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Why Do We Recommend Ad-Blockers?

Posted by on August 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm
My Mac may be infected with malware AAAHH

Ads have always been part of the Internet. Now, they’re sometimes dangerous rather than just annoying, with malware-laden ads sometimes infecting ad networks.  Just like broadcast TV, ads also help pay for content. Today, these ads are a major source of work for us. It’s time you blocked them Malvertising:  The Problem Malvertising is a […]

Beware When you Fire Your Computer Repair Person

Posted by on July 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Ransom note

When you fire an employee, you ask for the keys back.  If for some reason they refuse, you hire a locksmith and change the locks.  With computers, it isn’t that easy. A recent story explains what happens when only one person has key passwords.  The entire company was locked out and the employer was forced to […]

Why we Don’t do iPhone Repairs: Another Reason

Posted by on July 23, 2017 at 8:11 pm
Cracked iPhone

We’ve never done iPhone or other mobile device repairs and probably never will.  There are a ton of reasons, but here’s a new one.  Apple has prevented third parties from repairing the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. This article explains the reasons, but the nutshell is the Apple Retail store needs to configure the phone after […]

Don’t be like Jon Snow, Protect Your Emails like a Khalessi

Posted by on July 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Best HD Game of thrones facebook cover

I suspect you’re watching Game of Thrones right now (yes I wrote this in advance).  Fortunately, no major spoilers leaked this time.  There’s a reason for that:  cast and crew had special email protections. No they weren’t dragons and the Night’s Watch had nothing to do with it.  Rather, it was something that those of us […]

Are Laptop Screen Repairs Worth It

Posted by on July 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
baggage checked at your own risk

A common call we get here at DoctorDave Computer Repair is “Can you repair my laptop screen?”  The short answer is yes, the long answer is no.  Yes, we can repair them.  We’re computer repair professionals. However, we don’t recommend screen repairs and here’s why. There’s Usually More Wrong Than the Screen The typical reason […]

The Painful Switch from Sunflower to Midco in Lawrence

Posted by on July 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm
The end of the sunflower

As many people found out in Lawrence, KS this week, our cable company switched again.  The company originally known as Sunflower Broadband was transferred to Midco at midnight on June 28th.  We were ready for the switch and were able to help dozens of clients get back on track.  We have some tips if you’re […]

Warning: A New Apple Tech Support Scam

Posted by on June 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm
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We’ve gotten a few calls about a nasty and vile scam hitting our Lawrence computer repair clients.  It starts with a warning about an iCloud hack. These seem to be in the news all the time.  If it isn’t Apple getting hacked, it’s someone else.  The call is an automated warning to call a specific […]

Should You Use Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone

Posted by on June 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Day 164 West Midlands Police Custody fingerprint scanner

I was a little late to the fingerprint unlocking game.  Due to my extreme iPhone case, the fingerprint unlock didn’t work.  I love it, but I’m inclined to turn the feature off. While you can’t be compelled to give up your password due to the Fifth Amendment, you could be compelled to give your fingerprint. […]

Google Home Remembers What You Forget

Posted by on May 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Google Home on table in front of sunny window.

I’m forgetting where I put stuff all the time.  I might write it down, but then I can’t find the piece of paper. I’ve owned a Google Home since almost the beginning and love it.  If you have one, tell it to remember something and it will. For example say “Hey Google, remember I put […]

Apple Store Techs May Have No Experience Fixing Macs?

Posted by on May 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm
This Apple Store has a new Genius

You’d think the Apple store would hire the best and brightest computer repair technicians.  Due to how busy they are, they’re cutting back on training. It used to be Apple technicians would get some hands-on experience fixing Macs before touching your system.  If this story is true, your Mac might be the first one they’ve touched. […]

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