A common reason for home computer service is the installation of a new operating system. Computers last a very long time these days, and some PC users started out with Windows XP and ended up on Windows 10, with all the steps in between. In the bad old says when everything inside your desktop either broke down or was made obsolete every couple of years, you'd always end up with a new operating system when you bought a new computer. Nowadays you can count on your desktop computer to hang in there for a decade, and you'll have to upgrade your OS or your friends will point and laugh at your Windows Vista desktop, and wonder if... --..
Yearly Archives: 2015
Top Four Computer Backup Solutions
Pledging to back up all your computer files is like a New Year’s Eve resolution. You mean it when you say it, but for most people, the promise is forgotten pretty quickly. One of the most common customer requests for our computer repair service in Los Angeles is data recovery after a hard drive failure. That’s why it pays to put computer backups higher up on your list of things to do. It's more likely to come in handy than learning French or losing those ten extra pounds. Effective computer backups can be challenging for a novice. The technical jargon used in the industry can be confusing. We’ve compiled a short list of the most common and effective ways to back... --..
How Encryption Can Avoid the Need for Home Computer Service
Do you think you've never used technology so advanced that it needed computer security like encryption? Think again! When you withdraw money from an ATM, use a clicker key to unlock a car, buy something online, or placed a call on a cellphone, you have used encryption technology. Encryption is a security tactic that uses an algorithm to encode plain text into something that would be undecipherable to a malicious hacker trying to intercept data in transit or attempting to access your data at rest. You can do it yourself and save potential time and money in home computer service...
A Quick Encryption Glossary:Algorithm – A set of rules to instruct a computer... --
As more mobile devices become easily available, issues with touch screens and keyboards become more pertinent for small business IT support. Even IT experts know that they have to consider aspects that may affect the functioning of virtual keyboards. “The world at your fingertips” has taken on new meaning with technological advances...
Virtual versus LiteralSome computer users still feel more comfortable working with an actual, physical keyboard, as opposed to the virtual keyboards that have become common with smartphones and tablets. The physical interaction between finger and object is as old as human existence, and so remains a factor in planning how we physically interact with devices. That said, the virtual keyboard... --
Beware the Trojan Horse!
Among the various types of computer repair Los Angeles consumers need help with the most are problems caused by malware infections. A Trojan Horse is a common form of malware that ordinary users encounter during regular internet surfing. Unfortunately, regular computer users often do not understand this particular form of malware, and unwittingly invite it onto their hard drives...
What Is Trojan Horse Malware?A Trojan Horse, often simply called a Trojan, is a malicious piece of code that doesn't replicate itself. When the code is executed, it can take actions that were designed by the malware creator. It's necessary for the computer user to install and activate the code,... --
Gaming the Systems
Sometimes Los Angeles computer repairs are prompted by heavy gaming use. After all, one of the primary contemporary uses for computers, in the private sector, is for playing video games. Ever since the advent of the digital game, beginning with Atari, people have been enthralled with playing games on these computers. The industry has advanced to a very high degree in this day and age...
Games Push DevelopmentSoftware development has helped push hardware to the extreme, and a quad core video card is now the norm for a desktop computer. Modern video games are either fully encompassing and graphically intense experiences, with vast story lines and huge multi-player functionality, or they bank on old... --
New Look, New Focus for New MacBook
Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook rolled out the latest development in its MacBook lineup. The simply named New MacBook signaled a quantum shift in the company’s approach to the laptop computer. At just two pounds and 13.1 mm in thickness, Apple has virtually reinvented its flagship notebook. The New MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac ever. Every component of this new edition is an innovation. It has a fanless design, ultra-thin Retina display, full-size keyboard that's 34 percent thinner, and an all-new Force Touch trackpad. It also has a versatile USB-C port and a breakthrough terraced battery design. Additionally, Apple is offering a build-to-order option that includes a 1.3Ghz processor available for both the 256GB model and the 512GB... --..
Keeping Your Laser Drives Laser Sharp
Los Angeles computer repairs can cover a lot of different problems, from broken monitor screens to difficulties with the drives and the optical drives. Some less technically inclined users may not even be aware that a laser is actually a part of their computer's optical drive. Understanding how the laser functions can help you predict what might go wrong, and when it's time to call for home computer repair...
The Computer’s Optical LaserA laser reads the data on any CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disk that is used in your computer or laptop. Such drives are called optical disc drives. They are used not just to read data on discs but to also writer to... --
The Key(board) to Your Computer Kingdom
One type of computer repair Los Angeles residents may be familiar with is that of fixing their computer keyboards. The keyboard is our primary means of operating most of our computers. Even though our tablets and smartphones respond to touch on their screens, they still also frequently use virtual keyboards for communication purposes...
How the Keyboard DevelopedMost people are aware that the keyboard they are familiar with on their computers and laptop was developed from the layout of the letter keys for the early manual typewriters. For the single finger hunt-and-peck typists, the QWERTY layout may be a mystery that they simply suffer with. But it was developed for pragmatic reasons. One... --
More Power to the Computer!
When your computer goes out of whack, searching for Los Angeles computer repair services can be a challenge. When you don’t know for sure what is wrong it is easy to become anxious. Is it the motherboard? Maybe it is only a computer virus? Sometimes the problem is that your computer’s power supply has become faulty...
Power Supply BasicsThe power supply is your computer’s first link to an outside system. It conditions the power coming from the electrical grid, and repurposes it into different volts and amp levels. For a laptop, the power supply is the cord and box that came with the system. For a desktop computer, the power supply is the box in the back of the tower... --
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