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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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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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! Since you are essentially renting space on a server, you do not have to pay for the hardware used to store it. Plus, many of these companies are just starting out and offer great sales. The lowest priced cloud storage gets even cheaper with 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.

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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!

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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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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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Hello everyone and welcome to computer repairs Wednesday! Wow have things changed in the past few months in Mobile Geeks’ and the technical world.

While we have kept our one off call out home and residential support, we have also added annual maintenance service for businesses and non-for profits and set up a new Google Apps and Microsoft 365 technical support service. So our computer repairs skills are their in a variety of ways :)

Chrome!

Virus removals are now a whole new game for us. Firstly, the game players have changed and as I said before about Chrome…good browser. However,  it is now also  the #1 browser and that means it is under attack. In our virus removal checklist, browser extensions and add-ons are the very first thing computer repairs geeks check to find out what they are dealing with. Chrome, in my opinion, has the most bugs and junk when we remote in and check clients’ browsers. Continue reading “Computer repairs blog Chrome add-ons and plug-ins allow spyware” »

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Computer repairs geeks are facing another Monday. And although it is gloomy and threatening of really bad weather, there is no reason why it cannot be a fantastic Monday. And all those Monday haters among you will just have to cope with my Pollyanna attitude today.

Geeks have been installing countless cloud computing systems as of late. Everyone, it seem, is seeing the benefits of cloud. Rather than installing costly software on your computer it is now the preferred option for may to just run applications in the cloud. Continue reading “Computer repairs blog update Cloud computing” »

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Today is a gloomy and rainy day but, I am quite happy with life as I plan my decidedly non computer repairs related day. I am off to have my half way ultrasound, you see why I am so excited now. Another important but less weighty reason is my new fashionable umbrella. There is not much a pregnant lady can indulge in the country where maternity clothing is represented by K-Mart selection of potato sacks…. Anyway, with no computer repairs on the horizon and a splendidly glamorous umbrella in hand I thought of all of those social media friends of mine that rock fashion blogging. So, this one is for you beautiful girls (and boys). Continue reading “Computer repairs blog Best gadgets for your glamazon fashion blog” »

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Greeting lovely people :) and welcome back to our computer repairs how to blog. Yahoo (the search engine that almost no one uses so, who cares) issued a statement on Thursday that its user-generated contributor network Yahoo! Voices had fallen victim to a massive data breach. This means that more than 400,000 usernames and passwords have been stolen from servers.Now, if this was just a Yahoo problem, we probably would not even be writing about this, however, Gmail, MSN and Hotmail accounts have also been hacked into. Continue reading “Computer Repairs Blog on How to Check if Your Passwords Have Been Leaked” »

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computer repairs geeks on kids onlineMobile Geeks computer repairs experts are often asked about child safety online, here we will tell what we know.

As a parent, you breath easier when your child is at home, but in our day and age, physical presence in the house no longer means he or she is safe and inaccessible to bad-wishers. Thanks to the internet, your child has access to untold information and knowledge and on the other hand, to dangers like pornography, predators and other’s ideas (which can be no less dangerous) even in the confines of his or her own room. I have put together a few tips on how you can make the world safer for your kids: Continue reading “Computer repairs experts advise how to protect your child online” »

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