||| PS. Sorry for chopping your posting down, but this was subject I
||| felt a need to answer DS.
|| Hey, chop away - I know that some of what I say is irrelevant.
| Nope, I didn't say that, but I had nothing to comment on that ;-)
Hey, if nothing else, I'll at least admit that I'm bickering <g>
|| I really beleive that most average home users (i.e., letters, email,
|| photos, checkbook balancing, etc.) can pretty much buy a decent PC,
|| plug it in and drrrrrrrrrive. As long as they stick with relatively
|| mainstream apps and brand name components, there's very little reason
|| that they can't have months or years with no problems.
| Can they without customizing IE? I doubt that.
I'm a tweaker, so I customize my IE6; but that's me. I'm like a few
others on this group who enjoys getting under the hood (there's that car
analogy again) and fooling with the components. But my wifes' machine
(see below) is not tweaked. Just about all fo the settings are default,
mainly because I don't want to have to teach her anything. She should be
able to go from her work machine to home without noticing any changes
(IMO) or having to do things differently.
But that is the
| smallest problem. Windows tends also to fragment the drives heaviliy,
| especially in Windows 98 and ME, also noted in NT4 and Windows 2000.
| Can't say anything about XP as I have no experience of it in XP yet.
| Some years ago I was having some fun running Norton Speeddisk on a
| NT4 system, which been i production for a couple of years. Speeddisk
| reported it to be heavily fragmented, so I defragmented it. Well I
| also turned out that Speeddisk did an optimization of the data, and
| putting it on diffrent places on the disk according to how it was
| accessed, and man it was a big difference! The computer felt as
| reborned and new after the optimization.
Sure, but we might say that defragging is "routine" maintenance, moreso
for heavy users. But in actuality, basic users probably can get by for
years without defragging.
There is four simple advices
| I would give a homeuser in maintaining their computer:
| 1) Install a Anti-Virus software (good one (free for personal use)
| at: www.grisoft.de).
| 2) Customize IE
| 3) Defragment the harddisk in safe mode, four times a year
| 4) Run Scandisk in safe mode, if prompted
I bought Norton Utilities for the better defragging and the AV, of
course. Win has their own hard drive defragger that is only a very basic
utility. Norton's is much better (although I read that MS licensed their
technology from Norton a few years back), and as you noticed, you can
customize where files and folders are stored.
|| Yes, after some period, they'll need support. Lightning fries a
|| modem. Hard drive gets really fragmented. They fall for the latest
|| AOHell upgrade. But let me go back to the car analogy: you need to
|| bring it in for periodic maintenance, change the transmission fluid
|| or some belts, etc., but if you are careful with it, then rarely do
|| things break down
| Well, I don't know if you car analogy is water proof,
If you want waterproof, I'd be using the "boat" analogy...
| Do nothing, have a look at it in a year or two! Bet you will say, it
| doesn't feel the same way as it did when it was new.
| Then defragment it, and see what happens.......nah........don't do
| it, defragment it periodically. Well, I think that Dell is a good
| choice as long as the harddrive is mounted a proper way.
But again, I'd be defragging every month or two anyway, since I'm a
pretty heavy user, and usually have several programs running at once,
chewing up lots of data, etc.
| Sidenote: My youngest son's Dell broke down yesterday, the harddrive
| sounded like woody woodpecker moved in. Open the chassis and found
| the harddisk mounted in the most unconventional way, I have seen.
Funny. I bought a Dell laptop because PC magazine usually rates them
pretty high in reliability. Never looked at the desktop systems.