Today we look at some computing myths; some of them true, some of them false, some of them —utterly insane. We have heard them, we have disseminated them and to a large extent, we have taken them with a grain of salt. But what exactly is the truth? We are here to set out to make a list of myths that have been floating around for ages. And we’re going to tell you if they really are, or are not worth heeding.
Discharge Laptop Battery Once A Week To Prevent It From Damaged
This process, also known as “deep cycling”, was true, but it most certainly isn’t anymore. Here’s the deal: before lithium-ion batteries became the standard, nickel-cadmium ones were the ones used in laptops. And for nickel-cadmium (or NiCad), this was absolutely true. But we’ve moved on to lithium-ion batteries for years now so you don’t have to “completely discharge your batteries once a week”. However, it would be a wise thing to use your laptops without plugging them in once in a while (which wouldn’t be that difficult, given the hours of load-shedding) because that will recalibrate the battery meter in your taskbar to the correct level.
"Safely Remove The Drive" Before You Eject Your Pen Drive
Screen Savers Save Power
Not all the time. Screen savers with heavy graphics (the waterfalls, the sceneries, pictures from your ‘My Pictures’ folder) use almost as much energy as normal usage. If you really want to conserve energy, simply turn off the monitor. If it’s a laptop, simply turn off the backlight (there should be an option to do that, it’s different for each brand).
Speakers Will Damage Your Monitor
Yes and no. If you still have one of those old bulky monitors (CRT monitors), this is absolutely true because the magnets in the speakers create a field which affects CRTs. In this case, don’t keep the speakers near the monitor for an extended period of time (it’s okay to do so once in a while). However, LCD monitors are not affected by magnetic fields and thus, it’s totally okay for you to place speakers next to them. Same goes for laptop screens, which too are LCDs.
Playing Games On Your Computer=Viruses
Sorry to disappoint your parents, but this one is simply not true. Nor does playing games damage your computer. However, if you use pirated discs (which you really shouldn’t be doing), yes, there might be a chance for an infection; other than that, it’s absolutely safe. But for our younger reader, please don’t use this as an excuse. We don’t want your parents flooding our inbox with their rants.
Source : The Kathmandu Post