Debunking some common myths about computer repair
Computers are, relatively speaking, a new thing in the world and they are everywhere. You are probably reading this on a computer, to begin with, and whether that is a computer on your desk or a computer in your pocket – it does not make that much of a difference. Computers have become an integral part of our lives. Yet, we understand so little about them – well, those of us who aren’t computer engineers anyway. As such, we sometimes end up believing many false myths about computers and computer repair in general. This holds equally true for the younger more “tech-savvy” generation as it does for the older generations. Therefore, here are some common myths about computers and computer repair that you might believe to be true and the actual truth behind them:
Myth 1: Magnets are bad for computers
Okay, our first myth is technically true. Magnets can be bad for computers – but not the regular magnets you might find in one’s home or workplace. It takes a really, really powerful magnet to do something to a computer like the ones in MRI machines. Refrigerator magnets are no threats to your computers. So, rest easy and play with magnets around computers as much as you want – they will not delete your data.
Myth 2: Keeping your laptop connected to its charger will reduce its battery life
Before you recharge your laptop’s batteries – you must first drain them completely
Like the first myth that we debunked, this one is also technically true – if you live in the past, that is. Older laptops used to use nickel-metal hydride batteries for which this myth was somewhat true but newer laptops use lithium-ion batteries and lithium-ion batteries are the complete polar opposite of this myth, which means that they work best if you keep your laptop connected to its charger and keep the battery charged as much as you can.
Myth 3: No other operating system, other than Microsoft Windows, ever gets infected with viruses
This is 100% not true. The only reason this might seem to be true to some people is that Microsoft Windows is the most commonly used operating system in the world – with millions and millions of users and it completely dwarfs its other competitors like Apple’s Mac and Linux when it comes to these numbers. As such, more viruses are designed to attack the Windows operating systems as compared to Mac or Linux. This does not mean that there are no viruses for the other operating systems because there are and they are just as dangerous as the viruses on Windows.