These are a lot of common questions that are asked all the time and hopefully this article will help you make some decision with “how to be smarter than your computer”!
First of all – What kind of computer do I need?
This question has a really simple answer. What will you be using your computer for? These days the choices are limitless when it comes to computer options. Desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones all serve a purpose but which do you need to serve your purpose? Gaming to surfing the net, in all different colors and price points are some of the considerations that need to be discussed before making the investment into your computer system.
In addition to power and portability, memory and processor is also a very important consideration. The more memory and better processor you have, the better your device will perform. Hard memory is not such a big deal these days because storing everything is moving toward the cloud. With the cloud, you don’t have to worry about destroying or losing your hard drive, just losing your account information (which is almost retrievable).
Computer accessories are just like car accessories. There are many available options at all price ranges. What you will be using your computer for will help you decide which if any accessories you will need, and many of them are for convenience anyway. For example, speakers and a mouse pad are usually included with a laptop purchase, but many people decide to connect upgraded speakers and a wireless mouse when they use their laptop.
I bought one – now what?
Congratulations! You were able to make a confident purchase with no buyer’s remorse. Now you have to configure everything. Software and Operating Systems are very user friendly these days. There are typically very clear instructions and for anything you’re not sure about, there are always tutorials on YouTube. I know what you’re thinking – if my computer is not set up, how can I watch YouTube??? Believe it or not, your local public library typically have computer for use free of charge. You can easily watch instructional videos first before, or as you are setting up.
There are also great customer support options as well. Computer companies have realized that the customers calling for help are not the most computer savvy people in the world (that’s why they need help!) Customer service representatives are well trained in the technical aspect of their products, as well as how to be nice and patient with people.
Many times you can ask your own computer or device for help. Computers are able to self-diagnose if there is a problem and what can be done to fix it without having to bring it to, or ship it to a service center for repair. Big box stores like Staples and Best Buy have computer repair service desks but a self-test should always be a first step before having to commit to spending money. Believe it or not, one of the best tricks that many computer repair technicians will recommend is to turn off your computer (unplug it too!) and then turn it back on. Many times, this will re-set the software programs at startup so everything will function as it is supposed to again.
If the on-off trick does not make the computer function correctly again, then maybe it is time to seek professional help. Typically, there are many different options when it comes to computer repair, and there are not any requirements for minimum education or license to fix computers. So how does someone find a good computer repair business? Why Google of course! However, just because they come up on the first page of a google search doesn’t necessary mean they will give you the best deal. The best tried and true strategy of shopping around is still your best bet, and reading reviews that other customers left will also help drive your decision of which computer repair company to trust your computer with.
Prior to bringing in your device to a local company, always check your warranty information to see if any repairs can be covered by the manufacturer. If your device is defective, many times they will replace it free of charge, and may even pay for shipping.
Email and Internet
Surfing the web is the greatest time waster these days. Some will even argue that Facebook is the biggest culprit when it comes to sucking peoples’ time. But we all agree that we cannot get away from email and/or text messaging as the most used form of communication. So, since we can’t avoid it, we need to make sure we practice due diligence when it comes to using email and the internet.
Anyone can get free email accounts from Gmail, yahoo, MSN, etc. Accounts are usually also available from your internet service provider. However, the advantage of using the free email addresses from the big companies is that you don’t have to change your email address if you change your internet service provider. Typically, the big companies can also offer many features that the smaller companies cannot.
Being safe on the internet is critically important these days. NEVER open an email or click on a link from someone you don’t know (even if it says they want to send you $42,000,000 dollars!) Always make sure your anti-virus protection is turned on and up to date, and your firewall protection is activated.
Ultimately, the needs for your computer can be accomplished by many different devices. A wise man once told me: since technology is always changing at an incredibly fast pace always buy as much computer as your budget allows.
Well, here is my first blog. Everyone told me that I have to blog to get better exposure for our Colorado Springs Computer Repair website so here is my first attempt. Thank you for reading and comments are very encouraged!
First, please indulge me as I tell you how wonderful our city is. As seen in the name, our humble company is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My husband and I moved here from Michigan about 12 years ago because we always wanted to live near the mountains. Denver, CO seemed too big, and Pueblo, CO seemed too small, so Colorado Springs seemed to fit with what we were looking for size wise.
The Front Range views do not disappoint! Pikes Peak is always watching over us and we have more sunny days per year than Hawaii! Except for the once-a-year blizzard, the winters in Colorado are very mild. We are currently experience temperatures in the 60s (and low 70s) in the middle of February! Last week, our weather was warmer than Los Angeles, Miami, Honolulu, and Houston! But don’t worry – the snowiest month of the year in Colorado Springs is usually March.
Growing up in Upper Peninsula Michigan, I was used to the cold, moist, wet snow. Once it snowed, it stayed on the ground, got grey and dirty, and didn’t melt until spring. Here in Colorado, if the sun is out, the snow is melting! The sun is so strong that even if the temperatures are below freezing, the sun will still melt snow. Pro tip – buy a house with the driveway facing south and you may never have to shovel the snow that falls on your driveway again!
Of course we can’t forget about the world class snowfall in the mountains. World famous ski resorts like Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Loveland, and others are just 2 hours away. If skiing/snowboarding is not your thing, there are many outdoor opportunities to enjoy just outside of Colorado Springs. Hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping, are just a few of the great outdoor activities you can do in the Rocky Mountains.
Summer in Colorado Springs is also very mild. The dry conditions make the heat more bearable (it’s a dry heat…) and the sun is always inviting many outdoor activities. With the mountains so close, there are many great hiking and biking trails, and of course the famous Incline is always a great challenge for the physically active.
Colorado Springs is a great Tourist Destination as well. The history and traditions found in our city are easily seen throughout the city’s landmarks. The 5-Star Broadmoor Hotel has some very informative historical pictures that show the early days of Colorado Springs as well as the Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor also has hosted the Women’s US Open Golf Tournament and the Senior US Open Golf Tournament as well. Garden of the Gods, Air Force Academy, and the US Olympic Training Center are always great attractions to experience as well. Many people don’t realize this, but America the Beautiful was inspired and written as Katharine Lee Bates watched the majestic sunrise on Pikes Peak.
Sports are another great thing Colorado Springs has to offer. We are called Olympic City USA because of the US Olympic Committee Headquarters and US Olympic Training Center residing here. Many World Class Athletes come to Colorado Springs to take advantage of the Altitude Training and the Olympic Training Center facilities. The Air Force Academy is in the Foothills of Colorado Springs, which has a consistently competitive Division 1 Football team. Colorado College is one of the top Collegiate Hockey Teams in the country, and we have many National Governing Bodies (US Olympic Sports Headquarters) National Offices headquartered in Colorado Springs. The minor league baseball team Colorado Springs Sky Sox, and the United Soccer League’s Colorado Switchbacks also play in Colorado Springs.
Although there are no professional sports in Colorado Springs, Denver is just 1 hour north on Interstate 25 where fans can experience the 2-timeNational Football League World Champion Denver Broncos, the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche, and the Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. The Pepsi Center in Downtown Denver also hosts world class entertainment and sporting events, as well as conventions. Denver International Airport is the hub for United Airlines with many international flight opportunities.
Colorado Springs also has a great number of various industries. The biggest employer in Colorado Springs is the US ARMY. Ft. Carson has over 40,000 soldiers stationed in Colorado Springs, and the military presence in the city is well supported. Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases are also located in Colorado Springs, as is NORAD and Space Command. And the future leaders of our country are getting their training at the Air Force Academy. We also have many defense contracting companies in Colorado Springs. Everyone jokes about them, but I actually know 2 rocket scientists who work in the Springs!
Unfortunately, Colorado Springs is not immune to natural disasters. Because of the dry climate, we are more susceptible to wild fires. A few years ago, we had 2 major wild fires 2 years in a row that not only destroyed houses and property, but took some lives as well. The winter blizzards are not usually as dramatic because we usually have plenty of warning and can prepare. And the spring and fall are very mild.
Many people will agree that Colorado Springs is a great place to live – this is evidenced by the continued population growth every year. Money Magazine publishes a list of America’s Best Places to Live, and in 2006 Colorado Springs was recognized as America’s Best City. In 2009, Outside Magazine recognized Colorado Springs for the same award. Of course we would give the same awards, but we are biased, and we don’t own our own magazines (yet!)
I encourage everyone to come and visit Colorado Springs and experience first-hand what makes this such a beautiful place to live. However, sitting at 6035 feet above sea level, please remember to bring your water bottle!