News & Advice

Is your computer running slow?

It could  be that Dust is causing your CPU (Central Processing Unit) to overheat and slow down.

What is causing this? Dust in the air is drawn into the computer for cooling and once in, can not get out. If the dust is not cleaned out, over time it will build up causing overheating and eventual failure.gif2

How can we stop this from happening?  By cleaning out the dust and installing a 3D Dust Filter inside your computer this will filter out the dust and allow clean air to flow inside.

Dust is the computers worst enemy and is the no.1 cause of computer hardware failure.

Talk to me if you are interested in finding out how you can lengthen the life of your computer.

 

Cloud Computing – What is it?images-9

Cloud Computing is the ability to access programs and save data to a grid of comuters over the internet. You may well be using cloud computing in some form already if you have an email account with a web-based service like Hotmail or Gmail. And if you have a Facebook or Twitter account this is also a form of Cloud Computing. But what is really catching right now is saving data and photos to the Cloud. There are many companies offering this service, but the 2 easiest programs (and they are free) are Dropbox and Google Drive. By using either of these programs, files and photos can be saved offsite and be accessed from another computer. It is becoming very useful as a backup as well.

If you wish to know more about saving data to the cloud, give me a call.

Windows XP support ending.

You may have heard that Microsoft are ending their support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on 8th April 2014.

What does this mean to customers?  It means you should be thinking about taking action.

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows updates. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows – new drivers for your hardware and more.

After 8th April 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes and no more free or paid support from Microsoft. Even if you have an unsupported version of Windows XP, your computer will continue to start and run as usual, but you are taking a risk of viruses or other malicious softwawre attacking your computer.

If your current computer meets the requirements, you could upgrade to Windows 7 Pro, but if not then consider buying a new computer with Windows 8.

I would be happy to answer any questions and help you with any upgrades to your computer systems.

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