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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
A member of the CNY Cat Coalition is in need of a new laptop. She was going to purchase one, but had to fund costs for a sick foster cat out of her own pocket. If you have a newer model laptop that you no longer have use for, or may need some repairs, or are just looking to upgrade your system, please contact us. Depending on the needed repairs, I may be able to refurbish the laptop and give it to her. She has not had a working computer in some time and having a laptop would greatly assist her in organizational and communication capabilities.
Thank you for your assistance.
For those of you who have downloaded the free (or purchased) version of Malwarebytes, an anti-malware program that claims to remove spyware and similar software, beware... You may be slowing your system down severely. The newer version of this program is actually a full antivirus program. That may sound like good news initially, however, most computers already have an antivirus program installed. Whether it is running effectively or not, you will most likely experience problems. Your system may not even run after the install! I've experienced this first hand.
You have some extra money, and come across an inexpensive laptop or desktop system at the local store. It was a great deal. Just a few hundred dollars, the latest operating system, a warranty, nice and new and shiny too!
One day you start it up, and it has this unfamiliar message on the screen:
This is one of many common scenarios.
If you've ever burned a DVD with your computer before, you may have thought that it was pretty cool. Up to 4.6 (or so) Gigabytes of data saved onto a small disk, the same physical size as a music CD. However, were you aware that there's also a higher capacity DVD available, called dual layer disks, or DVD DL? These disks can hold up to about 8.4 Gigabytes. Sure, there is the new capacity Blue Ray disks, but you need a newer blue ray burner for that, plus the disks are still quite expensive, about $5 each, or more. DVD DL disks can be purchased in packs of 30 or 50 bringing the cost down to about 80 cents each. Normal capacity DVD disks can be bought in bulk as well, bringing the price per disk down to around 20 cents.
The benefits of burning your data to dual layer disks are:
A few hours have gone by, and you're getting frustrated. You've been unplugging and reconnecting your hard drive continuously, even trying other computers. Still doesn't work. You've moved on to the next trick you read online, the freezer option. The drive powered on this time, but died about 5 seconds later. Now it won't even turn on. You're getting more bold in your technical prowess, and attempt another fix you read on a few technical sites, may have even seen a recovery expert talking about it on Youtube - the system board swap. At this point you're starting to invest money into it. However, the drive just sits there, unchanged, well, it didn't power up as before but there was the small black smoke that appeared after the board swap.