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If you’re reading this, you may be asking yourself whether it is worth fixing your computer. The answer is yes. If something is wrong with your computer you have three choices; continue using the broken one, get a new one, or fix the old one.

There are several great reasons that you should fix your computer rather than lumber on with a malfunctioning one or purchase a new one.

 

Continuing With the Broken Computer

It is likely highly inefficient to continue using a malfunctioning computer. Your computer may be broken completely, in which case you have a simpler choice. However, if you have a computer that has only lost capacity, you may be thinking of continuing to use it. You should fix your computer. A computer that is slow or malfunctioning is a waste of time. All of the time that you spend sitting around waiting for your computer to respond, load a webpage, or even just turn on, could be spent productively. Life is short! Who wants to spend it sitting around waiting for a computer to pull up a simple webpage? Instead of continuing on with a slow or barely responsive system, get it fixed. It is much more efficient to invest a little time in getting it fixed, than spend all that time waiting around for the computer to work. Is it worth getting your computer fixed? Yes.

 

Cost of a New Computer

If your computer is completely broken, or you are just thinking about a new one rather than fixing the old one, think again. New computers can be substantially more expensive. The new computer, even if you get a similar model, might be considerably more expensive than the computer you have now when you bought it. It is likely that the cost of fixing the computer you have will be lower than the cost of buying a new one. Even if fixing the computer you have is more expensive than the cost of a new one, you may still want to consider it. If there is a problem with the new one, then you will be out the cost of the new computer and the cost of the repairs. Is it worth getting your computer fixed? Yes.

 

Time in selecting one

Just the time you spend selecting a new computer could be longer than it would take to get the old one fixed. If you just blindly pick the first computer you see in an advertisement as your new computer, you may be disappointed or unhappy with the result. Take a moment to consider whether it would be faster to get the old computer fixed, than to wade through the menagerie of choices that are available today. You may also be considering getting the same model. What if the new one has the same problem, whereas a fixed old one is already taken care of? Should you fix your computer? Yes.

 

Time getting used to the new one

You will also have to spend time getting used to the new computer. If the model is substantially different, it could be a large investment of time depending on your relative skill with computers. Even if you get the same model of computer, there may be upgrades or a change in software that you may find confusing. It is likely to be more efficient to get the old one fixed. Should you fix your computer? Yes.

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Data Backup for Home Users

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Data backup is an important consideration for all computer users, even home users. You may think that only large businesses that handle huge volumes of data worth substantial sums of money should consider backing up their data. But this is to underestimate the importance of your own data, and to underestimate the time it will take to replace it. There are several reasons to back up your data, and two main ways to do it. The reasons are time saving, loss prevention, and peace of mind. The ways to do it are generally by external hard drive or cloud storage.

 

Time Saving & Loss Prevention

If you lose all of your data, think about how much time it will take to replace it. There could be a substantial loss of time involved in this process. All of your documents, photographs, music, and any other type of data you have could be gone. Consider how long you worked on the longest document on your computer? Would you really want to go through that process over again for no reason other than a computer malfunction? What about all of your photographs? These memories could be lost. Data recovery is available, but is not always 100% efficient. That one picture you love could be gone forever. It is a huge savings of time to back up your data as compared to recreating it. Data backup, even for home users, is the best option.

 

Peace of Mind

Data backup for home users is a worthwhile pursuit just for the peace of mind it offers. Even if you never have a computer crash or other technical problem that causes the loss of your data, there is nothing like peace of mind. Just avoiding the time spent worrying about your data is enough of a savings considering how fast and easy it is to back up your data. This is especially true if you have a particularly important document, or one that would be difficult and time consuming to recreate. Data backup can also give you peace of mind if you have a document that is under a deadline. If it is lost the night before the deadline, the situation may not be able to be saved even with an all-nighter.

 

Ways to Back Up Your Data

There are two main ways a home user can back up their data, through an external storage device, or through a cloud storage service. If you want to use an external storage device, first consider how much data you have that you want to back up. Such large devices are now available that you may want to consider calculating the size of all of your data, and purchasing a device that can hold it all. Then you simply plug in the device, and follow the instructions it gives to back up your data. The other method is through a cloud service. There are several cloud services available. You generally pay a subscription fee, and then the service provider will allow you to upload all of your data to “the cloud” which is usually hosted in their servers. Then, at any time and from any place, you can download your data. Data backup for home users is a worthwhile pursuit.

 

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MAC Computers vs Windows Computers

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There was a time when Macs and PCs were very different, but they’re now basically the same. Open a MacBook up and you’ll find the same hardware you’d find in a PC Ultrabook.

The time for dividing computers into “PCs” and “Macs” is over. With more and more people are using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Mac OS X is just another PC operating system alongside Windows and Linux.

The Historical Meaning of “PC”

“PC” has several different meanings. On one extreme, PC just means “personal computer,” and smartphones and tablets are just as much PCs as laptops and desktops. On the other extreme, “PC” originally meant “IBM PC-compatible.” These were computers that were compatible with IBM’s PC architecture. They had a BIOS and could run all the same operating systems, like IBM’s PC-DOS and Microsoft’s MS-DOS. This was a standard architecture computers could conform to so they’d be compatible with the software that ran on other IBM PCs or IBM PC-compatible PCs. IBM no longer makes PCs, so this description isn’t accurate.

IBM PCs became less common and eventually vanished, so the term”IBM PC-compatible” fell out of favor. “Wintel” PCs replaced them — Windows-compatible PCs with an Intel x86 chip inside.

People continued to use the term “PC” for those Windows-on-Intel-x86 machines. But there was nothing intrinsically Windows-only about a PC. PCs originally ran DOS, and today many PCs run Linux. There have been other PC operatingsystems like IBM OS/2 and BeOS, too. “PC” may be synonymous with Windows to many people, but it shouldn’t be — Linux is also a PC operating system.

 

Macs Moved From PowerPC to Intel

In the past, a Macintosh’s hardware was very different from a PC’s. Where those Wintel PCs had Intel x86-compatible chips inside, Macs had PowerPC chips. PowerPC was a completely different architecture, so Windows just couldn’t install on a Mac, and Mac OS just couldn’t install on a PC. The difference wasn’t just the operating system, it was the architecture. That’s why a computer that came with OS/2 or BeOS could be considered a PC, but a Mac wasn’t a PC — it wasn’t “PC-compatible.”

In 2006, Apple began transitioning Macs to run on Intel’s x86 chips instead of the PowerPC architecture. This wasn’t just swapping out a chip manufacturer — Mac OS transitioned from being a PowerPC operating system to being an x86 operating system. Macs now use the same Intel chips found in “PCs.” The last version of Mac OS X to even run on PowerPCs at all was Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard back in 2009.

Macs and PCs Have Practically the Same Hardware

Some people seem to think that the hardware in a Mac is very different from the hardware in a PC, but this isn’t true.

The CPU in a Mac is the same Intel CPU you’ll find in Windows Ultrabooks. Companies like Samsung, Toshiba, and SanDisk provide the solid-state drives used in a Mac — these companies make the SSDs you’ll find in Wintel laptops, too. LG and Samsung make the displays. In Mac world, a motherboard is known as a “logic board” — but the logic board is basically the same thing as a motherboard that you’ll find in a PC.

Install Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp and Apple will provide a Windows driver package for you. Many of the drivers in this package are the typical drivers you’d get on a Windows PC.

Some hardware — like those nice trackpads — are specific to Apple’s laptops. But, overall, a MacBook’s internals are practically the same as a PC’s. The hardware may seem higher-quality because Apple’s MacBooks start at $899 with higher-end hardware — there’s no way to buy a $199 Mac with the cheap PC components you’d find in a $199 Windows laptop.

Windows, Linux, and Mac Are All PC Operating Systems

In the past, you couldn’t run Windows on a Mac without an emulator. If you wanted to run Linux on a Mac, you’d have to use the PowerPC port or hunt down a special Linux distribution for Macs, like Yellow Dog Linux. You couldn’t install Mac OS on a PC that came with Windows, either — those operating systems ran on different CPU architectures.

Now, Windows can be easily installed on a Mac and Apple makes the process as simple as possible with Boot Camp. This doesn’t emulate Windows at all — Windows installs on the hardware and runs just as fast as it would on a laptop that came with Windows with the same hardware. You can install the standard version of your Linux distribution of choice on a Mac, too.

Mac OS X can even be installed on PC hardware — this is what’s known as a “hackintosh.” It isn’t officially supported by Apple. However, it’s possible because you can get PCs with very similar hardware to what you’d find in a Mac. Those hardware drivers Apple writes specifically for its Mac hardware can work just as well on a PC with the same hardware.

Macs Make Great Windows or Linux PCs

Macs can even make great Windows or Linux PCs. If you’re searching for a great PC laptop, it doesn’t make sense to restrict yourself specifically to only computers that come with Windows or Linux. Many people buy Macs specifically to run Windows or even Linux on them.

If you’re looking at a more expensive laptop, Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops are some of the best you can buy. Comparable Ultrabooks with basically the same hardware often cost significantly more than a MacBook. When it comes to PCs that cost over $1000, over 90 percent of them are Macs. Apple has a big advantage over the Windows PC manufacturers here — they have an economy of scale and can afford to drop prices, while those PC manufacturers have to keep prices high because they sell so few. Sure, you have to buy a Windows license separately for $100 or so if you plan to run Windows, but it may still be a good deal.

 

Macs are PCs — nice and expensive ones, but PCs nonetheless. Not all PCs are Macs, but all Macs are PCs.

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Computer repair shops vs Onsite Repair

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Why hire onsite computer services vs going to a repair shop

Computer repair is a headache that no one should have to face; however, it is a common problem with the influence of the internet and possible viruses lingering the world wide web. Luckily, there are places you can go to or call toll-free to receive care for your laptop or PC. However, it’s important to understand the necessity of fixing a problematic PC; often times, problematic devices will be expensive to repair and a headache on the owner. If you’re in need of computer repair and are unsure of how to go about receiving the care you need, you have to consider between your options: onsite computer services or going to a repair shop. Between onsite computer services or going to a repair shop, which is the better option to meet your PC repair needs?

The problem with repair shops is that they hold a lot of concern with their technicians and placement. Repair shops are not always located in convenient places and charge far more for their services than necessary. Often times, these repair shops can only fix so much and give an estimate based on a short lookover of your problems. These repair shops even charge extra for service fees and may not have hired certified or licensed repair technicians to tackle the problem you need fixed. In case of a strong storm, it would be unwise to unplug a computer and travel in dangerous weather – putting you and your PC in harm’s way – just to find out your problem may or may not be fixed by a shady tech service.

By calling an onsite computer repair service like TechsonDuty of long island, you guarantee a certified technician at your doorstep. Repair shops don’t offer remote repairs like onsite computer services do; Long Island Computer Repairs can offer local PC and laptop repair services, as well as data transfer and back up, in case your system is too far gone and it may risk your important files to fix. LI Computer Repairs can also perform system restore/upgrades, networking fixes, virus detection and spyware removal, as well as installations of necessary software or hardware to improve the efficiency of your computer. LI Computer Repairs can also repair mobile devices.

While repair shops are easy to find and may be owned by reliable corporations, it isn’t a guarantee that they can fix your PC problems. Not all repairs are guaranteed; however, certified technicians will certainly attempt every possible method to make sure your electronics are in perfect, working condition. Long Island Computer Repair even offers free laptop inspections and estimates before you decide. LICR even offers to have your PC sent in from abroad to be fixed and shipped back to you.

 

 

Many years ago when a computer crashed, started running slowly, caught a virus, or lost data, the only recourse you had was to unplug your computer and “take it down to the shop” for repair. Sure, on-site computer repair has been around for some time, but in those days it was extremely expensive for someone come out to your home or business to look over your computer systems. The level of experience necessary for a computer repair technician to perform on-site support is high, and as a result that advanced level of support was only available to companies with large budgets. Each on-site technical worker must be an expert to survive the cutting-edge rigors of working with multiple hardware and software configurations each day. High hourly rates for computer experts allowed physically established computer repair stores to thrive for many years. They could hire one expert, and then employ a large group of less experienced staff for cheap who would work with the expert to learn how to fix the computers that came into the store.

Unfortunately, low prices did not always equate to convenience. The disadvantages to you are high when your only option is to drop a broken computer off somewhere down the road. Forced to crawl around under a desk unplugging cables, hoping that you can remember the correct sequence of cables to plug back in you finally get your computer back is no fun. If you make it past that step without being electrocuted, the next task is to haul the dusty computer and maybe monitor or other accessories out into the heat, rain, wind, or whatever weather we were having that day. Finally, the worst part, handing over all of your sensitive information to the stranger at the counter of the computer repair shop. Do you know the owner or person working at the counter? Great, but do you also know the other people working in the back room? Do they really even care about you or your data? Is your information safe? Just what ARE they doing back there with your stuff after you leave? Will they fix this problem only for you to discover more computer issues once you hook everything back up?

Things have changed considerably over the past five years, all for the better. These days, it’s more affordable for you to have your computer systems serviced on-site in your home or business. The hourly rate for experienced computer repair technicians has come down considerably, changing the playing field between on-site and in-store support companies. What used to be the biggest advantage for the brick and mortar computer store, physical presence, has actually turned into it’s greatest liability. The large operating costs of leasing a physical storefront have made it impossible for old style computer repair firms to compete. As a result of increased operating costs, lease, electricity and other limiting factors, physical computer repair shops are forced to charge more for computer repair services just to cover unnecessary overhead. Efficient on-site computer repair firms avoid these overheads, operating remotely, covering larger areas, and are able to pass the savings on directly to you, the customer. As a result of lower prices, more and more people are realizing the immense advantages to on-site repair, which go far beyond the ability to save money.

A client of ours recently left us a testimonial that sums up the experience quite nicely, “I liked your service, because right away I felt like my PC technician was a friend. He explained everything to me and answered all of my questions.” That is the level of customer service that a physical computer repair shop cannot match. Beyond simply fixing the problem, a technician in your home or business is a real person that is available to answer questions, explain to you what is wrong, and work with you – not just to fix one problem, but several problems all on the same visit. When your original problem is fixed, you’ll probably have time to fix three or four more problems that you otherwise wouldn’t have thought about had your computer been in a back room somewhere else. When you encounter a preventable problem, such as a computer virus, a live person there to assist you can not only help you remove it, they can offer expert training and advice on ways to protect yourself in the future. 95% of computer issues most people have can be fixed right there, on-site. In the rare instance that a more time-consuming repair is necessary, the technician already has everything taken apart for you and can take the necessary parts to a central repair facility for you, bringing back the repaired parts once complete. All the while, freeing up your time and allowing you to work on other things. More importantly, your ability to interact face to face with your computer repair technician gives you the advantage of knowing exactly WHO is working on your computer and whether or not you should trust them with your important pictures, business accounting information, emails and passwords.

Everyone likes to save money, and given the opportunity, 9 out of 10 will go with the less expensive option. It’s nice that the tables have turned to favor the customer, making it possible for everyone to experience better computer repair service without extra work or hassles, and at prices those large computer stores just can’t beat.

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Why computer onsite services are rising

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Computer repair is a headache that no one should have to face; however, it is a common problem with the influence of the internet and possible viruses lingering the world wide web. Luckily, there are places you can go to or call toll-free to receive care for your laptop or PC. However, it’s important to understand the necessity of fixing a problematic PC; often times, problematic devices will be expensive to repair and a headache on the owner. If you’re in need of computer repair and are unsure of how to go about receiving the care you need, you have to consider between your options: onsite computer services or going to a repair shop. Between onsite computer services or going to a repair shop, which is the better option to meet your PC repair needs?

The problem with repair shops is that they hold a lot of concern with their technicians and placement. Repair shops are not always located in convenient places and charge far more for their services than necessary. Often times, these repair shops can only fix so much and give an estimate based on a short lookover of your problems. These repair shops even charge extra for service fees and may not have hired certified or licensed repair technicians to tackle the problem you need fixed. In case of a strong storm, it would be unwise to unplug a computer and travel in dangerous weather – putting you and your PC in harm’s way – just to find out your problem may or may not be fixed by a shady tech service.

By calling an onsite computer repair service, you guarantee a certified technician at your doorstep. Repair shops don’t offer remote repairs like onsite computer services do; Long Island Computer Repairs can offer local PC and laptop repair services, as well as data transfer and back up, in case your system is too far gone and it may risk your important files to fix. LI Computer Repairs can also perform system restore/upgrades, networking fixes, virus detection and spyware removal, as well as installations of necessary software or hardware to improve the efficiency of your computer. LI Computer Repairs can also repair mobile devices.

While repair shops are easy to find and may be owned by reliable corporations, it isn’t a guarantee that they can fix your PC problems. Not all repairs are guaranteed; however, certified technicians will certainly attempt every possible method to make sure your electronics are in perfect, working condition. Long Island Computer Repair even offers free laptop inspections and estimates before you decide. LICR even offers to have your PC sent in from abroad to be fixed and shipped back to you.

 

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Ransomware virus

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WASHINGTON –

It may look official, but it is really a computer virus meant to scare you. It is called ransomware, a class of malware that infects your computer and blocks you from being able to access your files until you pay a ransom.

This virus tells you your computer is locked — with an official looking FBI seal. But the FBI has nothing to do with it.

“They make it look as if it’s a warning coming from a Microsoft application or something from law enforcement,” said Nick Savage, an assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cybercrime Division.

He says ransomware is on the rise and all it takes is for you to click on an infected link in an email attachment or visit a hacked website.

Just like a landmine, it is out there waiting for the next victim.

“Unfortunately, it’s that easy,” said Savage.

The message tells you you have been caught for illegal online activity, like visiting a child porn site or sending spam messages with terrorists motives from your computer.

The ransomware announces your computer is now locked until you pay a fine. One, for example, asks for $200 with a deadline of 48 hours.

The ransomware either threatens legal action or permanently locks you out — with no way to get all your personal information stored on your computer. And there is little that can be done.

The malware has been around a couple years, but attackers are getting savvy. More and more are raising the stakes to motivate their victims and using methods that make it harder to recover data.

“I think it’s really part of the beauty of the crime — that people just want it to go away — so they’re willing to pay,” Savage said. “It’s often underreported, so I don’t know if we have a true sense of how prevalent or prolific this type of crime really is.”

If you fall victim to the scam, notify law enforcement and report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center atIC3.gov.

But the best course of action is protection. Back up your computer often on an external hard drive. And make sure your computer is updated with the latest antivirus software.

 

Posted: Mar 24, 2014 7:47 PM EDTUpdated: Mar 24, 2014 7:47 PM EDT

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