You can use your Laptop DVD drive as an extra hard drive for storage and backing up.

I’ve recently replaced the hard drives in my Toshiba test laptops with 120GB SSD drives. The speed of the SSD’s is fantastic, but the larger sized models are still a little pricey, so I’ve ended up with limited storage.
Laptop hard drive caddy
The open hard drive caddy on a Toshiba laptop. Ready to slide in a removable hard drive for extra storage space or backing up.

On the other hand I have a DVD drive that I never use.

Solution?

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Win10‬ free upgrade – Deal or No Deal?

Microsoft are offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for anyone who’s currently using Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. The download will be available in Australia from 29th July 2015, but a lot of people are worried about whether it will be safe.

For the most part the answer is probably, maybe, with a few exceptions…

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Thanks for letting us lock up your computer! Pay here to unlock it…

Thanks for letting us lock up your computer! Pay here to unlock it…

We had another client caught by a phone scam this week.

A woman called her, claiming to be from Microsoft and saying that the viruses on her computer were so bad that they were affecting the Microsoft network – and the client needs to clean them up immediately! Our client was a bit sceptical, and so the “Microsoft Rep” explained that if she didn’t do something about the viruses there “could be legal repercussions”.

Still feeling a bit unconvinced the “Microsoft Rep” then showed her how to check the event log file on her computer – horrifyingly it was full of row after row of red error events!
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Facebook Phishing Scam

he he Heres the link…. a new FaceBook phishing scam to watch out for.

With this nasty little scam you receive a FaceBook post that looks like it came from your friend, but it actually comes from scammers who have already hacked your friends account and are now trying to get into yours.

Phishing is when you send an email pretending to be a trusted source (like a bank) but you are actually trying to trick people into giving you information like their account passwords.

 

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Overheating laptop

 

Laptop cooling fan from an overheating laptop
The Laptop cooling fan

Our clients son was using his laptop on his bed. A laptops fan is designed to suck air in to keep the hard drive cool, so using the laptop on a soft surface can prevent air flow and also allow the fan to suck dust from the bed up into the cooling system. After a while the laptop starts clog up and overheat, which causes frequent shut downs and eventually damage to the internal components.

Dave had to pull the entire laptop apart to remove the dust and replace the arctic silver thermal paste.

Laptop & Computer Repair - Dave repairing an overheating laptop
Dave refurbishing an overheating laptop

 

Overheating laptop being repaired
Inside the overheating laptop

 

The Death of XP – Do I really need to Upgrade XP?

A lot of people are starting to feel the pinch after XP’s expiry last year, so we thought we’d discuss what the expiry means and how it might affect you.

The extended support on WINXP finished on the 8th April 2014. Aside from not getting any more Microsoft updates… nothing much happened.

The problems are starting to mount up now, though, because XP users can’t get updates from any of their OTHER software packages.

What sort of problems will XP users encounter?

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SmartWatch Apple vs Pebble

Both Apple and Pebble will be releasing their new generation Smart Watches in the next few months, and for sheer James Bond coolness who wouldn’t want one?

For every kid who wanted to be a secret agent whispering mission objectives into their watch this is finally the real deal! Sure it’s cool, but can a grown up actually justify one as a business tool?

Some people might argue that the new watches are only doing a cut down version of what your phone is doing anyway, so why bother? But then – your phone can tell you the time too, so why would you wear a watch to check the time?

(No – really think about what’s convenient about a watch?)

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Do you switch off in a storm? Computers and Storm Damage.

A few things you may not know about computers and lightning.

Lightning strikes during a storm can damage computers.
Lightning strike over our neighbours roof in a storm!

We’ve had some rough weather lately and one of the downsides is the rash of calls we’ve had about storm damaged computers. Here’s a few things Dave taught me about computers and storms this week:

It doesn’t have to be YOUR house that’s struck by lightning.

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