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Is Your PC Dirty Inside?

October 14, 2018

We see all kinds of computers here.  Inside, most of them are dirty.  Some are pretty wild inside.  Most of the time it’s not the client’s fault. There’s a fun subreddit where people post pics of dusty computers.  I’ve never posted there, but I’ve thought about it.  Computers have cooling fans and sit on the […]

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Use Chrome? Don’t Settle for a Boring Chrome Start Page!

October 7, 2018

Many clients use Google’s Chrome browser on a PC and a Mac.  It’s fast and reliable, but it’s also highly customizable. This blog post gives you some easy ideas of how to change your start page.  My favorite though is New Tab Motivation by The Mindful Tech Labs.  They also make chatbots for Facebook, so there’s no […]

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Have a Landline; You’re in the Minority!

September 30, 2018

Back in 2016, we crossed a major threshold in technology.  A majority of US Households use mobile phones and don’t have landlines. It makes sense as mobile phones become a necessity.  Why use a phone that ties you to one location? If you still have a landline, there’s probably a few reasons.  First, you might be […]

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Police Using Fitbit Data Against You?

September 22, 2018

I’m not talking the fat police either.  I’m talking about someone going to jail based on what a fitness tracker told police. The details are explained here . It should give everyone pause for concern.  The obvious thing is “don’t do anything wrong,” but the problems go deeper than that.  For example, given that people know […]

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Biggest Online Security Threat is You

September 16, 2018

We can put the best antivirus on your computer (Malwarebytes), but ultimately they’re ineffective you work around them. It’s not just phishing attempts. There’s a whole bunch of reasons humans mess everything up. Phishing is Getting More Sophisticated Most of us know not to click that link pretending to be from Amazon or our local […]

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Keyloggers and What You Need to Know

September 9, 2018

Last year, Lawrence was hit with it’s first reported keylogger attack at KU.  It’s a problem sweeping the country.  The problem in Lawrence is mild compared to some schools. For example, one student changes his grades 90 times in a 21-month period along with five of his friends.  That article explains why schools are a […]

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This Windows Tool Could Put Us Out of a Job?

September 2, 2018

With a recent Windows 10 Update, Microsoft included a pretty cool tool to fix (or at least warn you) of problems with your PC.  I jest about putting us out of a job.  We’ll still be fixing PCs and Macs, but this tool makes our job easier. It’s the Microsoft “Device Performance and Health Report”. […]

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Computer Protection Plans Aren’t What They Seem

August 26, 2018

Generally, we’re not big fans of extended warranties.  Computers depreciate too quickly to make it worthwhile. The exception being AppleCare.  Apple repairs are not only expensive, but Apple products retain their value longer. The other thing we’ve found is that companies exclude all sorts of stuff from these warranties.  It’s so bad that BestBuy is […]

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Be Careful Who Repairs your Phone!

August 19, 2018

Our primary focus is computer repair in Lawrence, KS.  We don’t do mobile phones at all.  We do get calls, daily, about mobile repair. Too often the caller wants to know the lowest price.  That’s a bad strategy.  The cheap often comes out expensive as my Mom used to say.  A lousy repair isn’t just […]

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An Easy Way to Get Computer Support

August 12, 2018

Too often when we’re at clients we have trouble reproducing a computer problem.  The client remembers some error message, but of course we can’t make it do it when it’s out there. That’s why we recommend the Windows Problem Step Recorder. It’s built into Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.  This link from Microsoft […]

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