February Newsletter


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

Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Why and How You Should Recycle Your Old Computers"

We’ve decided to focus this month’s Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month to an important global effort to curb electronic waste. Below, you will find free computer recycling options for you to safely dispose of your electronics in a way that will not harm the environment.

Did you know that up to 43 million metric tons of electronic waste are not recycled each year? Instead, they are dumped into landfills and end up in third-world countries where children and parents strip the toxic material down for cash. Many of our clients that we speak to about this don’t realize that computers can contain chromium, nickel and zinc. Even worse, LCD monitors can contain mercury.

The following graph shows the dire state of recycling in 2007 of TVs, Computer Products, and Cell Phones.

computer waste graph
How to Recycle:
There are many places to take your electronic waste for recycling. Some cost money, but some are free. CPU Vet will take your old computers and electronics, free of charge. We attempt to repair broken systems for donation. If the system has salvagable parts, we may use them to build a working system. Working machines are then donated to a good cause. Visit www.cpuvet.com for details, or give us a call.

If you are not located in the Albany, OR area, there are many alternatives for recycling your electronics. Check with your local recycling center. Some of the larger electronics stores, such as Staples will also recycle your e-waste. You may also find several resources for donating or recycling e-waste from the Environmental Protection Agency web site.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Which Windows Server is Ideal for Your Small Business"

Microsoft Windows Server LogoWhich Microsoft server option is the best fit for your business? The following are some key points to consider.

Before we begin, let’s first discuss Linux. Yes, there are a few Linux options on the market; however, many of our clients prefer Microsoft, and so that is our focus as well.

Please note that this article is designed to be a starting point for your Server considerations. Ultimately, it is best for you to consult with us so we can further guide you in your decision-making process. When evaluating the various server options, it is important for us to understand how your business operates — from your line of products to your company culture to your financial systems to your communication efforts.

Microsoft now offers a complete and well-rounded product line that meets the demands of all businesses today. Below, we highlight recommendations on Microsoft server offerings based on how we believe they may fit your business needs:

Windows Home Server — This option is ideal for any home. WHS provides a centralized framework, which safeguards emails, letters, spreadsheets, home videos, family photos, and software databases (e.g. Quicken). This solution will easily allow your family and friends to share these files over the Internet, while safely backing up your cherished memories for future protection. This is also a great choice for micro-businesses who are looking for a very basic backup/storage solution.

Windows Foundation Server — This option offers a centralized security database, which controls access to your files, server resources, and remote access using AD (Active Directory). This product also allows you to leverage Terminal Services for remote access capabilities. If you have basic server needs, or if you are looking to combine local storage and business applications with online services like Hosted Exchange or SharePoint Services, than Windows Foundation Server is an ideal choice.

Windows Small Business Server — Perfect for small businesses looking for an enterprise solution that provides shared calendaring, data storage, company intranet, remote access, etc. Small Business Server offers Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, Remote Web Workplace plus many core products to increase the productivity of your team and drive growth.

Windows Essential Business Server — Ideal for companies of 75+ employees. When your business reaches a point of growth where the computing power of SBS is simply not enough, then it is time to upgrade to Essential Business Server. EBS supports up to four different Microsoft Server solutions for the larger small business or small mid-market corporation. Some of the many features include management capabilities, security solutions leveraging Microsoft ForeFront, messaging through Microsoft Exchange and data storage with Microsoft SQL Server.

If you are considering any one of these servers, or have questions/concerns about your particular company’s needs, we’d be happy to have a conversation with you to discuss this further. Many times, our small business clients don’t realize the amount of money they could save or productivity they could add to their business by re-evaluating their current solutions.

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What’s New

CPU Vet recently held a webinar with Nine Technology outlining the benefits of online backup. If you missed it, don’t worry. You can watch a recorded version at: http://www.cpuvet.com/backup.html

Whether you are a home user or have a business with several computers, online backup is the best way to protect your data. Why not let CPU Vet Backup One and Backup Pro do it for you.

Don’t forget…

Don’t forget to bring your old computers and electronics to CPU Vet. Let us make sure they get put to good use or are recycled properly. Working systems will be donated to local charities. Parts from non-working systems will be used to repair machines for donation. All others will be recycled according to local guidelines.

It’s not too late to protect your PC with AVG Antivirus. Already have AVG? Don’t let your security lapse. Be sure to renew your subscription before it expires. You can also upgrade your AVG Antivirus to AVG Internet Security to block potential threats with the bi-directional firewall and email scanner. Visit http://www.cpuvet.com/avg.html today for more information.

 
 

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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CPU Vet Online Backup Webinar


Online Backup Webinar

Join CPU Vet with Nine Technology for a Webinar on February 2

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/644872195

CPU Vet’s Chad Hutson and Nine Technology’s Gene Fay take you through CPU Vet’s latest service: online backup and recovery powered by Nine Technology’s Powered By Nine™. You’ll see how CPU Vet Backup ONE and CPU Vet Backup PRO are designed specifically to safeguard your data. We’ll tell you about some of the technological advantages that these programs can offer you as a customer.

Every computer will some day fail. Do you want your data to go with it?

Join this webinar to learn about how CPU Vet’s new offering can protect you against hard drive failure, theft, and other threats.

Title: CPU Vet and Nine Technology Webinar
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements:

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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January Newsletter

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“Advice for using technology better, faster, and smarter”

Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

“What You Need To Know About Computer Drivers”

Cyber MondayComputer drivers are small pieces of software that tell your operating system (i.e. Windows 7) and other software programs how to communicate with a piece of hardware.

Printers, for example, come packaged with drivers to install that tell your operating system exactly how to print information on a piece of paper. Sound card drivers tell your computer how to create audio signals that the card can output to your speakers.

It’s important to understand this, because as you update your operating system, install new programs, install new hardware components (i.e. printers, cameras, speakers, etc.), download sytem updates from the Internet, etc., your existing drivers will likely become outdated and cause your hardware components not to function properly.

If you run into a situation where your hardware is not working (e.g. your printer no longer prints, your speakers no longer play audio, etc.), you will likely need to run a driver update.

Drivers are updated in Windows by using a driver update wizard from within Device Manager. About.com has a great article on Device Managers that will provide you with more details. You can also do a serach online for Driver Update Software programs and find an inexpensive program to help you do the job. If this does not sound like something you feel comfortable performing yourself, you can always consider hiring a computer consulting firm, like ours, to assist you.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

“Upgrading Your Network from 10Mbps to 100Mbps” Cloud Computing ServicesMany businesses still operate networks using traditional Ethernet connections. This is something to consider moving away from, because the technology needs of businesses are changing dramatically. The framework for these traditional Ethernet connections was built in the 1970s, when 10Mbps was like a rocket to the moon. Today’s multimedial applications are very bandwidth-intensive, and as a result, the traditional 10Mbps connections are barely adequate. For example, full video conferencing can require up to 25 Mbps to transmit full motion video. With a 10Mbps connection you are forced to watch poor quality video for a single session. Fast Ethernet (i.e. 100 Mbps) is capable of allowing you to watch full quality broadcasts in 4 different windows, while still providing enough margin for network-based application. The increase in speed and quality is well worth the investment of upgrading your network to Fast Ethernet. You will dramatically increase your staff’s productivity and provide them with an enriching experience. Share These Tips on Facebook

New Services

AVG Antivirus

CPU Vet is now an AVG Authorized Reseller. Protect your home and business with the AVG 2011 line of security products. AVG Internet Security offers a complete security suite for your home and small business PCs, including antivirus, firewall and more. We also carry several AVG products for larger businesses to protect your clients as well as your servers. Click here for more details.

Online Backup

Download CPU Vet One to keep your digital photos and other important data backed up. You can also keep business data backed up with CPU Vet Pro. Click here for more details or to sign up.

Graphic Design

Let us design your new logo or other graphic. We can design graphics for web or print. Click here for more details.

Printing

We still offer a wide range of print solutions. Let us print your signs and brochures with your newly designed logo. Click here for more details.

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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December Newsletter

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

Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"10 Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping"

Cyber MondayNow that the holiday season is in full swing, it’s important to implement safe buying practices when you are shopping online. Today’s technology creates an environment for ultra-safe shopping; however, there are a few scams to be aware of that could cost you in the end. We’ve put together our list of the top 10 tips for safe online shopping.

  1. Arm your computer — Make sure your computer has the most recent updates for spam filters, virus software, and malware removal programs.
  2. Shop on trusted websites — The first place to start is to check the seller’s reputation. Look for the BBB seal and other signs of credibility, such as ratings online, SSL encryption, and a money-back guarantee.
  3. Protect your personal information — The BBB recommends that you take the time to read the website’s privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested from you. If there is no privacy policy found, that should be a red flag to you.
  4. Beware of deals that sound too good to be true — If an offer on a website or through an email sent to you sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Beware of false advertisements and deals that no other website seems to be even close to offering. In the end, consumers who fall victim to these scams end up paying the price in identity theft.
  5. Beware of "phishing" schemes — Legitimate businesses will not send you an email asking you to confirm your contact or payment information once your order is placed. PayPal is a big target for these types of scams. We recommend that you call the contact number on the website you ordered from in the event that you receive an email like this.
  6. Look for SSL Encryption — Always check the bottom right corner of your web browser when you are on a page that is asking for any sensitive information. If you do not see a picture of a "lock" then that page is not SSL encrypted and we do not recommend you proceed.
  7. Use your credit card— Federal law has very strict policies in place to protect consumers when they use a credit card to make a purchase. You should never wire money to any business.
  8. Keep a copy of your order documentation — We recommend that you always print the confirmation page that is shown to you after you place your order. You will need this information as proof of your order in the event that the item does not arrive, arrives damaged, or not as described. Your credit card company will request a copy of this receipt to fight on your behalf.
  9. Make it a habit to check your credit card statements often— Log into your credit card and bank accounts each week to check each transaction that posts to your account. This is especially important after you make a purchase online to verify that no un-authorized transactions are posting.
  10. Understand your rights — There is a Federal law in place that requires orders placed by mail, phone or online to be shipped within 30 days of the date of purchase. If the goods are not shipped in time, you are entitled to a full refund. You also have the right to reject merchandise when it arrives. If you accept the merchandise then you are bound by the company’s policies that govern the accepted transaction.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"What Exactly is Cloud Computing and How Can it Benefit My Business?"

Cloud Computing ServicesOne of the most hyped technology trends this year is cloud computing, and it is for good reason. Cloud computing services can save businesses tens of thousands of dollars a year and make them more efficient. With cloud computing, small businesses reap the benefits of not having to deploy costly physical infrastructures like file and e-mail servers, storage systems or shrink-wrapped software. Plus, employees and business partners can now enjoy hassle-free collaboration with cloud computing’s "anywhere, anytime" availability.

So what exactly is cloud computing?

Let’s take a quick snapshot look of what constitutes a true cloud-computing solution.

  1. Cloud-computing services require no software to purchase or install. This does not include lightweight applets or a Java plug-in required to use the service.
  2. Cloud-computing fees are typically subscription-based. You can often choose between month-to-month and year-to-year.
  3. Another popular feature of cloud computing is that it is easily scalable. Many solutions can work for companies with 5 employees or 5,000. Cloud services are nimble because they generally grow as your business grows.

If you are interested in exploring cloud-based solutions for your business, we can provide you with an un-biased look at the options that are available to you. Kindly give us a call and we will set-up a time to sit down with you to go over these solutions.

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Our Clients Speak Out

CPU Vet has been invaluable in keeping our Business machines working properly!.

   Janet R.. – Camas Creek Antiques

CPU Vet is awesome. I get all my computer work done with them. I live in Bend and they just take control of my computer through the internet and take care of business. They also got my web site started and showed me how to create my own business page on Facebook.

   Josh W. – MJs Lawn Care

I am the coordinator for the Mid-Valley Gleaners. CPU Vet does all of my personal computer repairs and the repairs for Mid-Valley Gleaners. They are even building us a new web site at a heavily discounted price, since we are a non-profit organization. CPU Vet even did the all of the research for the hosting and found us a great host that will host our non-profit web site for free.

   Nancy W. – Mid-Valley Gleaners

 
 

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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November Newsletter

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

Home Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"Speed Up Windows 7 by Disabling the Search Index Feature"

Windows 7 is designed for speed. The Windows 7 team has placed special attention on making Windows 7 faster than Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

As we continue to progress in the information age, home users are increasingly expecting higher speeds from their computers. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick tip to help you speed up Windows 7. This short tip will allow you to get more out of your operating system than what is provided "out of the box."

Disable the Search Indexing Feature

  1. Right click on the "Computer" icon in the desktop and select "Manage."
  2. Click "Services and Applications" in the "Computer Management" window.
  3. Click on "Services."
  4. You can see a lot of services listed there. Look for "Windows Search" in this list.
  5. Right Click on "Windows Search" from the list and choose "Properties."
  6. The "Windows Search Properties Window" will open up. From "Startup type," click on the drop down menu and choose "Disabled."
  7. Click "Apply" then "OK" and that’s it. The Windows 7 Search Indexing Feature is now disabled.

Most of the Windows 7 users do less searches in their system. The Search Indexing service in Windows 7 keeps track of your files at all times so that when you perform a search, the results can show quickly. This is a complete resource hog and waste of computing power for the average user who only performs searches periodically.

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Business Computing Tip-of-the-Month:

"What are Managed Services, and How Can They Save My Company Money?"

When a company subscribes to a managed servcie, the provider manages the network equipment and applications on the client’s premises according to the terms established to meet the client’s unique business needs.

For small and medium-sized businesses, managed services provide enterprise class capabilities for an affordable monthly fee-with no large initial capital investment required.

Subscribing to managed services will:

  1. Bring high levels of network support and availability.
  2. Enable internal IT staff to focus on strategic activities instead of network support.
  3. Allow you to pay only for those networking services that you need.

Managed services bridge the gap by giving companies access to leading network technologies and management expertise without the need to invest in technology upgrades.

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What’s new at CPU Vet

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your business and welcome my new customers. I hope to continue providing excellent service to you.

Chad L. Hutson – Owner, CPU Vet

We’re Moving

CPU Vet will be moving out of our location at 415 1st Ave in Albany. We currently do not have another location lined up. Please continue to call to make appointments. We would be happy to work in-home or pickup the PC.
If you would like to drop off your PC to avoid the in-home charge, we can give you an address to drop it off when you book your appointment. Hopefully, we will have a new office soon.

Need to get rid of old computers and parts?

CPU Vet is now accepting your old computers and parts. Items that can be repaired will be donated to a local charity. Items that cannot be repaired will be recycled according to local e-waste guidelines.
More information will be posted on www.cpuvet.com soon.

 
 

About CPU Vet

CPU Vet is a full service computer repair company specializing in home user and small businesses. Our services range from virus removal, network support, data systems backup, hardware and software upgrades, as well as print services.

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AVG Antivirus

CPU Vet now carries AVG security software. Whether you are a consumer, small or large business, we got you covered. AVG will protect your home PC, Email or File Server and more.

Already an AVG customer?  We can also handle your renewals, upgrades, etc.

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Welcome to CPU Vet’s new blog!

We have just installed a WordPress blog on the web site. (as I’m sure you have noticed by now)

Watch here for news, upcoming events, changes to the site, etc.

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Cybersecurity

There are new viruses and other forms of malware coming out every day. There are many things that you can do to practice cybersecurity.

  1. The single most important thing you can do is use common sense.

    • If you are not purchasing something, a web site should not be asking for credit card information.
    • A web site will never ask for a pin number for a credit card.
    • You should never give credit information in response to an email. Companies should not ask for credit information by email.
    • If you are unsure, go directly to the web site by typing in the URL instead of clicking a link in the email.
    • Don’t be afraid to contact the company to make sure it is legitimate.
    • Ignore popups saying you have a virus unless it comes from a program that you installed. There are many “Rogue Security Programs” out there that are actually malware.
      You can download a list of known rogue software here.
  2. Make sure you have virus protection with the latest updates installed on all of your computers.
    It is important to keep your virus definitions up to date in order to protect against the latest viruses and malware.
  3. Keep your operating system and other critical software up to date.
    Use automatic updates to ensure that you have the latest updates.
    Most users are using a version of Microsoft Windows.
    Microsoft regularly releases security updates and patches to correct vulnerabilities in their software.
  4. Make regular backups of key files in case of loss or corruption.

If you think you may have a virus, let CPU Vet take a look. Visit http://www.cpuvet.com/services.html for prices.
Need an antivirus software? We got you covered there too. CPU Vet carries AVG Antivirus.

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