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Diagnose your own laptop screen problem

By April 7th, 2011 in Tech Tips

Laptops often have display issues when their LCD screen backlight burns out, or they encounter video problems.  Some problems, like loose connections, are inexpensive fixes, while others like replacing the screen or video card can be more expensive.  Being able to diagnose your own laptop problem can help determine whether it’s worth fixing.  Below are

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Hackers steal your e-mail address from Chase, Citi, Walgreens, Best Buy, others

By April 4th, 2011 in Tech Tips

Prepare to be inundated with even more spam. Hackers have stolen the e-mail databases from Epsilon, an e-mail service provider that sends e-mails to you on behalf of such big name clients as Chase, Citibank, Walgreens, and others.  While Epsilon has sent assurances that no bank account information or other highly sensitive data was compromised,

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Avoid getting hacked, use a program to remember secure passwords

By February 26th, 2011 in Tech Tips

Everybody knows they should use secure passwords, but far too many people are guilty of using their pets’ or children’s names as passwords instead of strong passwords.  The problem is it’s difficult to remember a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols, and non-dictionary words.  Enter the password manager. Password Managers These programs securely

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Mozy pricing has changed, we review online backup alternatives

By February 23rd, 2011 in Tech Tips

For many years we’ve recommended Mozy online backups for our clients. We’ve found them to be a cost-effective reliable way to ensure that your data is safe should the worst occur. They are a great solution particularly for people with laptops.  When people travel, they rarely bring their external hard drives with them to backup

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Free E-Waste Recycling Collection at Earl Warren Showgrounds Saturday 1/22

By January 14th, 2011 in Tech Tips

Earl Warren Showground will be hosting their E-Waste Recycling Collection event on Saturday January 22nd, 2011 from 9AM-3PM. Computers, cell phones, TV’s, laptops and other electronic devices will be accepted. These items are not safe for regular disposal, so please bring them for proper recycling for free!

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Why we prefer Dells over HP’s

By January 13th, 2011 in Tech Tips, Videos

Doing simple computer repair like replacing a power supply on an HP desktop is made more difficult by HP’s tactics.  This video explains yet another reason why we prefer Dell computers, which we  stock in our store in Santa Barbara.

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