BAIC Multimedia, Blog, Mac Support, Windows Support 1.4.2015 Comments Off on Taking care of your daily driver

green carI was recently doing work for one of our auto care companies, and I realized that their world, and our world isn’t all that different. A lot of what they ask of their customers, is a lot of what we ask of ours. -Only our customers “daily driver” is their PC or laptop, and not an actual vehicle. But the principals are the same.

Your computer daily driver is much like your vehicle daily driver. You depend on it to get things done throughout your day. Although you may not be a mechanic, or mechanically inclined (we certainly don’t work on our own vehicles here), we are all still supposed to have basic knowledge of our daily drivers, and be able to perform a few basic tasks on a regular basis. Let me give you some real world examples.

1. Cleaning your daily driver: Washing your car/cleaning the trash out of it and vacuuming it. In our world, this means regular cleaning out the chassis of dust and debris (so that it doesn’t overheat, and this applies to laptops and PCs), and cleaning the keyboard and mouse regularly (think germs, ewww). You can pay someone to do the 1st part, but antibacterial wipes for the latter is easy enough to do for all of us.

2. Maintaining your daily driver: putting gas in your car, checking the fluid levels, checking your tire pressure, and such are a must for your daily vehicle driver. In our world, this means running your malware/virus scans, and cleaning software for Windows like Ccleaner or for Mac users: Clean my Mac to clean out old temp files, clean old registry entries, etc. Ignoring pop-ups, and computer slowness is much the same as turning up your car stereo to tune out the knock that your engine is making instead of checking it out (or having it checked out), or ignoring the infamous “check engine light”. And much like your vehicle, it’s a LOT cheaper and easier to let your mechanic (or IT professional) know when something isn’t right with your daily driver right away, rather than waiting until it breaks down to ask for service on it.

A great example and also the worst part of an IT professionals work life is having to tell the customer that their hard drive failed and their data is lost. Hard drives in MOST cases give you plenty of warning before they completely fail. SMART reporting is usually enabled on most modern machines and this is a warning that you never want to ignore, or let go for too long (or at all).

Viruses and malware are another good example. We get focused and busy, and get an annoying popup once in a while and think “I’ll take care of this later, I have (insert important task here) to get done!” Much like human viruses, the longer you wait, the more of a chance they have to spread and make things worse. -Until it gets so bad that your computer gives you the blue/black screen of death (BSOD) or won’t even boot at all. And much like your car and the mechanic: This is when things get expensive, and you have way more downtime.

Hopefully this information helps a lot of folks (please make sure to share via your favorite social media venue of choice below), -and now it’s time for us to stop blogging and go clean out our car 🙂

-Cheers!

About the author: CJ is an MCSE/CCNA with 20 years (yes, his 1st computer was an IBM 8088) of networking, computer engineering, and computer training experience, and he is the owner of Bay Area Internet Connection.

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