Cleaning Your Laptop

According to a report (Warning: pdf) done in 2007, almost every college student owns a computer, and 73.7% own a laptop. If we were to transpose that result to Cornell, we’d get roughly 10,000 students with laptops, assuming the numbers (Warning: pdf) are accurate.

So with this many students potentially carrying laptops around, someone’s bound to know how to clean a laptop, right?

Well, yes and no. There are some very basic guidelines that need to be followed when considering physically cleaning your laptops. I’m not saying these are the exact kind of things you should do, but they’ve proven pretty effective for me.

Antivirus roundup

If there are any words that nobody ever wants to hear, they‘re that “you have a virus on your computer”. Just thinking about the word virus sends chills down someone’s spine. While there are genuinely benign viruses that annoy you (the ambulance virus comes to mind), other viruses, such as Trojans that allow others to access your computer, are not so friendly.

So obviously, antivirus programs are a big market that is expected to reach over 9 billion dollars by 2009. However, not all them are the same, and not all of them pack quite the same punch against the nasty little buggers floating around the Internet.

Light Laptops

A couple of days ago, I read on xkcd comics about the Q2010, a laptop that can reportedly put the Macbook Air to shame. Curious, I decided to learn more about it, and from my busy prodding and poking, I found out that the Q2010 really isn’t that great of a laptop.

For starters, let’s look at its specs:

According to CNET, the Fujitsu Lifebook Q2010 laptop’s specs are as follows:

Processor: Core Solo 1.2Ghz

Memory: 1GB

Hard Drive: 80GB

Weight: 2.2 pounds

Now let’s compare it to the Macbook Air data taken from the Apple website:

Processor: 1.6Ghz Core Duo