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Warning for XP Users

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Microsoft has cut the cord with the OS Windows XP. No longer will it provide patches, bug fixes, security changes or updates that will help provide more stability. Windows XP has always had security problems and been plagued with issues, which is why Windows 7 and 8 were created. A lot of XP users believed for a long time that as long as they had a virus protection program on their computer it meant they were safe, which was partially true. However, because most of the issues with XP go to the core, all this meant was that you were still on...

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Repair vs Replace

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in News, Small Business, Troubleshooting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Repair vs Replace

The Issue at Hand Over the past two weeks I’ve been presented with this dilemma 4 different times.  Anywhere from a broken laptop screen to a dead hard drive, the question is, “Should I fix my computer or just replace it?”  Inevitably, the follow up question is, “What would you do?”  This is always a difficult question for me, I want to offer the best possible advice to the customer and I want to do it without potential payment clouding my recommendation.  So here is my thought process when I’m asked...

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How To Use: Dell ExtPart

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in News, Small Business | 1 comment

A few weeks ago we were working on a desktop that needed a new hard drive. So, we made an Image of the existing one (80G) and once we received the new hard drive we put the old drive image onto the new drive (750G). The issue came after the re-image when we recognized the new HD showed only having 80G instead of 750G. I needed to find a program that would fix this issue. Dennis told me about a program called ExtPart. ExtPart is a Dell Utility that takes any unallocated space that you might have and allows you to add it into an already...

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Tech in the Deep Freeze, Pt 2

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Computer Fun, News | 0 comments

Tech in the Deep Freeze, Pt 2

Getting Through the Cold Have you ever been so cold that your body refuses to work?  Your fingers and toes don’t want to uncurl, your arms and legs refuse to move you from your warm spot in the bed, your brain refuses to take your side in the argument against your body on the fact that you must go to work today.  Ultimately, for most of us, we make it out of bed and get to work as close to ‘on time’ as possible and we aren’t that much worse for wear, but we don’t do it without help.  Layers of clothing,...

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Tech in the Deep Freeze, Pt 1.

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Computer Fun, News | 0 comments

Tech in the Deep Freeze, Pt 1.

Too Cold for Me It was a brisk 3 degrees when I woke up this morning.  My mind and body are completely unable to comprehend that number in terms of temperature.  As far as I can tell, it’s just colder than I want it to be and I should be sleeping comfortably in my bed waiting for it to all go away.  How is it possible for anything to function in this kind of cold?  Funny you should ask that, Reader-Inside-My-Head…some things aren’t designed to work in this kind of cold or even a cold less bitter. Too Cold for Tech? Did...

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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Small Business | 1 comment

I cannot count the number of times that I have been in a rush and wished that there was a way to complete a task besides always relying on the mouse. Using Keyboard Shortcuts can save loads of time and therefore, increase productivity. Here are a few of the most useful Windows Keyboard Shortcuts available. Go ahead and give some of them a try, once you start to use them you will begin to wonder how you could have ever lived without.   Popular Hot Keys Ctrl-Esc: Start Menu (Useful on some laptops that don’t have a Windows...

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Spyware by Phone

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Security | 0 comments

Malware creators and distributors are kicking it up a notch at the local level.  It’s no longer good enough to just have Antivirus Software, we are to the point where a monthly (if not weekly) scan of your computer with a suitable Spyware Scanner is almost a requirement.  Now however, something that I’ve only seen as an issue at the business level is starting to trickle down and affect home users as well. I have a computer in my shop now that was infected in a way that I’ve never heard of happening to a home user before....

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My Windows 8 Experience

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in News, Review, Small Business | 2 comments

My Windows 8 Experience

Yesterday I decided to throw caution to the wind and fully commit to Windows 8 Professional.  I backed up my data, formatted my hard drive, and did a fresh install of Microsoft’s latest OS.  After having used it now for nearly 5 hours of actual business time I realize that I’m seeing things that might be nice to know for businesses thinking about moving to Windows 8 in the near future.  So, I’ll be keeping a running commentary going on Twitter using the tag #windows8experience.  This page will also constantly be updated...

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Prevent Spyware – Slow Down A Little

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Security, Small Business, Troubleshooting | 0 comments

Spyware and Viruses are becoming a larger and larger problem as the year goes by.  The only research I’ve done into that fact is the number of instances that I’m seeing pop up on my clients’ computers.  It’s moving from a “Common Home PC / Occasional Work PC Issue” to a “Common Everyone Issue”.    Now I’m forced to answer the hard question; how did this get through my Antivirus?  Everyone knows that you have to have Antivirus Software.  It keeps your PC running smooth when all the...

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SEO Tips: Relevance

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Small Business | 14 comments

Many times your website is the first introduction to your company that a potential client has, but to make that introduction you have to be found.  To be found you need to make Google happy somehow, from the myriad of other sites for businesses just like yours, you need to stand out.  I’m publishing a series of tips that will help to get your site moved farther up the list on all search engines, but specifically Google. Today’s Tip: Relevance In a previous post I wrote about the importance of regular updates, making sure things are...

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