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Do you Really Need a New Computer? Everything you need to know to decide. Hank Feinberg and Jim Anderson Rockland PC Users Group Is your computer running very slow? Are you thinking of buying a new computer for the holidays? What do you really need today and what will you need 3 years

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do you really need a new computer everything you need to know to decide

Do you Really Need a New Computer? Everything you need to know to decide.

Hank Feinberg and Jim Anderson

Rockland PC Users Group

slide4

What do you really need today

and what will you need 3 years

from now?

slide5

How do you get the most computer

for the least amount of money?

slide6

Get free software to tell you everything in your computer

Including

Hardware

Memory

Licenses,

Software

slide8

Have you considered what you will do

with your old computer?

slide9

What will you do about

your personal and confidential information

on it?

slide10

Find out how to protect yourself

from identity theft,

how to properly and where

to dispose of your

old computer.

step 1

Step 1

What is in your computer?

slide12

To find out what is in your computer

Download and use this Free Program

SIW

System Information for Windows"Everything you want to know about your PC".

http://www.gtopala.com/

http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html

slide13

Back up your data on to a portable hard drive.

Back up programs

Memeo

http://www.memeo.com/

slide14

What do you want to do with your computer

1. Personal use

E-mail

Word Processing

Financials Spread Sheets

Taxes

Stock Trading, Research

Picture Editing

Internet - Research

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2. Business Use

3. Graphics

4. Gaming

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Have you done the following to

tweak your computer

and clean your hard drive and registry?

Back up before you do anything.

slide17

Registry cleaning – CCleaner

Old program fragments

De Frag Hard Drive

Delete unused programs – Use control panel

Clean up your start up menu

Archive old files not used

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Sources - Internet or Direct

Fry’s- Outpost

Geeks

Tiger Direct

Newegg

Abes of Maine

Comp u plus

Dell

Gateway

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Wholesale Clubs

Costco

Sam’s Club

BJ’s

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Stores

Circuit City

Office Depot

StaplesBest Buy

Micro CenterWal Mart

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$199 Linux PC from Walmart

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/

product.do?product_id=7754614

It looks like their second batch has sold out

slide22

Minimum Specs from Microsoft for

Windows XP

800 MHz CPU

512 MB RAM

10-20 gig Hard Drive

CD drive

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Minimum Specs from Microsoft

Windows Vista

2 GHz CPU

2 GB RAM

DVD drive

Add-in DirectX 9,

256MB RAM Aero-capable video card

(to use Aero 3-Ddesktop)

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Minimum Specs for

Linux (Ubuntu, SUSE, RedHat)

800 MHz CPU

512 RAM RAM

CD drive

10- 20 Gig Hard Drive

10/100 Ethernet Network Card

(broadband Internet service)

current ATI or

nVidia video card and drivers

(for 3D desktop effects)

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Free Operating System and Software

Ubuntu Linux

http://www.ubuntu.com/

Free Open Software for Windows

http://theopendisc.com/

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You should have at least

120 GB of hard drive space as a minimum.

If recording and/or editing digital video, you need at least

200 GB of hard drive space

All Operating Systems should have all critical updates and security patches..

several additional points
Several Additional points
  • Clean out unused files
  • Update and run your virus and malware programs first
  • Back up before doing anything after steps 1&2

Buy from a long established business in case you have to return it. Be careful about service contracts. Not always what they seem to be.

  • If you dispose of your computer give it to PC ReNew so we can give it a second life with a needy Rockland family.
for additional information
For Additional Information
  • Check our Website www.rpcug.org
  • Come down to our meetings the second Tuesday of each month at the Palisades Center Mall 4th floor Rasso Room at 7:00PM
  • Go to our Windows workshop for expert advice
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Available September 24, 2007

Buy a Laptop for a Child,

Get Another

2 for $400

Linux OS

http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/ways-to-donate.php