Posts Tagged: ‘tips’

Technology Gifts for Moms, Dads and Grads!

giftsThinking about a special gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Graduation Day? You can’t go wrong with the gift of technology! The number of choices in technology is simply overwhelming, so let Geeks On Call help you with some suggestions.

Ready to Update That PC?

How about Microsoft’s Surface 3? Perfect as a replacement for a PC or large laptop. The HP Omen is a real workhorse that is also perfect for the gamer in your family. The HP Stream 11 is another great choice as a super affordable mini-laptop that covers the basics. It also offers a very long-lasting battery.

How about a Tablet?

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is considered a top of the line choice. So good in fact, it’s the first tablet capable of fully replacing a laptop. For Android fans, consider the Google Nexus 9. It’s considered one of the best tablets on the market. The Lenova Yoga Tablet 2 features a cool digital pen and utilizes a cool device called AnyPen and Sony’s Xperia Z4 rugged road warrior tablet is ideal for the accident prone user!

Make Someone Happy with a New Smartphone!

At the moment, the top choices are the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 4. If your giftee is an Apple fan, the iPhone 6 is great. Both the iPhone 6 and the S6 have developed incredible new cameras. Plus these slim and trim designs have great processing power. If you are on a tight budget, the HTC One M9 or Motorola’s Moto E, are good products available at affordable prices.

Very Entertaining!

Who wouldn’t love to receive Google’s Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player? Start enjoying your favorite online movies, tv shows, photographs, websites and music via your TV. Simply plug the device into any HDTV and control your entertainment selections from a Smartphone, tablet or laptop. How about some new headphones?  Sennheiser Momentum is at the top of the list. Bose offers Quiet Comfort 25 noise cancelling headphones and SoundLink Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Another gift suggestion is Bluetooth speakers from Bose, Sony, UE Megaboom, Jawbone or Logitech. All good choices and very entertaining.

Give the Give of Fitness!

Trying to send a message to a family member about their wavering commitment to health and fitness? Who wouldn’t appreciate a cool gift such as the Fitbit Charge HR, Jawbone UP3 or Apple’s Watch Sport? If you are considering a Smartwatch, Apple’s Smartwatch is a crowd pleaser. Also, take a look at Moto 360 that runs on Android. Another popular choice is the Pebble or Pebble Steel that runs on both iOS and Android. What’s not to love about that?

If it’s a new smartphone, tablet or laptop for a job-seeking graduate or a computer upgrade for your business, Geeks On Call can help.  Don’t hesitate to contact your local Geeks On Call office and one of their technology professionals will be happy to help you.

 

Is It Time to Clean Up Your Act?

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“Hey, there’s not a single clean coffee cup in the entire kitchen!”

“How long has that milk been sitting out on the counter?”

“Wasn’t someone supposed to empty the garbage on Friday night?

What a mess! Anyone who works in an office environment has certainly heard their share of those kitchen complaints. If regular maintenance is ignored, things can deteriorate quickly. The same goes for your computers. Except your computers handle your most important assets: accounting, financial records, communications and client information.

Establishing a Maintenance Plan for Your Computers

Last month’s Geeks On Call’s Blog offered tips on keeping the outside of your computers clean. This month, the Blog presents maintenance guidelines for the “nuts and bolts” of your computer with the following tips:

Step 1: Windows and Mac both release security updates for their operating systems. Generally, these updates are set to run automatically. Follow these directions if you aren’t sure if the updates are complete or if you have disabled the automated updates:

Mac: Open the Systems Preference menu and choose Software Update. Select the updates you want to install from the list.

Windows: At the Start Menu, click on All Programs, then click Windows Updates. See the status of your updates and check on the automatic updates settings. You can perform these tasks manually or set your computer to download and install updates.

Step 2: Most recent computers offer hard drive maintenance as an automatic task. It defragments and reorganizes data storage for enhanced efficiency. It also provides disk cleanup by deleting duplicates and unused temporary files. On a Mac, this process is typically automatic. With Windows, if your computer doesn’t provide automatic hard drive maintenance, use the Start Menu to open and run the maintenance program.

Step 3: Periodically you should clear your Internet history or eventually performance issues will occur due to data build up. Internet browser tools can handle the problem with the following instructions:

  • Chrome: Hold Control and Shift, then click Delete to clear data. A new menu will open where you can erase selected data. Click on Clear Browsing Data when you are done.
  • Firefox: See Firefox menu and open Options to click the Clear button. This will erase cookies and cache data.
  • Internet Explorer:  Go to Internet Options control panel and click Delete on the General tab under the Browsing History.

Safari: Use the Edit menu to clear the browsing cache then select Empty Cache.

Step 4: Now that your computer is running more efficiently, be sure that the computer has a reliable backup system in place. There are many different options for backup solutions that are both reliable and affordable. Geeks On Call can advise you on a reliable backup system.

Step 5: Guard against malicious viruses by having an antivirus program on your computer. Protect your computer against losing important data or and save yourself from expensive repairs. Talk to your local Geeks On Call about your security needs

Step 6: Malware creates security holes that will compromise the performance of your computer. There are a variety of paid and free programs that will erase both spyware and malware programs. Also, be on guard and never download anything that comes from an unfamiliar e-mail address. Beware and never open attachments from unknown sources.

Take Care of Your Computers so That You Can Take Care of Your Business!

Regular computer maintenance, service and updates will keep your machine working at optimal efficiency. Geeks On Call can help you with backup solutions, malware virus and protection. Contact your local Geeks On Call to establish a regular maintenance schedule for your computers.

Are You Using the Right Tool for the Right Job?

wrong-technologyDoes it seem that your employees are not being as productive as you had expected? That might be true, but let’s not jump to the assumption it’s entirely the fault of the employees. Office inefficiencies are often caused by outdated or misused technology. In other words, the wrong tools can actually be at the root of the inefficiency problem. The 1907 slogan, “The Right Tool for the Right Job,” is still completely significant in today’s digital work environment.

 

Is Your Current Technology Really Working for You?

Here are several technology solutions that could significantly enhance your business’ productivity with little to no investment.

  • Productivity: Add a second screen to a computer and that employee’s productivity can be increased by as much as 50%.
  • Flexibility: Add an inexpensive solution (some solutions are even free!) that will keep data secure on your office computer while you can access it at any time from any location. Don’t waste time by continuing to email files to yourself. Are you still dealing with the confusion of multiple versions of the original file?
  • Communications: Add a client relationship management (CRM) solution that can enhance efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. You could link your CRM to your current phone system.  Also, consider upgrading your phone system. Remember that lost messages and missed phone calls lead to losses in revenues and missed opportunities.
  • Data Security: Add an automated online backup solution and secure your business’ critical data. Your business can save as much as 10 hours per week with an automated online backup solution.

It’s Time for a Technology Assessment

A yearly assessment of your business’ technology is important. Many business owners avoid this assessment based on the assumption that improvements will be prohibitively expensive. Trust us, not all improvements are costly. Sometimes even small and affordable changes can deliver profits to your business’ bottom line.

Geeks On Call can help you make an informed decision about your business’ technology. Give your local Geeks On Call office a call and one of their technology professionals will be happy to work with you and develop a customized plan for your business.

 

How To Use Social Media

Posting Date: 07/23/2012  |   Filed Under: Internet, Social Media, Tips  |   No Comments
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The words “social media” can be intimidating if you are new to the idea. We have a few simple tips to give you the confidence you need to make a splash in the social networks.

  1. Just Jump In. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never visited Twitter before. Create an account and start Tweeting! Find users who share interests or are already talking about your industry. Follow them. Respond to questions or comments about your niche.
  2. Be Honest. This is crucial. Social network users can smell a poser a mile away. Write like a human and you won’t end up sounding like a robot, or even worse, a sales pitch. Don’t pretend to be more knowledgeable than you are and do share your enthusiasm for the job you do. Throw in some personal posts or Tweets so others can feel that human connection that we all crave. (more…)

10 Common Tech Problems

Posting Date: 07/12/2012  |   Filed Under: Technology, Tips  |   No Comments
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Does your small business make any of these 10 common tech mistakes? Take a minute and find out if your tech department needs a few tweaks or an overhaul.

  1.  Not Enough Training - Every business has to keep up with new technology or risk becoming outdated. However, you can’t just purchase new software and leave your employees to figure it out on their own! In fact, even providing training personnel may not be enough to get your business in shape. Employees are often intimidated by new systems, but you can create performance review goals or require certification to encourage your employees to learn the necessary skills. You can also offer online or computer classes or instruction books that your employees can work through at their own pace.
  2. Not Enough Tech Support - Your computers and software are quite possibly the most vital investment you can make for your business. Don’t trust these delicate systems to just anyone! A manufacturer will often give you basic fixes, but a true tech expert can dig deeper. Geeks On Call offers trustworthy experts who can troubleshoot even the most complex tech issues. We will give you cost-effective and personalized tech solutions – because your business isn’t generic, and neither are your software questions.
  3. Spyware Dangers - If you’ve had any experience with spyware, you know how destructive it can be! Spyware targets the sensitive information of your employees and your company and can lead to a flood of annoying ads that can carry viruses. Geeks On Call recommends that you take some measures to protect your company’s privacy. Start by purchasing a good antivirus and anti-spyware program. The small amount you will spend is well worth it for the peace of mind you’ll enjoy when you know your information is secure. You may even require an additional anti-spyware program that will protect your company. Once you have the programs installed, keep them updated! Scan your systems on a regular basis.
  4. Hardware and Software Age - Your PC has a shelf life. If you want to avoid paying ever-increasing repair costs, you will need to replace your computers every 3-4 years. You’ll also need to make sure all your computers are standardized! This step includes all software applications. It’s vital to have a system that works seamlessly to fulfill the expectations of today’s clients. Speed and reliability are crucial to your business.
  5.  Lack Of Security - Spyware isn’t the only way your information can be leaked or stolen. At Geeks On Call, we are very familiar with the cost of poor security. You can lose more than information – you can lose the faith of your customers, your reputation, a lot of money, and huge amounts of time. Taking a strong stand against identity theft and other attacks must be a priority. There are a few ways you can protect your company from these hazards. First of all, insist on strong passwords for all accounts! Do not allow guest accounts or file-sharing programs, and let us guide you to the best firewalls for your system. You should also make sure any wireless networks are safe. (more…)