The new iPhone 4 is creating waves ... but not for the reasons Apple had hoped. It turns out that reception is severely hampered (or lost) when the phone is held a certain way. Apple’s initial response? Hold the phone differently. But according to Consumer Reports, it seems like this is strictly an antennae design problem, not a software issue or user error as has been mentioned by Apple.
Regardless of the reason for the abnormalities, reception is a pretty important factor for a cell phone. With all the bells and whistles, it’s easy to forget that the iPhone is in fact a phone. And reception is what makes a phone usable.
Just as a cell phone needs good reception to do its job (otherwise we could just stick to those ancient landlines), a computer needs a certain amount of speed/efficiency to do its job correctly. A slow computer is nothing more than an expensive abacus/Franklin Day Planner. Speed is what sets a modern computer apart from the past.
So while Apple works on the fix for its iPhones, it’s a good time for us to fix our computer speed issues. Let’s review a few of the simple things you can do today to speed up your computer and start taking advantage of its full potential.
See which programs make the cut.
There are probably several programs sitting on your computer that you’ve never used. New hardware (like printers) often include software that you don’t use but still gets installed anyways. Chances are you’ve downloaded demo software or other applications that you just don’t use, either. Now is the time to clean up your precious hard drive space. To remove unwanted programs, find the “Add/Remove Programs” link on the Control Panel.
Take your browser to the cleaners.
You can delete your cached files to regain a lot of memory space and in turn, speed up your computer. You can also delete your history settings to free up a little room. If you consistently visit the same sites, you can still keep cookies or other convenient password/ login information while still deleting the history/cached files. Find these functions under the “options” menu of your browser.
Take out the trash.
Often times we forget to take out the trash on Tuesday nights, so it’s understandable that we forget to empty the trash on our computer regularly. Find a time to empty your recycle bin, delete temporary Internet files, and perform other routine maintenance/cleaning procedures. From the C: Drive Properties menu, select “Disk Cleanup.” And don’t forget to put your real garbage on the curb, too.
These three tips will help your computer performance and hopefully keep you running ahead of the game. If you need extra help getting your computer up to optimal efficiency, call Computer Problem Specialists at (928) 468-0000 for a free consultation.
And if these steps don’t work, you can always just hold your computer differently. See if that works.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.