5 Most Common Software/ Hardware Mistakes

Technology has evolved continuously over time, and for the better most of the time. In this case, it’s safe to say that the computer has advance greatly from the room-filling box it used to be. But as it gets more complicated and intricate, certain computer components can get easily damaged or can malfunction if not used properly. Although it may seem like the computer can never come back after a mistake, there can be a way to safe it along with the data (although I can’t guarantee because I’m not a computer technician). So regain hope as I cover 5 common software or malware mistakes.

Full Memory

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As much as we like to believe, a computer in itself can’t store every data it receives. In every computer is a hard drive that stores info directly. If it gets too full, it slows down the CPU (Central Processing Unit) completely making the computer strenuous to use. That’s why external storage like USB drives and cloud storage are promoted, to store more data without damaging the computer’s hard ware. So if you have a slow computer, it’s suggested to delete data that you don’t need (photos, documents, etc.) and place the rest on a external drive.


Not Cleaning Programs

If certain software or the computer as a whole spasms out or is very slow and non responsive, it could be because of malware or a virus. Malware is a software that damages an OS or secretly gets access to a computer, including information. A virus is some code that can corrupt and destroy an OS once it’s executed in someone’s PC. Of course this is on the more extreme spectrum of reason, but better safe than sorry. All of this can be avoided if your computer is regularly scanned and checked for old, unused data and fix damaged programs. There are many programs that specialize for this and saves many computers from their doom each year.

Slow Internet

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Believe it or not, internet issues doesn’t only come from the router. Problems with the device’s hard ware or other softwares and result in slow internet. Some examples would be from having too much tabs and cookies while online. Or having a damaged hard drive that just needs to be replaced overall. It’s hard to focus on one thing when there’s a bunch of other unfinished tasks in the way. The same goes for a computer. A good suggestion would be to clean up computer softwares, delete unwanted cookies and internet history, and try to clear up space.

Computer Updates

Although a computer usually updates itself when given permission, there’s some people that haven’t done so. As a computer ages and other add-in software improve, a PC can lack the power and intelligence to process the new advances. This results in small bugs and very slow performance, which gets pretty annoying really quickly. The more sensible way to avoid it is to allow the PC to automatically search for new updates and update itself. With this quick fix, half of one’s common problems go away instantly! So please, for your life and the computer’s life, update it (unless you don’t want to, then fine).

Working with Missing Commands

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Have you ever shopped online and were about to check out and process the products, but changed your mind moments after? So now you’re trying to hit the cancel button while the page is still loading all this data. And nothing happens. So you have to find someone to contact and cancel the order. Annoying right? This is because certain commands on a website or software doesn’t exist; they’re missing. Understand that all commands are either placed in by programmer, or learnt by processor itself (a probability, not a certainty). When given two contradicting commands at once, such as proceed and cancel, it could cause the software to freeze. And if you’re super lucky, it can crash. As a common PC user, there isn’t a way to fix this issue with coding and ethical hacking. The best way to limit these functional errors would be to clear memory space, update and restart the PC, and don’t overwork the hard drive or software.


There’s much more problems when handling computers, but surely I got a general collection of the more common ones. As a person with a no in-depth knowledge of hard wares and softwares, I admit that these may not be the best solutions. That’s why I looked to these websites about computer issues and software issues for background knowledge. Hope this helped or at least brought awareness. Stay safe, my friends.

Digital Storage Devices

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If there’s two things that I know are main concepts of a working computer, it would be processing, and storage. There are a bunch more components that make up a computer, but at the moment, I’ll only be focusing on storage which is important since it’s what the computer relies on to do previous tasks and pull up old information. There’s three types of storage devices for a computer: Internal, External, and Cloud. Extra information about each storage device can be found with the links in each category below!

Internal

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Internal storage devices are hard drives that stores a computer’s application and information. All data placed in the internal storage devices are directly in the computer’s memory. This means that the only way to retrieve that info again would be to use that specific device where it is stored. This makes internal storage devices pretty limiting and therefore not always depended on. An example of an internal storage would be a Flash Memory. It’s a very common internal storage device that stores info electronically.

External

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External storage devices are drives that aren’t originally found in a computer’s system. There’s many types of external storage devices that can be removable, or accessed through a wired connect. The main purpose of the storage device is to hold extra memory outside of a computer’s storage; and it doesn’t cost much to do it. This type of storage device is very common and be something small like a usb drive, to something as big as an external hard drive.

Cloud

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Instead of having a tangible storage device, Cloud storage devices uses the internet to send a user’s data to a remote memory database. Because the memory is held in a database network, one’s info can be retrieved anywhere they find Internet access. No need to use a physical storage drive, or one computer that is storing the data. Now it’s virtually everywhere and ready to be retrieved at any random time. This type of storage cam contribute to group projects, where their work and be accessed and transferred to any person easily.

Each type of storage device is very convenient in their own way and the decision on what storage device to use depends on they type of work done, and comfortably. One for quick storage in the computer, another to physically take and retrieve on any device. And of course one that can be digitally accessed wherever there is Internet. Each storage device comes with their own issues and risks, but they all have something to contribute. And that’s memory storage! The End!

Learning the Basics of Computers

When asking a random person about the parts of a computer, the first thing that comes to mind in the “computer screen”, the computer mouse, and the keyboard. I know this because I was one of those random people who knew nothing; yesterday to be exact. But the computer has developed over time to become one of the most innovative tech advance in the world. Such a development deserves proper acknowledgement and research. So I’ve taken the initiative to do the studying for you, thanks to an awesome book outline and website! The first element that should be identified is the Monitor, which uses a video card in the actual computer to display everything a user sees once they turn it on. This is mainly because this is the first thing a computer user sees.

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A basic user would say that the monitor (showing off in style) is what does all the work. However, the main focus is the Motherboard, holding all of the computer components found inside the computer case together. The Central Processing Unit or CPU, for starters, is what constantly processes every spec of data they gather and execute. Every search and action we make is accurately followed by the CPU. Working beside it is the Random Access Memory or RAM, which is stored information that can be retrieved at any moment. With RAM, a user and store info, take them back out, and use them whenever they need to. The amount of RAM in a computer depends on the purpose of the computer or its Operating System (OS). Another method of memory storage in a computer is the Hard Drive, which tangibly stores a user’s information rapidly even when the computer is shut off. There’s also the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives that reads media drives that can be removed. To put it in simpler terms, a computer can process CDs and DVDs.

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A basic computer is also capable to connect to extensions such as a mouse, a type of pointing device, and a keyboard, made to communicate and control the OS. Of course based on the type of computer, there’s much more accessories that are compatible. But a common PC – Personal Computer – usually needs just a keyboard and computer mouse to regularly function. With this much information on computer components, you should at least have a good enough understanding on its parts and overall purpose. Hope you enjoy this new knowledge! (Or don’t, I don’t dictate your life.)