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Topic: Is Any Good?
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Jonathan Groves

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From: Kaplan University, Argosy University, Florida Institute of Technology
Registered: 8/18/05
Is Any Good?
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 3:24 PM
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Dear All,

I have been extremely frustrated with my computer
lately since it's becoming less and less reliable.
It froze up on me a couple of weeks ago, this past weekend,
several days ago, and now twice so far today!
I am about to begin teaching math online for
Kaplan University, and the math courses (and many
others too--not just math) use live seminars,
and I am beginning to get very worried that this
new computer of mine will suddenly freeze up on me
in the middle of a seminar or in the middle of office
hours with a student. Kaplan may be willing to
forgive me if it happens once, but they definitely
won't keep me if it continues to happen.
And this computer might threaten other future online
teaching jobs. I need some jobs for a while to save
some money so that I can later apply for tenure-track
positions elsewhere; I don't have the money right now
to move anywhere else. I don't have a car, and teaching
jobs here in Clarksville, TN, are limited right now since
the only college here has nothing open right now.

And because of these problems with freezing up,
I had to turn off the computer manually (since I cannot get
the thing to respond to my commands to shut down; in some cases
where I could, the computer won't shut off--even after I had
waited for more than an hour!), so that is
another concern: Problems with damaging the computer
permanently. If these problems continue to force me
to do so, I might damage this thing for good!

My old computer is much more reliable, but I don't think
it's fast enough for online teaching. So I would like
to try, if possible, to continue using this one.

I remember seeing that offers free
performance tests; though the commercial directly
addresses only those whose computers are slow (mine isn't),
I do remember them saying that the test can detect
adware, spyware, and other junk files that cause even
fast computers to freeze up and crash.

Does work as well as it claims to?
If so, I would like to try to use it to see if it
can detect any junk on this computer that may be
causing it problems.

Thank you for your answers.

Jonathan Groves

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