Tips on Hiring a Computer Repair Company

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For many of us, life stops when our computers stop. In this era of communication, we depend on computers in a big way. I am sure that many people find it hard to imagine a day's work without a functional computer.

Apart from using the social media sites, household people use computers for searching, e-mailing, browsing interesting sites and research. But that is not all. Now many people work as freelance contractors by sitting at home. For them, computer is the work station.

Things do not go right all the time. From time to time we face problems with our computers. Sometimes the monitor does not work, sometimes internet does not work, sometimes the cables malfunction, sometimes the power cods do not function. What to do in such cases? I guess many of us try to fix it of our own. What happens if we make the thing worse? Therefore I suggest that you contact a computer repair company when things go wrong with your laptop or desktop computer. They are professionals and know how to repair computers. They will first diagnose the problem and than will repair it. Here are the tips on hiring a computer repair company:

Ask your friends and relatives for a suggestion. Ask them if they have contacts of any computer repair company or not. If they have contacts of such a company, ask them whether they were happy with the service of the company or not. If the answer is yes, call the company and talk to the sales representative.

Another good way to search for a computer repair company is by browsing the internet. Search whether there are any companies in your town. For instance, if you live in Denver, search for a company that has its office in Denver. If you find several companies, note down their numbers.

Before selecting a company, find out its reputation. If it has good reputation, you can be assured that it will do a first-class job on your computer. My advice would be to ask; who their previous clients were, did these clients leave satisfied, how long this company has been in business and what noticeable accomplishments do they have under their belt. If all answers are satisfactory than you can be sure that they would do a good job.

Before selecting a computer repair company, find out whether they have a 24/7 phone support or not. If they do, very good. If they do not have this service, move on and select another. I am saying this because you probably would need their help in future as well. And you never know when things might go wrong. It can be in the middle of the night!

My last tip would be this – do not hesitate to bargain with the company. If you know the exact problem, ask them how much they would charge to fix it. If you do not know the problem, ask them how much could the charge be.

I hope these …

Choosing a Web Designer

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Here are some tips in finding the right people for the job and some considerations to be taken into account.

1. Introduction

Many businesses look for a web designer as though they were shopping for a general commodity item such as a light bulb – i.e. All websites are equal and paying the 16 year old student on a computer course to build the site will reap exactly the same dividend as paying a specialist web development agency. Other businesses often feel they have to spend thousands upon thousands of pounds on a website for it to be successful.

Let us dispel these myths

Contrary to what many believe, web design is only one component in the production of your website. Some web designers can talk day and night about how pretty your web site can be, but if it isn’t functional, user-friendly, or capable of helping you meet your online goals, then all the superficial beauty in the world isn’t going to help it serve it’s purpose. The design theme of a website is only one component of building a successful online presence.

Choosing a Web Designer is not an easy task! – Here are some tips…

There is so much more to web design than just making a few web pages look pretty if you want to succeed. You need to consider your target audience, underlying message, content, desired responses, visitor impact, online goals, how you are going to measure the success of the site and more. There is so much more to web design than just making a few web pages look pretty

2. Defining Your Requirements

If you have no idea why you want a website or what you want the website to achieve, it is as well to sit down and think it through, rather than rushing to put up a “White elephant” that doesn’t serve a purpose. Every website must serve a purpose, and that’s usually where many websites falls short. They serve no purpose because the website owner never gave much thought to it. It’s not the website’s fault. A website is inanimate. It is only what you make it. The only life a website has is the one given to it by its designer and owner. If the human element doesn’t do a good job of defining the building blocks, the website will serve no purpose and eventually die a digital death. Every website should have a distinct purpose With that in mind, we’d suggest the first stage would be to define the “Goals” of the website in relation to the requirements and aspirations of the business or organisation involved.

Defining the Goal

Every website should have a distinct goal or number of goals that are measurable. A goal can be anything from communicating with friends and associates through to making profits by selling products or services online (e commerce). Your goal in the first instance may even be to have a web presence so potential clients don’t regard your organisation as …

5 Ways to Get a Dead Spy Pen to Work

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If you have a Spy Pen, sometimes it just appears to be either stuck with the light on, or dead and won’t turn on. We wrote this report to show you some of the tricks we found to getting your it to work again.

1. Perform A Hard Reset

The majority of the time, just inserting the end of a paper clip in the opening below the status light on the back, and performing a hard reset, will get your Spy Pen working. Just bend a small paper clip end out, and insert straight into the opening. When you meet resistance, push lightly, and you can feel the reset button depressed.

Make sure it goes straight in, and not at an angle, or you could damage some of the components inside. Let go and try to turn it on.

2. Rule Out The USB Cable

If you are using a USB cable to either connect the Spy Pen to your computer, or to the 110V wall charger adapter, one day the cable will fail. If you use the USB cable because you can’t connect the pen directly to the computer, try just plugging it directly into the computer.

Don’t use a USB hub, as sometimes there is not enough power for the it; just connect it directly to the computers USB port. On some computers, use the USB port on the back, as front USB ports are sometimes weaker.

3. Rule Out The 110V Wall Charger

Just like the USB cable, the 110V wall charger adapter will also fail at some point; so if it does not seem to take a charge, try charging it for 3 hours in the computers USB port. If the status light is on while its charging, its getting electricity to charge the battery.

4. Put The Spy Pen Back In Video Mode

Several Spy Pens have switches to go to photo mode, or voice activation mode. If you move the switch to change modes, and you do not move it back to video mode, the computer will say it is not recognized. Try moving the switch back to the original position.

5. Erase & Reformat The Spy Pen

If the Spy Pen shows up as a removable drive on your PC, just right click on the icon and let go on “Format.” Then check the “Quick Format” button, then hit OK. The drive will be erased, and reformatted. This usually takes care of any pens that make it this far.

On an Apple computer, use Disc Utility to erase the drive and format as MS DOS 32. Then eject properly; on a Mac, right click on the drive and select eject. On a PC, click on the green Left arrow down at the lower right part of the monitor, then click on eject to properly eject the device.

That’s our report on “5 Ways To Get A Dead Spy Pen To Work.” If your pen still won’t work, and you purchased it from us, …

Skills Needed For Marketing on the Internet

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Learning and mastering the right skills for Internet Marketing is an important aspect of your marketing strategy. Developing these skills will not only bring fulfillment and growth, but mostly, the opportunity for you to assist others in this area. So, what are these skills? Although there are many skills to learn, here are a few, that if mastered, will provide you with a great overall strategy as well as the best opportunity to achieve your goals and / or desired results.

Skill One: Google AdWords. Even though Google has recently come out with some compliance and / or requirement changes, it still remains the one of the most effective ways to market your product or service. Learning how to use Google will be well worth your time and investment. There are a number of resources that are available that can assist you in developing the knowledge required to drive traffic to your website. One such resource is, Perry Marshall's "The Definitive Guide to Google AdWords." It still remains the best resource for those desiring to become proficient at AdWords. If you have more money than time, AdWords should have the number one skill mastered in your arsenal of strategies for marketing on internet.

Skill Two: Video Marketing. Video Marketing is a marketing skill that many seem to overlook for one reason or another. First of all, it is a very effective way to market on internet because it allows you to connect with your potential prospect by sight. Secondly, its free and that is the ultimate return on investment. With an inexpensive Flip Camera (approx. $ 150.00) or WebCam (on your computer), you can begin to generate traffic to your website in a matter of minutes by uploading the videos to YouTube, Social Media sites, Blogs, and other sites as you see fit. There are those who say that they get nervous in front of the camera, do not allow fear to prevent you from marketing on internet in an effective, cost efficient way.

Skill Three: Copywriting. Learning the skill of Copywriting, or Direct Response Marketing, can be a very powerful and effective way to gather potential customers and build a list of potential prospects. Utilizing the written word to present your information and / or product to millions of people via the internet can produce a tremendous amount of targeted traffic to your website. By connecting to the reader emotionally and psychologically, you give yourself an opportunity to develop a relationship that could last for many years. Copywriting can be a game changer in marketing on internet. …

Nintendo DS Games – A Sensation in the Video Game World

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In the early 1980’s, the video games were first introduced. They created a sensation in the gaming world and made people very much crazier about such gaming actions. Then with the easy reach of computers the system of computer gaming came into existence. These electronic gaming activities gained a wide popularity among the masses and people of different age group. Moreover, the puzzle, racing and WWF games are some of the examples of the most preferred gaming categories which are played on computers. Moreover, the video games are considered to be very challenging and exciting means of entertainment for people of all age groups. Nowadays kids, teenagers and people from different age groups spend most of their time enjoying the gaming actions on the computer and Internet. Everyone, can find many suitable suitable genre according to their likes and preferences on the Internet.

Nintendo DS, is one of the best examples of gaming consoles. This console is easy to use and fascinating interactive activities can be played on the device. This console has been designed keeping in mind, the needs of everyone. Whether you are a child, a teenager, an adult or anyone, you can play games on this console very easily. This gadget is very popular among the masses. The DS gaming gadget can easily download all types of games. The console users can also easily access games from all the Nintendo Systems and other systems such as Sega by subscribing for their services.

This console has been made for all age group people. The Nintendo DS games are supported with Nintendo Wi-Fi connection which is a free online connectivity. It allows the users to interact with some one in between the game. This gaming widget weighs just 300 grams. Moreover, this gadget comes with 2 separate 3-inches TFT LCD screen. The physical dimensions of this console is 148.7 x 84.7 x 28.9 mm. This widget comes in two colour options. One is sleek black and the second one is stylish white. The users can opt for the device colour, according to their choice. Moreover, 1.65 volts is required for operating this device.

The built-in CPU of this high end gadget comes enabled with 2 Arm processors, an Arm 946E-S main CPU and ARM7TDMI co-processor. They are available at clock speeds of 67 MHz and 33 MHz. The gadget even has 256 KB of Serial Flash Memory. Furthermore, the device comes supported with Wireless 802.11 and Nintendo Original Protocol. The Wi-Fi built-in support with 802.11 Wireless Network Connection would further assist you in wide variety of ways.

Today, many web sites are coming up and as such it is very easy to search for free of cost games from these gaming websites. The users can play and download online games free of cost. There are many game options also to select from. Puzzles, Super Mario, shooting, chess, fairy tale, cricket and so on are some of the examples of most preferred games which are accessed by most of the …

A Computer Crash – Unlikely – Think Again

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You read about it, hear about it, but do you really think a computer crash can happen to you? You bet. It's easy to become complacent – after all, you take precautions. You're smart. No matter how long you've been using a computer, you know that it's absolutely necessary to back up your files just in case your computer crashes – right? Of course you do.

I've been using computers at home since 1993 – a long time. And, I've upgraded computers at least 8 times since then. Each new upgrade gets faster with bigger hard drives. Each upgrade in hard drives leads to more and more new software programs with more and more files being stored. In all this time, I've never experienced a computer crash – until now. I took some additional precautions so I would not lose any of my files.

I made sure that I backed up the majority of my programs and my files. But, what happens if my hard drive crashes and after several hours of trying different things, I find there is no fix? Do I have back up files – sure I do. But, there is not a day that goes by that I'm not creating more files, or web revisions. Do I have the most recent changes saved – no. I guess like a lot of us who are busy running work from home businesses (both online and offline) we do not always follow our back up schedules religiously. I'm guilty of doing just that.

How often should you back up programs and files? That depends on how many changes you make on a daily / weekly basis. For some, once a month would be good enough – for others, once a day. You have to decide how much effort it will take if your system crashes, and if it can not be reclaimed, how much effort it will be to re-install your programs and files on a new hard drive.

How are you going to back up critical information? Your choice will depend on how large your programs are, how many, and how many files you have. If you have the CDs to all your software programs, it's just a matter of relating them all. But, what if you've purchased some over the Internet and downloaded them? If your smart, you'll keep them all (most of them come 'zipped') in a separate file folder on your hard drive and ensure that you back up this folder every time you download a new software program.

If you need Serial Numbers to load some of these software programs, and you received instructions and serial numbers by email, print them and keep them in a separate hard copy folder so you can retrieve them as needed. A paperless office is not necessarily good especially for this situation.

And, if you're really prepared, you have an older computer around (one you kept when you purchased a new model) so you can continue, in a …

The Importance Of Websites For Business

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Nowadays, the internet is so well known and wide spread through the globe, that if you run a business, it looks like you should have a website too. You might have some reservations initially. Is it expensive to design, to run, to update? Do I really need to have an online presence? Will it make any difference at all?

These are common questions and lots of business owners have them. Either they are getting by fine or not computer savvy enough to understand the full benefits of having a websites. The truth is that having a website will do your business no end of good and will give it a great chance of even more success. This is even more evident with home-based businesses, where a lot of the customer base is reliant on establishing a presence over the internet to expand.

By having a website, you are immediately giving your business added credibility. The internet is so big now, that people often become suspicious of businesses that do not have website. It makes them question that business and wonder why they have not got involved online yet – do they have something to hide?

In terms of marketing and finding new customers, having a website is cheaper than ad campaigns in newspapers and magazines. The cost of running a website is minimal in comparison, so in many regards, you will save money, rather than waste it. Furthermore, there are more people searching online than in magazines now, so the potential is greater with a website, especially if you cater for a global market.

Websites are always 'switched on' and so you can keep in contact with customers all day, every day. It is the ultimate in convenience, especially if you work from an office that is closed during the evening.

One of the greatest benefits of having a website is that your target market is instantly expanded beyond anything you used to have. A global audience is at your fingertips, which, for a business can mean some really exciting prospects. The website will also give you the opportunity to 'show off' your brand and identity. With the use of great graphics, reviews, testimonies etc. you can really start to express your business how you always wanted to.

There are lots of other benefits to having a website; not least that it saves time in all kinds of different ways, such as retaining information, sending emails out, updating details etc. They also make customer service so much simpler and more efficient. Emails save paper, time, energy and money and that's just the start of it. Your business desires to have a website, so start looking into it and establish an online presence. …

Hard Drive Size – Why It’s Important

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The hard drive disk of a computer is the primary storage device of the computer. It is a non-removable device that retains all the information when the computer is turned off. A fast hard drive supplies the computer with data as fast as it needs. Hard drives are measured in Gigabytes (GB) and the larger the number, the more storage the computer has. When looking at purchasing a new home computer or laptop, it is important to understand how the hard drive works with your computer and how much storage capacity you will need.

When saving information on your computer, the application is recorded on a magnetic platter inside the hard drive. Most hard drives have several platters that allow them to spin up to 15,000 times per minute. The amount of hard drive space the computer has will affect how much data that can be saved. The data on a hard drive can be deleted or erased from the memory at any time and does not need a constant power supply to save the information.

It used to be that hard drives were small and had a capacity of no more than 5 MB, now most new computers and laptops have no less than 40 GB. Some hard drive capacities can exceed 120 GB. Today, computers with these capabilities can store a massive amount of information, videos and photos without getting bogged down.

Choosing a hard drive can be confusing if you are not familiar with what to look for. Hard drives can have a very high capacity and they can be very small. It is important when looking at hard drive for your computer or laptop to know what you need. Performance in a hard drive can vary dramatically. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to save information and learning your hard drive is full. If you plan on using your hard drive to store a minimum amount of information, you may not need to spend the extra money on a bigger hard drive.

For storing large files, videos, music and pictures, your computer will need to be equipped with a larger amount of hard drive space. You can purchase 160 GB and bigger of hard drive space on most computers. The general rule of thumb for purchasing hard drive space is to purchase the largest amount of space you think you will need and that you can afford.

Price is another factor when choosing the right hard drive size. The most common size of hard drive for the money ranges from 60 to 80 gigabytes. These hard drive sizes are readily available on most operating systems. They are a good economical choice for computer users needing the computer for everyday storage and use.

Besides the size of the hard drive and purchase price consider access times and transfer rates when looking at hard drives. The transfer rate is how much data can be transferred per second. This can vary though, depending on the condition of the …

What Drives Information Technology

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Information technology generally refers to all forms of technology used in the creation, storage, exchange and utilization of data, conversation and all multi-media forms of communication. With computer technology constantly changing and improving, businesses are being driven with the need for the right system that is based on the requirements and goals of their enterprise. They are considered business allies in an information-based economy.

What drives information technology is competition within the business environment and the progression of computer technology that it is a part of. The systems of technology involve varied shapes of many state of the art devices that help in the transmission of information to managers translating such information to their decisions in the organization’s operations.

There are many forms of information technology like computers, sensors, robots and decision support systems. The newest one being used in the market today are handhelds to help managers and subordinates to support their daily operations in the office. Due to the emergence of varied accounting system technology, Electronic Data Process Auditing now also known as Information Technology Auditing was launched to also cater to the need for technology control and as a response to utilize computers’ capacity for attestation services.

Information technology has revolutionized business operations. In shaping the structure and functions of work organizations, plants, and office, modern information technology is considered one of prime movers among many industries. When one talks about technology, it brings up a whole exciting world of computers and the Internet. It also prompts terms like server, intranet, security, firewall and network. Other terms in its jargon are Ethernet, VoIP and more.

Information technology has not always alluded to computers, but referred to the oldest information processor, which is the brain. Technology is perhaps man’s scientific attempt to imitate the brain’s efficiency in functions of communication and information storage. Thus it is essentially the communication, storage and processing of information that would suit the purposes of users.

Through the use of high technology in the form of state of the art computers and software systems, communication is well managed. Some companies refer to its Information Technology Department as MIS or Management Information Services. Large companies have bigger requirements for the Information technology departments with bigger responsibilities in information storage, information protection, information processing, information transmission, and even information retrieval. IT contributes to the success of these businesses as it works along side its human resources in accomplishing the organization’s tasks while reducing costs and opening new possibilities that have never been tried before by the company.

When the best of both science and technology is combined, what results is as powerful as today’s advancements in technology. So powerful it is that it is not only a part of man’s life — it dominates it. It makes him realize every second of his existence…

SWTOR Crew Skills

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SWTOR Crew Skills are a little different than other MMO professions since you don’t have to do any of the gathering or crafting yourself. The crew skills allow you to assign the task to your companions while you continue questing, PVPing, or doing any other part of the game you are interested in.

Once you hit level 10 you will be able to pick your crew skills. There are 3 types of skills to choose from, Crafting, Gathering, and Mission. You may only have a total of 3 skills at once and you are limited to 1 crafting skill. So basically you will have either 3 gathering, 3 mission, 1 crafting with 2 gathering, 1 crafting with 2 mission or 1 crafting with 1 gathering and 1 mission.

Gathering Skills: You can choose up to 3 gathering skills for your character.

  • Archaeology: Allows you to find imbued items like Lightsaber crystals and ancient artifacts. The crystals that are mined provide resources for Artifice and Synthweaving.
  • Bioanalysis: Allows you to collect genetic material from creatures and plants. These items are used by Biochem.
  • Scavenging: Allow you to recover useful materials and parts from old or damaged technology. These materials are used in Cybertech, Armstech, and Armormech.
  • Slicing: Allows you to access secured computer systems and lockboxes to acquire valuable data and rare schematics. The information is mainly used in Cybertech.

Mission Skills: You may have up to 3 mission skills for your character

  • Diplomacy: the art of conducting and managing negotiations. This provides medical supplies, companion gifts and light/darkside points.
  • Investigation: the skill of examining evidence and following clues to discover valuable secrets. This provides prototype schematics, research compounds and companion gifts.
  • Treasure Hunting: the ability to track down and recover valuable items by investigating a series of clues. This provides lockboxes, gemstones, and companion gifts.
  • Underworld Trading: expertise in the trading of illegal goods and services. This provides luxury fabrics, custom schematics and companion gifts.

Crafting Skills: You may only have 1 crafting skill for your character

  • Armormech: This skill allows you to craft personal armor using hard metals and electronic shielding.
  • Armstech: This skill allows you to craft various weapons such as blasters, assault cannons and sniper rifles. You can also make weapon upgrades and modifications.
  • Artifice: This skill allows you to construct Jedi and Sith artifacts such as lightsaber modifications.
  • Biochem: This skill allows the creation of performance-enhancing chemical serums and biological implants.
  • Cybertech: This skill allows you to create droid armor, earpieces, grenades, armoring, mods and miscellaneous gadgets.
  • Synthweaving: This skill allows you to creating lighter outfits and armors that are imbued with supernatural qualities for Force users.

After choosing your crafting skills, you’re given the ability to reverse engineer certain items in your inventory. Reverse Engineering breaks items down into components you can then use to craft new items, including a higher quality version of that same item. You can reverse engineer most items that you craft and some items that you find in the world. …