly use the computer for word processing, research, spreadsheets, and other professional and academic tasks.
    • Games – Playing the latest and greatest games, but still using the computer for other tasks as well.
    • Web use – Primarily using the computer to access websites, email, streaming video, and social media.
    • Media production – Use the computer as a workstation to record music, edit video, or manipulate images.

Step 2: Understand the pros of a laptop.

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There are a lot of reasons you might want to pick a laptop over a desktop computer. As laptops become more powerful, the reasons for owning a desktop will continue to shrink.

    • A laptop is portable. This is the primary reason for purchasing a laptop. Laptops can go almost anywhere you can, and they’re only getting lighter and thinner.
    • Laptops can perform more and more tasks that desktops can. There are very few programs these days that a desktop can run that a laptop cannot. While you’re generally sacrificing some performance for portability, you still have the ability to perform most computing tasks.
    • Laptops can save a lot of space. A desktop computer, with a tower, monitor, keyboard, and mouse, can take up a lot of space in your home office or bedroom. A laptop just needs a little desk space.

Step 3: Understand the cons of a laptop.

While laptops are becoming more powerful and lighter, there are still some drawbacks that you should consider if deciding between a laptop and a desktop.

    • A laptop is limited by the battery. You can only roam so much with a laptop. Eventually, it will need to be plugged in.
    • Can be lost or stolen much easier. Because of their portable nature, laptops can be stolen or lost much easier than a desktop. If you’re setting up an office, you’ll probably want to stock it with desktops instead of laptops.
    • Laptops cannot be upgraded like a desktop can. This means that they become obsolete quicker than a desktop computer. While you can usually upgrade the storage or the memory, you cannot upgrade the processor or video card, which will eventually leave your laptop lagging behind.
    • Laptops are hard to build yourself. One of the benefits of a desktop PC is that you can build it yourself, potentially saving money. While you may be able to find a few kits, nearly all laptops are sold complete by the manufacturer, which means the costs may be a little higher than a comparable desktop.

Step 4: Set a budget.

It will be helpful to have a budget in mind as you start looking at laptop models. The different types of laptops will be explained in-depth later, but generally you’re looking at around N35,000-N50,000 for a netbook or Chromebook, N75,000-N120,000 for a standard laptop, and N90,000-N130,000 for a desktop replacement. These are all for example if you want new ones.

Whatever the case may be, it is very paramount to make a choice that falls within your specifications and the cash you have at hand.

    • If you are considering a Mac, be aware that Macs are generally priced higher than a comparable Windows or Linux laptop.

I really hope you will find the above steps useful in choosing your match of Laptop…..

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How to Take Good Care of Your Laptop Computer

How to Take Good Care of Your Laptop Computer.

How to Take Good Care of Your Laptop Computer

It is important that you take good care of your laptop to keep it working well. Following these easy steps will ensure that your laptop lasts longer and requires less maintenance. As an added bonus, many of the steps will also maintain your laptop’s speed.

1. Keep liquids away from your laptop.    900px-Take-Good-Care-of-Your-Laptop-Computer-Step-1

As tempting as it might be to drink coffee, soda, water or any other liquid near your laptop, accidents can happen all too easily. Alternatively, use a cup with a cover on it, so even if it does spill, the liquid doesn’t go anywhere. Spilled liquids may damage the internal microelectronic components or cause electrical damage. Short circuits can corrupt data or even permanently destroy some parts of the laptop. The solution is very simple: Keep your drinks away from your computer. Even if you are careful, someone else might spill your drink.

2. Having antivirus software available is the best defense against a virus.

Even if you know what you download, it could still contain a virus. If you choose not to have antivirus software you run the risk of a circuit error or software problem in your system. The virus may also slow down the system operations and performance.

3. Keep food away from your laptop.

Don’t eat over your laptop, the crumbs can fall between the keys and provide an invitation to small bugs or damage the circuitry. Worse yet, the laptop will look dirty if there are crumbs on it.

4. Always have clean hands when using your laptop.      900px-Take-Good-Care-of-Your-Laptop-Computer-Step-4

Clean hands make it easier to use your laptop touchpad and there will be less risk of leaving dirt and other stains on the computer. In addition, if you clean your hands before you use the laptop, you will reduce wear and tear on the coating caused by contact with sweat and small particles that can act upon the laptop’s exterior.

5.Protect the LCD display monitor.     670px-Take-Good-Care-of-Your-Laptop-Computer-Step-5

When you shut your laptop, make sure there are no small items, such as a pencil or small ear-phones, on the keyboard. These can damage the display screen if the laptop is shut on them; the screen will scratch if the item is rough. Close the lid gently and holding it in the middle. Closing the lid using only one side causes pressure on that hinge, and over time can cause it to bend and snap.

6. Hold and lift the computer by its base, not by its LCD display (the screen).    670px-Take-Good-Care-of-Your-Laptop-Computer-Step-6

If you lift it by the screen alone, you could damage the display or the hinges attaching the display to the base. The display is also easily scratched or damaged by direct pressure – avoid placing pressure on it.  

7. Be sure to plug accessory devices into their proper slots.           670px-Take-Good-Care-of-Your-Laptop-Computer-Step-9

Always look at the symbols on the laptop carefully before inserting devices. Jamming a phone line into an Ethernet port or vice versa could damage the sockets, making it impossible to use them again. It is very important to observe this step.

8. Don’t expose your laptop to rapid temperature changes.

When bringing your laptop indoors during winter, don’t turn it on immediately. Instead, let it warm to room temperature first. This will avoid any potential for damage to the disk drive from condensation forming inside the machine. Avoid heat from sunlight as well.

9. Don’t leave your laptop in a car.          900px-Take-Good-Care-of-Your-Laptop-Computer-Step-14

Not only do the insides of cars experience large temperature swings that could damage a laptop, but a laptop (or laptop bag) is an inviting target for a smash and grab thief.

10. Only use and store your laptop in a well-ventilated area.

When you are using your laptop, do so in a place that has a constant air-circulation. Lots of people ruin their laptops by using them in enclosed areas and thus cause the laptop to overheat.

11. Use an old toothbrush to clean the area around the exhaust fan screen.

If that gets plugged up, air flow is diminished and overheating can occur there by causing the laptop to run slow than expected.

12. Try to keep the laptop on a flat, clean surface.

This prevents damage to the laptop. This can be hard to do, particularly if you are outside with your laptop, but if there is a flat surface available then put your laptop on it.

13. Don’t use your laptop on the bed.          670px-Take-Good-Care-of-Your-Laptop-Computer-Step-22

Repeated use of a laptop on the bed will cause the fans to suck up the dust and debris in the bed, ultimately blocking the fan. This is the best way to damage a laptop unknowingly.

Keeping the above steps in mind and also abiding with then is a sure way to extend the life span of any laptop. Hope you all find these useful as we work to bring you more TIPS in the nearer future.

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Just a little word can make the difference

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by he took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up, a lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were, the boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?” The man said, “I only wrote the truth, I said what you said but in a different way. “I wrote: ‘Today is a beautiful day; but I cannot see it.'” Both signs told people that the boy was blind but the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign reminded people how fortunate they were to have their sight. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative.? Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear. It’s a beautiful thing to see a person smiling. But even more beautiful is knowing that you are the reason for the smile! Faith is not about everything turning out OK faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out. If you appreciate this message, please share. You may touch someone’s heart today and forever.

Nail The Fence

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Make sure you 
read all the way down to the last sentence.
(Most importantly the last sentence)There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the nextfew weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. 
He told his 
father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his 
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The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, ‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. But It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.Remember that friends are very rare jewels indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed; They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.

Health Benefits of Watermelon juice

One of the first things to understand about watermelon is that it contains plenty of powerful antioxidants.

Antioxidants are best understood as little warriors fighting a war. The war they fight isn’t for money or land or oil, instead, it’s for dominion over your body. Antioxidants pack some heavy firepower, and are very well equipped to defeat their enemies.

Luckily, antioxidants are on your side. Their enemies are things like cancers, tumors and anything which acts to have a negative effect on your body. They have been linked to preventing and even curing cancer, and are found mainly in fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.

The antioxidants in watermelon have been found to reduce the severity of asthma, and also to reduce the risk of various diseases including colon cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and prostate cancer.

Talk about amazing health benefits of watermelon right!

Antioxidant firepower. Watermelon contains some of the most powerful antioxidants so far discovered.
Vitamin warehouse. Loaded with Vitamin C and packed with Vitamin A (due to its concentration of beta-carotene).
Stop getting the cold. Vitamin C is something most people associate to oranges. But watermelon has a lot of it, and it contributes to a strong immune system as well as slower aging.
Lycopene. A potent antioxidant that gives watermelon its bright red color. Up until recently, it was thought to be only in tomatoes. But recent studies have shown watermelon to have the highest lycopene content out of any fruit or vegetable.
Prevents prostate cancer. This is due to the antioxidants, especially lycopene.
Rehydration. Rich in electrolytes and 90% water so it’s a healthy alternative to Gatorade, as well as tasting downright amazing.
Increased energy. Truckloads of Vitamin B contribute to increased energy production. Some food experts recommend watermelon for Vitamin B1, B6 and magnesium deficiencies.
Cope with anxiety and panic. Vitamin B6 increases the brains ability to cope with anxiety and panic.
Cooling effect. Scientists have found that watermelon has a special cooling effect.
Lose weight. Watermelon is completely, 100% fat free.
Cholesterol free. No need to worry if you have cholesterol problems.
Prevents macular degeneration. Another word for loss of vision, macular degeneration can be prevented by eating or drinking watermelon. Carrots are also in this boat.
Prevent heart disease. Another benefit of the antioxidants, and something you will find with most fruits and vegetables.
Prevent erectile dysfunction. Scientists are even saying it works similar to Viagra by relaxing the blood vessels.
A good way to look at a watermelon is just like a multivitamin, only with an amazing taste.

On a side note, green tea has been found to work synergistically with foods rich in lycopene (such as watermelon). When green tea is consumed alongside these foods, the beneficial effects are more pronounced.