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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.

 

You Really Can Fall in Love with Your PC Again!

Heart_corazón.svgRemember when you really loved your computer? What happened? Did things seem to slow down and just fizzle out? Does it feel as if there’s no spark left in the relationship? Maybe your relationship with your computer just needs some extra attention to get things back on track.

 

If you want to put that zip back in the relationship with your computer, try the following steps:

 

Startup Takes Forever? Does it take your computer a ridiculous amount of time to get started? Does it seem as if your computer just can’t wake up and get to work on time? One possibility is that too many non-critical programs are launching during the startup process. Expedite the start-up process by consulting with a technology professional. Most likely, unnecessary programs that are slowing down the functioning of your computer can be identified and removed. Processing can be sped up by cutting back on boot problems.

 

Feeling Bloated? Maybe your PC is sluggish due to bloating. PC makers often add in a load of free tools that techies call “bloatware” for a good reason. All these freebie programs are probably not really helping you or your computer. Removing the overload of “bloatware” can lighten the unnecessary load on your computer.

 

Time to Add Extra Memory? Does it seem as if your computer is practically overwhelmed every time it has to open a WORD document? That’s not a good sign. Perhaps it’s time to spend a few bucks and add more RAM or memory to your computer. RAM needs vary by user depending on user needs. Needs for a high speed gaming fanatic or a photo-editing artist are different than for a user who just checks e-mail. Have a technology professional properly assess your needs and add the required RAM to your PC.

 

Is Your PC Ready for a New Life? “Don’t throw good money after bad” remains a genuine truism. At some point, it’s probably not worth continuing to invest money into an old PC.  However, that PC could enjoy a new life as a secondary computer for your school children or just for checking e-mail in the kitchen. You could also consider donating the aging PC to a charitable organization located in your community.

 

Retirement and Responsible Recycling. Eventually the day will come when it’s officially time to pull the plug. When your PC is facing retirement, remember to be responsible to yourself and the environment. First, you must eliminate all of the data from your PC. Remember that just deleting files, emptying the recycle bin or reformatting the hard drive is not enough adequate. The browser’s cache, cookies and e-mail contacts can still contain highly sensitive information. Play it safe and ensure your digital privacy by contacting a technology professional for assistance with secure data removal.  Be environmentally responsible and never use a dumpster as a means to deal with an unwanted PC. After removing the data on your PC, recycle the equipment through a reputable recycler.

 

Your Relationship with Your Computer Really Can Be Improved

It’s very likely that your computer can be improved with some professional maintenance.  Geeks On Call can help you increase the efficiency of an older PC by removing unnecessary programs and adding some additional RAM. Contact your local Geeks On Call office and one of their technology professionals will be happy to evaluate the status of your current computer.

 

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.

5 Things to do Before you Upgrade Your Computer!

Posting Date: 09/27/2013  |   Filed Under: Consoles, Security, Technology, Tips  |   No Comments
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Are you looking to upgrade your computer and equipment for your business or home, but don’t really know where to start.  There are a lot of options out there when upgrading your computer and equipment.

  • Desktop or Laptop?
  • How much RAM do I need?
  • What is RAM?
  • Should I go MAC or PC?
  • How much do I have to spend?

By the time you answer these questions (and more!), and you begin looking to purchase a   computer and associated equipment the options seem endless!

We feel your pain, we understand that no one wants to have to make all of those decisions (and no one really understands what they are actually deciding).

So we are coming to the rescue, our franchise owners are always available to help you choose the best computers and equipment for your office or home, but there are still things you need to consider.

Below are the 5 things you should do when beginning your search for a new computer and equipment.

  1.  Set a Budget a Stick to It! – There is nothing worse than buying something and getting it home and feeling like you have been bamboozled.  This is especially true for business owners. You do not want to over spend.  So decide how much money you will be spending per computer and do not let anyone lure you to the shiny, newest and fastest computer on the market.
  2. Make a list outlining things you will be utilizing – You should know in advance what programs you will be running (even if they are internet based), if you will be using the Microsoft Office Suite, are there any special programs or utilities that pertain to your industry that you or an employee may need.  It may even be helpful to have your office staff track all of the programs that they use over several weeks so you can get a clear picture of what they need and why.
  3. Understand Computer Jargon – Don’t let people confuse you, stay ahead of the curve and prepare.  Find out what words like RAM (memory), processor speed, Input Ports and Drivers, Wireless Capabilities, and software packages may be included mean. Not only should you understand what they each mean, but how it impacts you and your needs. Make sure that whoever is assisting you in the buying process knows what programs you need to run, and can confirm that the computers you are purchasing has those capabilities and they can tell if you any of the programs you are looking for are included or if you need to buy them separately.
  4. Read Product Reviews – There is not a better way to decide if a product is worth buying than reading a review from a person who using that product every day for the same purpose as you and your company.  All of the big box stores and online outlets will have products reviews on their website.  You should also utilize resources such a CNet (reviews.cnet.com/) and PC Magazine (www.pcmag.com/reviews).  These resources will have unbiased opinions and will many times compare several models against one another.
  5. Protect Your Investment – The last thing to do is make sure you are prepared with a virus and spy ware package. This is possibly the most important part of protecting your computer. It will get attacked at some point and you have to be prepared when it happens.  Many have auto-updates, auto-removal or viruses, clean up and renewal alerts.  You want to make sure your investment is protected so this is not a step you should skip.