Making Your Computer Rock-Solid

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Making Your Computer Rock-Solid

If you are like me, you might rely heavily on your computer for work everyday. Unfortunately, if you haven't reinforced your system with security software and system updates, your computer might not last forever. A few years ago, I was plugging along when my computer completely died. After spending hundreds of dollars on manufacturer repairs, a friend of mine who worked in computer services taught me a few tips. I want to teach you to make your computer rock-solid, so that you don't have to deal with surprise system failures and annoying glitches. After all, nothing is worse than a computer with problems.

Playing Around With Graphic Design: How To Choose A Graphic Design Pad For Fun And Profit

If you are an artist searching for a way to make money but also hold on to your creative side, graphic design may be right for you. It is possible that you have already considered this, but you are not sure how to get started. Since most graphic designers rely on their graphic design pads, you can start by purchasing one for yourself.

If you really think this might be something you would want to do as a freelance/self-employed career, there are dozens of design tablets to choose from:

Graphic Design Doodle Pads vs. Tablets

Graphic design doodle pads cost significantly less than tablets, around $30 to about $100. The least of these resembles a mouse pad with a drawing pen and a USB connection to plug into your desktop or laptop. You could start with one of these doodle pads, if you are still uncommitted to becoming a full-time freelance designer.

Otherwise, you can and should purchase an actual graphic design tablet that has its own built-in software, screen, WiFi connections (in case you want to transfer your creations to a file on a computer) and multiple on-screen drawing tools with a stylus. These tablets will run anywhere from $150 all the way up and over $2,000, depending on the number and types of features offered.

High-End Tablet Features

People who have fully committed to a graphic design career should select a high-end graphic design pad. A high-end model will allow you the largest range of tools, connectivity options, additional software compatibility and independent creativity.

Most of these are pre-loaded with Adobe Photoshop or Artweaver software and allow you create more than just GIF or JPEG files. In addition, the high-end models accommodate both left- and right-handed individuals so you can place your tablet on either side of your computer when you work and never feel like you have to work with your less dominant hand.

Purchasing a Tablet

Graphic design tablets are not something you can pick up from any electronics store. Some electronics retailers will sell them online, as do mass e-tailers. With a little research, you can learn the names of some of the best manufacturers of graphic design tablets. After you have made your selection, you can purchase the tablet you want directly from the manufacturer, which is often a better deal because you will get repair service and usage support when you buy your graphic design tablet this way.