Well, I’m assuming most of you got some sort of new technology yesterday. Be it a phone, tablet, computer, smart TV, or smart watch, you’ve probably spent some time setting it up and readying it to fit into your everyday life. Here are a few tips from Visceral Concepts as you get used to your new gear.
Tips For Your New Tech
- Read the instructions first. I know this sounds basic, and some of you are laughing at me (especially those who know that I never read instructions), but this can avert a huge number of simple troubles in the first few hours. Some important functions aren’t always obvious, especially when the device is incredibly minimalistic. Reading instructions will save you a headache.
- Make sure it has a charge. Again, an overlooked basic. You can quickly damage a battery if it isn’t correctly charged when you begin use. Despite the rhetoric that newer batteries don’t retain “battery memory” being incredibly common, it isn’t accurate. Your battery will last longer if it initially gets a full charge.
- Use a surge protector. If it’s a plugin device like a TV or desktop computer, get it plugged into a surge protector right off the bat. Chances are the device wasn’t cheap. You won’t want to have to replace it because something goes wrong with your electricity.
- Get a backup system ready. Losing your data can suck (trust me). Recovering it without a backup can be very expensive. Make sure you are doing something to back up your files. I recommend a cloud solution like DropBox, iCloud, or OneDrive, as they will handle the data better than your budget will allow you to, and they have redundant backups of backups in their data centers. Plus, it makes all of your files accessible from any of your devices.
- Deal with your old gadgets properly. Please don’t take your old TVs, computers, phones, or other electronics to the dumpster. eWaste recycling is a far better option for the environment, and often times it can become a charitable write off when you take it to a fundraiser ewaste event. If you need your electronics picked up , let us know. We take all of our ewaste and any we collect to a community fundraiser ewaste event and can provide you a donation receipt based on the value of your devices.
We know a lot of these tips sound like amateur things, but you’d be amazed at how many times we get called out to deal with situations that would have been averted by using them. Sometimes it is the simple stuff that costs us the most money.
If you’ve got any tips to share with us or any thoughts about the tips we’re sharing, leave them in the comments below. We also want to hear your stories about setting up your new tech. If you need help with anything, you can also ask your questions in the comments, or if you’d like us to help in person, get in touch with us. Have an amazing weekend, and we’ll see you Monday!