It takes a special person indeed to put up with chasing me around the city to pick up my laptop. They delivered it back to me in Cherrybrook at the end of the day, all fixed! Thank you so much boys.
Mona, Camden

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This computer repairs blog is about remote work. Something that in this day and age has become a familiar theme.  The tag ‘remote’ that is used by employers around the world is no longer a novelty, however, it does still cause distrust and many questions. The doubts of potential employees can basically be brought down to ‘And what’s the catch?’ question because, remote work can be so advantageous for both parties.

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Remote work as it should be

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Our computer repairs Chief Mobile Geek is a big fan of cloud storage. For those who don’t know what cloud storage is, you can think of it as virtual storage space, where multiple servers are used to store data and these servers are generally hosted by third parties.

As with anything in life, there are pros and cons for cloud storage. Here, we’ll base these pros and cons on cloud storage for business. Lets start with the disadvantages.

- the process of backing up can be slower than other methods such as disk and tape

- technical issues – even though you can access data anytime from anywhere, service providers will run into technical issues at some point

- security – you may not be comfortable knowing that your secure data will be surrendered to a third party service provider. This is where it is important to do your research to ensure that you choose a reliable provider. Also keep in mind, on the same topic of security, your company could be prone to attack because as we all know, the Internet is not 100% secure.

Now for some advantages:

- cloud storage is cost efficient! And there are flexible payment options - such as pay as you go and upfront payment.

- you don’t need to worry about running out of storage space – you’ll have access to almost unlimited storage space.

- it is simple to back up and recover data

- you can access data anytime from anywhere

If you’re looking for a cloud storage provider, here are a few with good reviews:

- iCloud - mainly used for backing up iPhones and iPads

- Dropbox - really simple to use and one of the most versatile ones around

- Google Drive - competitively priced and it’s Google – what more do we need to say!

Our computer repairs Mobile Geeks suggest that you use another form of backup with cloud storage as you can never be too safe.

Computer Repairs Blog: Cloud Storage - dropbox

 

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Our Computer Repairs Mobile Geeks needed a boost themselves after consuming so much chocolate in the office this Easter. Surprisingly, they’ve hit the ground running again and are out there doing what they do best. One thing they are coming across often is a request to boost internet speeds. Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do to boost your Wi-Fi and you don’t need to be an expert in IT.

You would have noticed that signal strength varies in different areas of your house. It is worth installing signal strength software to help you identify blackspots. You can try moving your base station and you’ll be able to see if things improve. A good place for a base station is a central location within your house and of course, the higher it is, the better.

The monitoring software can also help you with identifying your neighbours hotspots. You’ll be able to see which channel each network is running on so if your neighbours network is interfering with yours, you could try a different channel – for 2.4GHZ networks, channels 1, 6 and 11 are meant to be best. Overlapping of networks is not so much an issue for 5GHZ networks as the channels are spaced apart more. Base stations are actually configured to use the best channel available, however, you could always restart it so it can scan for a better channel if there’s one available.

You may also experience interference from other electrical equipment within your house such as a telephone base stations and DSL modems so keep this in mind when you are choosing a spot for your Wi-Fi base station.

Another thing you could try is a Wi-Fi extender. They work by connecting to your network and rebroadcasting the signal.

Computer Repairs Blog: wifi extender

Of course, if all else fails, please don’t hesitate to call our expert computer repairs Mobile Geeks!

 

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Although 12 years old, Windows XP was still being sold on some computers as late as 2010 (don’t worry – our computer repairs Mobile Geeks always use the latest technology and software!). Worldwide, it was the second most popular operating system, behind Windows 7. However, from tomorrow, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP. From Friday last week, users were greeted with an annoying pop-up whenever they went to run Microsoft Security Essentials (which will continue to be updated until July next year). The pop-up warns users that XP will no longer be supported and directs them to a website where they are given other operating system options. Approximately 1.5 million Australian computers have XP installed on them. That’s a lot of annoying pop-ups!

Computer Repairs Blog: The annoying Windows XP pop-up

 

Worldwide, Windows 7 is the most popular operating system. People say it is the best version of Windows yet. It looks like Vista, except it’s better and faster. A new feature, HomeGroup, allows you to share files, folders and printers on a home network, however the other computers must also have Windows 7. There are also libraries, which are consolidated folders that allow you to keep track of documents, pictures and music.

If you are thinking about upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, apparently it is not such a smooth procedure, as your existing software/hardware settings won’t be recognised by Windows 7. You would actually need to install all your software again as well as all the updates and patches that have been released. If your PC is fairly old, might be an idea to just bite the bullet and buy a new one.

Lastly, Windows 7 has 4 editions:

Starter – has all the essentials

Home Premium – suitable for consumer desktops and notebooks

Professional – suitable for business counterparts and higher end models

Ultimate – for top-shelf systems

Keep in mind though, if you are going to stick with XP despite the annoying pop ups, you may very well need our computer repairs services because seeing as there’ll be no support for XP, it is feared that hackers will be ready to pounce at the vulnerabilities!

 

 

 

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Hello dear readers of our computer repairs blog. Today’s computer repairs theme is Firefox and namely, it’s hidden settings. In Firefox, there are several commands that you type, you can see the information, the browser cache settings and a few and not very useful things. These commands are entered in the address bar without spaces.about: – here is the logo version of Firefox, assembly identity, as well as a few links.

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Computer repairs blog about Firefox hidden settings

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Computer repairs blog USB 3.0

Computer repairs blog USB 3.0

Good day, dear readers of Mobile Geeks computer repairs blog! Nowadays, technological progress does not stand still, and every day, not only new devices, interfaces, etc come out….but the old tried and true devices get improved.

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With larger storage capacity and faster transfer rates, it’s no wonder these days that people are using USB flash drives for more than just storing their photos and music files (including our own chief computer repairs geek). These days, USB storage capacity exceeds 64GB, while transfer speeds exceed 100MB/second, making them capable of performing in line with an SDD or HDD. Another benefit is cost – prices just keep on dropping.

Lets have a look at the PNY Turbo 3.0 64GB Flash Drive for example. It has read speeds of up to 95MB/second and write speeds of up to 60MB/second. It is 10 times faster than the standard PNY USB 2.0 flash drives, allowing for super quick transfer or large files such as movies. It will cost you around $50 while the 128GB capacity drive will set you back around $90.  It is also available in 32GB. It’s ease-of-use is the same as previous USB technologies, with the exception of an increase in speed. It’s design is also worth a mention - it has a sliding connector, meaning no cap to lose.

Small businesses these days are even using USB drives to backup data (of course, they should not be used as the only backup method). Many programs offer one-click backup to USB, allowing quick backup of files that can then be transported and stored off-site. Something to keep in mind though, is encryption. If you business data requires protection, you need to choose a USB flash drive that supports backup encryption. Encrypting data with a password is simple, however if you lose your password, decrypting the data could be impossible. It’s a good idea to write the password down and store it in a safe location.

Aside from computer repairs, Mobile Geeks can assist you with determining the appropriate storage methods and devices for your business or task so don’t delay and contact your mobile geek today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ve often been approached by people with an interest in computer repairs and have lost count of the number of resumes sent in to us. One thing that always stands out is when someone has completed an IT Traineeship.

IT Traineeships are a great way to complete a course in IT as well as gain experience in the industry. They are usually between 12 months and 24 months in duration.There are a few courses that can be done as a traineeship including the Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Certificate IV in Information Technology Support and Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking. Some of the areas covered in these courses include:

  • Installing and managing a server
  • Configuring a desktop environment
  • Building a small wireless local area network
  • Installing, configuring and testing network security
  • Selecting cloud storage strategies
  • Installing hardware to a network
  • Installing, configuring and securing a small office or home network
  • Performing basic computer repairs
  • Installing and configuring virtual machines
  • Installing, operating and troubleshooting a small enterprise branch network
  • Performing laptop and PC virus removal
  • Installing, configuring and testing routers
  • Completing database backups and restores
  • Supporting users and troubleshooting desktop applications
  • Configuring and troubleshooting operating systems
  • Connecting and repairing hardware peripherals
  • Installing and configuring printers and other hardware
  • Backing up data and transferring data to other storage devices

If you’re interested in computer repairs and have not yet completed a qualification or started working in the industry, we highly recommend completing a traineeship. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in the IT industry.

When looking for trainees, we always advertise on Apprentice Match. If you’re looking for a traineeship in computer repairs, we highly recommend you register your details on their website as you’ll be kept up to date with any vacancies that match what you’re looking for.

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I thought I would devote this computer repairs blog to giving you a bit of an update on Instagram, seeing how much I love that app. (Find me under ‘mobilegeekette’). Anyway, Instagram  has had a tough past few days with the whole Twitter drama, however, they are trying  to remain on top and are not doing too bad of a job thanks to a new update for its iOS app. This update comes with a revised camera interface,  a brand-new filter that you can tinker with. It also has Foursquare integration for those that love to check-in to places. We used to do that at Mobile Geeks computer repairs but, seeing that we are always travelling around Sydney and rarely go to the same place enough times to win anything, we had to stop that :(

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Computer repairs is not just about fixing what is broken but, improving the operation of what is not. With the  new legal disclosure clauses, and the need to cross reference past emails, a lot of businesses are storing emails and have in some cases, almost stopped deleting them. Although this is great for disclosure and what my former boss referred to as ‘CYAF’ (Cover Your A… Filing), it can also lead to system overload.  Email stores in Outlook are normally sufficiently large but, within reason. And when reason is breached us, computer repairs geeks, see disastrous results. This is where backup comes in. Quality and reliable backup for Outlook is available for Exchange connected systems, however, standalone computers have to well, stand alone.  Backing up the PST (email database) is a duplication of the shell store, if the shell is corrupted the backup is risky. Continue reading “Computer repairs blog on how to better manage email data backup” »

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The world of computer repairs is full of quirks. Here is one for your Thursday. A Japanese refrigerator manufacturer is on a mission to make us happy about about our appliances. They have developed a smile-activated refrigerator. The fridge will not open unless you show its your pearly whites. The new system  is called the “The Happiness Counter,” encourages smiling in our every day lives. The contraption works  with built-in Sony CyberShot digital camera that has smile-recognition technology and a light sensor, it can detect when a smile has been flashed and unlocks the door. Although you would be forgiven to think that this would cure your late night feeling depressed kind of eating habits, it is still possible to open the refrigerator even if you do not smile — you just have to pull on that door a lot harder. And Nigella Lawson will not have anything to worry about as that woman seems to have a perpetual grin when food is about. (Yes, I have been watching a few of Nigella videos lately) “We feel that the happiness counter will naturally encourage the act of smiling in the multitude of daily frustrations, thus enhancing a positive mood and the communication of people,” a spokesperson for the company said in a promotional video. How commendable! I hope you enjoyed this update on the weird a geeky in computer repairs world.

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Smile to eat

 

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Congratulations! No I mean it, congratulations ladies and gentlemen for not being accessible to the powers that be 24/7 for no reason at all. This was one of the options on the cards when (no, it was not put quite in those terms) when the new law for cyber privacy was being discussed. So, take a deep happy breath and know that the governmnet now allows authorities to collect and monitor your internet records, including web-browsing history, social media activity and emails. Confused and cannot see the difference? You are not the only one. Continue reading “Computer repairs update on new laws on online privacy” »

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In computer repairs world, every new glimpse of IT future to come or even better, a ready to use fancy gadget is the stuff of life. Hence, here is a little juicy tidbit on a new application from UStream that lets you broadcast live video  from your iPhone to your Facebook. Do not know how you can possibly use this technology? Never mind that! Back in the good old days we could not fathom how Facebook could be useful either.  This new app is called Broadcast for Friends — or BFF (ok, not very original but, who cares)— with the help of this app you can broadcast yourself just to a group of friends or publicly.

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selection of iPhone applications

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