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Posts Tagged ‘mac’

Can I Do It Myself?

“Can I do it myself?”

It’s a question many computer owners ask when it’s time for a repair or upgrade to their machine.  There answer depends on your abilities and resources.  Some things, like RAM, are easy enough to physically replace, but can be difficult to troubleshoot if you don’t have the experience and/or testing equipment available.

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10 common PC and Mac annoyances (And how to fix [some of] them?)

I saw a post on Facebook the other day that got me thinking.  Everybody has something that drives them absolutely bonkers about their computer.  Be it Mac or a Windows machine, those devices can have quirky behaviors that can nearly make you want to take a sledgehammer to the darn thing!  SO instead of adding to the landfill problem, we at Geek Easy Computers thought we’d see what we could do to ease your pain…


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Geek Easy Computers 2012 – Year in Review

It’s 2013!  Happy New Year!  Where did 2012 go and doesn’t it seem like we were just celebrating the beginning of 2012? Well you know the old saying “Time flies when you’re having fun!”.  2012 has been a wild ride for us here at Geek Easy Computers, but overall it’s been a fun and exciting trip!

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Why should I buy a refurbished computer?

What is a refurbished computer?  A refurbished computer is one that was previously in use, usually by  a business or corporation, that has been reconditioned to be like “new”.  There is a false perception that refurbished computers are just used and out-of-date computers.  While it is true that  refurbished units tend to not be of the latest technology, they are typically no more than one or two generations behind and still very capable of running todays applications!  Geek Easy Computers has refurbished computers starting at $175!
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Do I Need This Patch?

Do I need to download this “patch”?

It’s a question almost every “computer guy/girl” gets asked frequently. Usually because the “asker” was just interrupted by a message stating something like “Java update X.XX available for download” followed by a link or update button. Most programs that frequently update will present a message similar to this when an update is available, unless it is auto-updating.

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Do I need a server?

What is a server and why do I need one? A server can be boiled down to any computer that has a primary and dedicated purpose, in contrast with a workstation, a general use computer that may share resources in a peer to peer fashion. Typically, servers are used in environments where security is a concern, or industry specific software needs to be run from a central location so that many workstations may utilize its resources.

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Beating the Heat!

Overheating is a major cause of motherboard and component failure in computers.  Fortunately it is also a fairly easily prevented situation.


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Do You Need A Router?

With more and more devices coming with wireless Internet capability, having a way to connect them all reliably is quickly becoming a need instead of a luxury.

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Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays!

Tips: Shopping Tip List

Here’s a list of tips you should consult when shopping online. Print this page and keep it in a handy place so it will be easy to review before you order.

  1. Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable buying or bidding on an item over the web, or if you feel pressured to place your order immediately, maybe you shouldn’t.
  2. Be knowledgeable about web-based auctions. Take special care to familiarize yourself not only with the rules and policies of the auction site itself but with the legal terms (warranties, refund policy, etc.) of the seller’s items that you wish to bid on.
  3. Double check pricing. Be suspicious of prices that are too good to be true. Also consider carefully whether you may be paying too much for an item, particularly if you’re bidding through an auction site. You may want to comparison shop, online or offline, before you buy. Make sure there are not extra shipping or handling costs.  Read the rest of this entry »

PC Hygiene: Keep It Clean!

Another aspect of computer maintenance most people don’t consider is cleanliness.  Yes, your PC or Mac needs to periodically be cleaned.  Now I don’t mean with soap and water!  Usually a microfiber towel will suffice to remove dust, crumbs, and miscellaneous from the computers surface.  You can use “canned air” for cleaning your keyboard and getting into other nooks and crannies.  That’s the easy part.  Whats more difficult, and ultimately more important, is cleaning the inside of the computer.  That area is a perfect environment for accumulating dust.  Months and even years of dust build up can cause your system to overheat and operate erratically.  It can even cause damage to circuits!  Below is an example of a computer in need of a good cleaning: Read the rest of this entry »