IMO the single best upgrade for a computer or laptop is a solid-state hard drive (SSD) currently traditional hard drive are the main bottle neck in computers as the CPU has to wait until the hard drive serves the data to the cpu can process it. Sorry if that's too technical but bottom line it will make your computer noticable faster, more then any other upgrade you can do. Of course there are exceptions, if you're computer is older then 5 years old or if you're still running a single-core processer then a new computer would be the way to go. Feel free to e-mail us or click the social links on the upper left corner of this website to ask on one of our social networks.
If you're interested in having your computer upgraded to an SSD contact us for a quote.
Hi everyone I'm working on a new blog post that will explain the differences between all the various brands of tablets on the market. The pro's and cons of each and how you should decide which one to get based on your needs. Look for that article before Thanksgiving. In the mean time if you happen to already know what you like I've created a store with all the various new tablets including the iPad Air. I personally selected these tablets as they are the best ones in their respective categories. You have to especially watch Android tablets as it can get confusing with a lot of similar sounding cheap knock-offs that are slow and break easily. Stick with these tablets I recommend in this store. Again look for my blog post in the next day or two if you're confused on what tablet to buy.
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^^^If you ever see this window and you don't have any backups, go in the corner of the room and cry!!
Up until recently most viruses were mainly just scare tactics not too terribly difficult to remove...at worse it would leave the operating system in an unusable state. This new infect in really no different in that regards the infection itself can be removed fairly quickly by a professional computer expert. However, unlike past ransom ware like fake anti-viruses or the FBI Warning Virus that disabled you're computer but didn't do damage to actual important documents and photos. This new virus 'cryptolocker' encrypts almost all user data. Office files, pdf, photos, financial data, etc. There is no way to decrypt these files without paying the ransom and getting the private key.
Worse still if your computer is part of a network and has access to shared drives those files will get encrypted as well....that also includes any backup drive that's attached to your computer rendering any backups useless.
Here's a few things to prevent it:
So what happens if you get infected and have no backup, should you pay the $300 ransom or however much it is depending on the variant? The concensus is that you should NOT pay since if these criminals don't make any money they might not bother with this sort of method in the future. However, if this is your life on the computer, cherished memories or important financial or business information that you can't stand to lose then well you don't have much of a choice and from what I've read, paying does in fact decrypt the files. Of course if you do decide to pay the ransome please make sure to call a professional like JRD Tech to make sure the infection is completely erradicated so it doesn't decide to rear it's head a few weeks later and demand more money.
If anyone is looking for a good back to school laptop or just a nice new laptop for themselves I highly recommend you check out the Sony Viao line which is onsale at Amazon right now. Any of of these models will be more than capable of getting the job done in terms of productivity but for price/performance and longevity I would recommend the models with the Core i5 it's Intel's mainstream cpu, of course if you wish you can also go for the Core i7 which is the cream of the crop, the price to performance ratio is a little bit lower than the i5 but it's faster overall.
The most important component of any computer is arguably the hard drive, this is where all your photos, documents, financial information, and other personal data is stored. Now despite being the most important component, it's also the most unreliable of all the work I do fixing computers a failing or failed hard drive is one of the most common issues. Sometimes I'm able to catch the hard drive failure before it's too late and get the data off with little trouble, other times it's too late and without a backup all data is lost. Main reason hard drives aren't built like they use to is primarily to keep costs down. A GB of data 10yrs ago cost over $10.00, a GB of data today costs like then $0.10. And what does this tell you, a hard drive 10-15yrs ago use to carry a 10yrs warranty, then it dropped to 5yrs, then 3yrs and now most hard drives carry a warranty of 1 to 2 years. With the exception of enterprise class hard drives which carry a 5 year warranty but also costs double what a standard consumer drive costs (worth it IMO).
Regardless even if hard drives were built to last it's still a good idea to have a backup, in fact I would say it's more than a good idea. That's why I've tried to find the best online backup solution for my customers, and I've found it an unlimited online backup from Backblaze for $5 a month or less if you buy 1 or 2yrs in advanced. Your data is secured with AES encryption and can be accessed anytime you need it. Even if your backing up to an external hard drive you should think about getting a cloud backup solution because 1. how often do you remember to plug it in to backup, 2. do you take the backup drive with you everytime you leave the house? If not the backup drive is succeptable to the same dangers. Your home can be burgularized, there can be a fire, or a flood making both your backup and computer hard drive useless.
So follow the link or click the image and get your computer backed up today.
Happy New year! Until the end of January JRD Tech is offering 10% off any laptop repair service (lcd screen repair, dc jack, cosmetic). Just mention code blog201 when scheduling an appointment to drop off your laptop!
Let JRD Tech clean up computer, we'll remove junk files, adware, unwanted programs, install updates for programs, remove malware / viruses*, perform hardware evaluation, defragment hard drive
*Removal of rootkit infections extra
Getting a loved one a new computer, laptop or tablet for Christmas? Need to have your data, pictures, and documents transfered over from the old computer? JRD Tech can help, this Holiday season we are offering a low flat rate for new computer setups. We will transfer the data from you're old computer to your new computer, remove bloatware in the new computer, configure itunes, and install whatever software you need on the new computer (within reason), a service like this would cost over $200 at Staples or Geek Squad and even more in home. JRD Tech is offering this service for $99.00 in home!
*Old computer must be in working condition.
Did the relatives come over and decided to visit every website they could on your computer? Now it's slow, full of pop-ups, and you probably have a virus! Get 10% off this Holiday season from JRD Tech on our virus removal service.
Laptop LCD screen cracked or broken? Need to jiggle the dc power jack connection to get it to charge? Keyboard missing a few keys? Let JRD Tech fix your laptop.