Thursday, December 18, 2014

Great Uses For Your Old Computer

Uses for an old computer


 


Now That Santa Brought You a New PC: Here Are Some Great Uses for Your Old Computer


Ok, so you got that brand new hottest fastest computer you were so hoping Santa would bring. You have unplugged your old machine and setup the new one in its place and you are good to go. Now what? Are you going to just throw away your old machine after all you two have been through together? I hope not. In fact here are some great ideas to get new uses out of your old machine, instead of sending it packing like guest who has long overstayed their welcome.


Use your old machine as a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device: Lots of people pay good money for a NAS device to have files available to everyone on their network. FreeNAS is a small lightweight program that is easy to install and can turn just about any old PC with available storage into a, No investment required, Network Attached Storage device.


Video InputsMake a Media Server: Most of the LCD TVs on the market today come with some type of input that can connect your PC directly to your TV. You can serve up images or even movies from your PC to your TV directly using one of several media serving programs. One Program that can make this easy is XBMC:Kodi, which is formally known as the Xbox Media center. This is a feature rich media center available on all operating systems that is easy to install and to use.


During the holiday season I have one final suggestion for that old PC: Install linux and make it a guest computer: This is really easy to do and sometimes you don’t even have to install anything new on your machine most versions of linux allow you the option to install linux or just run the operating system from a live cd. My two favorite versions of the many linux choices out there are Ubuntu & Linux Mint due to the programs built in and the ease of use. Both of these distributions of linux are lightweight and run great on older hardware. The good thing about making an old PC into a guest computer running linux is that guest can have access to the internet, email and several programs without risking any of the computers that you use every day.



Great Uses For Your Old Computer

Friday, November 14, 2014

Computer Virus Alert

computer virus alertComputer Virus Alert


During the holiday season, businesses and individuals have hectic schedules. During this time is when people can easily be targeted with email scams or viruses. Therefore, One Geek solutions is sending out a computer virus alert to everyone who uses a PC at home, or at work. The newest virus circulating is the UPS/Fed Ex/USPS Delivery  Failure. You will receive an e-mail from UPS, Fed Ex, or  USPS along with a packet number. It will say that they were  unable to deliver a package sent to you on such-and-such a date. It  then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached. DON’T TRY TO PRINT THIS. IT LAUNCHES THE VIRUS! Pass this warning on to all your PC  operators at work and home. This virus has  caused Millions of dollars in damage in the past few days. Snopes confirms that it is real. http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/ups.asp


Since this is the time of year where there is more packages being shipped than any other time of year, this virus is causing quite a bit of  damage. Even the smartest, most cautious, and savviest of computer users and business owners can be fooled by an official looking email from what seems like UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS. It is especially easy to be fooled when you are expecting a package to be sent. Keep your system secured with your chosen antivirus, and turn on email attachment scanning if it is available in your program. Most importantly, users make sure to keep this computer virus alert in mind when going through your daily email tasks.


If you need any advice on this warning email me at onegeeksolutions@gmail.com or submit your questions through my contact page. Be careful out there, and Happy Holidays from One Geek Solutions.



Computer Virus Alert

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Changing Technology:

With all the changing types of technology these days, its hard to keep up with what one needs in today's technically evolving world. words like quad core, vmware, ssd hybrids, android, and iOS, can overwhelm the mind. However the solution is simple. Keep it simple, and take time to research. Its not important to have the latest and greatest, it is only important to have a tool for everything you need to do. Make a list of how you need to plan your day, and what you need to accomplish, then make sure you have all the tools. Its all about being productive, if you have what you need to do that, then that's all you need.

Changing Technology:

With all the changing types of technology these days, its hard to keep up with what one needs in today's technically evolving world. words like quad core, vmware, ssd hybrids, android, and iOS, can overwhelm the mind. However the solution is simple. Keep it simple, and take time to research. Its not important to have the latest and greatest, it is only important to have a tool for everything you need to do. Make a list of how you need to plan your day, and what you need to accomplish, then make sure you have all the tools. Its all about being productive, if you have what you need to do that, then that's all you need.

Monday, May 2, 2011

It is nice to be part of a community which has banded together to help one another after the horrible storms tore through our county last week. We went out to help move debris from the yards and homes of families that were hit by the storm. We were gald to see others helping out during this time.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Passwords



Computer security is as serious for most home computer users as it once was for businesses. Now with more and more comfort with using computers for banking, buying online etc, It is important to keep your PCs secure. One thing I have come across too often is a lack of a login password. Even though cyberspace is full of threats, some of the biggest threats are users in the home going to sites that the computer owner doesn't know about untill they have a virus. It is also an extra level of security for your home network. The short and simple of security and password protection is this...


  • Make sure all PCs and Macs in your network have their own login passwords

  • Make sure you are using some measure of wireless encryption (WEP, WPA, etc.

  • Make sure your router (if you have one) has a password you chose

  • Make sure to use all available protections provided by your router (mac address filtering, wireless security, password protection etc.)

  • Also it is always a good idea (for home network users) to change your home network name to something other than MSHOME or WORKGROUP which are windows defaults.

I just had to share this post because I have had too many customers have to call me out more than neccesary because they would not password protect their computer from their children. Children aren't always to blame, but for my customers their problem was teenager related. Multiple tech calls can get costly no matter how fair your tech's prices may be, so protect yourself and your computer from all threats external, and internal.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Beginnings

Here is the thing. Each day holds new promise. Just keep movin forward and you can go anywhere. That's all I had to say for now