Posts Tagged "computer"

Welcome

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

Mainstay Computing is your first choice for all technical support, computer support, computer repair service, and web design in Sechelt and Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

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Free Backup for Those on a Budget

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Free Backup for Those on a Budget

While I strongly recommend utilizing backup services like BackBlaze or KineticD, there are situations where you can cheat a little bit when it comes to your backups.

If you have a small amount of data (less than 5 GB) you can utilize free online storage solutions like DropBox or Google Drive to store your data safely, free, online.

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Capilano University: ManagingYour Digital Photos with Picasa

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 in Featured, News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Managing Your Digital Photos With Picasa

This is a last call for all those interested in learning how to take control of their digital photo collection and in a completely stress free environment.

The course is a short, 5 hour workshop with 15 students that are keen on learning how to wrangle their photo libraries. You can be a PC or a Mac user. You can be novice, enthusiast, or professional photographer.

This is a short, fun, enthusiastic look at how you can maximize your photo management experience.

This five-hour workshop covers everything you need to know to get the most out of your digital pictures.

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Alternative to Buying a New Computer

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Alternative to Buying a New Computer

I recently wrote about the cost advantages of replacing old computers and why it makes good business sense.

However, there is a particular scenario where replacing the entire machine may not be necessary, and a business can save significant money.

Preemptive drive replacement is a cost effective approach for giving your system a new lease on life.

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Replace Old Computers To Improve Productivity & The Bottom Line

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Replace Old Computers To Improve Productivity & The Bottom Line

In today’s fiscally responsible environment, many businesses are loath to spend any money on new computer equipment, when the old equipment appears to be running OK, albeit a little slowly.

Now, I am not here to advocate throwing money away unnecessarily or by attempting to fix computer problems by replacing them with faster computers that have a whole new set of computer problems.

Replacing old, slow, computers is often a wise business decision that can yield vastly improved employee productivity and customer satisfaction.

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Dirty Computers

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Dirty Computers

Dirty computers with lots of dust or those exposed to cigarette smoke can have a significantly reduced effective life span due to poor air circulation, improper cooling, and embrittlement of computer components.

I found this gallery of some truly atrocious computer cases over at: http://imgur.com/a/dlEAa?gallery

Although this gallery showcases some extreme conditions, this does actually happen in real life if you’ve let your system go too long without a cleanup.

Clean fans ensure good air circulation, which helps reduce heat build-up and noise and helps to extend the life of your system.

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Like Us on FaceBook: March 2013

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Like Us on FaceBook: March 2013

Like Mainstay Computing on FaceBook and automatically enter to win:

$75

off your next computer service call with us.

Like prizes?

Like a happy computer?

Like Mainstay Computing!

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Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Tech Support

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Tech Support

Not everyone is computer savvy, and from time-to-time we all need to call in some expert help.

If you find yourself needing to call in a computer pro to your home or business, here are 10 tips to consider on how to get the most out of your tech support visit:

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Guide to Creating a Professional Email Signature

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 7 comments

Guide to Creating a Professional Email Signature

If you are in business and send emails, you may want to revisit how your email signatures impact your daily communication, and ultimately reflect on you and your company.

A clean, professional email signature plays an important role in communicating important information.

If done properly, a good signature can help ensure that your email survives the spam-gauntlet that constitutes today’s email systems while still presenting a professional image that is consistent with your companies brand.

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Failed Hard Drive

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Failed Hard Drive

All of your data resides on a hard drive.

All hard drives fail.

Typically, I tell people that the average hard drive of today lasts between 3 and 5 years. A large range, no doubt.

How soon that drive fails depends on a lot of factors including…

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Office 2013 & Office 365 – Think Again Before Upgrading

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Office 2013 & Office 365 – Think Again Before Upgrading

For those that love to embrace change and jump at the opportunity to install the latest and greatest version of your favorite program, you may want to think again when it comes to Office 2013.

Changes to the user interface aside, the new licensing rules, the new method of downloading and installing the program, and the manner in which your install lives and dies with the computer it is first activated on, are all reasons enough to approach this latest offering from Microsoft with some measure of caution.

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How Did I Get a Virus?

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

How Did I Get a Virus?

Your happily surfing the net when suddenly your browser switches you to some strange site, a pop up spawns on your screen and suddenly you are being alerted that your computer is infected.

What happened?

Your system has just been compromised by some malicious software, or malware.

Malware are programs distributed by companies that get downloaded and installed to your computer, usually without your knowledge.

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Repair Your Computer vs. Replace Your Computer

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 2 comments

Repair Your Computer vs. Replace Your Computer

Is it better to repair your computer, or simply replace the computer. Repair vs. Replace.

With computers being so cheap these days, it may seem like a no brainer to replace your aging system with a new one. And that may be the right answer. You get a faster system, newer operating system, and a system that is fully covered under warranty.

However, there are often hidden costs with replacing your system and “upgrading”.

It’s really important that you completely understand the pros and cons of both repairing and replacing your computer before you make a decision.

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6 Reasons The Guy Who’s Fixing Your Computer Hates You

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

6 Reasons The Guy Who’s Fixing Your Computer Hates You

There are certain things that “customers” do that make an IT support tech want to ram their head through a wall.

Discover 6 Reasons The Guy Who’s Fixing Your Computer Hates You.

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Leap Motion: The Next Big Thing in Computing

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 in News, Tech Support | 0 comments

Leap Motion: The Next Big Thing in Computing

This new device from Leap Motion allows the user to interact with computers in a better, more natural way using 3D, touch-free motion control that’s unlike anything else.

This video is a must see.

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