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Keep your computers running smoothly – avoid headaches!

Full article is at https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-keep-your-remote-work-setup-running-smoothly-with-regular-maintenance/

Computers and laptops really do need regular maintenance to keep running. NONE of this is difficult, but will avoid a LOT of headaches.

It does NOT look like this!


  • Check for Updates
  • Shut down the device [don’t just restart]. Wait a few minutes. THEN turn them back on.
    • It REALLY DOES solve a variety of mysterious issues.
  • Clean up – use a cloth to remove dust and fingerprints and all the other ickiness from your device.
    • Most microfiber cloths will do just fine. You do NOT have to go buy something “computer specific”.
    • Clean the webcam as well.


  • Refresh your internet connection – unplug your cable modem, router, switches – any gizmo relating to your internet connection. Wait a couple of minutes, then turn them back on.
    • It will take several minutes for all the device to reconnect and get settled in. Go have a glass of sweet tea while you wait, and take a deep breath.
  • Check your accounts. Go to  Have I Been Pwned to see if any of your accounts have been in a data breach. Apple’s Safari Browser as well as Google Chrome might also prompt you about accounts that have been compromised.
  • Check your backups – you DO have a back up of important data?
    • If you don’t, you’d best get on that right now. Machines DO fail – it is only a matter of time.


  • Review your setup. Retire anything you don’t use.
    • That is a great idea from a security perspective, could save money on your power bill, and will certainly help declutter your space.
  • Document your setup – write it down! How are things connected, what gizmos do you have in the house, serial numbers, etc.

ALEKS is not working on my iPad

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What to do if ALEKS is misbehaving on your iPad

If ALEKS is not working on your iPad, here are some things to check.

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Are you on the network? Trying visiting a website you haven’t been to in a month, or one you’ve never visited [hamsandwichtees.com, for example].

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Make sure you are on the CORRECT network: MDS-student for upper school, MDS-middle for middle school.

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Have you tried using a different browser? You have three to choose from [Safari, Chrome, Firefox are all installed on your iPad. DuckDuckGo and Brave are also available on the App portal].

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Have you done the iPad Reboot Dance in the last week? If not, do it.

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Visit the ALEKS troubleshooting site. Run the diagnostics by clicking the button.

Typically Popups are blocked on the iPad. If the ALEKS troubleshooting site indicates that your popups are blocked, see these articles that tell you how to allow popups.

Facebook Account Hacked?

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