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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the
column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear
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This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly
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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
10/12/04: Vacuum or compressed air?
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Ever since my hubby took one of those government computer
courses, he insists on using those expensive and silly
compressed air cans to "clean" everything in, on or near
computers, instead of using a vacuum cleaner. Is there
any reason for doing that with compressed air?
No, there is absolutely no reason for blowing dirt and
dust from one place to another or for blowing lose parts into
inaccessible locations. It's just that puppydogs and many
men are scared of vacuum cleaners, so they come up with
wimpy excuses for not using them.
If you are worried about sucking up loose screws and
springs, just use a clean filter bag. I have used a bag-pipe
style ShopVac with shoulder strap since the days of the
PC/XT (mid 80's), including a few years as mobile computer
troubleshooter in the 90's, and never had any mishaps,
except for occasionally tripping over the hose while running
up narrow stairways while carrying a repaired computer under
the left arm, tool case in the right hand, vacuum on the back;
and getting bumped by cute ladies coming down the stairs.
But even that was fun.
Just leave the computer plugged in but turned off. That way
it is grounded and does not build up static. Use the vacuum
cleaner's crevice tool and touch the bare metal at the back of
computer as the first thing to clean, and you won't have any
static related accidents.
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