The Story Of My Tragedy And Triumph

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“You can come out of this. You don’t need to do exactly what your mind says”, my father yells to me.

My mother closes doors and takes us inside the Kitchen room so that the neighbours remain unaware of happenings at my home. Being a girl could damage my prospects as she had thought.

“No, I cannot. If not this, it will only be my death”, I scream.

Their (my parents) faces turn grim, then sad, then tears roll down their cheeks as they look at my helplessness while my siblings stand clueless. They gave me a night-long time, in the end, to arrive at a decision.

The next morning, I ask them to take me to a Psychiatrist as my mind had completely stopped helping me in any way.

This was the darkest night I have ever witnessed in my whole life. The night too long, too suffocating, and too scary to survive. It took months of hiding and pretending to reach this night after all. Hiding what I was going through inside my head and pretending that everything was just so cool with me.

The next day my parents and I reach the Hospital (best suggested by my dad’s friend) as we had booked an appointment. This was my first ever encounter with something that had much to do with my mind and least with my body. We wait till my turn comes as I was dying a thousand deaths in my mind. I thought that this treatment was not going to change anything in me while my mind was totally chaotic and flooded with ‘suicidal thoughts’.

I still remember that energetic lady Psychiatrist and her gracious smile in detail, before she gently asked my intro and things that led me to a ‘Mental Hospital’. This was my first ever experience of sharing all my personal events, thoughts, and decisions before someone. I’ve always been a very shy and reserved being in person. A bright student that always led others in good grades. An all-rounder in and outside school & college. A person always admired by family and society alike. The leader that commands her following well. The ‘stubborn’ that gets what she wants somehow.

I explained to the lady doctor how my mind just not helping me do anything but only die. I explained to her the event that slowly consumed myself inside me. I explained my threshold point when I lost the battle within and called it quits. I broke into tears in the end, and the doctor said “Relax. This is not love. You are going to get better. I promise you on this”.

“What? is that not?” I ask her right back.

“You can take my words for granted”, she confirms.

This was the first time when someone countered my firmly held narrative. I had a huge sigh of relief the moment she assured me that it was just my mind and nothing as such. Then she introduces me with a word in Psychiatry and explains to me how it has ruined my life so far. She said that I am a ‘Perfectionist’ and I tend to become ‘Goddess of Gods’ in her language precisely. She wrote down my case as ‘Major Depressive Disorder’ (also known as ‘Clinical Depression’).

“This is J.K Rowling moment of my life”, I said to myself.

The doctor admitted me to the emergency ward and asked to stay for three days so they could understand my case effectively. It was my first day in a Mental Ward and every other Patient on floor was strange and weird. I was feeling a little happier because my case is being addressed. It took them an aptitude test, a q & a session, and a Mental scanning to get at my personality and mental condition. My high-score this time in the latter one was not a good thing as it was the case with the former two.

I fainted for a few minutes after I was injected. I was told that I am being kept in ‘observance’ after being injected with ‘tranquilizers’. Tranquilizers are one of the types in ‘Psychotropic drugs’. The doctor checked my condition later in the evening. She said that I had a scope of ‘recovering’ faster as the ‘anxiety’ on my face had reduced tremendously in comparison to what it was in the morning that day.

I asked the doctors to haste in my discharge from the hospital as I had to return to Delhi,  where I was pursuing my coaching for some entrance exams. After three days, the Doctor discharges me with the ‘drug-prescriptions’ and the next date of my therapy. The following few days later, I returned to Delhi.

I presumed my coaching classes and studies, but I completely failed to ‘normalize’ my mind and started experiencing ‘vicious cycles of anxiety’ due to my ‘perfectionist’ traits. This only increased me in my ‘depression’ levels. I failed to understand my thought patterns and always felt in dire need of a Doctor and her medical ‘intervention’. I did not give my exams that year as I had a feeling that my preparation was not enough to tackle the exams. The regret that I wasted a year in my life was too deep to contain and as result to which I started having suicidal thoughts again!

I returned home with a ‘failure’ tag for the first time. I hid in my home for weeks as I could not face the society. I felt that I had failed my middle-class family and wasted their precious savings on nothing. I was still struggling with the previous-gotten ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’. And this only added to that.

The government announces scholarship exams to select the deserving candidates to free-sponsor coaching that I mentioned before and I found a good chance to prove my worth. I decided to give the scholarship exam and there was zero preparation. It consisted of a written-round and an interview-round. I managed to be in the top three amongst one-thousand students that had appeared. Being in the top three, I got to pursue coaching at country’s best institute in Delhi. Delhi had always been my dream like before. Yes, this is another proof of my caliber.

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Syeda Ayesha Hifza: The Story Of My Tragedy.

I was determined to bag best for myself. To end up landing in the position I desire for. But life played out its own. I kept repeating the same mistakes and these ‘mistakes’ triggered the same thoughts and these thoughts led me to the same end. Yes, I failed for the second time too. Yes, the result was another ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ in addition to the existing one.

This time, it was to have the worst of consequences. My parents felt that ‘medical treatment’ is not helping in any way and that I am only making excuses. They hid tablets that I was addicted to (quite common case in psychotropic-drugs). I started having issues with my parents after they stopped being tolerant of me like before. I was stopped from going to my ‘therapy sessions’. My mental condition started deteriorating furthermore.

I was interested in nothing in this whole damn world. I started sleeping excessively or not sleeping at all. Either case, I was laying on the bed most of the time. I still can feel the ‘mountainous’ burden that I had felt on me. I had to gather each ounce of energy in me even to do something as little as getting myself up the couch. I had drastically reduced my weight. My skin had turned pale and my eyes went deep.

I hit the point where I completely gave up on myself and my dreams. I could no longer find meaning in existence. The ‘existential crisis’ as they say in Psychology. Each passing moment was more disastrous than the previous one. I somehow used to make it up to a day. I had needed help from my parents but I was rejected each time I asked. They had stopped believing in ‘Psychiatry’ or ‘medical-aid’ after all.

But deep inside me, I wanted to live somehow. I wanted to survive somehow. The truth that ‘life is only granted once’ had a strong holding on my mind. The question that ‘what after death?’ was living me somehow.

I tried reaching out to people that could help me. I cried out to my friends explaining how bad my life has become. I reached out to ‘mental-health’ leads on social media platforms whom I did not know in person at all. I even phone called suicide helplines and spoke for hours when I felt at the lowest. I spent countless nights battling myself with my mind. I have felt that I’m hearing my mind making huge noises out and loud. I used to tightly cover my ears with pillows to avoid that feeling. I still have the habit of  pillows covering my ears while sleeping.

One night I decided to end all of this and try the thing that was striking my mind often. The thing that my close friend was always suggesting. “why don’t you just go out and start working whatever job it is“, she used to say. I thought to give heed to this call and end ‘procrastinating’ at once. The phenomenon which perfectionists always find themselves stuck in. I had known that my parents would not permit me to work outside our city due to my ‘depressed’ condition. So I lied that I am going to go on a holiday break that would make me feel better.

That decision was to change my life for the better. You may even call it best. The first job I went for was poles-apart to my stream. It belonged to Stock Brokering (Commerce) while my specialization was in Engineering (Science). I had prepared for interview questions by referring to the concepts of Stock Brokering in a brief duration of my journey, which spanned 4 hours from my city.

There were three rounds of interviews after a written aptitude test in the beginning. The interview with Chief of Client Relations over phone-call (because he was abroad for a work-related reason) being the final and deciding one. The board selected me among a few others that had attended the interview with me that day. Fact that I left those few who came from Commerce background with some being MBA graduates thrilled me. All thanks to my communication skills.

The main reason I decided to work outside was that I could get to consult the best Psychiatrist of the city and there will be no need to seek permission from my parents, that had completely given up on treatment and medicines. Still, the best part is that I can payout from my own purse. I remember I consulted 2-3 other Psychiatrists before I went to the best one. This best one is Dr. Ravi that operates in H.M.T Layout, Bangalore.

I had learned about him on the social media site of Quora and had thought best to give a try. He was an atheist by belief while I was religious in practice. I was more worried than I had ever been with any Psychiatrist while narrating my condition to him. I can still remember his calm yet stern posture. I explain to him my past and the present while he looked focused on my narrating.

“You have got the most beautiful smile. I don’t believe if there is any God. But if there is one, then you are truly gifted”, he quipped with a smile after I ended my narrating.

Not knowing how to respond to the sudden compliment from a stern and renowned Doctor that I am meeting for the first time, I only smiled at him. Later he introduced me to the ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy‘ and ‘Distortional Thinking Patterns’, which were to change my mind for the better and the life in larger. The unique thing to his treatment was that it had less to do with ‘Medical drugs’ and more to do with my thoughts and beliefs. It was not as easy and as fast too, but I was patient this time. Thanks to his words that still are etched on my mind.

“You should not hurry in matters of the mind. It has to go through what it has to”, he had remarked to my complaints of not getting recovered faster. His first advice that I should always strive to accept things as they are and the fact that acceptance makes the first step to solution remains the best of techniques I imbibed so far.

He destroyed some of my worst fears and thoughts through his plain-simple words and some through shedding light on lived experiences. He taught me to keep the ‘Journal’ and to ‘record’ my thoughts in writing so that I could sort out the solution in face of confusion.

After I developed half the ‘confidence’ and half the ‘hope’ I had lost, I stopped consulting him. I ‘recovered’ more than I had expected and became ‘normal’ in a matter of few months. The books I read during this phase played their own great role too. Among which ‘Man’s Search For Meaning by Dr. Viktor E Frankl’ and ‘The Perfectionism Workbook by Taylor Newendorp’ are the top two impactive reads. The Books helped me build innovative ways to address my inner issues. I also discovered that some solutions are just placed in your surroundings and learning from things around you will serve you better and faster.

I realized that my parents have always given their best and it was me that had mistaken them. They have even stayed with me while I was in Delhi just to make sure that I don’t feel lonely. ‘I deal with many parents bringing their kids here and I can say that your parents make the progressive set of them’ my Psychiatrist had remarked once. Infact I wouldn’t be here if not for their unrelented efforts and support to see me doing good one day.

Speaking of my friends, they played their best part and I truely don’t know ways to pay them back for putting up so perfectly with me. For always showing up when I needed them the most. For having helped me with all they posessed. Fact that I wanted to ‘live’ and somehow ‘survive’ the worst helped me hugely.

It took all drops of my blood, all inches of my nerves, and all ounces of my energy to stand up to myself again. If anything I have to say at this point is that all of it was only worth it.

As I end penning down this little embarrassing personal-saga, I feel that I should also share about the ‘love’ part I mentioned before. The one that pushed me into the darkest of wells ever. The one that is the heart of this saga and central to this whole experience. And here is what it is.

This handsome lad proposes me just in the final sem of my grad years and I felt that he came right out of my fairy-tale land inside of my head. A well-mannered, kind-hearted, and rarely found as I had described to my father. As I have mentioned much of first time’s, this was also my first time. The first time it happened to me that I felt I have fallen for someone head over heels and only he could be my life-partner. Everything was just too ‘perfect’ until he said that he wanted the marriage immediately. I rejected right away of course. I went ahead with my dreams in Delhi only to have a huge heart-break after learning about his marriage with another girl and the rest is the saga I narrated now.

It may sound oddest but trust me when I say that there was nothing as there will be in every love story. We have had exchanged very few text messages, did 3-4 phone calls (even that were to convey his straight-away proposal) and only have met once (at 6 feet distance in between) to discuss and decide on the table.

Yes, this was absolutely ‘silliest ever thing’ on my part as my doctors, family, and friends always said to me, which I only used to refuse. Because I had deeply held ‘love is pure, love is eternal, as once it happens, it forever stays’ kind of fantasy-beliefs of my childish and stubborn heart on high. All thanks to the epic love-stories, popular love-books, and block-buster romantic movies that I had grown up believing in for giving such a hard time. haha!

There is much to say what went behind the above journey. Depression meaning stuck over the past helplessly and Anxiety meaning worrying too much about everything coming ahead. Both are definitely disabling and not easy to deal with and defeat finally. At worse, they eventually had took me into the hell of ‘existential crisis’ where people feel no meaning to existence. Kicking off ‘existential crisis’ and re-discovering the meaning in life is not an easy thing. My inner world, the way this complex world operates and the way I see life were all the parties at play. But once you succeed at it, you will know no failure again. This essay does document my journey but only in it’s skeletal structure. The flesh and blood is always essential to make it complete. I want to write for you, that as well, in breif. But let that be a story for another beautiful day.

Personally, if you are someone that is living in hell each day. That is constantly battling with oneself and failing each time. That doesn’t know how to make life anymore. That is struggling to understand whatever. That feels worthless all the time. That is uncertain of anything turning good someday somewhere. Let me to tell you that you’re not alone. Many have been there and many will be there. Seek help through crying to the God. Hang on till you discover hope. Endure till the relief arrives. Consult a Psychiatrist or Psychologist if it’s needed, unapologetically. Reach out to whom ever that you feel can help you out, unhesitatingly. Be more courageous and daring than you ever were. Try every single thing that ever interested you even if it did for just once. Treat yourself for every smallest of accomplishments. Love yourself, caress yourself and be with yourself each single second. If not for the world or anyone, do it for yourself, for you are only You!

“Today you are You.

That is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is you’re than You”

– Dr. Seuss

Lastly but most importantly,

It is always and always the Almighty Allah and Islam that helped me in wading through this hella experience. I thank Allah for what I am today. For He has helped me, saved me and loved me in the ways most unpredictable.

Presenting Naaz Joshi, The First Indian Trans- Sexual Woman to Have Won Miss World Diversity

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Naaz Is a name she has given herself, Naaz means pride, born on December 31st 1984 in middle class family, where ideology of born trans child was not accepted, her parents disowned her, it was the love of her muslim mother and grandmother that they decided to send her to their distant relatives in Mumbai. She grew up in loneliness, at the tender age of 7 she found herself washing dishes at the roadside dhaba in Malad, and at the same time started studying at the local school,her nightmare began when her cousin brother who was then 24 and she was 11, gang raped her multiple times, she was hospitalized and on death bed, it was the power of saying her no to the odds that kept her alive

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Soon after she got discharged from hospital she met Shabnam, who showed her the doors of dance bar. She danced at night and studied in day, she ran away from her uncle’s home to feel safe and secure. Since childhood she was big fan of Bollywood diva Sridevi, in 1999 she met her cousin sister Viveka babajee who showed her way to fashion industry.she started doing back stage help, and finally landed at NIFT Delhi, this time Delhi had new plans for her, she was not welcomed at NIFT But often mocked by fellow gay students, Naaz found job at Ritu Kumar and then Ritu beri, but she had to quit the Jobs because men would often want to make physical contacts with her, and deep down scars of her rape were still there. She wanted a peaceful life, but then she heard that her twin brother demised, she contacted her uncle and got the number of her home, she came back to home but her parents had a condition that she will not tell her true identity to this world.

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She stayed them for a while, but this seemed to be a bird living in a golden cage. Naaz took over her brother’s fashion bussiness but it didn’t do well. She eventually decided to sell herself, she wanted to go for sex re assignment surgery but it had to cost her a bomb. After selling herself for four years naaz started modelling in 2012 and she captured the eye of ace fashion photographer Rishi Taneja who captured her life in black and white series, a television channel and a news magazine took note of her, where this big channel decided to do story on naaz’s life the other had put on their cover.

But this was not the end, she still found difficulty in getting work in fashion industry, her clients from fashion industry who were her clients used to blackmail her on being a prostituting and asked her to pack her bags. Stubborn Naaz decided to launch her own event company mihm in 2015 and started working on women empowerment, by now she has done 11 beauty pageants under her company. She also happens to be India’s first trans cover model on indian and international magazine, and she is recorded in India book of records and Limca book of records and in Asia book of records.

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In 2016 end Naaz caught up with auto immune disease which is non curable it’s unknown disease, the only option is to take off the spleen, as that disease has left her with splenomegaly, she is on constant supplements so that her blood cells don’t go down. In 2018, Naaz has adopted a baby girl and became youngest transmother in the country to a just 15 days old baby girl, sharanaya Joshi, who is miss infant universe 2019 also. Naaz never knew she will be a beauty Queen one day, the crown she saw on head of Sushmita and Aishwarya will come her way too. In 2017 miss world diversity announced its first edition of online contest and she became the inaugural queen of miss world diversity.

In the year 2018, she went for ms World Diversity in Dubai, she won again but indian media did not give her what she was looking for. Now Naaz is going to Mauritius putting all her hardwork and money that if she wins this time and competing with natural born women, her country media will support her and inspire others by her story.

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How to effectively use iPhone notifications

iPhone notifications They have a double edge. They can be very useful every day or become a tool of real annoyance if we do not set up its work well, not because they do not work well, but because they use all the applications and games correctly.

But with some changes, notifications will become a way to find out about important messages, notifications and events from our lock screen. without the need to unlock the phone and do not open the application.

Most fundamental

By default, iPhone notifications are displayed as a semi-transparent rectangle. It goes down from the top and rises again. This indicates the application that sends it, at what time (“now” for the first time) and the message in question.

To see all the notifications, you must go to the lock screen and drag the screen up. So, we will see the Notification Center where previous notifications are displayed until we delete or delete them depending on the configuration.

If you receive multiple notifications from the same application, they will be grouped together to take up less space. Clicking on a group of notifications you will see them separately. Clicking on the notification will open the application that generated it, for example, WhatsApp, Mail, Messages, Facebook …

By clicking on the X next to the city code, the Notifications Center will be deleted. If you drag notifications to the left, you can delete them, view their contents or manage them.

The option to see its contents will show the survey according to the application. In fact, it will display the most important content more fully than in the notification. And the option to manage It is used to change the notification settings of the application in question.

Grouped or not grouped

Notification groups are designed to optimize the available space in the notification center. But if you want to display them separately, you can ungroup them in each application Settings> Notifications , select the application, and then grouping notifications , Default option will be activated automatically , if we note the invalidWe will see a notification in chronological order and are mixed between different applications. With the option On the application, they will be separated, but in order of use.

Disable preview

By default, the previous screen will be displayed on the lock screen, and you will be able to watch the review as we have already checked before. But you may not want it to be so that curious glances do not know the content of the messages you receive. In this case, you can finish it from Settings> Notifications> View previews ,

Among the options to choose from, this is always the default. If you choose If it is unlocked This notification history is displayed on the lock screen only when you unlock your iPhone with a PIN or fingerprint ( Touch ID ) or face recognition ( Personality ). The third option is ever limited to exclude a preview of notifications.

Alerts Styles

By default, all alerts are enabled, but we can be more specific , which will help us distinguish alerts from one or another application. For example, Settings> Notifications In each application, we can indicate whether we want the notification to be displayed on a locked screen, in the Notification Center, and / or on tapes when the screen is unlocked.

The most useful option will be the sounds that will help us customize the notifications in accordance with the application. In this way, we will know if we received an email, a WhatsApp message or a Facebook message without looking at the screen.

Discrete Notifications

From the notification center, you can reconfigure iPhone notifications if you receive an excessive amount of messages from certain applications or games.

Swipe the notification on the left and click manage . We’ll have two main options. c Get careful notifications from this app will still be received, but they will not be visible on the lock screen and will not make any noise or see the corresponding rectangle.

The second option is more radical, Disable … and we will no longer see ads for this application. If you want to receive these notifications, you just need to go to Settings> Notifications, select the application from the list and activate the Allow notificationsoption again . Moreover, when we see these two options by clicking on the settings, we will see all the options for this application related to notifications.

Unsustainable exploitation of sand destroys rivers and seas

Every day, 18 kg of sand and gravel are mined by every inhabitant of the planet for the manufacture of concrete, asphalt and glass. Changes in consumption patterns, population growth and urbanization have tripled their demand over the past 20 years, and are now being used more than what is happening naturally, which negatively affects our planet.

Global demand for sand and gravel, which is about 50 billion tons per year, is the main polluter and causes flooding in some cases, when depletion of aquifers in others, and even contributes to worsening droughts, reveals a new UN report on the environment.

Sand and gravel are the main unrecognized materials of farms. They operate around the world and represent the largest amount of solids mined in the world. Without them, there would be no concrete, asphalt or glass for the construction of schools, hospitals, roads, solar panels and other infrastructure necessary for systems and methods of construction and industrial production. current.

The Arena and Sustainable Development report showed how changes in consumption patterns, population growth, constant urbanization, and infrastructure development have tripled the demand for this raw material over the past 20 years.

In addition, dams and mining activities have reduced river sediment reserves in many coastal areas, which has led to a reduction in sediments in the river delta and accelerated beach erosion.

“We spend our sand budget faster than we can do it responsibly.” By improving global sand resource management, we can more effectively manage this vital resource and demonstrate that infrastructure and nature can move forward. Joyce Msuya, Acting UN Executive Director for the Environment.

The purpose of the report is a global discussion on the management of these resources, the most mined and sold volume after water.

Due to the fact that sand mining is regulated differently throughout the world, regions important for biodiversity and ecosystems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to problems resulting from the local application of these rules. In addition, there is a growing trend of illegal and unsustainable mining in marine, coastal and freshwater ecosystems.

Serious problem

In addition, sand mining becomes a transboundary problem. International trade in resources is increasing due to high demand in areas where there are no local banks, and is expected to increase by 5.5% annually, depending on urbanization and infrastructure development.

Unsustainable sand mining not only affects the environment, but can also have significant social consequences. For example, removing sand from beaches can jeopardize the development of the local tourism industry, while removing sand from rivers and mangroves leads to a reduction in the crabs population, which is detrimental to the harvesters of these crustaceans. These are mainly women whose lifestyle depends on this profession.

In countries such as India and China, as well as in other countries in Asia, Africa and South America, numerous mining operations are underway. sand does not comply with environmental regulations, and social consequences have already been noted.

For example, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia are legal and illegal sources of aggregate materials for the development of a regional economic corridor and land reclamation projects in Southeast Asia. Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania in Africa and Colombia in South America were identified as areas with sustainability issues for this sector.

Extraction to the detriment of others

These examples, among other things, demonstrate that uncontrolled mining occurs at the expense of other sectors of the economy, local livelihoods and biodiversity. Direct security risks for people who work in the area and live in communities where this is done include sinking workers who remove sand from canals, subsidence and landslides in the areas where they live. ; extract.

Legal and illegal activities are increasingly reported in adjacent areas and even in established reserves and protected areas of biodiversity. Unique places that were provided to society are so important from one point of view. Ecological and cultural view that they can not adapt to economic activities that are incompatible with the biophysical integrity of these ecosystems. Negative impacts have already been reported for marine and freshwater fish, as well as for birds and endangered species such as turtles and dolphins.

The need for a new policy

The report also warns that meeting the needs of ten billion people without harming the environment will require effective planning, regulatory and management policies.

Currently, the extraction and use of sand is determined by its local geography and management context and does not have the same rules, practices and ethics throughout the world. The purpose of the report is the starting point from which a productive global conversation on sand mining can begin.

To reduce irresponsible and illegal mining, UN-Environment proposes to adapt existing standards and best practices to national conditions. It also seeks to invest in monitoring and measuring the production and consumption of sand, and suggests establishing a dialogue between the main participants and stakeholders

Computer Safety instructions that you need and procedure

Over time and use computers usually store dust, hair, stains, drops and dirt. For this reason, it is recommended to periodically clean the computer and its components. How to clean your desktop or laptop? In this article, we will review the procedure, safety instructions, and items needed to thoroughly clean your computer.

Before you begin: what do you need to clean your computer?

Cleaning a computer, whether it be a desktop computer or a laptop, is a relatively simple procedure that takes us about two hours and must be done regularly. How many timesThis will depend on the environment in which we are located and its location, since it is not the same as having a tower on the first floor of a house with pets that have it on the table in the laboratory.

Although a good approximation can be done once a year, there are in fact unambiguous signs, such as heating, excessive ventilation or a powerful fan ,

To clean the computer, we need a number of items. We consulted with experts such as Juan Carlos Lopez, Javier Pastor and Javier Penalva for cleaning tips ,

First we need a set of precision screwdrivers (8.21 euros). There will be cases when only one is enough, but it is desirable to have a kit at home.

In the market, we find a lot of different price packages, although knowing that this is a “lifelong” purchase, it is worth it. Decent quality, ergonomic and with a magnetic tip , that they are not magnetized? We can do it ourselves by moving the magnet from the metal base to the tip, repeating the movement several times in one direction.

We will also need a spray of compressed air (5.79 euros) to remove the inlaid dirt in hard to reach places. For this task, we could also use a vacuum cleaner, carefully using it in places where parts are small and fragile. Another element to remove dust is a small brush (8.55 euros) or even a soft bristled brush to remove dust without damaging the components.

To clean the internal surfaces and components. We need a microfiber cloth (7.99 euros), and outside we can use the same cloth or dust bag. Some tampons – tampons for the ears – we also need smaller sections.

We consulted with Engadget experts about the fluid used to clean the computer, and its general recommendation is to leave specific cleaning products aside and to make our own cleaning fluid, high efficiency and more affordable , Juan Carlos Lopez gives us a recipe:

  • 80% distilled water.
  • 20% isopropyl alcohol (9.90 euros)
  • A few drops of desiccant (photoshop).

Isopropyl alcohol is used to clean electronic devices without damaging them , which we will use in the solution. For its part, the desiccant will evaporate the liquid in a short time.

Security issues when cleaning the computer

Before proceeding with the cleaning of equipment and its peripheral devices, we disconnect them from the electric current to avoid discharges for us and for the circuits that make it up. We will also lend special attention to static electricity ,

And this is what components of electronic circuits may suffer due to static electricity, which we naturally generate . In this sense, it is desirable to handle them in latex gloves (11.04 euros), which will also protect us from dust, and with an antistatic belt. (7.49 euros).

Electrostatic bracelets are bracelets that are attached to the wrist with a cable ending in a clip that we connect to ground, using a chassis or a metal tower. Another option to get rid of static electricity is to touch a metal surface with your fingers.

If we suffer from breathing problems or are allergic It is highly recommended to use a dust mask (€ 19.52) when processing and cleaning the inside of the computer, taking into account the amount of dust remaining. he accumulates.

How to clean the tower outside and inside

The first thing to do is to place the computer on a table cleaned, spacious, with sufficient lighting and ventilation, and with something below, it can be cardboard or plastic rubber that collects dirt and avoids contact.

Turn off the equipment and disconnect it from the power supply. To clean your appearance, we will use a microfiber cloth moistened with cleaning fluid. For ports and slots It is better to use a brush or compressed air spray.

The time has come to open the equipment . In the case of a tower, external screws are often found which, once removed, allow one side to be removed for access inside. In the case of a laptop, we will turn it over and unscrew it. Although the internal part of notebooks is basically the same, the distribution and access vary from one brand to another and even between different models.

A good way to not lose the screws and remember where they come from is to mark a sheet of paper on a sheet of paper and place the screws inside by entering your name. Thus, we could write a “cover” and leave the screws used to fix the part inside.

Once we have reached the inside, we strike small blows at the fans located inside, thus affecting the blades and the stem. When submitting an application, we must have special Care in places where there are components like a motherboard, RAM, or a processor, dropping frames at a certain distance.

It’s time to clean the motherboard and components , Try to disconnect the cables and some components, such as RAM or hard disk, and our know-how as much as possible to keep everything as it is. The cleaner the area, the better we can clean.

Carefully apply a bristle brush, as well as cotton swabs or a microfiber cloth, depending on the available space. Be careful, because the cleaning fluid must not come in contact with the motherboard, PC board or any other sensitive electronic element, because moisture can damage them ,

To improve the cooling of the processor It is desirable to update the thermal grease (6.48 euros). To do this, we will remove the old paste with isopropyl alcohol and apply thermal grease with specific characteristics recommended by the manufacturer.

The more components you remove and clean, the better the result. However, even if you stick to the surface cleaning on the inside, the improvement is great .

How to clean the monitor

Dust, spray and fingerprints clog computer screens over time. However, it is quite simple to leave them clean.

Of course, pay special attention to the liquid used for cleaning: not a wiper or alcohol, because they can damage the anti-glare protection of the panels ,

According to Juan Carlos Lopez, our editor specializing in image and sound, it’s better not to complicate the cleaning kits and use a cloth soaked in liquid to clean the screens (5.60 euros) or do it yourself. just as explained above.

When the cleaning fluid is ready, we can clean the monitor, regardless of the type of panel, matte or glossy finish ,

First, we turned it off from power. In the case of a laptop, we turn off the equipment. We wet a microfiber cloth with cleaning fluid. It is important that you do not apply the liquid directly to the screen ,

Gently rub in circles , panel and frame, so that the aisles are not marked. Alcohol and desiccant quickly evaporates water, so there is no more residue.

Keyboard cleaning

Between the keys and below them are dust, food, liquids and other particles that may cause this problem. does not work properly when you press certain keys ,

To clear the keyboard, the first thing to do is: unplug the cable — if it has one, it connects it to the computer. If this is a laptop, we will turn it off and unplug it. If it uses a PS / 2 port, we will have to disable the keyboard when the equipment is turned off.

Then we lay it face down and gently shake to try to remove the dirt. To remove leftovers between keys that did not exit after installation, use a compressed air dispenser. Another alternative is to use a vacuum cleaner, yes, there is Attention to the suction power and the condition of the keys ,

After we have removed the inlaid dirt, we will clean the surface of the fingertips from fingers and other substances. To do this, we moisten cotton cloth and ear cushions with cleaning fluid, gently rubbing the keys and dividing the keys between them. This is important. Do not pour cleaning fluid directly onto the keyboard.

When the keyboard is clean and dry, we reconnect it to the computer.

Mouse cleaning

There are two types of mice on the market, those of the optical and mechanical type . Each of them is essentially the same, although the mechanics require a bit more dedication to have moving parts.

In the case of optical mice, internal cleaning is not required, as they have no moving parts, although their displacement may deteriorate over time due to the accumulation of dust in the light emitter.

Mechanical mice are especially sensitive to dust and particles accumulating them inside and making it difficult to move.

To clean a mouse, the first thing to do is unplug it from the computer in case it has a cable. If it has a PS / 2 port, we will first turn off the computer. If it’s a wireless mouse, we’ll take out the batteries.

Then moisten a clean cloth with cleaning fluid or, if not, isopropyl alcohol, and clean the outside. As with the keyboard, we will have to be careful not to inject liquid inside ,

If our mouse is mechanical, remove the ball by first removing its stopper, turning it clockwise so that you can clean the inside of the ball and the ball with a single cloth or dry paper.

When it is completely dry, we will assemble the parts and connect them to the equipment. If it’s a PS / 2 mouse, we’ll do it with the computer turned off.

Xertica, from entrepreneurship to the largest Google Cloud partner in Latin America

The company, founded by Colombian and Peruvian businessmen, has been awarded the Google Cloud Reseller LatAm Partner Award for the third year in a row.

Thanks to the successful implementation and execution of hundreds of projects based on agile solutions that have a positive impact on the leading companies in Latin America, Xertica has again been recognized by Google Cloud, for the third year in a row , with the price Google Cloud Reseller LatAm partner of the year in l & # 39; event Google Cloud Next Partner Summit # 19.

“Over the past year, Xertica has demonstrated its experience in Google Cloud and its commitment to customer success.”said Carolee Gearhart, vice president of global channel sales for Google Cloud.

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Xertica, one of the leading consulting firms and solutions cloud in Latin America, made a total of 368 projects in 2018, with 60,887 users in Latin America. The services he has put in place for his clients include the implementation of digital workspaces, the complete migration of datacenters to the cloud (and the creation of new scalable features for his clients) , as well as improving decision-making processes based on: in the data, among other solutions.

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“Xertica has a unique capability in Latin America to drive digital transformation processes and leverage the benefits and flexibility of the cloud to generate results with a high commercial impact.” We are honored to be awarded Google Cloud for the third time in a row, we remain committed to providing our customers with the best solutions, services and support, and to building the capabilities and experience of our great team across the region. “said Antonio Couttolenc, CEO of Xertica.

“Xertica has a unique capability in Latin America that enables it to manage digital transformation processes and leverage the benefits and flexibility of the cloud to deliver results that have a significant impact on business operations.”

The formula for Xertica’s success was one: go all. The history of the company dates back to the beginning of Google’s presence in Latin America. It began when its founders from three countries decided to join forces to become the partner The largest Google in the region. This, coupled with its aggressive recruitment strategy of the best talent available in Mexico, Colombia and Peru, allowed them to add this award for the third year in a row.

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In addition to providing assurance for the effective implementation of solutions, Xertica also supports its customers’ processes with constant support and advice. The company has developed a technology change management methodology it’s not just about business tools and processes, it’s about the human aspects of that change. This holistic approach has allowed the company to help its customers better manage their digital transformation and maximize the value of their investment.