Put Me to Work!

What can I do for you? I can deliver a certified refurbed computer, set up, for $325.00. That includes a brand new Terabyte hard drive. I can set up and secure your home or office network, wired and/or wireless. I can set up your business website, complete with SSL encryption, mobile-friendly design, and all hosting…

Upgrade, or Replace?

Upgrade, or buy a new system? If your current system is five years or older, it’s given you a good run. If buying new is over your budget, consider a refurb. For just over 200 bucks, you can get a very nice system. Most carry warranties of as much as a year, and it’s been…

Stop Paying for Precious Ink

If you’re still using an inkjet printer, consider tossing it in favor of an inexpensive laser. Do you print photos? Let Walgreen’s or Target handle it for you. You’ll end up with better quality, and you’ll no longer be paying exorbitant amounts of money for ink. Lasers are incredibly economical.

Back from the Flu….

Been under the weather for a couple of weeks. Still working, but too wiped out to post daily tips. Windows 10: can you have too much virus protection? The answer is yes, but not if you limit yourself to one third-party vendor and allow Windows defender to also run. For example, AVG freeware is a…

Your Best Choice Is Often Open Source

There are three types of software: proprietary, freeware, and open source. Proprietary costs you cash up front. Freeware is frequently accompanied by nagging ads that you can kill with money. But open source is 100% free software maintained by a community. Open source won’t nag you, and it will frequently be updated for security more…

Get Remote Help!

Do you need remote help from a geek? TeamViewer might be the answer you’re looking for. It allows access to your computer from the internet, which means that your geeky friend in Australia might be able to help you find that lost file, as long as you don’t mind getting up at 4:00 AM. 😉

Don’t Lose Your Photos

Digital photos must be backed up in multiple ways. You don’t want to lose a lifetime of memories because a hard drive fails. Burn CD’s and/or DVD’s. Back up to a flash. Back up offline. I’ve lost two Florida vacations because I didn’t back up enough. Learn from my mistake.

Computers Don’t Work Well Out of the Box

Why hire an IT consultant? It’s an investment that will pay off over time. Let a pro set up your computers so that you have disaster recovery, the fastest speed possible, and ease of use. They don’t come that way out of the box.

Be Prepared for Ransomware

Ransomware is the scariest thing to come along in years. You should have a recovery plan in place in case your computer encrypts itself via infection. If you’re backing up online, then it’s just a matter of resetting your system to new and restoring your files from the cloud. Be ready, it could happen to…

Save that Charger!

Dead laptop? At the very least, hang on to its power supply. Power supplies don’t change as much as the laptops themselves, the one you have that’s five years old may well fit this year’s model. An extra charger is a fine thing.