I can tell it's winter again...

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by deusexaethera, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    ...aside from being cold as a witch's tit outside, I see a sharp increase in bluescreen and hardware-failure threads. So I offer this advice, coming from my personal and professional experience:

    GET A HUMIDIFIER. Computers need humidity in the air to drain away static buildup on their components, and also to keep users from building up static and zapping them.

    If you live in an old house that uses radiators, see if you can get bleeder valves installed on your radiators that will let small amounts of steam escape to keep the air humidified. If you live in a new house with central-air, make sure the valve on the built-in humidifier's water line is open so it can do its job. And if you live in a house built in the 70's or 80's, before central air was advanced enough to include humidity control, buy a humidifier and put it in the same room as your computer. It will pay for itself the first time your computer doesn't break and you don't have to fix it.

    That is all.
     
  2. Fase

    Fase Your Face, In A Pickle Jar.

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    Don't forget to give your computer a bath once a week.
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    Not so much. Cleaning the dust off the fans can help, tho.
     
  4. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

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    I go through a can of compressed air every month on my case filters. I totally agree, my office has a humidifier.
     
  5. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    we just picked up a humidifier for our house

    should help with nerdy sinus issues as well
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    "Buy crepe-soled shoes to wear around the house."

    ???

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    How will that help?

    :fawk:

    Seriously though, humidifiers don't cost that much, and if you don't get the cheapest one on the shelf, it will last for years. It doesn't take a lot of water to humidify a house; I have a single-room humidifier that's sitting in front of a main air intake, and the thing dumps enough moisture to bump up the humidity in the entire house by 10% when I refill it. 10% doesn't feel like much to my sinuses, but every 10% extra humidity reduces the maximum voltage of your static charge by ~90%. Zapping my laptop with a hundred volts isn't great, but it beats the hell out of a thousand volts.
     
  8. Nite_Lilly

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    Mmmm! Love crepes!
     

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