IT Band-aid solutions

This is what happens when you want to save money. You work around problems. See that power strip above my PC? It’s super velcro’ed to my desk.

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My PC has been acting up for a while this year. After a few hours of usage, it gets to a point that if I need to restart the PC, it’s 50/50 if it will come back to life. The common denominator is that if I leave my PC plugged into the power socket over night, I won’t be able to use my PC in the morning.

I would have to reach behind my PC and pull the cord out of the power supply. I don’t know if it’s the power supply or the mother board, but I don’t want to spend any money on this machine. I just got into the habit of pulling the plug when I shut the PC down.

That’s not very technical so today I went to Radio Shack and picked up a power strip and some super velcro. I stuck the strip onto the side of my desk and have my PC, speakers, monitor, and WD MyBook plugged in. When I shut down the computer, I wait till it’s fully off and toggle the strip’s on off switch.

It’s low tech but does the job for now.