Exercise with Resistance Bands

Many of you, like me, sit at a computer all day for your regular job. Personally, I think I am in the worst shape of my life. Recently, I found BodyLastics resistance bands. These are the best resistance bands out there. They are put together far better than their competitors and are 99.9% guaranteed not to break.

There are several sets to choose from.  I purchased a set that goes up to 148 lbs of resistance, which seems to be plenty for every exercise I have done so far.  All of the sets come with several accessories including handles, leg straps, a door anchor and a couple more items.  It also comes with a trial subscription to liveexercise.com.  The whole set fits in a bag that is less than a cubic foot.

Bodylastics Resistance Bands

Bodylastics Resistance Bands

I can do these exercises right in my living room.  I simply pull out the bag, put my door anchor in and lock the door and turn on the liveexercise.com channel that is streaming on my Roku.  I have been using my set for a couple weeks now with the live exercise show, “Chiseled,” and I’ve already added an inch to my arms.  (I still have some work to do if I want to get to the size I was in college.)

I could go on all day about these bands, but I urge you to check them out for yourself.  You can purchase your own set from here.

 

 

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August 2011 Newsletter

"Advice for using technology better, faster, and smarter"

Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Tips for Printing Beautiful Digital Photos at Home"

Printing HomeRecent technology has made printing high-quality digital photos from your home computer a simple, inexpensive process. Using a basic inkjet printer and the following tips, you can easily transform your amateur shots into professional-looking photo albums, wall art or gifts for your loved ones.

Photo Resolution

Higher resolutions photos will produce better prints. However, resolution cannot be increased once the photo is snapped, so set your camera to the highest resolution possible. You can always reduce the size later. If you plan to print a photo that is less than 5×7 inches, 3 megapixels is sufficient. Larger photos require at least 5 megapixels.

Photo Editing

It is rare to capture a perfect image, so you may need to engage the services of photo editing software to enhance the photo quality. Free programs, such as Windows Live Photo Gallery for Windows 7 or Windows Photo Gallery for Windows Vista, allow you to apply a multitude of effects, including removing red eyes, balancing light and color, softening edges, rotating image orientation and cropping out unwanted elements.

Printer Settings

If you will be regularly printing photos at home, it is crucial that you purchase a quality machine capable of producing high dots per inch (dpi). Look for a printer that offers at least 600 dpi to produce vivid, crisp, finely detailed photos. These settings can be adjusted using your desktop computer or on the printer if it is equipped with a menu screen. High dpi settings will increase the amount of ink used and the time it takes to print the photo, so use the lowest quality settings to run a test print, then switch to the highest quality options when you are ready to run your final print.

Photo Quality Paper

Bright white glossy paper produces a vibrant, shiny image that reflects light well. Purchase paper that has a quick-dry surface and is water resistant to avoid bleeding issues. Matte paper is best for black-and-white or sepia colored prints due to its nonreflective coating. It is also less likely to become smudged from fingerprints and dust. Satin paper offers the best of glossy and matte prints, providing a semi-gloss finish that is still rich in color, yet reflects less light and is fingerprint resistant.

Printer Maintenance

Before printing, run the machine’s print cartridge cleaning settings to remove any blockages that may have built up in the ink spray nozzles. You should also be able to adjust the machine’s alignment and color calibration.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Optimizing Battery Power on Your Laptop"

Laptop Battery PowerThe most basic step you can take to prevent power loss on your mobile PC is to invest in a high quality battery and always keep a spare on hand. Splurging on a quality battery and spare can save you from hours of lost access to your mobile PC.

Battery Care

Once you’ve invested in a good battery, you need to take care of it. To clean your battery contacts, first turn off and unplug your mobile PC. Remove the battery and wipe its metal contacts and its contacts inside the device with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Let dry completely before reinstalling and reconnecting to a power source. Repeat every two to three months.

Modern lithium ion batteries can be recharged and partially discharged time and time again, but you should never fully discharge them. Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries common to older laptops should be completely drained and recharged every one to three months.

After mastering the basics of battery care, make sure you are utilizing your mobile PC’s built in energy saving features.

Optimize Your Power Settings

The hard disk and display on your mobile PC consume the most battery power. Choose a power plan, refered to as a power scheme in Windows XP, to reduce the use of power-hungry functions and lessen screen brightness.

Utilize the following battery-saving states:

  • Sleep or Standby

    In a sleep state, your hard disk and display turn off, and all open programs and files are saved in Random Access Memory. In case of a crash or power loss, save your work before placing your system in sleep mode. Your mobile PC should wake up quickly from sleep, and your desktop and files should appear just as you left them.

  • Hibernation

    When your computer hibernates, it saves everything to its hard disk before shutting down. When you restart, your desktop should be restored exactly as you left it. Hibernation takes a bit longer to wake up from than sleep, but it uses less power.

Further Tips for Lowering Your Energy Use:

  • Turn off your wireless device when you’re not connected to a wireless network but you’re using your mobile PC.
  • Turn off scheduled tasks.
  • Keep the use of tools in the notification bar minimal.
  • Limit power-intensive activities such as gaming, watching a DVD or listening to a CD.
  • Reduce power consumption by adding memory (RAM) to your mobile PC.

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CPU Vet App For Android



Our new Android app is available on the Android Marketplace. If your Android smartphone or tablet has a
barcode scanner app, simply scan the QR Code to the left to download the app.

No barcode scanner?
Just click the QR Code or browse to:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.cpuvet



But you may ask, "What will this app do for me?"

This app will serve as gateway to our mobile website. You can even read the CPU Vet Blog right from your Android
device.
Most importantly, you can request service right from your phone. When your PC has crashed and you can’t email us
or find our contact information, just go to your phone and open the app. You’ll enter a bit of information and
we will contact you to schedule a repair. Your PC will be running in no time.

 
 

About CPU Vet

CPU Vet is a full service computer repair company specializing in repairs for the home user and small businesses. Our services range from virus removals, network support, data systems backup, hardware and software upgrades, as well as a wide range of print services. We also offer an online backup solution and we are an authorized reseller of AVG Antivirus products.

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Newsletter – July 2011

"Advice for using technology better, faster, and smarter"

Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Troubleshooting Common Software Problems in Windows Vista and 7"

Slow Computer Programs
When Windows 7 or Windows Vista programs won’t run right, there are some things you can do to get them working.
Programs that won’t load quickly, don’t function correctly, freeze, won’t show up on your desktop or don’t install
properly can all be fixed. Here are some tips on how to troubleshoot Windows software problems.

  1. Obviously, first make sure the program you have installed is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista or whatever version you are running.
  2. Second, make sure your computer meets the software’s minimum system requirements. You will need to upgrade your equipment to run software that exceeds your system’s capacity. Computers that barely comply with minimum requirements may perform unreliably or slowly when their capacity is being maxed out.
  3. Some software works better when few other programs are running, so close windows and programs you aren’t using. Try the program in question again after you close everything else.
  4. Make sure at least 5 to 10 percent of your total hard drive space is free to get the best performance from your Windows 7 or Windows Vista machine. This makes programs run faster and prevents annoying crashes. Use a disk cleanup utility to free some space if you’re running short.
  5. Visit your software maker’s website for updates and notes about frequent issues. If it’s a Microsoft program, run Windows Update and let it load all patches. Once you’ve installed all available updates for your system, restart the computer before you try your software again.
  6. Improve your system’s overall performance by deleting or uninstalling any unwanted programs. Windows 7 and Windows Vista work best when they’re not cluttered, so this may improve your software’s performance.
  7. Check your Startup folder and disable any Windows 7 or Windows Vista programs that load automatically when you start the computer. Once again, restart after making these changes.
  8. Next, further improve the performance of your machine by running its defragmenting utility to optimize your hard drive.
  9. If your new software still isn’t working correctly, scan for spyware and viruses. Both Windows 7 and Windows Vista can use Windows Defender, which can help eliminate threats and reduce pop-ups that claim system resources.

When everything else fails, you have two more options.

  1. After uninstalling the software and rebooting the computer, try loading the program again. Something may have gone wrong the first time.
  2. Finally, go for help from either Microsoft or the software company’s technical support, but be aware that these services may charge a fee. They may also be able to help you finally solve your problem.

Following these steps should get any piece of software up and running. Software can be finicky, and so can many computer systems. Every problem, however, has a solution.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Solving the ‘Low Virtual Memory’ Message"

Low Virtual MemoryHas this happened to you? Your computer’s performance gets slower and slower. Applications take a little longer to open each time. Web pages time out before they’ve fully loaded.

Then, something dramatic happens. You get a worrying message that your virtual memory is too low.

It’s not as bad as it seems, however. You can fix the problem of low virtual memory.

Simply put, your computer’s virtual memory is the hard drive space your machine uses when it is running short of random access memory, called RAM. Common programs like Microsoft Office PowerPoint and Microsoft Office Word can be real memory hogs, sometimes using all of your computer’s free RAM.

What can you do about a “virtual memory low” message?

If you get a warning that says your virtual memory minimum is too low or something similar, there are two things you can do to correct the situation.

The simplest solution is to increase the virtual memory size on your hard drive, if space allows. To do that, simply go to your control panel and increase the size in the System section. The exact location varies depending on whether you’re using Windows 7, Windows Vista or another version of the operating system.

A somewhat more complicated solution is to add more RAM to your computer. If you continue to get messages that say things like “your computer is running low on virtual memory” even after you increase the virtual memory size on your hard drive, adding more RAM is your only option. That requires opening the case, but the new RAM simply clips into place.

Here are some general guidelines for how much RAM average systems need:

  • Windows 7 requires 1 GB of RAM to work properly.
  • Windows Vista requires 512 MB of RAM or more to work well, but some applications, especially gaming software, need twice that much.
  • Windows XP can manage with only 256 MB of RAM, but like all systems, it will work better with more.

For a work computer, ask your company’s IT administrator to add more RAM for you. It’s a simple process. For your own computer, buy additional RAM at a computer store and ask them to install it for you. You can buy more RAM online if you prefer.

A low virtual memory message isn’t really as terrible as it sounds. It indicates a problem you can easily solve.

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Classes start on Monday

The first upcoming class starts this coming Monday. The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Albany Senior Center. We need a minimum of 6 students per class or they will be cancelled. Be sure to check the calendar for details. You may also contact CPU Vet or the Albany Senior Center.

Social Networking: July 11th – 20th
Learn how to use some of the popular social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Intro to Computers: July 25th – Aug 3rd
Learn the basics of operating your home PC or laptop. This class will also cover basic maintenance, such as defragmenting, updating and scanning for viruses.

The Albany Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Catalog is now out. Look for our classes inside. Contact the Albany Senior Center for prices and to enroll.

Click here to visit the calendar.

Android App

We are excited to announce that we have a new Android app in development. It is expected to be on the market in 3-4 weeks.

The new app will allow CPU Vet customers to quickly email or call us. You can even request help for your computer right from your Android smart phone.

Watch the web site for more info.

 
 

About CPU Vet

CPU Vet is a full service computer repair company specializing in repairs for the home user and small businesses. Our services range from virus removals, network support, data systems backup, hardware and software upgrades, as well as a wide range of print services. We also offer an online backup solution and we are an authorized reseller of AVG Antivirus products.

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Newsletter June 2011


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Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Recover a Deleted File in Windows 7"

Windows 7 has a built-in tool called Previous Version that allows users to recover files they mistakenly delete. In order to recover deleted files you have to first make sure that System Restore is enabled so that Windows can automatically create restore points. These restore points are what you can revert a folder to in order to recover the files that existed at that time and date.

Step 1 – Making Sure System Restore Is Enabled

You can verify that System Restore is turned on by right-clickingComputer and selecting Properties. Next, you’ll want to click the System Protection tab and then click the drive you wish to turn on System Restore. The C: drive is usually the drive selected. After selecting the desired drive and clicking OK, System Restore will be turned on if it was previously off.

Step 2 – Recovering a Changed Document in Windows 7

  1. Open the folder where the file was located.
  2. Right-click in the white space within that folder.
  3. Select Properties and click OK.
  4. The Properties screen will then pop-up. In this screen, select the Previous Versions tab.
  5. The Previous Versions tab will then display various versions of changed or deleted files in that folder. These versions are based on automatic restore points created by System Restore.
  6. Choose the version time and date you wish to revert back to.
  7. Then click Open.
  8. You will then see all of the previous versions of files in that folder according to the time and date you selected.
  9. To recover one of those files, rick-click the file and select Send to and then choose the folder you wish to save the file to.

That’s it! Now you know how to recover lost files. It’s a handy, useful tool that Microsoft built into Windows 7. We recommend you take full advantage of tne Previous Versions tool as it will save you headaches down the road.

Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"How to Protect Your Network from Hacker Bots"

Not all hackers are only after your data. The real prize is your wallet.

To carry our cyber-crimes, many hackers will use email spam, phishing attacks, or insidious websites to infect computers and turn them into "Hacker Bots." These Hacker Bots become drones that can be controlled remotely by cybercriminals, unleashing attacks on businesses that generate a steady revenue stream for the criminals.

A Trend Micro study recently found that roughly 25% of all infected computers belonged to businesses. It’s often hard to know for sure whether your computer has been turned into a Hacker Bot. The best solution you can take is to contact a security expert to fully assess the machine.

Before you call a security expert, there are a few initial steps you can take:

  1. Disconnect the potentially infected computer from the Internet. If the computer is infected, this step will immediately stop data from being stolen, and prevent attacks on other businesses.
  2. Search for any sensitive data on the potentially infected machine and move it to a clean computer. Another option is to move the data to an external hard drive for safe keeping.
  3. Clean the potentially infected computer using antivirus software. You can also hire a professional to utilize advanced tools to ensure a complete quarantine of your machine.

If you don’t yet believe any of your machines are infected, you are in a great spot. Prevention is the best cure and is much easier and cost-effective to implement long-term. You can start by ensuring that your antivirus definitions are always updated and you download the latest security patches for Windows and the programs you run on Windows.

You can also outsource your security maintenance to a company such as ourselves who can professionally perform monthly work on your machines remotely to ensure they are as padlock safe as possible. This saves you the time and headache of having to do the work yourself, and will also give you peace of mind knowing that your data is professionally secure.


New Classes

This is a reminder. We have a couple classes on the schedule starting July 11th. The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Albany Senior Center. We need a minimum of 6 students per class or they will be cancelled.

Social Networking: July 11th – 20th
Learn how to use some of the popular social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Intro to Computers: July 25th – Aug 3rd
Learn the basics of operating your home PC or laptop. This class will also cover basic maintenance, such as defragmenting, updating and scanning for viruses.

The Albany Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Catalog is now out. Look for our classes inside. Contact the Albany Senior Center for prices and to enroll.

Click here to visit the calendar.

 
 

About CPU Vet

CPU Vet is a full service computer repair company specializing in repairs for the home user and small businesses. Our services range from virus removals, network support, data systems backup, hardware and software upgrades, as well as a wide range of print services. We also offer an online backup solution and we are an authorized reseller of AVG Antivirus products.

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Flag Etiquette

I know this post is not computer related, but I feel that it is excellent content that more people should know. As a 10-year Army Veteran and a proud US Citizen, I feel it is my responsibility to share this information. I hope that this finds its way to as many people as possible, especially those who are considering flying the Flag at their home or business.

US Flag
Rules for flying the United States Flag are governed by:
United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1.
Please read the regulation for more detailed information.

Terminology

  • Union – The union is the blue portion of the Flag.
  • Staff – The pole that the Flag is attached to. Also called Flagstaff.
  • Half-staff – This is when the Flag is flown at the middle of it’s staff.
  • Half-mast – This is the same as half-staff, but in reference to a flag that is flown on a ship.

Flying the Flag

The Flag should always be flown with the union to the Flag’s right. That means, if you are the audience for the Flag, the union should be on the left. This is the same whether the flag is hung vertically or horizontally.

When the flag is suspended over a street or walkway, the Union should be to the North or West depending on the direction the street is going.

The Flag will never be flown lower than another. A state flag or other flag will fly underneath the US Flag when on a pole.When the flag of another country is flown, it will be on a separate staff and at equal height of the US Flag, never higher.

Flag Placement

The Flag is always placed in a position of superior prominence.It is always placed to the right of a speaker. Like the union, the placement would be on the left as the audience is looking at it. It will also be placed towards the front.

Another flag will never be farther to the right or in front of the US Flag.

The Flag will never touch anything beneath it, especially the ground.

Flying Outdoors

The Flag must first of all, be made of material that will handle the weather. If the Flag is not meant to be flown outdoors, it should not be.

The Flag will also be lit at ALL times. This means that the Flag must come down at night or have a light shining on it after the sun goes down.

Raising and Lowering

When raising the Flag, it is meant to be a happy and ceremonious event. It should be raised briskly.

When the Flag is to be flown at half-staff, it is to be raised to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The Flag should be raised to the peak again before being lowered for the day.

The Flag can only be ordered to half-staff by the President, Governor or the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

The Flag is always flown at half-staff on the following days:

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15th (Unless that day is also Armed Forces Day.) (sunrise to sunset)
  • Memorial Day, last Monday in May (sunrise to noon)
  • Patriot Day, September 11th (sunrise to sunset)
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th (sunrise to sunset)

Folding the Flag

Fold the flag in half width-wise twice, with the union on the outside. Fold up a triangle, starting at the striped end … and repeat … until only the end of the union is exposed. Then fold down the square into a triangle and tuck inside the folds. If folded properly, no red will be shown. Flag folding image courtesy of www.capitolflags.com

Proper Care

The Flag can be dry cleaned and minor repairs can be made by a seamstress. You should be able to do some cleaning with a warm damp cloth also. Be very careful to keep the Flag off the ground when doing maintenance.

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning

Some organizations will properly dispose of your unserviceable flags. I recommend that you contact your local VFW to inquire about flag disposal.

Other Facts

  • Veterans of the armed services may render a military salute to the Flag.
  • People from other countries should still stand at attention when the Flag is being raised or lowered, or when passing in a parade or review.
  • The Flag is flown upside-down, with the union at the bottom, when in dire distress.
  • United States Code Title 36 covers the National Anthem, National Motto, National Floral Emblem, National March and the Service Flag and Lapel Button.
  • If the Fag is to be flown at half-staff, a wall mounted flag should have three black mourning bows attached to the top edge of the flag, one at each corner and one in the center.

Closing Note:

I originally intended to keep this very short with only key points. As I started writing, I decided to add more and more. I think this is all very important information. However, I have still not included everything. Please be sure to check the regulation if you have a question. I would also be more than happy to answer any questions that I can.

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May 2011 Newsletter

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Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts"

Computer keyboard shortcuts are designed to save you valuable time and productivity. Yet, many computer users opt to stick to long-form commands, because they are afraid it will take too long to memorize shortcut combinations.

The truth is, memorizing shortcut commands is easy and will eliminate unnecessary steps. Your hand muscles and cartidge will not have to work as hard and you will free up more time than you may think.

In this month’s newsletter, we’ve decided to feature our list of the top 10 keyboard shortcut commands we believe will be the most useful to you:

  1. Ctrl + F
    This command opens the Find function in any program you are using. This includes your Internet browser as well to find text on a page.

  2. Alt + Tab or Alt + Esc
    This command quickly switches between open programs moving forward. Pressing Ctrl + Tab will switch between tabs in a program. Adding the Shift key to Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab will move backwards.

    If you are using Windows Vista or 7, you can press the Windows Key + Tab to switch through open programs in a full screenshot of the Window.

  3. Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert
    This command copy’s the highlighted text or selected item.

  4. Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert
    Use this command to paste the text you’ve copied from the clipboard to the spot your cursor is resting.

  5. Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
    This command will undo any change you’ve just made. For example, if you paste text, pressing this command will undo that paste. Usually, you can press this command multiple times to continue to undo previous commands further and further back in the order they were performed. Pressing Ctrl + Y will redo the undo.

  6. Ctrl + Left arrow / Right arrow
    Use this command to move your cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. To highlight one word at a time, hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction.

  7. Ctrl + Backspace
    Press this command to delete a full word at a time instead of a single character at a time.

  8. Ctrl + P
    This command will print the page you are currently viewing. This includes programs such as Microsoft Word and your Internet browsers.

  9. Ctrl + Home / End
    Use this command to move your cursor to the beginning or the end of your current document.

  10. Page Up / Spacebar and Page Down / Spacebar
    These commands will move your current document in either direction one full page at a time. When browsing the Internet, these commands will move your scrollbar one full page at a time in the direction you indicate.

These commands are easy to learn, and will save you a lot of time throughout your day. Every second that you waste in unnecessary steps adds up to minutes, hours, and days throughout the years you use your computer. Taking a few minutes to learn these commands now is well worth the investment for the long term.

Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"7 Steps to Cutting Costs in Your Business"

As a fellow business owner, I understand the importance of maximizing profits and cutting costs to grow a company. That is why all of the business computer consulting services we offer are designed to help our client’s bottom line.

I decided to dedicate this month’s Business Computing Tip to other ways you can save money at the workplace to free up resources you can use in more useful places.

Consider these 7 tips the next time you are balancing your budget:

  1. Migrating to laptop computers. Laptop computers consume approximately 90% less energy than standard desktop computers. Whenever possible, have your employees make the switch to laptops.
  2. Printer ink alternatives. Are you paying retail prices for your printer ink? Refilling your used cartridges at places like Cartridge World, and buying recycled cartridges online can save you almost 50% off the suggested retail price.
  3. Evaluate your phone systems and usage. It’s never too late to take a close look at your current phone plan and comparing your usage. Many times, business owners can reduce the number of lines they have or switch to an Internet-based phone system such as VoIP to reduce the costs of their bill.
  4. Review your weekly spending. If you find yourself buying office supplies once a week, consider the benefits of buying in bulk once a month. Run a quick cost comparison to see how much you could save by simply re-arranging your buying procedures.
  5. Hiring interns. Many colleges run a college credit program for internships. Simply contact the careers department and ask for information regarding their business partnership and intern programs. They are always on the lookout for opportunities for their students to work as interns in exchange for college credit.
  6. Turn off the lights. Turning off the lights in unused areas in your office workspace can greatly reduce your monthly electric bill.
  7. Leverage unused office space. If you have available space in your office that you do not actively use, consider subletting the space out. Sharing the rent and not paying for unused space are two great points to bring to the attention of your landlord.

New Classes

We have a couple classes on the schedule starting July 11th. The classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Albany Senior Center.

Social Networking: July 11th – 20th
Learn how to use some of the popular social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Intro to Computers: July 25th – Aug 3rd
Learn the basics of operating your home PC or laptop. This class will also cover basic maintenance, such as defragmenting, updating and scanning for viruses.

Watch for these classes in the Albany Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Catalog. Contact the Albany Senior Center for prices and to enroll.

Click here to visit the calendar.

 
 

About CPU Vet

CPU Vet is a full service computer repair company specializing in repairs for the home user and small businesses. Our services range from virus removals, network support, data systems backup, hardware and software upgrades, as well as a wide range of print services. We also offer an online backup solution and we are an authorized reseller of AVG Antivirus products.

More info? Click Here

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New Classes!

There are two new classes scheduled at the Albany Senior Center. View the calendar for more details.

Social Networking
Learn how to use all of the popular social networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Basic Computers
Learn the basic of using your home PC or laptop, including basic maintenance. You will learn to defrag and clean your computer as well as update virus definitions and scan for viruses.

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April Newsletter

 

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Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Upgrading Your Computer on a Budget"

Replacing slow, obsolete parts in your computer can sometimes be a lot cheaper than buying a new one, and extend the life of your current PC for many more years. Many times, just a few small upgrades and make a world of difference in your computer’s speed and overall performance.

You can achieve the most performance boost by upgrading your computer RAM, video card and/or hard drive. Before you decide whether an upgrade is the right choice for your computer, you’ll want to find out what hardware or software your computer currently has. We recommend that you download and run a free software tool called Belarc Advisor. Belarc Advisor will generate a quick report for you with all your hardware and software components listed.

Once you have your report generated, you are welcome to give us a call for a free consultation and we’ll be happy to go over the list with you and explain which upgrade options would provide the biggest "bang for your buck."

Here is a quick overview of the main upgrade options to consider:

  1. Upgrading your RAM
    RAM is often the cheapest and most significant upgrade you can give your computer. If your computer is older, it may only have 1GB of RAM currently installed. This is currently allow your computer to operate at only a fraction of it’s overall capability. Upgrading to up to 4GB of RAM will increase speeds tremendously.

  2. Upgrading your Video Card
    If you, or members of your family, enjoy playing PC games, you will want to consider upgrading your computer’s video card. It’s quite possible that your current computer only has onboard video graphics, which is placing a great deal of processing burden on your motherboard. Upgrading to an advanced video card (which is separate from the motherboard) will improve the speed of your computer.

  3. Upgrading Your Hard Drive
    If your current hard drive has low storage space left, you should upgrade to a larger drive. Having more space will make your hard drive run cooler and work less. If you’re low on space, your hard drive will bog your computer speeds down as it struggles to manage and move around your data.

  4. Upgrading Your Power Supply
    Most power supplies that ship with name brand computers are cheap, generic and ineffective at keeping your computer running cool. Upgrading to a modular power supply will more effectively pull hot air out of the computer case. The cooler your PC, the faster it will run.

  5. Upgrading Your Operating System
    If you’re running Windows XP or Vista, it’s time to consider upgrading to Windows 7. Windows 7 is easier on your system, more secure, more robust, and faster than all of it’s predecessors.

  6. Upgrading Your Computer Monitor
    If you have an older computer monitor, you should consider upgrading to a large 20" HD monitor. Your experience with your computer and the internet will change dramatically and you’ll find it more enjoyable.

With our fragile economy, sometimes upgrading your computer is the best option for extending the life of your PC and improving overall performance. If you’re considering any possible upgrades, we are happy to discuss your options further to help you make an intelligent decision that will reap you benefits for years to come.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Five Tips For Going Green With Technology in the Workplace"

Now that computers have become just a vital part of the workplace, it’s important to consider ways we can conserve energy. After all, every little bit counts. Not only will you save on your utility and maintenance bills, but you will also be contributing to the greater good of society.

The following are 5 tips you can implement right now to go green with technology in your workplace:

  1. Remember to use your power management features on all computers. Set a company-wide policy that staff members place their computers into sleep mode when they are sitting idle. This should be done during breaks in the work day, as well as at the end of the day when it is time to go home.
  2. Use power strips on all of your electronic components. Power supplies help regulate the flow of electricity to your devices and save from much of the leakage that can occur from plugging devices directly into the wall.
  3. Purchase Energy Star-rated computers. A little research goes a long way. The next time you go to make a PC purchase, look for the Energy Star rating. This will tell you that the computer uses less power and will lesson the load on the environment.
  4. Detox your computers the next time you make a PC purchase. There are many chemicals in computers; however, several can (and should) be avoided at all costs. The first chemical to watch out for is lead. Other chemicals to avoid include mercury, Brominated Flame Retardants (BFR), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), cadmium, hexavalent, chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB), and Pentabromodiphenyl Ether (PBDE). Look for a hazardous material use policy on the manufacturer’s website that you are looking to make a purchase from. It will take just a couple minutes of your time to research which brand to choose, and your decision to purchase green will help the fight to convince any reluctant manufacturer’s to change their ways.
  5. Look for green buying guides. There are multitudes of websites online that are designed to help you make smart, green technology purchasing decisions. http://www.thedailygreen.com/ is a great place to start.

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Support the Troops This Month

Join us for a gator cookout. We will have live music, raffles, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and more! Proceeds benefit veterans and deployed troops.

When: April 23rd 2011

Where: NW Vets MC Clubhouse
2701 SE 22nd St.
Salem, OR

We will be serving up some gator meatballs.

(Don’t worry, there will be other things to eat.)

This is a family friendly event. Feel free to bring the kids.

Don’t forget to spread the word and mark your calendars!

 
 

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CPU Vet is a full service computer repair company specializing in repairs for the home user and small businesses. Our services range from virus removals, network support, data systems backup, hardware and software upgrades, as well as a wide range of print services. We also offer an online backup solution and we are an authorized reseller of AVG Antivirus products.

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Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"How to Create a Home Computer First-Aid Kit"

As each day passes, and we enter further into the technology age, people become more reliant on computers to play vital roles in their personal and business lives.

It’s interesting to note that although this phenomenon continues to progress each year, the average computer user does not take any preventative measures to preserve their personal data, programs, and overall daily workflow.

That is why we decided to dedicate this month’s home-user article on helping our clients plan ahead to prevent any dreadful circumstances that can come from relying so heavily on a device that is not preserved in some backup state.

We’ve prepared a quick guide to creating your personal "home computer first aid kit," you can have peace of mind in knowing that your pictures, videos, programs, files, settings, banking data, etc. are recoverable should your computer crash or hardware fail.

3 Elements of a "Home Computer First-Aid Kit"

  1. You’ll want to start by bringing your computer to a perfect state of operating. Many times this can be acheived by re-installing Windows, updating your Windows updates, optimizing your personal settings, installing all of your favorite programs, organizing your personal folders and files, etc. We realize this is a lengthy step to take, but it is important to establish a "perfect state of operation" where your computer is running at optimal performance.
  2. The next step is to create a "system image" of your hard drive. There are various tools you can use to create an image of your computer. In layman’s terms, a "system image" is like taking a picture of your hard drive that can be stored on a DVD (or two). That "picture" can then be restored onto your hard drive at any time. If your computer ever crashed, or you were interested in purchasing a new hard drive, this "system image" would come in handy as a convenient way to restoring your computer back to that perfect state.
  3. The next step in creating a "Home Computer First-Aid Kit" is to choose an online or offline backup system. There are websites online that will automatically backup your personal files (e.g. pictures, videos, music, software data, etc.). You can also purchase an external hard drive that has auto-backup capabilities.
  4. Once you have your "system image" and auto-backup system in place, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your data, programs, settings, etc. are all recoverable.

We realize that some of these steps are advanced and not everyone would feel comfortable performing them. Many of our clients hire us for the re-install, system imaging, and auto-backup installation. You are welcome to implement these steps yourself. If you feel you would rather a professional handle them, we are happy to assist.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to protect your computer. We receive calls every week from clients who’ve lost everything, and it can be an extremely sudden and costly situation to be in. You can prevent this from happening to you if you go in with a plan.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Fighting the Malware Battle"

Fighting the battle with malware can really hurt your business when you have to spend a great deal of your IT budget on software to protect your machines from infection. Here are some tips to do it for free.

First, let’s start with a definition of "malware" so that we are on the same page. Malware is malicious software (e.g. viruses, trojans, worms, adware, etc.) that is designed to secretly install on your computer with the sole purpose of wrecking havoc to the code or harvesting data.

There are a few free tools we’d like you to be aware of that will help you create a "first line of defense" against an attack. While no "over the counter" software is a guaranteed cure-all, you can certainly decrease the effects of malware and save your organization dollars over the course of the year as a result of fewer attacks.

You can fight malware with these free tools:

  1. Combofix – this software will assist in tracking down and removing malware. Make sure to disable your antivirus software first before running Combofix.
  2. CCleaner – this handy tool does two things well. It cleans the Windows registry and removes cached web data. It’s a good idea to do a backup of your registry before running this tool, but plan on experiencing a faster computer with less problems afterwards.
  3. Microsoft Security Essentials – looking for an antivirus program that is effective and causes little drain on your system? This tool is it, and the cost is zero.
  4. Malwarebyes – it always amazes us when clients are surprised that they need anti-spyware software in addition to antivirus protection. While antivirus software is effective at protecting against viruses, there is a long laundry list of other types of malicious code (a.k.a. malware) that you have to protect your machine against. That’s where Malwarebyes comes into play.
  5. Clonezilla – one of our favorite tools for creating "clones" of your machine so that you can perform a restore in the future should something catastrophic happen to your data.

There are many tools on the marketplace for businesses to use to protect their data and increase their company productivity. These 5 programs are a great place for you to start. Just keep in mind that not all computer problems are created equal and there is still a possibility that you will run into a situation that requires professional intervention. We are happy to assist if such a situation were to arise; however, we do feel it is important to educate our clients and enable them to implement steps they can perform on their own.

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CPU Vet Backup One: Backup and Recovery

For Laptop and Desktop Computers

CPU VET Backup ONE is an advanced, yet simple and affordable online
backup and recovery software offering for individual computers. This
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protection infrastructure and strategy.

CPU Vet Backup Pro: Backup and Recovery

For Business Servers

CPU VET Backup PRO is an advanced, yet simple and affordable online backup
and recovery solution offering for business servers. This solution comes
equipped with all necessary features, tools and controls to offer mission critical
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loss, archiving and regulatory compliance.

Contact us today to find out why online backup is the best method of protecting your precious data.
Visit www.cpuvet.com/backup.html
We will be making some changes very soon to include more information about this backup solution.

 
 

About CPU Vet

CPU Vet is a full service computer repair company specializing in repairs for the home user and small businesses. Our services range from virus removals, network support, data systems backup, hardware and software upgrades, as well as a wide range of print services. We also offer an online backup solution and we are an authorized reseller of AVG Antivirus products.

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