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COVID-19 HEALTH TIPS https://compuclinic.co.za/covid-19-health-tips/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 15:40:14 +0000 https://compuclinic.co.za/?p=5323 Compuclinic Solutions Technology for Nonprofits The Cure to all your computer problems 32 Peter Place Sandton 2060

COVID-19 Medical Kit Required at Home:

1. Paracetamol
2. Betadine for mouthwash and gargle
3. Vitamin C and D3
5. B complex
6. Vapour+ capsules for steam
7. Oximeter
8. Oxygen cylinder (for emergency only)
9. Aarogya Setu App
10.Breathing Exercises

COVID-19 – Three Stages:

1. Covid only in nose – recovery time is half a day. (Steam inhaling), vitamin C. Usually no fever. Asymptomatic.

2. Covid in throat – sore throat, recovery time 1 day (hot water gargle, warm water to drink, if temp then paracetamol. Vitamin C, B Complex. If severe than antibiotic.

3. Covid in lungs– coughing and breathlessness 4 to 5 days. (Vitamin C, B complex, hot water gargle, oximeter, paracetamol, cylinder if severe, lot of liquid required, deep breathing exercise.

Stage When to Approach Hospital:

Monitor the oxygen level. If it goes near 43 (normal 98-100) then you need an oxygen cylinder.

Medicines that are taken in hospitals during isolation:

1. Vitamin C-1000
2. Vitamin E (E)
3. From (10 to 11) hours, sitting in the sunshine for 15-20 minutes.
4. Egg meal once ..
5. We take a rest / sleep a minimum of 7-8 hours
6. We drink 1.5 liters of water daily
7. All meals should be warm (not cold).
And that’s all we do in the hospital to strengthen the immune system

Note that the pH of coronavirus varies from 5.5 to 8.5

Therefore, all we have to do to eliminate the virus is to consume more alkaline foods above the acidity level of the virus.
Such as :

Bananas
Green lemon – 9.9 pH
Yellow Lemon – 8.2 pH
Avocado – 15.6 pH
* Garlic – 13.2 pH
* Mango – 8.7 pH
* Tangerine – 8.5 pH
* Pineapple – 12.7 pH
* Watercress – 22.7 pH
* Oranges – 9.2 pH

How to know that you are infected with the Corona Virus?

1. Itchy throat
2. Dry throat
3. Dry cough
4. High temperature
5. Shortness of breath
6. Loss of smell …

And lemon with warm water eliminates the virus at the beginning before reaching the lungs.

 

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The Visible Benefits Brought by Flexible Working https://compuclinic.co.za/the-visible-benefits-brought-by-flexible-working/ Thu, 16 Jul 2020 09:34:49 +0000 https://compuclinic.co.za/?p=5317 Compuclinic Solutions Technology for Nonprofits The Cure to all your computer problems 32 Peter Place Sandton 2060

In recent months, individual and collaborative productivity have faced unprecedented challenges, with work from home policies being widely implemented for the foreseeable future. However, increased productivity and agility have been widely recognized for some time as one of the major benefits brought by greater flexibility in the business workplace.

Demand for technology to support work-from-anywhere has seen a significant increase, whether it is PC hardware, collaboration tools or network bandwidth. In the short term, companies and individuals strive to minimize the impact to business continuity. Longer term, everyone can benefit from greater flexibility.

Last year, IWG (International Workplace Group) conducted their annual workplace survey in which 85% of respondents confirmed that productivity has increased as a result of greater flexibility. But what is flexible working? The report suggests that 27% wish to choose a working location at least some of the time, and 21% wish to make some decisions regarding working hours. Clearly, we are entering an era of flexible working and recent events surely have only accelerated a work from anywhere trend.

Employees will benefit from an extended workspace where they can transition from one space to another without sacrificing productivity. Businesses can reap the rewards of greater agility. A more dynamic workforce and improved morale helps retain talent and there could be cost savings through reduced overheads and operating expenses; although only time will tell the true impact as companies refine flexible working policies.

In fact, I suspect that many users will have multiple workspaces as we further embrace flexible working. Today, I want to specifically look at the visual experience of end-users’ workspaces, wherever they may be. We take great pride at Lenovo in using customer and end-user insights to develop and enhance products to solve these challenges and bring back delight in using technology.

Here are four key areas to consider when creating an efficient, productive and pleasing workspace:

  1. Work healthier: An ergonomic workspace is critical in ensuring a correct posture to avoid potential injury or long-term physical difficulty. Do not underestimate the importance of an ergonomic display stand that can lift, tilt and adjust to the best position; and seek out monitors that include Eye care technology to reduce eye strain from extended usage. The best posture will vary by individual user and screen size, so it’s always best to seek advice. A general rule of thumb would be to position the monitor at a distance equal to 1.2 times the screen size, with eye-level around the top of the screen. Eye care technology reduces eye strain from extended usage.
  2. Maximizing viewing space: Select a screen size that meets your requirements and your space. Our near edgeless displays’ range from 14 to 43.4-inches. If you have multi-screen requirements, they are easy to set up with daisy chain support and single cable connection to your PC or laptop.
  3. Productive clutter-free workspace: a table full of cables at best is awkward. A USB-C Hub monitor can eliminate cable clutter by allowing you to connect your keyboard, mouse, speaker, printer and so on directly to your monitor, meaning that when you connect your PC, you simple have to plug in just one cable. This can free up your workspace allowing you to be more creative and efficient and frankly just makes you feel better!
  4. Stay Green: Energy efficient monitors contribute to reducing environmental impact. Our displays meet rigorous energy efficiency performance levels from multiple organizations including Energy Star and EPEAT. As I write this today, Lenovo has more Energy Star Most Efficient 2020 monitors than any other vendor.

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Our ThinkVision monitor series carry the legacy of Think quality and are designed to deliver innovative display solutions, with the aim to enhance both productivity and customer experience. The breadth of our offerings ensure that any customer can have the solution they need to solve today’s flexible working challenges.
In the last three years, since I have been leading Lenovo’s global visuals business, I have fully embraced a new flexible way of working from my home in Hamburg, Germany. I currently use a 1st gen ThinkVision P27h-10 connected to my ThinkPad X1 Yoga, but I am upgrading to our new P27h-20 with four side near-edgeless display and enhanced USB-C connectivity.

The single-cable connection to transfer power, data, ethernet, video and audio signal makes the P27h-20 an excellent home office companion to manage my clutter-free workspace. When I travelled, the M14 mobile monitor was always first in the bag and I look forward to replacing that with the new just announced M14t which will extend the touch capability of my X1 Yoga, when I start travelling again – soon, I hope!

Article By: Stefan Engel, VP & GM, Worldwide Visuals Business, Lenovo

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10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping https://compuclinic.co.za/10-tips-for-safe-online-shopping/ Tue, 19 May 2020 15:27:22 +0000 https://compuclinic.co.za/?p=5005 Compuclinic Solutions Technology for Nonprofits The Cure to all your computer problems 32 Peter Place Sandton 2060

10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

There’s every reason in the world to shop online. The bargains are there. The selection is mind-boggling. The shopping is secure. Shipping is fast. Even returns are easy, with the right e-tailers. Shopping has never been easier or more convenient for consumers. And in the age of COVID, it’s safer than going out even if you’re fully masked and gloved. 

You simply need to use some common sense and follow practical advice. Here are basic guidelines; use them and you can shop with confidence.

Use Familiar Websites

Start at a trusted site. Search results can be rigged to lead you astray, especially when you drift past the first few pages of links. If you know the site, chances are it’s less likely to be a rip-off.  Beware of misspellings or sites using a different top-level domain (.net instead of .com, for example)—those are the oldest tricks in the book. Yes, sales on these sites might look enticing, but that’s how they trick you into giving up your info. 

Look for the Lock

Never buy anything online using your credit card from a site that doesn’t have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed—at the very least. You’ll know if the site has SSL because the URL for the site will start with HTTPS—instead of just HTTP. An icon of a locked padlock will appear, typically to the left of the URL in the address bar or the status bar down below; it depends on your browser. HTTPS is standard now even on non-shopping sites, enough that Google Chrome flags any page without the extra S as “not secure.” So a site without it should stand out even more.

Don’t Overshare

No online shopping e-tailer needs your Social Security number or your birthday to do business. However, if crooks get them and your credit card number, they can do a lot of damage. The more scammers know, the easier it is to steal your identity. When possible, default to giving up as little personal data as possible. Major sites get breached all the time. 

Create Strong Passwords

The vast majority of people only change a password to protect privacy a few times a year (27 percent) or more likely, never (35 percent).

If you’re going to be like the latter group, we will again beat this dead horse about making sure that you utilize uncrackable passwords. It’s never more important than when banking and shopping online.

Even your perfect password isn’t perfect. The smarter move: use a password manager to create uncrackable passwords for you. It will keep track of them and enter them, so you don’t have to think about it.

Check Statements Regularly

Don’t wait for your bill to come at the end of the month. Go online regularly, especially during the holiday season, to view electronic statements for your credit card, debit card, and checking accounts. Look for any fraudulent charges, even originating from payment sites like PayPal and Venmo. (After all, there’s more than one way to get to your money.)

You should definitely only buy online with a credit card. If your debit card is compromised, scammers have direct access to your bank funds.

If you see something wrong, pick up the phone to address the matter quickly. In the case of credit cards, pay the bill only when you know all your charges are accurate.

Inoculate Your Computer

Swindlers don’t sit around waiting for you to give them data; sometimes they give you a little something extra to help things along. You need to protect against malware with regular updates to your antivirus program. Better yet, pay for a full-blown security suite, which will have antivirus software, but also will fight spam, spear-phishing emails, and phishing attacks from websites (the latter two try and steal your personal info by mimicking a message or site that looks legit). Remember, it’s not enough to have it installed. Make sure your anti-malware tools are always up to date. Otherwise, they can let in any new threats—and there are always new threats

Privatize Your Wi-Fi

If you’re shopping via a public hotspot, stick to known networks, even if they’re free.  For more, read our Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security.

Avoid Shopping in Public

What about using your own laptop to shop while you’re out? It’s one thing to hand over a credit card to get swiped at the checkout, but when you have to enter the credit card number and expiration date and 3-digit code on the back into a  shopping site while sitting in a public cafe, you’re giving an over-the-shoulder snooper plenty of time to see the goods. Think like a gangster: Sit in the back, facing the door. Use sites that you trust that already have your credit card stored, so you don’t have to pull it out for more than a latte. Better yet: stay home when online shopping. 

Think Mobile

There’s no real need to be any more nervous about shopping on a mobile device than online. Simply use apps provided directly by the retailers. Use the apps to find what you want and then make the purchase directly.

Check the Seller

If you’re wary of a site, perform your due diligence. Yelp and Google are full of retailer reviews. Put companies through the wringer before you plunk down your credit card number. There’s a reason that non-delivery/non-payment is the most common cybercrime complaint: it hurts when that happens, financially and emotionally.

If nothing else, make absolutely sure you’ve got a concrete address and a working phone number for the seller. If things go bad, you have a place to take your complaint.

Article By PCMag

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20 Tips for Working From Home https://compuclinic.co.za/20-tips-for-working-from-home/ Mon, 11 May 2020 17:31:22 +0000 https://compuclinic.co.za/?p=4800 20 Tips for Working From Home

The global spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is keeping people at home. Much of the world is on lockdown, and, even in places that aren’t, people are encouraged to stay at home. Where it’s possible, employers are encouraging or requiring people to work from home for an indeterminate amount of time. If you’re new to the work-from-home lifestyle, whether due to coronavirus or because you’ve managed to find a remote-based job, you’ll need to change some of your habits and routines to make working from home a success.

1. Maintain Regular Hours

Set a schedule, and stick to it…most of the time. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. That said, one of the benefits of remote work is flexibility, and sometimes you need to extend your day or start early to accommodate someone else’s time zone. When you do, be sure to wrap up earlier than usual or sleep in a bit the next morning to make up for it.

Automatic time-tracking apps, such as RescueTime, let you check in on whether you’re sticking to your schedule. They can also help you figure out what times of day you’re most productive versus when you slack off. You can use that information to your advantage by reserving your hours of high focus for your most important tasks.

2. Create a Morning Routine

Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. What in your morning routine indicates you’re about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a jog. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others). A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.

I say “morning,” but not everyone who works from home follows a nine-to-five schedule. Yours might be a “getting started” routine at another time of day.

3. Set Ground Rules With the People in Your Space

Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children who come home from school while you’re still working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time. Additionally, just because you’re home and can let service people into the house or take care of pets doesn’t mean other family members should assume you will always do it. If that’s how you choose to divide up the domestic labor, that’s fine, but if you simply take it all on by default because you’re home, you may feel taken advantage of, and your productivity may suffer.

4. Schedule Breaks

Know your company’s policy on break times and take them. If you’re self-employed, give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seems to be the standard for full-time US employees.

5. Take Breaks in Their Entirety

Don’t short-change yourself during breaks, especially your lunch hour. You can use an app, such as TimeOut for Mac and Smart Break for Windows, to lock yourself out of your computer for 60 minutes. Or you can just launch a simple clock or timer on the screen when you take a break. If you return to your desk after only 40 minutes, walk away for another 20.

For more on breaks, see How to Take Better Breaks to Boost Your Productivity.

6. Leave Home

To the extent that it’s allowed and safe where you are during the COVID-19 outbreak, get out of the house, provided you can maintain social distancing of course. The same advice applies to people who work in traditional office settings, too. Leave the building at least once a day. Your body needs to move. Plus, the fresh air and natural light will do you good.

You don’t have to go to crowded public spaces to get away from your solo workspace (and you probably shouldn’t right now, either). Take a walk. Weed the garden. You get the picture.

7. Don’t Hesitate to Ask for What You Need

If you’re employed by a company or organization that supports your work-from-home setup, request the equipment you need as soon as you start working from home, or within a day or two when you realize you need something new. It’s extremely important to set precedents early that you will ask for what you need to get your job done comfortably, including the right monitor, keyboard, mouse, chair, printer, software, and so forth. Organizations that are accustomed to remote employees often have a budget for home office equipment. Ask what it is and how often it’s renewed. It also doesn’t hurt to ask whether there’s a loan agreement or who will pay for return shipping or disposal of outdated equipment.

If you’re working from home unexpectedly due to coronavirus, ask for what you need within reason. You could be working from home for weeks on end and you should be comfortable, but ordering a new office chair and desk might be asking too much. Consider a mouse and keyboard, plus a back-supporting cushion instead. For more tips on getting your new space in shape, you can read our story on everything you need to set up an ergonomic office.

8. Keep a Dedicated Office Space

In an ideal world, remote employees would have not only a dedicated office, but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use. It’s more secure for the employer, and it lets you do all your NSFW activities in private. But not everyone has a separate office in their home, and keeping two machines isn’t always realistic. Instead, dedicate a desk and some peripherals only for work use. For example, when your laptop is hooked up to the monitor and external keyboard, it’s work time. When it’s on your lap, that’s personal time. You may want to go as far as partitioning your hard drive and creating a separate user account for work.

9. Maintain a Separate Phone Number

Set up a phone number that you only use for calls with colleagues and clients. It doesn’t have to be a landline, second mobile phone, or even a SIM card. It can be a free VoIP service, such as Google Voice or a Skype number. Similar to some of the other tips, having a separate phone number helps you manage your work-life balance.

10. Use a VPN

Use a VPN whenever you’re connected to a network that you don’t control. That includes Wi-Fi at co-working spaces, cafes, libraries, and airports. Some organizations have their own VPNs that off-site employees need to access certain servers or websites that store information meant only for internal use. In those cases, you’ll also need to use a VPN at home. In any case, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of leaving your VPN connected as often as possible because it’s always safer to have it on than not.

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Google Play is getting a new Kids section filled with ‘Teacher Approved’ apps https://compuclinic.co.za/google-play-is-getting-a-new-kids-section-filled-with-teacher-approved-apps/ Mon, 11 May 2020 17:21:26 +0000 https://compuclinic.co.za/?p=4797 Google Play is getting a new Kids section filled with ‘Teacher Approved’ apps

Google is launching a new Kids section for the Google Play Store, which will offer a selection of so-called “Teacher Approved” apps. The search giant says these are apps that meet its quality standards and are highly rated by teachers. Each approved app includes a list of reasons why teachers like it, including age-appropriateness, and what it’s trying to teach children.

According to Google, it had originally planned to launch the new section later this year, but it brought the launch forward since so many children are now spending so much of their time at home in front of screens. The reason for this is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced schools to temporarily close around the world, shifting much of the responsibility onto parents. Google says that this early launch means that the section will launch with some apps missing but that it’s working to review more “as quickly as possible.”

The new Kids section is rolling out over the next few days in the US, and Google expects to launch it internationally in the coming months.

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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS: What You Can Do Now To Stay Safe https://compuclinic.co.za/covid-19-coronavirus-what-you-can-do-now-to-stay-safe/ Mon, 11 May 2020 16:58:54 +0000 https://compuclinic.co.za/?p=4779 Compuclinic Solutions Technology for Nonprofits The Cure to all your computer problems 32 Peter Place Sandton 2060

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority.

Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain Social Distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus.

If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

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