The Computer Buzz
||July 12th, 2007|
Nome and Paul Van Middlesworth - owners - The Computer Factory
Facts, Myths and Mendacities
PC World's annual ISP customer satisfaction rankings found AOL, once again at the bottom of the heap, followed closely by MSN. The survey noted that 92% of respondents have some sort of broadband, only 8% still have dial-up.
Customer satisfaction was high among DSL and cable users. Cable holds the edge among home users, DSL is cheaper and is more popular among business users. Verizon, Cox, Roadrunner and AT&T/Yahoo, the broadband ISPs in our area, all received average or above ratings.
Microsoft's Vista operating system's unpopularity continues to provide a drag on PC sales. In an effort to boost Vista OS sales Microsoft has initiated a program called "Vista Downgrade Rights." In essence, this program allows PC builders to sell the Vista OS with new PCs but to install instead a free copy of Windows XP. The idea is that while users are reluctant to purchase a new Vista PC, they may be more receptive if they can continue to use XP until Vista becomes a stable and useful OS. It seems to be working. Our Microsoft distributors tell us that this "Vista Downgrade Rights" program is driving the majority of their Vista OS sales. Microsoft gets to sell Vista but users don't have to use it. It's a win/win for everybody.
Using third party ink in your printer can void your warranty. Not true. The mechanical operation of the printer is not affected by the ink nor is the warranty. Using third party ink can save you a fortune.
Apples Mac's are immune from malware attacks (virus, spy ware etc). Not only is this not true but security experts say Mac's OS is less secure than Windows. (Easier to hack). Apple PCs are less likely to encounter viruses and other exploitive software but not because the OS is more secure. Apple's percentage of the PC market hovers in the low single digits. Malware creators don't write spy ware for Macs for the same reason that fishermen don't fish in swimming pools. Not worth the effort.
Plasma monitors (TVs) are more susceptible to "image burn" than LCDs. True but for most users it will never be a problem. Plasma uses a phosphor coat so an image like that on a stationary security monitor, will burn itself into the screen. In normal use this phenomena is rarely a problem.
It's good to let your PC run 24/7. There are a hundred reasons why this is not true but the best ones are these. Fan motors and bearings are engineered to last for a specific number of hours. Running your PC when not in use reduces its useful life. Your PC filters dust from the air. Every hour adds to the coat of dust on filters and heat sinks reducing their ability maintain optimal temperatures. A power surge or component failure may cause sparks that could start a fire when you are away. Running your PC 7/24 can add $100 a year to your electric bill. Turn it off.