How to diagnose bad RAM

Published 26th April 2006 By Bryce Whitty

Does your computer emit endless beeps during bootup? Does your PC crash for no apparent reason at random intervals? Or you get blue screens of death with errors such as IRQL_Less_or_Not_Equal? If so, then it is very likely that there is a problem with your computers memory (RAM).

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At What Point Does Security Become Counter-productive?

Published 22nd April 2006 By Bryce Whitty

As my recent experiences with a bank (which shall remain nameless) confirm, some people take security too far. There is a point at which more security measures actually reduce security, rather than increase it.

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Wireless Security

Published 20th April 2006 By Bryce Whitty

As the number of wireless routers and access points in homes and small offices rises, seemingly exponentially, wireless crackers and wardrivers are exploiting the endless supply of unsecured wireless access to obtain free internet access, and gain anonymity in their exploits. In most cases, users don’t even bother changing the default access username and password, allowing any attacker to connect to their network and change the wireless settings. Even less common is the use of encryption. Encrypted wireless access would prevent users who do not know the encryption key connecting and making use of the wireless access.

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Windows XP Activation Explained

Published 16th April 2006 By Bryce Whitty

This article explains how Windows Activation works and how much changes to your system you can do before Microsoft considers your computer a new system.

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How to stop Messenger Service Popups

Published 13th April 2006 By Bryce Whitty

Some users (wether yourself or your clients) may have seen popups that appear on their desktop at some time or another with the title “Messenger Service”. This is not to be confused with Windows Messenger (built in MSN Messenger). The Messenger Service is used for sending messages across a network or LAN.

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Recovering important data when Windows wont boot

Published 3rd April 2006 By Bryce Whitty

A task that frequently appears in computer repair jobs is retrieving the data on the clients PC when a hard drive has failed (or failing) or Windows wont boot and they want me to do a Reinstall. This article is intended for people who are comfortable working in DOS or some other command line, however if you are a beginner a GUI tool such as Ultimate Boot CD will be extremely helpful.

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What to take to Computer Repair Jobs

Published 27th March 2006 By Bryce Whitty

When you are on a computer repair job many different situations can arise and in most cases it has nothing to do with what the client told you over the phone. Over the years I have created a kit which I bring to computer repair jobs to be prepared for almost anything. Here is what I carry to my computer jobs and hopefully this will help you create your own kit.

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How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

Published 22nd March 2006 By Bryce Whitty

Many people who know their stuff with their computers are rushing to give the new Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 a try even though it is known to have bugs still. One of these bugs that are frequently showing up is that when IE7 causes problems elsewhere (such as in browsing) and they want to uninstall it, they often cant. Here is a guide of how to uninstall IE 7.

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Giving Discounts for Computer Repairs

Published 19th March 2006 By Bryce Whitty

I have seen a few posts in recent days on forums talking about giving discounts to your computer clients and here is a principle that is good to go by concerning discounts.

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Internet Explorer wont connect to secure websites

Published 17th March 2006 By Bryce Whitty

A problem I frequently see at computer repairs is that Internet Explorer cannot connect to any secure sites for purposes such as online banking and online shopping. This tutorial is a walkthrough to help your repair Internet Explorer so you can connect to secure sites.

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