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Our top tips to make your computing experience easier!

Keep Your Anti-Virus Program Current!
This is the single most important thing you can do to protect your PC.

21cTECH is proud to be a Symantec Partner. At 21cTECH, we use Norton System Works on all our computers. We recommend that you do too. Please visit their Web site where many free trial downloads are available for their industry leading products. Also, Staples often offers FREE ANTIVIRUS software after rebates.

Upgrade to Windows XP or Mac OS X
Windows XP is the fastest and most stable Windows operating system ever, and it will be the operating system of choice for the next 5-7 years for PCs. If your PC has at least a 500 MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 10GB hard drive, then you should upgrade to Windows XP Home. If you plan on setting up a network, Windows XP Professional is the preferred choice.

Mac OS XMac OS X offers incredible stability, a beautiful look, freedom from extension conflicts, and is built on the rock-solid UNIX platform. If you have a PowerPC with a G3, G4 or G5 processor, 256MB of RAM and a 10BG hard drive, make the switch today and get all the great built-in Apple software — iTunes, iCal, iMovies, iPhoto, and more.

If your computer doesn't meet the above specs, then perhaps it is time for you to consider upgrading.

Get a Surge Protector with UPS
The summer thunderstorm season is upon us! A surge protector can guard your equipment against voltage spikes and a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Ssupply) can save your data if power fails suddenly.

If there is a thunderstorm in your area:

  • Save Your Work & Turn Off Your PC.
  • If you have a Laptop, you can unplug it and keep working.

Get an Optical Scroll Mouse
Lose the mouse pad, and navigate the web and your documents with ease. Purchase an optical mouse with scroll wheel ($20 approx.)

Splurge for a LCD Monitor
Move up to a bigger, better flat panel LCD screen and give your eyes a break.

A 15" LCD ($325) has about the same viewable area as a 17" conventional CRT monitor. A 17" LCD ($425) has about the same viewable area as a 19" conventional CRT monitor.

Additionally, LCDs weigh less, take up far less space, generate less heat and use less power than conventional CRT monitors.


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