PC Callout – A Family Business – Computer & Phone Repair

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An Introduction to Cloud Computing

Whether you work in an IT-intensive industry or simply take a personal interest in the world of computer technology, you’ve probably heard the term “cloud computing”. However, you may not be sure what this really means. Simply put, cloud computing allows you to store your data on online servers that are independent of the hardware you keep at home or at work. It also allows you to access software through the Internet without installing it on your own computers. But is cloud computing right for you?

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An Introduction to Bluetooth

In any home computing or digital media environment there are probably half a dozen Bluetooth devices, from your laptop to a wireless keyboard or headset, to your smartphone and tablet, to wireless speakers and much more. Bluetooth itself is just a short range radio system, similar to Wi-Fi but without the hub or router, for two or more devices to communicate directly.

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Two Ways to Stay Safe Online

In today’s electronic world, more and more of what we do, say, and think is moving online. From social media to e-mails and blogs, there has never been more information about us online – and whilst this may have its advantages, it also means that we are more prone than ever before to attacks by hackers and cyber-criminals.

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Sophisticated Malware Can Steal Your Personal Data

When the phone rang one afternoon in February, Steve – a 39 year-old copywriter from Worcestershire – was mildly irritated to be interrupted by yet another overseas sales call. The distant voice at the other end of the phone line, however, identified itself as calling from the NatWest fraud department. The bank, it reported, had been contacted by the police to say that an attempt had been made to use Steve’s debit card in the United States, at a hotel bar late one evening. Given that the card had never been used before outside England, the transaction had been automatically declined.

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My Hard Disk Drive Never Stops Running

Even on a modern, super-fast computer, the demands of Windows can put a lot of stress on a computer’s hard disk drive, slowing down performance. Most computers have a hard drive activity light located somewhere on the case front, and if that’s always lit up, it is a good indication that your hard drive is doing too much of the work, making your programs and the system wait for it and preventing you from using the computer at its full power.

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Simple Fixes for Common PC Problems

You don’t always have to call in the special forces for a minor problem. There are a number of things you can do to fix what might be heart-stopping PC problems, so don’t panic when things start to go wrong.

Of course, none of us like seeing the Blue Screen of Death, which sounds far more ominous than it really is – it’s just an error message, after all. It also can be a major headache when a program we need right now keeps crashing just as a deadline is approaching. Keep calm, though, and you’ll be able to fix most minor home computing problems yourself.

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The Advantages of an SSD Drive

We get many upgrade requests from our customers, but one of the more common in recent years is to upgrade their hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD) model. The benefits of these new generation of drives include silent operation, as the SSD drive is just a collection of memory chips with no moving parts. That also means it is more resilient to knocks and bumps than traditional hard disk drives (HDD), which use moving heads and spinning platters – not a great combination in a portable notebook, prone to being banged around.

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