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    Exclamation Carpets

    It has occurred to me that maybe I should mention this...

    Electronics and specifically, PCs do not like static electricity. W/out explaining the science or physics of it here is my point... Often I have gone to clients' homes or offices and discover PCs sitting on carpets. Remember, if you rub a balloon on a carpet it will then stick to a wall? That's static electricity @ work. DO NOT sit PCs directly on carpets. IF, the machine is going to be placed on a carpeted floor put something under it to isolate it from the carpet; a wooden board, newspaper, cardboard, you get the idea.

    And another thing, while I'm @ it... do not remove or replace PC case covers, side panels and such whilst a PC is running. Always do this ONLY after & while the machine is unpowered or shut off.

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    My Car-Pet



    Really?

    I tell my customers that their PC should not be within 18" of the floor......any floor.
    (it's called a DESKTOP PC, for a good reason. That's where it belongs.)
    Because every time someone or the house pet walks by they stir up a little cloud of dust that will be sucked right into the PC case, by the cooling fans. I told one customer this on three consecutive service calls and on the fourth and last call, the customers dog walked up to the front of the PC and raised his leg to wet on the PC. A swift kick from me sent that mutt scampering for cover. I refused to go back there again.

    I can fix a computer, but.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    My Car-Pet



    Really?

    I tell my customers that their PC should not be within 18" of the floor......any floor.
    (it's called a DESKTOP PC, for a good reason. That's where it belongs.)
    Because every time someone or the house pet walks by they stir up a little cloud of dust that will be sucked right into the PC case, by the cooling fans. I told one customer this on three consecutive service calls and on the fourth and last call, the customers dog walked up to the front of the PC and raised his leg to wet on the PC. A swift kick from me sent that mutt scampering for cover. I refused to go back there again.

    I can fix a computer, but.....

    Happy 2014 Everyone!
    Have to agree, if a floor can be avoided as a place for a PC, that is best to minimise the potential for the things being discussed here.
    But, it brings to mind another thing... I may be working on a clients PC @ their desk and they kindly bring me a drink and set it on the desk. At which point I move it elsewhere together w/ a comment about having food & drinks near electronic gear, like keyboards & PCs. You think this stuff doesn't like dirt... well spill liquid and it will simply destroy equipment.
    I used to work in recording studios as a mixing engineer. There are lots of stories about cans of Coke or coffee being dumped into recording consoles and there goes $100K down the drain.

    And yes, we (IT Pros) can do lots for computers and such but, stupidity... OMG! The sad thing is there is probably much more stupidity in the world than there are carpets.

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    There are strict rules against Child Abuse, but not one law against Computer Abuse.

    I've been trying to get one customer of mine to put his computer system on an APC Battery Backup for about five years now. He still hasn't done it, even though a recent power glitch blew out his Modem. The UPS would have been cheaper than my service call to install the new modem, and his five days without his Internet Connection and his email.

    Here in the lightning capital of the Western Hemisphere, operating a PC without a UPS, should constitute "PC Abuse"!
    I currently have five, working UPS's in my house. And a sixth one, just waiting patiently for a new battery.

    But, I go into home after home, where the PC there is not even on a good Surge Suppressor, let alone a UPS.
    It's Criminal !!!

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    I have a pretty bad experience's with APC's, well just one bad one. TBH, I got it second hand as never been used type of deal. The software would not cohabitate with my OS (when Vista first came out). It would crash my system. Then the battery wouldn't hold a charge. Since then I've not been a big fan.

    I really should consider trying it again.

    Any suggestions on brand and functions.

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    Well, my little friend, I've been using APC UPS's since about 1994. They are the leader in the UPS industry.
    I am also a certified APC UPS repair tech.

    Over the years I've tried and evaluated several other brands of UPS's and none can compare to APC. Eh wot?

    They don't make the dang batteries, so that's a no issue.

    APC is the only brand that I can use, with a large wet-cell battery and expect them to just work, where other brands like Cyber Power wet the bed.

    I like to set up an APC UPS with a large wet-cell (car) battery for hours of run time, not just minutes.
    Here is the battery pack for my 600W APC, that backs up my TV, Cable box, VCR, table lamp and what ever else I want to attach to it.



    Then more recently, I was given another APC UPS with a bad battery, so I jacked in this BIG Gel-Cell for several hours of run time.



    The original battery is sitting in the foreground, while the new battery (the big grey one) is just to the left. It will run the UPS for several hours.

    Remember, I'm an electronics Engineer so I do color outside the lines. lol

    Have a great day now, y'hear?

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