Laptop acting funny? Don’t let it get cold

I helped a friend yesterday who said that for two days in a row when he started his laptop in the morning, it gave a blue screen of death. This is a pretty common thing for an IT person to hear in the Winter. It doesn’t mean the laptop is broken, often it means that it just got cold.

Frosty the SnowmanSo I asked him if he had left it somewhere cold and he said that he left it in the trunk overnight. I don’t know why, but people leave their computers in their car without a second thought. Besides it possibly being stolen, computers don’t like extreme temperatures. If you look some manufactures actually state this in the owner’s manual. Computers like to be comfortable like humans. If it makes you sweat or makes you cold, then the computer doesn’t like it.

It is really amazing really. Laptops are packed with all kinds of tiny and fragile things. It is amazing they are as durable as they are. Being frozen and then coming back to life, well that is something that only Frosty can relate to.

I actually wrote about this in one of my first posts to this blog. I used to live in Chicago and it got very cold. Besides laptops, iPhones or smartphones need to stay warm as well. There are cases that help protect them from cold weather. However the best advice is to keep it in your pocket or close to your chest in cold weather.

Besides the cold, computers also hate: dust, humidity, acid, motion, and natural disasters. Motion would be major things like moving the computer up and down while you were using it, or trying to use it on a roller coaster. Laptops seem to handle being in a bumpy car pretty well, or most standard forms of transportation, although I’m sure they would have a longer life if they were not used in those situations.

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Restaurant that pays good salary is successful

Source: 2 Years After This Restaurant Started Paying Workers $15 an Hour, Here’s What It Looks Like – StumbleUpon

So many business say that they can’t afford to pay a good salary, but plenty of business pay a good salary and are more successful than their competition. Costco for example pays more than the competition and has a better work environment and success.

It is a funny thing isn’t it? The idea that you can pay people less and they will have the time and desire to work just as hard as people who get paid more. The entire premise of Outsourcing, Union labor or anything like that says that a person is just an economic robot. People are complex. Some people work for money, others work for their own internal reasons. Every company that I have worked for that pays its employees as little as possible gets as little as possible as a result. No amount of managers or systems is ever going to change that.

No money doesn’t automatically make people more efficient, but it helps them afford the things they need and more likely to want to be efficient. In the article it says how much it changed the quality of life for the employees with even a small change $3 an hour. If so little money makes such a big difference in the quality of life, why wouldn’t management believe those workers would be happy and grateful to work for such a company.

For example when I first started my first big money job was $40,000. It was much more than I made the year before and I felt like a millionaire. However living in Chicago the money went quickly on very humble living, and I was forced to look for another job so that I could survive on more than rice and beans. If I had been paid more than I would have stayed at the job. People need to be able to feel they are getting ahead in life and not feel desperate, yet how frequently we pay people as though they barely deserve to exist. What does that say about us? Life is about experiences, not just surviving.

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