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  • Level: GCSE
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You have to explain how you have looked after the equipment and ensured its safety. You have shown how you have back up information. I have looked up my computer by starting it up

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20th March 2006 GCSE Coursework Task You have to explain how you have looked after the equipment and ensured its safety. You have shown how you have back up information. I have looked up my computer by starting it up correctly, by turning on the hard drive and then turning on the monitor once the monitor has received signal. I log on using my correct username and password so it doesn't cause distress to the system. Whilst on the computer I do as asked and when on the Internet I don't open up too many windows to make the computer stay as fast as it is supposed to run at. When I am finished I shut down the computer and turn off the monitor. Then I place the keyboard on top of the monitor and place the mouse-mat on top, to protect the keys. Then I place the mouse on top of the mat. Ensuring the computer's and the person using its safety includes: * Inspections - desk's, chairs, computers. * Training - students are taught how to use equipment properly. * Job Design - Correct software and being designed to do the job. * Eye Tests - People using computers on regular occasions should have regular eye tests. Testing against any deficiencies the computer may cause. There are illnesses you can get from computers and problems that occur whilst using computers on regular occasions. Repetitive strain injury (RSI), backache, eyestrain, headaches and skin rashes are conditions that can occur. Looking after your computer involves: * Cleaning your PC. Use a clean dry cloth to clean the monitor, and turn the keyboard upside down and shake gently to get paper clips and staples out. The crevice tool on a vacuum cleaner can help remove crumbs and dirt. * As your PC gets older, schedule programmes such as Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to run at regular intervals. ...read more.


If any viruses are detected, then the software removes them or disinfects the disk. My anti-virus program takes a minute to scan 200MB of files. My anti-virus program is constantly enabled and is usually on the highest level it can go on. This blocks all harmful data and files from infecting my computer. For instance I have just run a virus check and I have 3049 files on and linked to my user and none have been detected as corrupt. Errors That The Computer Reports Whilst I Am Working When I am working on the computer error reports come up frequently. One of the common ones is a spelling/grammar mistake. When you make a spelling mistake the word that you spelt incorrectly will have an squiggly red line underneath the incorrect word. This is to let the user have perfect work. When you make a grammar mistake the word that you put in context wrong will have an squiggly green line underneath the incorrect word. This is to perfect the users grammar and again make them have perfect work. Other errors are saving-errors. Sometimes you can be loading up too many windows at one time and the computer will 'crash' this is when the computer stops working and all its function are disabled; the mouse doesn't work and nor does the keyboard. In the worst situation you have to shutdown the computer by the mains. This will cause all work that hasn't been saved to become lost. Sometimes work is also lost by mistakes. When you close the window and it comes up: would you like to save? Sometimes you can accidentally press cancel-causing work to be lost again. Personal Health and Safety Whilst Using a Computer Health and safety when using computers requires both an awareness of legislation governing this area, and common sense. Developments in legislation for health and safety within the European Union (EU) ...read more.


can become trapped in fast moving parts. Dangerous parts should be guarded and guards must be kept in position when the machine is in use. As always, some of the responsibility for all aspects of health and safety lies with the individual, but instruction and training where possible will minimise risks. Health and safety culture It is important to develop an awareness of health and safety issues within your centre and recognition by staff, volunteers, managers and users that they all have a responsibility towards health and safety. Wireless Networks Your centre may utilise wireless technology in which case the health and safety issues vary slightly. All devices and systems, which use wireless technology, raise health and safety issues over the possible effects of radiation. Some equipment is supplied with guidelines and regulations issued by the US Federal Communications Committee (FCC). This includes advice that all users should remain at least two inches from a Wireless LAN PC card and eight inches from a base station. Some vendors provide additional guidelines on use of equipment to minimise any potential risk, and research in these areas is ongoing. These distances should be greater if some form of external antenna is being used. In the UK this area of protection from and exposure to radiation is the responsibility of the National Radiology Protection Board (NRPB). Various manufacturer and industry websites can provide statements relating to health and safety but these often refer to the FCC regulations rather than specific research on health issues relating to 2.4GHz Wireless LAN. The majority of investigation into the safety of wireless communications has been looking at mobile phone use. Results from the research have been inconclusive owing primarily to lack of evidence. Themajor published UK report is the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones, also known as the Stewart Report. Whilst there are some similarities between the technologies used in mobile phones and wireless networking on this scale, the key difference is in the power output: wireless networking devices output significantly less power than mobile phone handsets and transmitters. Tom Mahoney GCSE Coursework: ICT 10 Set 2 ...read more.

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