Geek Squad Marketing: Why they get more clients than you.

Published 29th August 2006 By Bryce Whitty

The Geek Squad is something most computer technicians have seen or heard about at some point even if you are outside the US. In this article I will be talking about their beginnings and their highly effective marketing that make people view them as mini-celebrities instead of just computer technicians.

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Performing Data Recovery

Published 26th August 2006 By Boris M

There comes a time in the life of each hard-drive when it just won’t access any of the data on the drive anymore. The same applies to CDs and DVDs which, due to their fragile nature, get scratched and scraped beyond readability. As Murphy’s law would often have it, it happens exactly to the files you need when you need them. In order to preserve your data (and your sanity in case data starts mysteriously disappearing), you need to know exactly what can be done to make sure you don’t find yourself losing important files.

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Sophos releases rootkit detection tool for free

Published By Bryce Whitty

Sophos has released an Anti rootkit detection tool which will detect and remove known and unknown rootkits. For those of you who do not know what a rootkit is, a rootkit is a term used a trojan which is used to hide a malicious object such as a file, process, registry key, open network port etc..) from the computer administrator or user. For more information, click HERE. For the direct download link, click HERE.

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Stolen Laptops, Exposed Data and Identity Theft

Published 23rd August 2006 By Bryce Whitty

According to the FBI, laptop theft is the second most common computer crime and less than 2 percent of those stolen laptops are ever recovered. Four in five (81%) of US firms have had at least one laptop stolen containing sensitive information according to a recent study.

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Why Dell laptop batteries explode

Published 22nd August 2006 By Bryce Whitty

As many of you have seen in the news. Dell has had a massive recall of certain types of batteries in their laptops due to the possibility of them exploding. This article explains how something like a laptop battery actually explodes. Read More…

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Self Employment, Salary Jobs and Job Security

Published 20th August 2006 By Bryce Whitty

This is something I have been thinking about for a few months now since Australia has recently changed its employment laws. Who has better job security? someone who is self employed or someone in a salary job?

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Getting a local computer supplier, the cheeky way.

Published By Bryce Whitty

Something most computer business startups need is a supplier for their computer parts. However suppliers are typically hard to find because they are usually factories in the backblocks of town and they dont advertise.

So how do you get a computer supplier? Find out who your local computer store uses. I doubt they will tell you if you asked so I am going to share with you how I found my supplier.

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The Sony VAIO UX180P Micro PC at my Doorstep

Published 18th August 2006 By Bryce Whitty

The other day a new client came to my house to drop off his laptop for me to fix as he was having problems with receiving his emails. When he arrived he handed me a small leather case which I assumed was the case for either a charger or a external laptop CDRom and waited for him to hand me the actual laptop. When he didnt I asked “could I see the laptop?” and he said that IS the laptop. I opened up the leather case and found this little gem. The new Sony VAIO UX180P Micro PC.

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Laptop Data Recovery: How to rescue data off a dead notebook.

Published 16th August 2006 By Bryce Whitty

This is an illustrated step by step guide to instruct readers how to recover data off a laptop. This procedure should only be carried out by computer technicians as laptops can easily be damaged.

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Speeding up your booting and minimizing RAM usage

Published 10th August 2006 By Boris M

One can never have too much (free) RAM. As with quite a few short computer proverbs, this one holds almost too true. As years have passed from old operating systems, which used as little as 8 MB of RAM, something was bound to happen. Our dear Windows OS has turned from a resource hog by the standards of 486es to an even bigger resource hog of today’s P4s and A64s. Despite all the new components and large-sized memories that are already measured in gigabytes, something always decides to hog up the RAM. Poof – instead of 1 GB of free RAM, you are lucky if you have half of that available. And if you’re trying to run Windows XP on something as low as 256MB or even 128MB, even booting up becomes tedious.

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