In this period everyone is urged to exercise and do cleaning, also applies to the computers and equipment we use every day.
Trivial but important procedures are often overlooked. In several articles I have talked about the importance of backups and their organization, so I refer to those for backing up work data, personal, email and all the rest.
Today we talk about the physical cleaning of computers, many neglect the internal and external cleaning of computers, but ironically in a period like this it is essential to clean from the mouse, tablet to something that everyone DOES NOT clean, that is, the keyboard, one of the most infected objects along with the mobile phone in the world.
It’s amazing how no one or almost cleans the keyboards properly, and as they are (badly) designed, it’s often difficult to actually clean them without disassembling them.
From many years keyboards have been created with aesthetic design in mind, often not functional design, in fact they are linear and not arched, only a couple of Logitech products of the past were developed at an arc 90 degrees to avoid damage to the wrist and forearm, aligning the position of the wrist with the key line to press, but they were too intelligent and were abandoned, now they only pretend with small aesthetic folds, which by bending the wrists increase the turnover of surgeons specialized in wrist and carpal tunnel.
No one thinks to favor cleaning, indeed, compared to the keyboards of a few years ago that literally you could remove 4/6 screws, extract the electronic card, and all the plastic parts could be soaked and cleaned and sanitized properly, today they are not removable, full of folds and corners and undercuts ready to collect dirt, bacteria, and many other things.
Even the declared anti-dirty waterproof keyboards have undercuts in which bacteria can accumulate.
The only way to try to clean the keyboards are the keyboard cleaning pastes like the one I insert in the link to the side, which resting on the keyboards stick to the dirt and take it away (they incorporate it), which means that after a while they become useless, because if they contain bacteria and dirt… We can’t reuse it at the risk that we put the bacteria back on the keyboard we cleaned last week…
There are cans of compressed air, which spray away the lightest dirt, but not the bacteria etc, and if like me, you are allergic to dust and mites is not the best solution.
Computers having multiple cooling fans carry air inside them and with it dust and lint of various kinds, if you have animals like me, two cats and a host dog 345 days a year (some days is also at his house), inside the computer despite there are air filters, you will find a lot of garbage that needs to be taken away from every 2 weeks to once a month.
The reason many computers have problems is related to overheating, often caused by obstructions of air ducts and/or accumulation of garbage in front of fans causing actual slowdowns or blocks of air circulation.
Cleaning a classic computer is not difficult, you take away some lives, vacuum cleaner and take off the extra dirt. The greater the investment in the houses the easier the cleaning will be.
In my case I have a small refrigerator, a Thermatake X9, a “small” server case where a computer has no problem having 4 video cards located under the motherboard, 18 cooling fans, a dozen hard drives, and all the air you need.
This wonderful case opens without tools, because the screws are meant to be removed by hand, and each slit has a filter attached with magnets.
In a couple of minutes it opens, you remove the filters, I can pass them under the water to clean them, and the time they dry I can put them back in place without effort or complication.
The investment (not too demanding compared to any other good house) is rewarded by the simplicity in doing maintenance and especially in the protection of my investments, that is, video cards that remain well aired and vertical, not horizontal compressed on top of each other as in any other case, avoid overheating while working hours and hours for renderings, allowing a longer and more efficient life.