How to Get Rid of Static Electricity

Get Rid of Static Electricity

Get Rid of Static Electricity from You

The first place to start in order to get rid of static electricity is your own body. Your clothes and skin, as well as your home, may be fighting against you. When skin rubs on skin and the air is dry you build up intense static charges. When you wear synthetic materials they generate massive charges. When you walk across a carpet in your socks or shoes with synthetic rubber you risk charging your entire body as a static gun. So here is the checklist

  • humidify the air in your home or office
  • get rid of the carpet or put the computer in an uncarpeted room
  • wear shoes with real rubber
  • never wear synthetic materials
  • moisturize your skin
  • discharge any charges by touching a metal pipe or frame before touching any part of your computer, including a wired keyboard or a wired mouse.
  • use a static gun
  • carry a static shock reducer/eliminator key chain

Taking these measures will eliminate very dangerous sources of static electricity and will protect your computer. Check out Pascal Technologies’ article on How to Clean a Computer.

Why Get Rid of Static Electricity?

Get Rid of Static ElectricityI placed this paragraph at the end so people who already know why can get straight to the how. As for the rest of my readers, here is the reason for getting rid of static electricity from your computer’s environment and from you. Static electric charges kill computers.

Computers are sensitive microelectronic machines. They operate without many moving parts. Instead, they use electricity to create a virtual world. This current of electricity is easily affected by static electricity. When you walk across a carpet in socks you build up a huge and devastating charge that goes from your fingertips, through the keys on your keyboard, along the wire and into the computer. It is so large you can kill most any component in your computer with one zap. So, for the sake of your sanity and your computer’s longevity, not to mention perhaps reducing the chance that you might get fired for not finishing that report for the big meeting, you should take static electricity seriously. Get rid of static electricity, because it can be a killer.

Forum Manners

Forums

Forums are People!

The idea of forums is like that of a coffee shop or a local club. It’s a place to come and hang out with people who have something in common with you. You learn something or just shoot the breeze.

As with all great ideas, this one has gotten hijacked and perverted. Too many people, moderators being the guiltiest of all in some cases, use forums to vent their anger or amplify their personality disorders that already inhibit their ability to form meaningful relationships in real, face-to-face life.

I cannot tell you how many times I have been attacked in forums for making normal, polite posts. Quite often you run in to a pack of these hooligans who have formed a kind of implicit gang. When one of them insults you and you reply, even in a very calm, civilized, and subdued manner, others will attack you and accuse you of insulting the attacker. From there it gets all out of hand if you write any kind of reply.

There is no way to undo this kind of community. Sometimes they are embedded in some power organization, as in the case of OpenSuSE forums and HubPages forums. There is nothing you can do about these particular lost causes. Leave the products and services behind and move on to greater alternatives. Pray that their communities will rot from within as a punishment from God, if you must. Whatever you do, do not try to fight them.

We cannot eliminate them, since there are many screwed up people out there. The Internet has given them voices where they could find few in real life.

I wish we could bring these cases to the Civil Liberties Union and sue them for their behavior, but it is only a dream. Until then, we will have to know how to behave ourselves and try to help others learn good manners online. Point your friends to this page and help minimize the risk of these behaviors.

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Hotlinking Images Prevention – Stop Bandwidth Stealing

Other websites are often guilty of hotlinking images or other files on other sites, stealing bandwidth. Each time one of their visitors accesses their page with a hotlink to your image, the visitor is seeing it coming from your site (into this other site’s page). That counts against your bandwidth. Stop this theft cold in its tracks with a couple of lines in a small file on your site. Hotlinking images prevention is not so difficult.

hotlinking images

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The .htaccess file is not something to be trifled with. It is a powerful tool. Do not go messing around with it unless you know what you are doing or the person giving you instructions knows what they are doing. That having been said, we will reveal to you our security measures we use right here on Bob Tech that prevents other sites from stealing bandwidth by hotlinking to images, CSS, and JS files.

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Start Blogging – Platform and Host

Start Blogging

Start Blogging

Following our series on getting started blogging, you have already chosen your niche and you are ready to start blogging. We will take you through the steps that get the site up and running by helping you choose a platform and host. Blog Site Configuration will follow in the next article in the series.

Your first decision in the setup phase to start blogging is which platform you will use. See our previous article comparing the Top Blogging Platforms to get an idea what the best are to choose from.

Probably the most important feature to consider when setting up your site is whether or not you will need access to the files of your site. If you are not a customization control freak then a hosted solution will suit you, limiting your access to the files and presenting all the usual customization options through an easy interface. But for the obsessive compulsive among you, like me, you should look for a self-hosted solution. It allows you to have FTP access to your files, meaning you can have complete unabridged control over your site.

We will assume you have chosen WordPress as a self-hosted solution. That way you can do everything we are going to suggest to start blogging.

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Top Blogging Platforms – Select Your Own

Top Blogging Platforms

Top Blogging Platforms

Choosing the right blogging platform can be daunting. We’ve written this article to help you narrow your search to the cream of the crop, top blogging platforms. The subheading tells whether the platform offers the possibility of hosted or self-hosted options. Self-hosted means you can install it on whichever host you like. Hosted means the company offers you a website with the program already installed and running.

The main difference is over access to the files. A hosted solution denies you FTP access to the files of your site, but simplifies the processes of customization. So you may not need this kind of access. Self-hosted allows you to put the program on another host, where you can have FTP access to the files on your site, depending on which host you choose.

These are our top five picks for top blogging platforms.

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Moving WordPress Site Address

You want to move the address for your WordPress site from a sub-directory to the root of your domain. We will use http://myblogsite.com as the root URL for your hosting account and http://myblogsite.com/wp/ as the installation location of WordPress. You will have to adjust the instructions by substituting your own URL’s in.

WordPress Help

WordPress Help

So instead of http://myblogsite.com/wp/ you want to have the address http://myblogsite.com/ for your site. It’s not so difficult. Follow these steps and you’ll be up and running at the new URL in a couple of minutes.

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