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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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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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.

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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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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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 :(

Computer repairs blog Instagram update

Instragram Old School

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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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