Product Chart

productchart

I found a website that gives you a chart overview as to what is available on the market, and provides the tools to find the product that is perfect for you. Choose a category and try it out: PRODUCTCHART

iMac vs Surface Pro 2 Pricing

Acer/Star Trek Auction

Acer and Paramount Pictures partnered in the creation of a very exclusive edition of the revolutionary touch-enabled Notebook, the Aspire R7. Twenty five (25) units of this Limited Edition notebook have been produced but never made available to the public…until now.

aspire_r7_star_trek

ONE, and ONLY ONE, will be auctioned on eBay as part of a unique charity auction! The net proceeds from the auctions will benefit these two deserving charitable organizations: The Mission Continues and Save the Children.

The notebook itself rocks a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p touchscreen display, Core i5 processor (Ivy Bridge), 500GB hard drive + 24GB SSD, and Windows 8.

The bidding begins June 14 and runs through June 24.

Upgrade to Windows 7 Now

We recommend that you begin planning to update your outdated and legacy Windows XP/Vista computers, regardless if those computers are still working.

Microsoft announced that 2014 will be the official end-of-life for Windows XP. Windows XP is the most commonly used PC operating system in the world today, and we certainly still have many clients operating on this platform.  Windows XP was first released in 2001 which means this platform is 12 years old – and that is a very long time in the world of technology.

Security Risk

In the first half of 2012, Windows XP SP3 computers were infected at a rate almost three times higher than Windows 7 computers.  Much has changed since its release in 2001 and XP is simply too antiquated to combat modern-day hackers and virus writers.

via Malware Infection Rates by Microsoft Security Blog

 Malware Infection Rates

Technical Support

In April 2009, Microsoft moved Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) from “Mainstream Support” to “Extended Support”.  This means that Microsoft will continue to provide regular security updates, but technical support, warranty claims and design changes are no longer being offered.

Upgrade to Window 7

Many older PCs are simply not powerful enough to run Windows 7, and even if they are, the investment to upgrade may exceed the value of the computer.  Certainly, for computers that are at least four years old, it is more cost-effective to replace them with new computers that have Windows 7 pre-installed.

Start Planning Now

This is not something that needs to happen overnight, but if you start planning now then you could potentially phase this migration over a number of months spreading the cost of your technology spend.

If you would like to start planning for your Windows 7 migration, please give tech3Support a call today!

Note* – Windows 8 is not a recommended upgrade at this time.

Monitor Setup for All Graphics Cards

Monitors have become mini TV’s and connecting to them has changed. I thought this would be helpful to show you what you need to setup your monitor(s).

Let’s get started.

Monitor Setup for all Graphics Cards

The following guide will help you determine the video adapter(s) needed to properly support your monitor setup. Please note that other optional adapters may be required for multiple monitors setup.

Step 1 — Check your Monitor(s):

The first step in determining if you require an additional video adapter(s) is to check your monitors for the type of connections: DisplayPort, DVI or VGA.

Video Adapters


Step 2 — Check your graphics card(s): 

The second step is to determine the type of connectors of your graphics card (back of your computer). These are the standard outputs available.

Connectors on Grahics card

Step 3 — Determine what video adapter(s) you need:

Using the below table, line up your monitor input with your graphics card output. This will help you decide on the type of video adapter or cable you will require to connect your monitor. Additional adapters can be selected in the adapter section during system customization.

InputOutput

Step 4 — How to Connect:

Connect your monitor(s) to your graphics card using the appropriate cables and adapters.


Cables and Adapters

Tech Resolutions and More

We don’t want malware, trojans, scareware, crapware or spamware. We just want safer, more reliable and secure computing for 2013, right?!

So, what are we going to do differently?  Time to get a game plan and make your tech resolutions today.

Tech Resolutions

1. Check your backup procedure: Backup solutions are not a “set it and forget it” process. You definitely need to verify the process is still working and that the destinations drive is functioning. And if you don’t have a backup procedure in place, do it now, please. (SyncBack FREE V6, can be used to automate backups to an external drive and Mozy is great for online backups)

2. Maintenance your computers: Just like your car needs an oil change and new tires, your computer needs maintenance too. Hire an IT Pro to come in every 3-6 months and clean out temp files, patch it, updated it, stop unwanted startup programs, check the antivirus and backup process. We all depend way too much on our computers to not be proactive and make sure they are in working order.

3. Check your anti-virus software program: Make sure it is up to date, that it is scanning weekly. Microsoft Security Essentials is my recommended product. It is available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for FREE!

4. Change passwords: When was the last time you changed your bank logon ID? Yea…that’s what I thought. Let’s get that changed today. And for Pete’s sake, let’s use a better password.

5. Replace those power strips with “one” Power Surge protector. Power strips are great for plugging in lamps, speakers, pencil sharpeners, but not your modems, routers, backup drives, computers, etc. (APC  or Belkin Pivot Plug)

6. Clean it: Clear off old icons, files, folders and crap from your computer desktop. Put those files and folders in your Documents folder where they belong. I regard my computer desktop as an “inbox”, not a junk drawer.

Dual Monitors (Windows 7 Bullet Asylum theme)

Also, wipe down your mouse and keyboard. Bust out the dust inside your computer with a can of air. (Or have the IT Pro do it)

7. Organize and keep your computer software all in one place and easily accessible.

8. Inventory your computer hardware for insurance purposes.

9. Establish one location, one notebook, one folder, whatever it may be, for all your User ID’s, login passwords, email passwords, router settings and anything to do with computing.

10. Now go have a Happy New Year!

These simple steps will definitely provide you a better tech year. Best of luck with your other resolutions too.

HP Expert Day

HP “Experts” will be on some of their most popular small/medium business printer, mobile, and desktop/workstation boards ready to answer your questions on Wednesday, January 9th from 10:00 am to Thursday, January 10th 10:00 am EST (Wednesday, January 9th from 3:00 pm to Thursday, January 10th 3:00 pm UTC).

Go to the Forum(s) (see links below) and post your questions. More than 50 HP “Experts” will be on the Forums and will do their best to answer your questions. They may need to get some more information from you so please check the box “email me when someone replies.” (You do need to register to post or reply in HP’s forums)

The following links will have “experts” on-hand during this event:

Printing and Digital Imaging

Desktops and Workstations

Mobile Products

Oh and this is FREE!

Expert Day – January 9th/10th