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Things You Should Never Do with Your Mac

Part of the Mac OS X Leopard For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Bad things can happen to your computer if you do things the wrong way. Whether you’re new to a Mac or need a friendly reminder, avoid the following things when working on your Mac:

  • Never clean your monitor with Windex (or another product not designed to be used on video display). And nix on the paper towels and tissues, too — use a soft cloth (microfiber is best) if you want to avoid scratching the display.

  • Never pay attention to anyone who says that Windows is just like the Mac. Yeah, right. And Hyundai is the Asian cousin of BMW.

  • Never bump, drop, shake, wobble, dribble, drop-kick, or play catch with a hard drive (or PowerBook, iBook, MacBook, or MacBook Pro, which contain hard drives) while it’s running. Don’t forget: Your desktop Mac has a hard drive inside it, too.

  • Never shut off your Mac by pulling the plug. Always use the Shut Down command from the Apple menu (or press the Power button and then click the Shut Down button).

  • Never get up from your Mac without saving your work. Just before your behind leaves the chair, your fingers should be pressing Ô+S. Make it a habit.

  • Never keep only one copy of your important documents. Make at least two backup copies and keep one of them in another location. Period.

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