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With the snow storm this week I was pretty much snowed in and did not get a chance to get out to do some the backup functions that I provide to the general public as a service to fight the never ending battle of data loss in the computer community.


Wake up …Wake up

Oh that is right. It’s July and hotter than hell outside for the past week. I was just dreaming of the snow to cool down a bit.


So when I was outside the other day, sweating buckets I thought to myself, “Self”, cause that what I call myself when I am talking to myself, “What would be a good thing to write about this week in the MacNews blog. Came up with a blank. Suddenly as the sweat dripped into my eyes I said “Vacuum Cleaner!” …. eh sorry …. “Eureka!”.




Yes heat. That foe of foes to your Mac or PC. That little rascal that can raise havoc or just flat out destroy you computer. Beware, it can be sneaky. Here are some quick tips to be aware of.




  • Keep the vents clear. When using laptop on a soft surface like a bed, make sure the laptop doesn’t sink all comfy down in the blankets preventing proper air circulation to the vents. The same applies when you use it on your lap. Loose fitting clothes can be comfy for you but can cover the vents. Smooth your clothes out of the way of the vents and or use a laptop cooling fan.


  • Make sure that the vents and fan have enough space for air flow. I like to give at least an inch on all sides and 2 to 3 inches in the back or the side where the fan is for proper air flow. Sometimes I come across folks who have the fancy furniture that allows them to conceal the CPU. Looks great but starves the computer of ventilation. I always suggest that they have a grill installed in the space to allow proper air flow while being concealed.


So stay aware of the heat with your computer and any other electronic and you’ll have a great summer!

Pssst …. Don’t forget to do a backup soon

Musical Selection

I wanted to find something with Richard Simmons like “Sweating to the Oldies” for our more vintage readers but alas. I decided something summery would be nice. It a track borrowed from “Kool and the Gang”.




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5 Responses to The heat is …………on!

  1. Terry White says:

    and by “Kool and the Gang” I assume you mean “Will Smith aka The Fresh Prince”? πŸ˜‰

  2. Calvin Carson says:

    The music was originally by “Kool and the Gang” the song was “Summer Madness” Will Smith sampled a track from that song and made his “Summertime” song.

    It reminds me of the time that I inadvertently got involved in a “Who’s on First?” routine with Kool and the Gang. A guy came up to me at work and said

    “The bass player in that song, he’s Kool”

    I said “Yeah I like him too”

    He said “No No the base player, he’s Kool”

    I said “You’re right, I think he’s cool too”

    He said “No No don’t think, he’s Kool”

    I said “I really didn’t think about it, I just have to agree, he’s cool”

    He shook his head and walked away.

  3. Terry White says:

    I bow to your historical music knowledge πŸ˜‰

  4. Steven Klein says:

    Calvin, you reminded me of a classic Twilight Zone episode, The Midnight Sun.

  5. I ruined my laptop from overheating. I would always have it on my lap and on the couch and I ruined my computer. I almost lost everything, so good advice Calvin.