About a year ago, we posted an article about virus infection, “How to Help Prevent Getting Re-infected by viruses (Or Get Infected in the First Place.)” .
Todays blog post is a follow up to that. Here at Geek Easy we frequently get asked “How did I get infected?”. It’s never a simple answer so we thought we give you some general ideas of how it could possibly happen.
Once upon a time in computerland, there was only one video cable. The one that went from your computer, to your CRT monitor. And all was good in the land.
“One cable to rule them all, one cable to find them, one cable to bring them all and in the video bind them.” – apologies to JRR Tolkein
Fast forward to 2013. Now there are all kinds of video connection for attaching all types of viewing devices to your computer. It can definitely be a daunting and confusing proposition figuring out which one you need for your situation. We here at Geek Easy Computers understands this, so we are going to try to make it easier for you! Today we are going to introduce to you some of the most common video connections, and explain what they are for, and the differences between them. We stock varying lengths and types of these cables, as well as adapters to go from one to the other or multiple different interfaces.
Everybody has a friend, family member, or co-worker that is “good with computers”. They can be a handy person to have around when you have minor issues like forgetting how to print a spreadsheet, or how to save pictures from your smartphone, or or how to attach those pictures to an email to send to your aunt in Pasadena. It’s great to have someone you can call at a moments notice for little stuff like that. But what isn’t great is when people go to these same individuals for major issues. While these “computer guys” may have your best interest in heart, what they don’t have is the training and knowledge, the years of hands on experience repairing computers, or the tools of a professional computer repair shop.
Like any other substantial investment such as a vehicle or a home, owning a computer comes with responsibility to maintain it in order for it to perform as it was designed to do. Unfortunately most computer owners are either uninformed of this, think its relatively unimportant, or just don’t have the knowledge to provide this maintenance.
We have talked about preventing overheating of your computers in a few different posts on the blog. One of the methods mentioned was a “heatsink service”, which entails replacing the thermal grease on the heatsink. But we never really explained what a heat sink is, or what it (and the thermal grease) actually does. So we aim to fix that oversight today!
As we mentioned previously, nearly every computing and communication technology is becoming more geared toward mobility. The workhorses of that movement are the classic laptop. The laptop was the original mobile computing device. The IBM 5100, the first commercially available portable computer, appeared in September 1975. Laptops are also known as notebooks, ultrabooks, and netbooks.
By now, you should know that if you are on the internet, your computer needs to be protected from malicious viruses and malware/spyware. We mentioned some ways to do that in our previous blog post “Your Computer Needs You (Why?)”. Today, we’d like to expand on that some and answer the one question we get the most often: Which anti-virus is the best?
What is an SSD? Do I need one?
You have heard about these new upgrades called SSDs that are supposed to make your old computer faster and are not exactly sure what they really do, or better yet, what they actually are? Your computer upgrade specialists at Geek Easy Computers are here to fill in the blanks and impart some knowledge!