February 2012 Insights PDF Print
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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:32

 

 

Greetings from EagleTech Computer Service!



The month of January was such a busy month for EagleTech Computer Service that I missed the opportunity to wish each of you a Happy New Year, so please accept a belated "Happy New Year" here. I hope it will be a great year for all of my clients!

Malware/Virus Update:


Because viruses/malware continue to be the ever increasing plague that they are I am going to include a couple of links to articles here that will provide both insight into the challenge all of us face with viruses and some helpful tips on how to avoid them. They are a bit lengthy but they have excellent content:
 

Sources of Malware

How Malware Works

 A Technician's observation: Most of the viruses infecting computers today are far advanced over the previous versions and because of this the potential for negative impact on your Windows Operating System is far greater than it used to be. I know we all desire to avoid unnecessary computer repair costs, and because of this your tendency will be to try to remove the virus yourself, but many of the modern viruses seem to have some programming built into them that increases the damage to Windows when they are removed incorrectlyl It generally takes me 45 minutes to an hour to remove most viruses but I'm finding in some cases where folks have done everything they can think of to remove the virus that by the time I get to their computer Windows is too far gone to save. Now the time to repair goes up to around 7 hours and for this service of rebuilding Windows I have a flat fee of $115 (which includes transferring off all your personal data, reinstalling Windows, all of the Windows updates, your programs, bringing your data back on and setting up your printers and scanners again). Sooo, if you can possibly restrain that natural urge to "fix it yourself" you might find it saves you far more money and stress. Give me a call and I'll make it as painless as possible. Sometimes the only thing that can resolve them is a complete reinstallation of Windows but fortunately this is still the rarity when they are removed correctly.

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Tips for Travelers:

If you are considering a business or personal trip here are some valuable insights for protecting yourself when connecting to the Internet at your points of destination:
 

Tips for Travelers
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 Medical Insight:

I know that all of you are not between 55 and 78, but hopefully each of you will be one day, so in preparation for that season of your life here is an interesting medical quote for avoiding Alzheimer's and other dementias:

 

Be a Googler: Doing an online search can stimulate your aging brain even more than reading a book, says UCLA's Gary Small, who used brain MRIs to prove it. The biggest surprise: Novice Internet surfers, ages 55 to 78, activated key memory and learning centers in the brain after only a week of Web surfing for an hour a day.
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Hard Drive Update:

In an earlier newsletter I mentioned that because most of the world's hard drives are built in Thailand and because there was a very serious typhoon in Thailand, that shut down all of the hard drive manufacturing plants, prices on hard drives were rising dramatically (the old "supply & demand" principle). Well, the plants are up and going again and prices are starting to drop. What this might mean for you is that if your computer's hard drive is running slowly or evidencing system errors it might be a good time to begin thinking of having me replace your current hard drive while I can still retrieve all your data and install a new larger and faster drive, giving your older computer a boost of life expectancy as well a dramatic increase in performance.

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Joke of the Month:
 

If Restaurants functioned like Microsoft -

Patron: Waiter!

Waiter: Hi, my name is Bill, and I'll be your Support Waiter. What seems to be the problem?

Patron: There's a fly in my soup!

Waiter: Try again, maybe the fly won't be there this time.

Patron: No, it's still there.

Waiter: Maybe it's the way you're using the soup; try eating it with a fork instead.

Patron: Even when I use the fork, the fly is still there.

Waiter: Maybe the soup is incompatible with the bowl; what kind of bowl are you using?

Patron: A SOUP bowl!

Waiter: Hmmm, that should work. Maybe it's a configuration problem; how was the bowl set up?

Patron: You brought it to me on a saucer; what has that to do with the fly in my soup?!

Waiter: Can you remember everything you did before you noticed the fly in your soup?

Patron: I sat down and ordered the Soup of the Day!

Waiter: Have you considered upgrading to the latest Soup of the Day?

Patron: You have more than one Soup of the Day each day??

Waiter: Yes, the Soup of the Day is changed every hour.

Patron: Well, what is the Soup of the Day now?

Waiter: The current Soup of the Day is tomato.

Patron: Fine. Bring me the tomato soup, and the check. I'm running late now.

Waiter leaves and returns with another bowl of soup and the check.

Waiter: Here you are, Sir. The soup and your check.

Patron: This is potato soup.

Waiter: Yes, the tomato soup wasn't ready yet.

Patron: Well, I'm so hungry now, I'll eat anything.

Waiter leaves.

Patron: Waiter! There's a gnat in my soup!

The check:

Soup of the Day ............................................ $5.00
Upgrade to newer Soup of the Day ............... $2.50
Access to support ......................................... $1.00

Author Unknown.

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Best of success to you in all your computing.
 

I’m here to assist you when you need it. As just a reminder... While I have generally increased my services fees at the beginning of each year I have chosen to continue with the same fee structure as in 2011. I hope this helps each of you. 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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