Showing posts with label computer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label computer. Show all posts

Friday, April 26, 2013

Shredding Event and Electronics Collection on May 4

Representative Joe Hackett will host a shredding event on Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. In conjunction with this event, Covanta Energy Corporation will host a free electronics collection to help residents recycle electronics. Both events will take place at the Brookhaven Borough Building, 2 Cambridge Road in Brookhaven.

If you have any questions on what can be shredded or recycled, call 610-461-5543.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

E-Waste Recycling Event in Media on March 9

The Pennsylvania Resources Council and Ecovanta are hosting an Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Recycling Collection Event from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Route 1/Baltimore Pike parking lot of the Granite Run Mall at 1067 W. Baltimore Avenue, Media, PA, 19063.

Acceptable items include:
  • Computers / Laptops / Monitors 
  • Computer Mice / Keyboards / Peripherals 
  • CD Players 
  • VCR/DVD Players 
  • Cell Phones/Phones 
  • Small Home Office Copiers/Fax Machines 
  • Printers 
  • TVs / Radios / Stereos 
  • MP3 Players 
  • Electronic Toys and Games 
  • Photo and Video Cameras 
  • Microwave Ovens 
  • Mixed Household Electronics
  • Prohibited Items:
  • Hazardous Wastes / Liquids 
  • Loose Batteries 
  • Toner Cartridges 
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Common Electrical Appliances (e.g., washers, dryers, stoves, air conditioners, refrigerators, satellite dishes, space heaters)
They remind attendees that, as a general safety precaution, you should always make sure information in data storage devices, such as computers, smart phones, copiers, etc., is completely removed prior to donation or recycling.

Visit the Granite Run Mall online calendar for more information.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

For Your Safety: Removing Your Computer Hard Drive Before Recycling

If you are planning to recycle your laptop computer at one of the upcoming electronics recycling events, it may be a good idea to remove your hard drive first. Your hard drive may contain personal information which, in the wrong hands, could lead to identity theft. See this article about how to locate and remove your hard drive. There are several ways to destroy your old hard drive once it is removed, including getting it shredded at companies like Wiggins Shredding in West Chester, Exton and Kennett Square, PA. It's not as hard as you think!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

Delco is holding an HHW recycling event on Saturday, April 9 in Darby:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Communication Clutter

Do you ever feel like you’re juggling all of the people who seem to need your full attention immediately? Many of the gadgets released over the past 20 years seem to have made conquering your communication clutter harder, rather than easier. Use these tips to prioritize your communications, give you focus, and make you feel less frazzled.

1. It’s an old sales trick: the person in front of you is more important than the person on the phone. Good customer service reps will serve the person at the counter, and put the incoming phone call on hold. Try the same thing in your life. The person in front of you gets priority over anyone who calls or texts you on your cell phone. You can always check your voicemail and text messages in an hour, and the person that found time to sit down for a meal with you will appreciate your full attention. Of course, there are exceptions. If you are expecting an important call or get an emergency call, take it, but excuse yourself politely and make it brief.

2. Set boundaries with kids, and yourself. Inevitably, your kids will start talking to you as soon as you pick up the phone to call someone. Reiterate that it’s not polite to ask questions while someone is on the phone, and teach them what counts as an emergency. But hold up your end of the deal as well. Don’t spend all of your time on the phone or cell phone, especially when you’re with your children.

3. Make email lowest priority. It’s easy to get tied up reading and sending emails. If you have trouble finding time in your schedule, try checking email only a few times a day. Notify people that you are not constantly connected, so they know they need to call you if there is an emergency.

4. What’s an emergency? People will call you with urgency in their voice all of the time. But is there problem really an emergency? Remember the old saying: “lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” Emergencies are events that require immediate action. If it can wait three or four hours, it’s not an emergency. Allow yourself not to be everyone’s keeper. (This change will make a lot of things in your life easier!)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Even Carrie Bradshaw Backs Up

The column on computer file management reminds me of a funny episode of Sex and the City when Carrie (Sara Jessica Parker) crashes her computer. She loses most of her writing, and wonders why no one ever told her about backing up before.

Carrie to Miranda: "You know, no one talks about backing up. You've never used that expression with me before ever, but apparently everybody's secretly running home at night and backing up their work!"

Organizing Your Computer

We all struggle with managing all of the files on our computers. Email attachments and other files come flooding in, and it’s hard to determine where to store them. Many of us are working long hours these days, so an efficient machine is key to productivity. Here are some tips to keep your computer files in order.

Avoid storing files on the desktop. Your desktop can get full, overwhelming and confusing very quickly. The desktop isn’t as secure as other areas of the computer, and it’s easy to forget to include the desktop when backing up files. Instead, store files in your “My Documents” folder. If necessary, create shortcuts to certain files on your desktop.

Organize your “My Documents” folder. Make sure the folders have names that make sense to you. Try to name folders the same names as your paper file folders. If you have a paper file folder named “Taxes,” name your computer folder “Taxes.” Also, try to keep the sub-folder structures the same.

Create a “Personal” folder on your office computer. If you use a company-owned computer for work, try not to store personal files on it. If you must, though, create a separate file folder named “Personal” (or something similar). Clear out this folder often. Also, if you leave the job, you can delete your “Personal” folder or copy it to a disk or external drive.

Take time to name your files. When saving a new file or incoming attachment, take an extra few seconds to choose “Save as...” (instead of “Save”). Type a descriptive file name and save the file in the appropriate folder. This step will help you find your files more quickly. Although most computers have search functions that review all of the contents of documents, this content search takes the computer longer than completing the regular document title search.

Schedule a monthly clean-up appointment. Just as you would do for any other organizing system, schedule time to maintain it. An hour a month to clean up your computer files should be sufficient. Name files that were left unnamed, and move documents into the appropriate folders. This is also a great time to archive and back up your files onto a CD-R, external drive, or online service. If you have large and/or old files that you can remove from your computer, it is a good idea to archive them. After archiving, you can back up the files that should stay on your computer but that would be difficult or impossible to replace. If your computer crashes, having a back-up is a life-saver!