Give Your Computer a Great Christmas Gift

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C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Formula Has Your Computer Humming With Joy, Says NJ Computer Expert

computer-31MARLTON—With the holiday season bursting around us, you won’t forget family and friends when buying gifts. But what about your computer, that neglected best buddy that serves and supports you throughout the year?

“This Christmas, don’t forget to give your computer a few simple gifts that will leave it humming, healthier and with added holiday zip,” says computer expert Anthoney Mongeluzo, president of Pro Computer Service, which operates in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

“No self-respecting computer owner should neglect their most trusted friend during Christmas,” he says. “Here are a few tips that will keep your computer running smoothly and contently during the Christmas season and well into the New Year.”

Consider these Christmas gifts.

C = Clean The Hard Drive. Use your disk cleanup command and you’ll get rid of all that accumulated holiday fat. The loss of the excess will leave your computer feeling svelte and quick.

H = Hunt Around. Take one hour and search through your programs for advice, commands and features you never dare think about. (For example, How do you add a text watermark to a document in Word?)Your computer will be exhilarated that you explored its “other” features instead of the boring ones you use every day.

R = Room to Expand. You need more capacity, and your computer is breathing heavy. Check the inside for the number of PCI slots and USB ports. You can plug in an expansion card and use the USB ports for external peripherals like scanners and card readers. This allows your computer to hang around for another Christmas.

I = Inadequate RAM (Random Access Memory). A quick and easy fix is to buy more RAM. Once expensive, now cheap, your computer will operate faster, and it will thank you for making its (temporary) brain work more efficiently.

S = Screen. Wipe it clean. How else can your screen become an easy read for you? Don’t use water. Use a dry cloth or a recognized screen cleaner.

T = Terabyte. If your computer’s hard drive size or age can no longer handle the load, retire it as a backup and consider one with one terabyte of hard drive or add it as an external powerhouse. Those 1,024 gigabytes will be more than enough to store all those Christmas videos.

M = Malware. From malicious and software. Purge your computer of this potential holiday indigestion caused by irritating intruders (spyware) and even dangerous pests such as worms and viruses. Send this scourge to computer Christmas past with readily available software such as Norton, McAfee or Spybot.

A = Ask. When your computer burps with a problem, simply ask the help section. Structure your question in a variety of ways to get the best answer without calling or paying for the computer doctor. The answer is usually there, 24/7.

S = Search and Give. Find a site that accepts donations for a cause that helps a child smile, contributes to research that seeks a cure or funds a place that offers companionship to the lonely. For example, UNICEF (www.unicef.org) or the Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org). After all, it is Christmas.


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