1. Working Offline
Most people like to be online at all times, without realizing that it draws quite a bit of battery power. So, itís imperative that you learn how to function offline. Use Outlook Express or Thunderbird to save all your e-mails offline. This way you can work with them while you're disconnected from the Internet. Similarly, use a desktop RSS reader to download all your feeds and read them while you are offline. Save Web pages on your hard drive so you can view them offline. Not only are you saving battery power, but you are also ensuring that your work doesnít stop if you are in some place without an Internet connection.
2. Always Back Up Data
Since you carry your laptop everywhere, the chances of it being damaged are a lot more risky. All that wear and tear could easily lead to a component failure. Usually, it is the hard drive that fails first. Losing vast amounts of data is never a pretty sight. Always back up data to your desktop, a zip drive or an external USB hard drive. It will help you sleep better knowing your personal desktop at home has all your laptop data saved safely.
3. Keep It Clean
Chances are, your laptop is traveling to all sorts of places. From the subway to the office to the restaurant to your child's school, etc. The cracks in the keyboard could be home to anything from dust to hair to bread crumbs. To save your laptop from this menace, buy a laptop keyboard cover to protect your keys. Some of the keyboard covers also perform the task of protecting the screen from keyboard scratches. If you already have the dust between the keyboard cracks, use a Post-it sticky note to clean it. Just run the adhesive edges through the cracks to clear out the dust. To do it more effectively, use compressed air with cotton swabs to clean between the keys.
4. Secure Your Laptop
If you're someone who likes to use open wireless networks, make sure you have a good firewall installed on your laptop. Make sure that any sort of folder sharing is turned off and that no local servers are running. If possible, encrypt your data and use very strong passwords. This helps to protect your personal information when you use these open wireless connections or in case your laptop gets stolen.
5. Hot, Hot, Hot
Laptops tend to get hot very easily, especially if you run a lot of CPU hogging softwares, games or if you work long hours with it. Unless your house doesnít have heating, you wonít be too happy with all this heat. Use a non-heat conducting material between the laptop and your legs. Sometimes the top of the keyboard might also get hot, so you could wear long sleeved shirts to reduce the effect. The easiest way to get rid of this problem is to use a desk while working with your laptop.
6. Carry It Off Well
Carrying a laptop is a daily chore for most of us. We hang them from one shoulder; they bump into people, things and doors, depending on your place of work. As any five-year-old kid will be able to guess, this doesnít do the laptops any good. Try to invest in a good carry bag for the laptop. It might seem steep, but itís a very useful one time investment you can make. Getting the backpacks instead of a conventional bag is a good idea, as it evenly distributes the weight of the laptop between the two shoulders and it puts less strain on your muscles.
The gist of the whole article is that you have to treat a laptop much differently than youíd treat a desktop. Since a laptop isnít confined to the warm tenderness of your home, itís only fair that you prepare it for the rugged world waiting outside. Follow these seven tips and youíll ensure a long life for your laptop, along with maximum productivity for you in return. Respect the laptop and the laptop will respect you!