Here are a few worthwhile Cyber Monday Deals
CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD battery UPS $140
Battery backup UPS that I always recommend
Canon MX922 Multi Function Inkjet Printer $65
Inkjet printer I always recommend
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD hard Drive $148
Solid State Drive to improve read write performance that I always recommend
As for computer repair we are offering $20 off any service by just mentioning this Cyber Monday Deal.
There have been reports of Lenovo preinstalling bloatware on their consumer line of computers with one of them having a security risk. Many PC manufacturers install trial programs and ads on computers they sell called bloatware to make extra money. They are usually not a problem but can be annoying to uninstall them all on a new computer. A program they installed to serve ads based on the images you are viewing can be used by other websites to do harmful things to your computer.
Microsoft puts a stamp on clean computers called Microsoft Signature Edition they have none of these programs or ads installed and they work better.
To check if your computer has a program that works like superfish click the link below.
Lenovo has released a tool to completely remove the program.
I received a couple of customer calls lately stating that their laptops will not turn on. They shutdown their laptop and put it in their bag. When they get to their office or home it will not turn on. This is usually caused when the laptop is not fully shutdown before placing in the bag. The laptop overheats and gets damaged. Here are instructions on how to solve this.
For PC and Mac with removable battery
1. Take out the battery and disconnect the power cord from the laptop
2. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds
3. Then connect only the power cord and press the power button. If it turns on then connect the battery and fully charge the battery before removing the power cord.
For PC that you can’t remove the battery
1. If your laptop has an internal non removable battery there is usually a reset pinhole on the bottom of the laptop. You will have to check with the manual or manufacturer for the location of the pinhole.
2. Disconnect the power cord and gently press the reset button with a paperclip for 30 seconds.
3. Then connect the power cord and press the power button.
For Macs that you can’t remove the battery
1. Shut down the computer.
2. Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected.
3. On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time.
4. Release all the keys and the power button at the same time.
5. Press the power button to turn on the computer.
Note: The LED on the MagSafe power adapter may change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.
If this does not work for you call us to diagnose your laptop.
Zip (compressed) files are a way to send multiple files at the same time by combining into one file. This also leaves the original files untouched. There are many types of zip files and 7-zip program opens them all. 7-zip can also create .zip and .7z compressed files. Download the program at http://www.7-zip.org/ select the 64bit if that doesn’t work on your computer then select 32bit version. Install with the default items selected and open it. From the 7-zip program select ‘Tools” > “options” > “select all” > “ok”. Now in my computer you can right click a zip file and uncompress to a folder of the same name. You can also select (highlight) multiple files > right click one of them > and choose add to zip.
New products coming out with Intel’s 4th generation Core i3, i5 and i7 (code name Haswell). To keep things simple here is what you need to know.
Slightly faster than 3rd generation
Better battery life
Better video performance (Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200, Intel Iris graphics 5100 and Intel HD graphics 5000 / 4600)
More USB 3.0 ports
In the market for a new PC or Mac then wait for the new products. Want to save money look for 3rd generation products to start going on sale.
Help protect your email account from hackers with two step verification. Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and others have enabled this feature. How this basically works is that whenever your account is accessed from a new computer. You receive a text message on your cellphone with a code that you have to enter in order to login. Just search the help section for “two step verification” with the service you use if they offer this feature. Sometimes the feature goes by a different name but they all basically do the same thing.
Just to give you some idea of how much we can hold on a single drive here are some numbers. Numbers are rounded off.
1GB is 1,000MB
1TB is 1,000,000MB
Picture typical size 3MB
MP3 song typical size 4MB
Desktop hard drive maximum size 4TB
Laptop hard drive maximum size 1TB
SD card maximum size 128GB
micro SD card maximum size 64GB