Archive for January, 2010

This is CNN

January 26, 2010

Yup, I made front page of CNN’s website as being a “fanboy.” Don’t know if I like the term, but it works. The comments on the article are interesting because it assumes I believe in Mac regardless of the flaws. Since I work on both Macs and PC’s, I feel comfortable in offering a fair […]

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Being more Family Friendly

January 18, 2010

A Mom came in the office on Sunday (yes I work on Sundays) with a computer repair emergency. I was delighted to offer assistance, but while describing her computer woes, her young daughter was inextricably attracted to the shiny objects on my desk. I love kids and didn’t mind her touching things, but it was […]

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Pretty, I mean Printer Hate machine

January 14, 2010

While Nine Inch Nails had a “Pretty Hate Machine”, TheOatmeal has a great comic about why we hate printers, let us count the ways. Some language may not be appropriate for work, but darn funny, so read it at home if necessary

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Is your email addressing hurting you in business?

January 12, 2010

Lifehacker ran an interesting article about using @aol or @hotmail email addresses and how it may work against your professional goals. I’d expand the suggestion to not just @aol or @hotmail, but @sunflower, @yahoo, and @sbcglobal.net Personal domains are less than $10 a year and promoting your ISPs name in your email rather than your […]

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The High High Cost of printer ink

January 12, 2010

Over at The Consumerist they’ve been looking at the ridiculously high cost of printer ink. When someone writes something in blood, you are actually getting shortchanged! If they really want to go to an extravagant expense, print it in HP black ink. They ran another analysis today comparing it to a variety of other liquid […]

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Winter weather and static

January 8, 2010

Just a reminder in this weather that static electricity can cause havoc with your computers. Always touch something metal before touching your computer lest you transfer a static charge. If you DO want to transfer a static charge, at least do it in a fun way like the guy in this video!

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Best Buy Optimization and ethical duties

January 6, 2010

I read this story today in the Consumerist and it angered the daylights out of me. The Consumerist, working with Consumer Reports, did some testing and found out that Geek Squad/Best Buy pushes their optimization on customers and not only is it generally not worth it, but actually slows the computer down. This reinforces why […]

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Membership in Lawrence Give Back

January 5, 2010

I’m proud to be one of the first merchants of The Lawrence Give Back Program. Previously Give Back was primarily for the “Lawrence Originals” restaurants. However late in 2009 it was expanded more into retail and service businesses. Since I started DoctorDave Computer Repair in 2003, I’ve always given a certain percentage back to the […]

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Attacking Curiosity and SEO Poisoning

January 5, 2010

PoisonOriginally uploaded by ˙Cаvin 〄 In this recent article in Entrepreneur magazine, Symantec points out the risks of “googling” common links instead of simply going to the website. Often, instead of typing a long website or adding a bookmark, many people will simply type the name of the website they want to go to into […]

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Passwords and privacy

January 4, 2010

Interesting call tonight. Client doesn’t install software very often and forget her user password. That password is required to install software. The Macintosh has the ability to boot off the install CD and reset a password of the main user. Unfortunately in versions of the OS before 10.6, it’s difficult for the average user to […]

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