Category Archives: Automation

Time Tracking for Technicians

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For thousands of years, we’ve been tracking time, for business or other purposes. The ancient Egyptians used shadow clocks. Sundials were popular for a while, but it’s difficult to carry one around with you. Now we have all manner of digital time tracking devices and utilities. As technicians, we need …

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GetMacApps – Quickly and Easily Install Multiple OS X Apps at Once

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Installing apps on a Mac can sometimes be a long and tedious process, especially when dealing with your clients. As a technician, you have a lot to do in a day, and manually installing apps for your clients can consume valuable time in your busy schedule. GetMacApps makes it easy …

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Patch My PC – Mass Update Third Party Software Automatically

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In today’s world, we are seeing malware writers focusing on weaknesses in third party applications such as Flash and Java rather than just targeting the operating system. Patch My PC is designed to help secure a machine against the vulnerabilities of having outdated third party software installed. Patch My PC …

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dMaintenance – Task Automation Tool

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dMaintenance is a free portable tool that can be configured to automate maintenance tasks. It can run directly on a pc without installation and can also be pushed out on networks via group policy. DMaintenance can be set to run automatically via Windows Task Scheduler as well.

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Semper Driver Backup – 1 Click Driver Backup

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All Techs know what a headache tracking down all the correct device drivers can be when reinstalling an operating system. Since every independent device from the hard drive to a USB web cam needs a current drive in order to operate, backing up proper drivers for your devices becomes an …

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D7 – Computer Repair Multi Tool

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D7 is a small, portable application designed to aid in many computer repair related tasks and provide a uniform procedure for technicians to follow by automation. D7 has multiple functions such as being an interface to quickly go to various system areas such as the system file checker. It also …

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Insomnia – Repair Tool of the Week

The default power settings for Windows is to have the computer go to sleep after about 15-30 minutes of inactivity (such as no keyboard input or mouse movement). This is great for the client because it saves power but not so great for a technician who is working on the …

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Kill All Running Apps .BAT – Repair Tool of the Week

The title pretty much says it all. This .BAT file will kill all currently running apps on a system that the user started with the exception of a few locked Windows processes and some antivirus products. This comes in handy when you are working on a system that has too …

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Repair Tool of the Week: Ketarin

Today, my job as a computer technician has been made MUCH easier thanks to a member on the Technibble forums recommending this repair tool. A problem I have always had as a technician is keeping the program installers on my USB drive (such as AVG) up to date. AVG is …

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Repair Tool of the Week: SUMo

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As most computer technicians should know, computer security isnt just about having up to date antivirus and anti-malware software. It is also about having the users software up to date as well. Windows Updates is obviously one of the most important ones but many technicians forget about third party software …

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