Commentary

Have a Landline; You’re in the Minority!

Posted by on September 30, 2018 at 8:37 pm

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 […]

Biggest Online Security Threat is You

Posted by on September 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm

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 […]

Computer Protection Plans Aren’t What They Seem

Posted by on August 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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 […]

Be Careful Who Repairs your Phone!

Posted by on August 19, 2018 at 8:59 pm

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 […]

New Internet Options From Verizon

Posted by on June 17, 2018 at 8:01 pm

With pretty much duopoly of Internet Service Providers in Lawrence, any change is welcome!  If you live in rural areas, you’re options are even more limited.  Verizon could change that according to this announcement. Clients sometimes use their wireless phone service to provide internet.  The problem is those services are slow and expensive compared to […]

Most People Aren’t Recycling E-Waste

Posted by on June 3, 2018 at 8:16 pm

When you get a new computer or smartphone, what do you do with the old one?  According to a recent report, only 20 % of people in the US are recycling it. Those old devices could just be sitting in a closet or basement. Sadly, many people just throw them out with the trash.  Not […]

Phones are Highly Personal

Posted by on May 27, 2018 at 8:12 pm

This statement may seem obvious, but still need to be proven by science. I don’t know about you (well, actually I do according to this study), but when I’m without my phone I panic.  Where is it?  I’d be much more upset about misplacing my phone than my wallet.  That dreaded 1% battery sign means […]

Rural Douglas County Needs This for Internet Service!

Posted by on March 18, 2018 at 8:27 pm

Even as we push for better broadband in the city of Lawrence, our community is bigger than that.  People in rural areas have a tough time.  They’re stuck using mobile hotspots that have severe data limits or expensive satellite connections. These don’t always work, especially if you live on a large property. Microsoft is coming […]

The Digital Divide is Growing (Thanks AT&T)

Posted by on February 18, 2018 at 8:49 pm

Most people know, I’m a strong advocate for bridging the digital divide.  That’s why I work with great organizations like Connecting For Good that help make sure everyone has equal access to technology.  While there are problems in Kansas City and Lawrence, this report shows AT&T is making it worse. What that link states is things […]

Why Does Someone Want to Hack Your Computer

Posted by on January 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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Clients sometimes take a casual approach to computer security. Their rationale is “I have nothing important on there.”  They don’t do banking or finances.  They’re just casually surfing and interacting with friends. This article explains some of the details why you’re hacked. In a nutshell, they’re not looking to steal anything from you.  The goal is […]

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