Ever wonder how often you should be restarting your computer? We recommend at least once per week. In addition to improving system performance, restarting your computer is almost always the first troubleshooting step you should take when experiencing strange computer behavior.
The pentalobe screw is a five-pointed screw designed by Apple for use in their products. It was first introduced in 2009 with its use in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, but has since expanded to be used in the iPod Classic, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPhone.
Visually, the Pentalobe screw appears to be a six-sided variant of the Torx standard. If you look more closely however, you will find that each point of the screw is rounded. This can also be seen in the name of the screw, which comes from its two parts. Penta is a prefix meaning five, and lobe which is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a curved or rounded projection or division”.
The pentalobe screw has been heavily criticized since its inception for seemingly being designed to lock users out of repairing their products by requiring non-standard screwdrivers. Though this has become less of an issue over time with the advent of inexpensive third party pentalobe screwdrivers from the likes of iFixit.
Samsung has announced that beginning on Monday all 2019 Smart TVs and select 2018 models will receive a firmware update that brings Apple TV to its library of apps. That means you won’t need an Apple TV or a complicated workaround to watch iTunes shows on your big-screen Samsung television anymore.
In addition to the new app, Samsung Smart TVs will also support Airplay 2 for streaming content from iOS devices and Macs to the big screen. The partnership will be exclusive for a limited window before moving to other brands.
Some of the most common complaints involve:
- buyers receiving goods late, or not at all
- sellers not receiving payment
- buyers receiving goods that are either less valuable than those advertised or significantly different from the original description
- failure to disclose relevant information about a product or the terms of sale.
Protect yourself against shopping and auction fraud.
Make sure you’ve installed the latest software & app updates.
Use a strong, separate password for your email account.
Don’t click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person.
Hackers may use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software updates are designed to fix these weaknesses, so installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices secure. When you update your devices or software, you should be connected to WIFI and charging.
If you ever have any questions or concerns about updating your devices we would be happy to help you.
If you need we could update your devices for you.
The letters "PC" stands for "personal computer". It refers to any multi-use computer that runs Microsoft Windows or Mac OS. Windows or Mac OS is the background software which keeps the entire computer running. PCs are capable of many functions, including word processing, playing music, videos and games, accessing the internet, and much more. It is much easier to customize and fully utilize PCs. If you are in the market for a PC, feel free to contact us.
Users often ask if it's a good idea to leave their computer on all the time or if they should turn it off while not using it. Our recommendation is to turn your computer off and back on again any time you notice that it's being slower than usual or if it starts doing weird things that you don't expect. While it isn't necessary to turn it off every time you walk away, it's a good practice to turn it off and back on again at least once every two weeks. Doing this helps your computer run better for a few reasons. Sometimes when Windows installs new software automatically it needs the computer to be turned off to apply changes. It can also help remove any errors that were introduced on your computer's temporary storage locations. Some computers go for months without ever being turned off. This is especially problematic with laptops, since it's easy to just close the lid, but that doesn't actually turn the computer off all the way. It doesn't take too long to do it and it can only help, so if you ever feel like your computer isn't quite up to its normal standard, give turning it off and on a try.
Users that are new to Windows 10 often ask why they should sign up for a Microsoft account. It wasn't necessary before, so some users don't see any value in the feature and choose to use Windows 10 without a Microsoft account. For those that choose to take advantage of their Microsoft account, though, it will provide them with several useful features.
Windows 10 is designed to work very closely with Microsoft accounts, so many of the built in applications use them to store data. Since it's all on one account, you only need to enter your information once and your Windows applications can do the rest. Data is synchronized between your different applications, and to use any new Microsoft services you only need to sign in.
Microsoft accounts also grant you access to Microsoft's cloud services, such as OneDrive. OneDrive gives you 15GB of free storage that you can access from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection and your username and password. The OneDrive software automatically backs up data in any of the designated OneDrive folders to the internet so your data is always safe and accessible.
Microsoft accounts can even synchronize settings between different devices, such as another computer, a Windows phone, or an Xbox game console. You can log in to any of these devices using the same username and password, view and edit your settings, then log in anywhere else and have your settings automatically downloaded and applied for you.
Because Microsoft accounts allow for convenient and location independent access to all of your data, they are favored by users that are regularly on the go or that depend heavily on internet based services. Those with a more simple workflow might find that they have less to gain by using a Microsoft account, but no harm will come from having one.
hardware failure - Computer Definition. A malfunction within the electronic circuits or electromechanical components (disks, tapes) of a computer system. Recovery from a hardware failure requires repair or replacement of the offending part. Contrast with software failure.
When their computer fails due to a hardware issue, many users will ask the same logical question: What caused the hardware issue to begin with? Hardware can go bad due to a huge number of different factors, but here we'll take a look at some of the most common ones.
Several components of a computer system contain moving parts that can fail. In most cases, these moving parts are in traditional hard disk drives, the buttons in keyboards and mice, or the fans present in the case or in graphics card and processor coolers. As these components age and get used, the mechanical components wear out and begin to fail. If not addressed quickly, these component failures can actually result in damage to other components in the system.
Sometimes, the electrical components of a computer system will fail. This usually happens because of a bad capacitor or similar electrical component present on either the motherboard, the power supply, or a laptop AC adapter. Capacitors control the power going into a system, and over time they begin to fail. On some older capacitors, the failure results in a visible leakage of the chemicals inside the capacitor. When these fail, the component needs to be replaced.
Heat and dust
Heat and dust are both problems that are present in almost any environment. While there are plenty of things that can be done to mitigate the potentially damaging effects of these issues, they'll always be present to some extent. Dust build up can reduce the efficiency of your system's cooling, which makes it heat up more quickly. Over time, this heat can damage your components. Many computer components operate at temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Without proper cooling or with too much dust accumulation, these temperatures can get much higher and cause damage to the heat sensitive components of your computer.
Computer components are produced on a massive scale, and while quality control has improved over the last several years, it still isn't perfect. Every once in a while, a component is manufactures that either just doesn't work or is on the brink of failure before it's even been unpacked. Fortunately, these kinds of situations are almost always covered by some kind of warranty and you can go through the manufacturer's RMA process to get the part replaced
Wear and tear
Even for those of us that are very careful with our things, accidents happen and damage from ordinary use is impossible to prevent. This is especially true for laptop users, who will often need to move their computers around, increasing the risk of dropping it or causing damage by packing or unpacking it. This damage accumulates slowly over time, and it might eventually get to a point where something breaks.
Regardless of the cause
If your computer has a hardware failure, we can help you by diagnosing the issue and replacing the part that went bad. Most failed hardware can be fixed or replaced for significantly less than the cost of a new computer, so it's at least worth your time to come in and have us look at it!