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Avoid getting hacked, use a program to remember secure passwords

By February 26th, 2011 in Blog

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 Blog

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 Blog

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 Blog, 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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Firefox’s Tab Candy is one of our favorite new features

By December 30th, 2010 in Blog

We’ve always been big proponents of using alternative browsers like Firefox and Chrome, but Firefox’s latest Beta release includes some great features we think you should check out.  In addition to a faster browsing engine, Firefox has added a feature called Tab Candy which helps tame unweildly browsing habits. If you’re anything like us, your browsing

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New Spyware Holds Your Computer Ransom

By December 3rd, 2010 in Blog

We are frequently asked what motivates the writers of viruses, adware and other malware. Often these ne’er-do-wells are after your money. Recently a new infection has surfaced which takes this to a new level. This boot sector virus hijacks your computer, prevents it from booting, and instead shows a message which says: Your PC is

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