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March 2006

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FRIDAY: MARCH 24, 2006

THIS WEEK’S FOCUS: Computer Maintenance

MAINTAINING YOUR PRINTER

Whether you own an inkjet or a laser printer, what you have is a complex device with a lot of moving parts. Follow these tips to keep your printouts in good shape:

  • Use a soft cloth, mini-vacuum cleaner, and/or compressed air to clean the inside and outside of your printer periodically. In particular, make sure you clean the paper path of all paper shavings and dust.

  • If you have an inkjet printer, periodically clean the ink jets. Run your printer’s cartridge cleaning utility, or use a small pin to make sure they don’t get clogged.

  • If you have a laser printer, replace the toner cartridge as needed. When you replace the cartridge, remember to clean the printer cleaning bar and other related parts, per the manufacturer’s instructions.

And, whatever you do, don’t use alcohol or other solvents to clean any rubber or plastic parts—you’ll do more harm than good!

ON THIS DAY: TUBERCULOSIS BACILLUS ANNOUNCED (1882)

On this date in 1882, German scientist Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis. For his work, Koch was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1905.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: PC PITSTOP

Give your PC an online checkup at PC Pitstop. The site offers a variety of free tests that will almost always make your PC run a little bit faster. I like this site so much I visit it at least once a month. Check it out at http://www.pcpitstop.com.

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