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Poll: How would you rate most of your end users on keeping their computers clean?

Sitting on the floor with their fans running, computers are dust magnets. Do your users keep their machine clean, or are the dust bunnies ready to take over? Take our quick poll on computer cleanliness and let us know.

Sitting on the floor with their fans running, computers are dust magnets. I my post, Five ways to keep the dust bunnies out of a PC, I offer five tips to help users keep their computers dirt-free and provide a link to our 10-point checklist for regular PC cleaning. Do your users keep their machines clean?

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7 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

It varies. Those in the offices on desks are pretty good. Those condemned to the machine shop ain't coming back; dust is the least of their problems. Oddly enough, I've never had a system out there fail. I've lost components, especially removeable media drives and power supplies, but the systems chug on. I've also lost two laser printers in that environment.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

We had some PCs out on the floor that had so much soot and metal shavings on the inside of them, I was amazed that they didn't short, let alone start a fire. Ironically, it wasn't until we started deploying those plastic PC cover things (resemble the sofa covers) that the PCs started dying en masse. Restricted the air flow, apparently. Go figure!

Killermac
Killermac

We had one employee that I just dreaded having to support just of because having to work on his keyboard. The keyboard looked like a breading ground for many of the worlds viruses. That is when I started taking my own keyboard to users desks and using it insted.

WilliamM
WilliamM

when I got there it was very bad, then I took their internet access and limit their email usage, If they wanted back their PC most be clean, before any service call. Now they even buy their own DustOff air cans. lol

AV .
AV .

The dust bunnies and years of concentrated dust bunnies full of germs have accumulated on the inside of the PCs and if you open the cover, you get to breath it and get it all over you. Yuk. Most of my end users won't even wipe the dust coating off the outside. I end up doing it for them because I don't want that dust all over me. I always have plenty of wipes for the keyboards. Most of them are beyond gross. AV

SilverBullet
SilverBullet

the executive office was not bad, had more issues with users customizing their computers to the point of corruption. It was the project personnel with laptops that were a nightmare. The owner was the worse, he would authorize new purchases for the brown-nose clan, the guys that took care of their units and actually worked, are expected to get 3 years use before rotation.