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zerox203
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11/19/2014 | 1:54:19 PM
Re: Tech Hygiene 10 Bad Habits To Break
"Bad Habits" is right - it's not so much about things we should do as it is about things we shouldn't do but are guilty of - the list of bad passwords makes that clear enough, and we're all guilty of putting off those virus definition and windows updates just a little bit longer than we should. It's true that some, like washing your hands, are universal, but there's a legitimate case to be made for them being worse in the age of the smartphone. Come to think of it, the same goes for data - It's that much riskier to have bad practices in the age of the cloud, where the bad guys can get high-speed access anywhere, and backups are cheap.

As for organization and keeping your desktop clean, that's a different story, but isn't there room for some personal preference? I don't think there exists a desktop that looks as clean as the one pictured, unless it belongs to someone who rarely boots up their computer. Mine is quite a mess even with most stuff organized into folders, but then again, it mirrors my real desk, so maybe I should take that point at face value. Eating and drinking are definitely no-nos, but it seems like they're bound to happen sooner or later - maybe some innovative company should come up with a product that makes it a little more sensible (like those old drinking hats).
jamieinmontreal
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11/19/2014 | 8:27:30 AM
dirty phones and hygiene
Digital - fully agree, keep it clean to keep it working.   Physical, not so sure.   I would hazard a guess that the average support rail in any public transit system contains more bacterian than any of our phones... Still, this kind of post must make the Lysol folks very happy.   
SachinEE
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11/19/2014 | 6:14:31 AM
Re: Guilty Pleassures
Cleaning the phone can be a risky procedure because the cleaning liquid may seep into the phone (if it's not waterproof) and damage the internal circuitry. Using a digital cabinet can help in cleaning some extra dirt/moisture/micro organisms on the phone.
SachinEE
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11/19/2014 | 6:11:24 AM
Most people don't follow
I know the slideshow properly defines me, but most people aren't that refined. ALthough I do clean my computer and phone on a regular basis, and I also organize my desktop in the best possible way, but I have multiple passwords though I use the same on facebook and gmail and other sites except net banking sites.
Thomas Claburn
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11/18/2014 | 7:05:12 PM
Re: No. 1 and No. 3
>Most antibacterial wipes have alocohol in them. Isn't that a no-no when cleaning smartphone and laptop screens?

Apple advises against antibacterial wipes or alcohol.

But given that the company's suppliers have been accused to using toxic chemicals like benzene for screen cleaning, I have to wonder.
jagibbons
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11/18/2014 | 2:55:30 PM
Re: Guilty Pleassures
Don't know what I'd do with a phone in the toilet. Hopefully, I never use it or drop it there.
Susan_Nunziata
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11/18/2014 | 2:38:40 PM
No. 1 and No. 3
I'm guilty as charged when it comes to bad habits no. 1 and no. 3. I scatter my files around my desktop the same way I scatter my shoes around my house. Terrible habit. and I am an unrepentant eater and drinker at my desk.

One question for the hivemind, though: Most antibacterial wipes have alocohol in them. Isn't that a no-no when cleaning smartphone and laptop screens?
Susan_Nunziata
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11/18/2014 | 2:29:50 PM
Re: Guilty Pleassures
@jagibbons: Nitrile gloves. That is hilarious. and smart. My husband once dropped his phone in a public toilet AT A GAS STATION! And despite my horror, he continued to use it after letting it dry out in a bowl of rice. (I made sure the rise was disposed of before he decided to cook it and serve it in our next meal). I woudln't go near the thing with a hazmat suit but as far as I know he never got sick from it.
PedroGonzales
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11/18/2014 | 12:57:51 PM
Re: Guilty Pleassures
Great tips.  I think cleaning and maintaining a computer is one of the things all consumers should remember.  When I went to school, I saw students eating while using the computer.  Some people think their computers are their dinning table.
jagibbons
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11/18/2014 | 12:06:55 PM
Re: Guilty Pleassures
Many folks I work with don't clean regularly either. I know of a desktop support tech who carries nitrile gloves with him to cubical/office house calls. Probably smart, now that I think about it.
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