October 2011 Insights PDF Print
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Sunday, 13 November 2011 14:44

 

 


Greetings from EagleTech Computer Service!

Fall is here and Winter is soon to come.  For most of us this means we'll be spending more time indoors and a larger portion of that indoor time will be spent at our computers.  Because of this you may find it's time for a little tune-up.
 

Here are some tune-ups you might want to consider having me help you with:

  • Speed up your PC, check for viruses, update antivirus and utilities - 1-1.5 hours = $30-$45
  • Add more RAM for faster program processing and multitasking - $30-$60 can make a lot of difference
  • Reinstall your Windows Operating System for ultimate performance improvement - $115
  • Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium - $225 (includes software)
     

Many ask me what is the best brand of computer to purchase, and I wanted to let you know that Hewlitt Packard has leaked the news that it is likely going to be leaving the personal computer market and shifting over to software development.  This sends up a red flag to me for purchasing their current line of PCs because of the uncertainty of how you will be treated when/if you need service on your new computer.
 

For desktop computers this leaves me with recommending the Lenovo Brand, and for laptops I'm recommending Toshiba, Asus, and Lenovo.

Here are entry level specifications to consider for Desktops:

  • 1 Terabyte hard drive
  • Minimum of 4 gigabytes of RAM and maximum of 8 gigabytes
  • Blue Ray CD/DVD player
  • Minimum of an Intel Core i5 processor, or AMD Phenom II x4
  • Windows Home Premium 32 bit operating system (64 bit is ok but not needed)
  • Avoid the cheapest models in favor of mid level pricing $500-$700 should be fine
     

Here are entry level specifications to consider for Laptops:

  • 750 gigabyte hard drive
  • Minimum of 4 gigabytes of RAM and maximum of 8 gigabytes
  • Blue Ray CD/DVD player
  • Minimum of an Intel Core i5 processor, or AMD Phenom II x4
  • Built-in Web Camera
  • Avoid the touch pad that doesn't have mechanical left and right buttons
  • Back lit keyboard is fun for dim lit rooms if this appeals to you
  • Avoid the cheapest models in favor of mid level pricing $500-$700 should be fine
     

If you're thinking of purchasing a Printer I find the Brother line of printers perform pretty well for those wanting a basic black and white printing experience, and for color printing/scanning the Epson line of printers seem to get solid tech support reviews.
 

Virus Alert Update: Those who create viruses are getting meaner by the day.  Increasingly I'm finding many of the newest viruses not only are a nuisance, they actually corrupt or delete system files, and when a virus removing software is used to remove them they will have altered a valid system file to look like a virus and the virus removal software will delete that system file and then the operating system will not work correctly without having to reinstall Windows...not pretty!  Therefore, be extra careful, and use Sandboxie if you can.
 

As always...I'm available for service right in your home or place of work.  Dropping my hourly fee to $30/hour has seemed to be just the ticket for many, so we'll keep that fee in place through the winter at least and won't likely move to increase it until I see the general economy has greatly improved.

For those of you who sooo faithfully refer me to your friends and relatives I can't thank you enough!!!  This is literally what keeps me in business.  You guys are the BEST!!!! 

 

Best of success to you in all your computing.
 

I’m here to assist you when you need it.  As just a reminder... My onsite residential fee is $30 per hour and for the commercial setting it is $40 per hour.  Once again...for any clients you send my way, who use my services for an hour or more, I'd be happy to credit you with $7 of free computer service at your next call.  Do let me know if you send folks my way and I'll keep notes on that as a credit for my next visit to you.

 

Thanks so much!

Your Computer Technician
Tom Sparks
503-577-4201

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