HEIDI E. H. AYCOCK AND JEFF SLOAN
HOW DO YOU FIND A GIFT FOR THE COMPUTER EXPERT WHO HAS EVERYTHING? WHAT ABOUT FIRST-TIME COMPUTER USERS? WITH THE HOLIDAYS IN DRIVE X: AND YOUR IMAGINATION ERASED FROM MEMORY, YOU COULD PROBABLY USE SOME HELP. DON'T WORRY—FIND THE PERFECT PRESENT IN THIS
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
To keep your computer healthy, you have to keep it clean. Whether you're running spreadsheets or flight simulators, dust and grime can really ruin your progress. And static's no friend either. We've listed some good products, but there are many more.
The Computer Starter Kit
For new computer owners, it's hard to decide what accessories to buy. This kit gives you some of the more basic items—a disk file, a Curtis Clip copy holder, a pair of universal printer legs, a computer cleaning kit, and a surge protector.
When it's time to clean your computer screen, don't wipe it. Vacuum it. Dusting the screen with a cloth can create static, but a computer vacuum, such as the Data-Vac, safely clears the dust away.
Keep your PC clean with a dusting brush especially designed for your computer. It's static free, and it's made out of—strange though it may sound—vegetable fiber. When the brush gets dirty, you can toss it in the washing machine. And you can even choose between a plastic or a wood handle.
Computers seem to breed electrical cords and interface cables. To keep them tidy and out of the way, try these Velcro strips that tie all the technical tendrils together. Super Binders are available in four lengths and come in packages of two.
Typewriter/Printer Preventive Maintenance Kit
Falcon Safety Products
Remember that cookie crumb that fell between the Q and the W keys on your keyboard? Couldn't get it out with a toothpick or even a pickax, could you? This package can help clean up your keyboard and printer and keep them clean. The kit includes a dust remover, print-element cleaner, and platen conditioner and cleaner.