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Beware of Installing ANYTHING!

Do you search or find programs to install, simply by using Google, and choosing any link available? Maybe you also don't read the windows that pop-up once installation begins. If both of those are true, you also are likely to skip the EUA (End User Agreement) that may also pop-up. If all the above are true, your computer is most likely running on borrowed time.

Hidden programs are in a vast majority of the otherwise useful application or game you're installing on your computer. These programs are known by many names:

The REAL Price of Computers

A local business in Central Square just tasked me with putting together a proposal for a custom computer. I feel they may have sticker shock, however. Quality parts and a well thought out business computer is NOT an off the shelf system. Those companies with high advertising budgets and deep pockets are able to brainwash the public into thinking their inexpensive mass-produced systems will do everything that everyone wants and needs them to do... That is just not the case!

It takes time to learn what the customer needs and how they work. Once I have an idea of what they need, it then takes time to put together an order and await the customer's go-ahead.

Web Browser Crashes

 There's a lot of differences between Internet Explorer version 8 through vs 11. Several bug fixes, changes in the menu interface, plus the way web pages are displayed. However, if your computer crashes repeatedly or simply cannot display any web page, it's possible that your web browser is to blame.

IE 8

I recently came across a system that did not function correctly, not loading ANY web page. This system had other issues, but even once those were repaired this problem remained. Windows was fully updated to the latest browser, version 11 of Internet Explorer. So, it was down graded to version 10, then 9, finally 8. Eight was the ONLY version that would work! The same was true for Google Chrome, an older version from back in December 2013 was the only version that worked without crashing. In fact, the system crashed to the point of a blue screen...

Dirty Computers

This is one of the dirtiest desktop systems I've ever worked on. It was surprising the system was still running with how much dirt was inside this system! As part of our full service, the system was cleaned up inside and out. This did take quite some time, but the customer was not charged for the added service. 

A computer with this much dust and dirt inside can experience overheating and even component failure. If you bring your system in for service it is always thoroughly cleaned. Doing so will add to the life of your system.

Refurbished Computers Available

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • Windows 7, 64 bit
  • 8 USB Ports

$175 + Tax

Add a 17" flat panel monitor, keyboard and mouse and pay only

$200 + Tax 

Windows 7 PC for sale

Also available are several 17" flat panel monitors for

$30 + Tax

Don't Lockout Your Car Stereo

Newer model vehicles have a security feature with their audio/navigation systems. If you lose power to them you may have to enter a security code, otherwise your device will be unusable! Dealers are supposed to have this code entered for you in a sticker either on the inside of your glove box or inside your auto manual. 

Guard Your Data

A few days ago I had a customer call me saying she received a call from someone claiming they were from Windows. They were asking to connect to her computer. She asked me if this was a legitimate phone call.

I said, No. This guy was definately a scammer. For one thing, he said he was from Windows where he should have said Microsoft. The second thing was that it was an unsolicited phone call.

Believe it or not, all one of these scumbags needs is a few mouseclicks from you and they could get software installed on your computer that would allow them to see everything you have stored and where you go on your computer. They could also steal your passwords, bank account information, basically everything you have stored digitally.

Safeguard your data. Don't trust anyone. If you're unsure of situations like this, give us a call.

Fix Your System Before The Holidays

Do you have a system that needs repair now, or that you're thinking of bringing in near the holidays? Whether it's a laptop, desktop or server, if parts are required to repair it that we must order, the holiday shipping overrun may affect the speed with which your parts are delivered.

Of course we can expedite your shipping, but there is still no guarantee that the item(s) will arrive as quickly as you need the device returned. Also, those fees may be quite expensive.

We will still service everyone's systems through the holiday season. Everyone will receive our fast turn-around speed, however. We'll be here throughout the holiday season to service our customers. Our point is simply to be aware of possible delays in shipping if parts must be ordered.

PC Makers Having Trouble

In an Associated Press article today, 8/27/2012, they discussed the issues PC makers were having keeping profitable. They also hinted of the eventual demise of those companies. Both HP and Dell reported a loss of 60% in market value! This is yet another reason to purchase a custom computer from us when you're ready to upgrade or buy an additional system.

PC makers are generally to slow to respond to industry changes and coming trends. By the time they do, what you see on the shelves are older technology. Compare one of our systems next to a standard PC maker's computer (our's are on the right). They generally will be plain, black, and when you look closely, cheaply made. Boot them up and you can see the difference right away.

Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server (WHS) is a lesser version of the beefier Windows Server operating system. WHS can really be used by more than just home users. We use it in our home but also for our business as well - which isn't that difficult because we're a home business...

What you can do with WHS is pretty amazing.

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