Special to the Journal
Tim Conlon, Albany’s area “Computer Nerd,” visited the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty on April 9 to offer some perspectives on computers, software, and new and emerging technology.
In choosing a computer, he advised people to choose what they’re used to, but to be somewhat open-minded. The new Windows 8 operating system, for instance, has many familiar touches, but also mixes in some new applications.
Personally, Conlon said, “I like my technology to be as easy, worry-free, and cheap as possible.”
Backups, Conlon said, “are one of the most important things you can do” to guard against loss of data or documents in case your computer crashes. “There are so many solutions out there,” he said, such as Carbonite or Dropbox, that make up backing up information much easier than it used to be.
The popular tablet computer, in Conlon’s view, has more appeal as an accessory that allows people to access a main computer from a remote location.
Viruses are a serious issue that slow down a computer’s operation or corrupt files. While everyone pretty much is aware of brand names such as Norton and McAfee for antivirus protection, Conlon said his favorite is Nomadix, which can be found at Avast.com.
“It’s one of the best antiviruses out there,” he says. Nomadix runs on low system resources but “does what you want it to do,” and it’s free, he added.
Conlon also touted “open source” software that can be downloaded off the web free of charge and performs much like brand names.
Laptops are prone to heat issues, so owners need keep them as dust-free and cool during operation as possible. Excessive heat will eventually disable or destroy components inside the computer such as capacitors, resulting in having to repair or replace the unit altogether.
For home entertainment, new televisions now allow computer hookups for streaming favorite movies and shows off the Internet. The proper cables are needed for this and be obtained inexpensively.
“There are so many things a computer can do,” said Conlon, “but the key is making the right decision” on the right hardware and software for what you want it to do.
Conlon has opened his “Computer Nerd” shop in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center on U.S. 19 south in Lee County.
Tim Conlon talks to Dougherty County Kiwanians about computer hardware and software at the club’s April 9 gathering.