Make Your Computing Life Easier: Two Tricks

Make Your Computing Life Easier: Two Tricks

Most of us use computers every day whether it’s a desktop, laptop, and/or tablet. And we can use all the help we can get. Here are a couple of tricks that will make life easier, and hopefully alleviate some stress.


Forcing Android to check for system updates


The makers of tablets, laptops, and smartphones are constantly upgrading their operating systems. And these updates almost never come in on a standard schedule. This means that you could be missing out on additional features or fixes while you’re waiting for an update to hit your computing device. Should you have an Android device, checking for updates can be a bit of a hassle. That is because update releases vary based on your manufacturer and carrier. You may know that Android has updated its system, yet you don’t see any updates to your particular device. Of course, you could just wait for the update to come over, but if you want that update now – there may be a particularly juicy new service coming with this particular update – you can force Android to check for that update. Here is a suggestion from website Ghack: Go to your device’s “Settings” menu. Click “Apps” and select “Show All.” Then find “Google Services Framework” and click on the “Clear Data” option. Finally, click the “Force Stop” button. If there is an update, your device should now retrieve it.


Protecting your eyes


You almost certainly spend a lot of time in front of computer screens, whether you’re staring at a tablet, smartphone, or laptop. This can, in the long run, damage your eyes. Luckily, the Atlantic recently ran a short list of ways to protect your eyes when computing. First, you can reduce the glare on your screens by cleaning them often and by making sure that they are the brightest objects in the area. Next, sit at least an arm’s length away from your computer. The Atlantic recommends the “high-five” test. If you cannot high-five your computer screen without bending your arm, you’re sitting too close. Don’t forget, either, to blink on a regular basis. As the Atlantic story says, computer screens have a way of making people stare for unhealthy periods of time. Finally, the Atlantic advises that you take a “20-20-20” break. After every 20 minutes looking at a screen, take a 20-second break to investigate what is happening 20 feet from you.