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home : columns : columns November 25, 2015

1/23/2013 3:46:00 PM
Cold, hard facts

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

I'm like just about everyone else. I don't like change. I don't like to spend money. I don't want to lose my pictures, e-mail, music and documents. And I don't want to get ripped off.
But for better or worse, I'm wedded to my technology. So I must - and you must - face these cold hard facts:
• Computers don't last forever. Plan on changing computers every three to five years.
• Operating systems change. Since I've had a computer they've gone from Windows 3.1 to 98, 98, 98se, Millenium, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and now 8. If there's one thing I've learned about technology is it changes. Rapidly. Get used to it or get out.
• Of course when I change computers I need to spend money. Too often I see people who have no money to replace a computer that has failed. Budget for a computer replacement every three to five years.
• Backup, backup, backup. If you have stuff you don't want to lose, back it up. You are responsible for it. Nowadays there are many ways to back up. It can be very easy if you put your mind to it.
• Protect yourself. Purchase good, legitimate security for your computer and spend time getting to know and maintain it. Be Internet smart. If it smells fishy or is too good to be true, it is probably a scam.
These are the cold hard facts. The bottom line is you must be proactive in your thinking. Plan ahead for a computer purchase. Get a backup solution. Make sure you have good security. And get help. Get educated. That's where community education of WECC classes can help. And of course, we are always here to offer solutions.

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