Fully refurbished iMac 8,1 $299.00 with warranty.

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Want to upgrade that old PC for a premium iMac?

The iMac 8,1 is an ideal machine for the office, children or school work.

Recently upgraded with 4GB of RAM and running OS X El Capitan (one of the more recent versions of macOS).

Benefits of owning a Mac

  • Fantastic user experience.
  • Much better security.
  • Seamless integration with IOS devices.
  • Comes with excellent software.
  • Very reliable and stable.
  • High build quality.
  • Better screen.

Comes with 30 day warranty.

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Mac Repair Sooke BC

Mac repair Sooke BC – How to upgrade your old Mac.

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Mac repair Sooke BC – Cleardesk shows how to upgrade the components in your Mac.

What if we told you that you can take an older Mac and turn it into something that feels and acts like it’s fresh from the Apple Store – including jaw-dropping performance.

If you’ve got a MacBook, Mac mini or iMac powered by an Intel CPU manufactured as early as 2007 then it can be surprising what’s possible via a few hardware or software hacks; and there are plenty of upgrades for Mac Pro owners too.

In this article we look at Mac repair Sooke BC and the possible upgrades that are possible on each category of Mac, as well as discussing some more general Mac upgrade advice.

 

Warnings and limitations

Before you get the screwdrivers out, be sure to check your device serial number against Apple’s ‘Check Coverage’ page.

Now let’s talk briefly about what can’t be upgraded.

Put simply, it’s often not possible to upgrade the CPU in a Mac, or its GPU (that is, the graphics card). With Mac models featuring Thunderbolt you can attach an external GPU, but those Macs are recent models.

Cleardesk offers quick Mac repair Sooke BC

Inside your Mac some components simply can’t be upgraded, while others can – with a little know-how

Some components can be swapped for replacements if they suffer damage or failure. You can swap out a dead drive, for example, or a cracked screen for a replacement. But it isn’t possible to take advantage of an upgrade at the same time – you can’t fit a higher-resolution screen, or upgrade to a more powerful battery, or swap your SuperDrive for a Blu-Ray model (although it is possible to attach a USB Blu-Ray drive).

As for most of the other components in your Mac, however… with Cleardesk and super easy for Mac repair Sooke BC

Add new RAM to an old Mac.

At no time in the history of computing has it been a bad idea to max-out the RAM of your computer. The best news? As your computer gets older, RAM for it gets cheaper.

Older models of Mac are fully expandable and it’s usually easy to do so:

  • iMac: You may need a technical screwdriver to open a compartment on the bottom although on some iMacs a small panel beneath the vents on the back of the unit pops off when you press the button beneath.
  • MacBook (including Pro): On older MacBook models with a user-removable battery you’ll have to remove the metal guard surrounding the battery slot. On newer models without a user-removable battery it’s necessary to remove the entire bottom panel of the MacBook.
  • MacBook Air: Unfortunately it’s not possible to upgrade the RAM in a MacBook Air because it’s soldered in place, with no memory slots.
  • Mac mini: On some models of Mac mini the bottom panel can be easily popped off, although some require disassembly.

Adding an SSD or storage to and old Mac

The second piece of fruit ripe for plucking is storage. Put simply, replacing your boot drive with a solid state disk (SSD) will mean your Mac boots within seconds and apps will load in the blink of an eye.

Maxing-out your Mac’s RAM and fitting an SSD will give you what feels like a brand new computer. It really is astonishing. Note that MacBook Airs have unique storage requirements, as discussed later, but other MacBook owners, as well as Mac mini and iMac owners should prepare to have their minds blown.

The upgrade method of least resistance is to simply swap out your existing drive for an SSD. With a MacBook that doesn’t have a removable battery, or Mac mini, you should be able to remove the bottom panel, much as you did for the memory upgrade, and appropriate the fittings from the existing drive (although some Mac minis may require disassembly). For MacBooks with a removable battery, the same panel in the battery compartment that protects the RAM can be removed to gain easy access to the hard disk, which it should be possible to remove by pulling a tag.

Sadly, on an iMac, replacing the disk is much harder. You’ll have to first remove the screen, which can be challenging and brings a comparatively high risk of damaging something.

Once again it iFixIt has some excellent illustrated guides for all models of Mac and will also sell you the tools required. A simple YouTube search can also pay dividends.

An alternative method of installation on a MacBook is to remove the SuperDrive (that is, the DVD drive) and put the SSD is the gap where the SuperDrive used to be. The original disk can be left in place and the SSD selected as the boot drive via the Startup Disk option in System Preferences. Because the optical drive uses a special SATA/power connector, a special caddy for the SSD is required, which will also hold it securely in place. Examples can be found on Amazon and eBay, and are usually inexpensive. Some kits come complete with a USB connector that lets you use the removed SuperDrive externally.

Upgrading either the RAM or adding a Solid State Drive will revolutionize your Mac’s performance.

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Sometimes it’s easier to drop off that laptop or mobile device than it is to wait for an appointment and then hang around while we fix it. You can get on with the rest of your day while we take care of your computer.

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Computer Store Sooke – Local Computer Repairs

Computer Store Sooke – Cleardesk Shows How To Speed Up Your Slow PC.

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If it’s running slower than ever, giving errors, or simply not turning on, you may be thinking that it is destined for retirement, not so fast. Let us show you how to revive it!

Step 1: Take stock of your situation

A shared family computer in a public area of your home such as the living room, kitchen, or shared office is the solution we recommend for families with young kids.

It keeps kids focused on their work – it’s harder to sneak in some Minecraft time when mom’s constantly in the room.

However, this may not work for every family.

If both you and your children spend considerable time on the computer, sharing can lead to conflict, or frustration.

Determine how many devices you need and how many you have available.

Don’t rule out equipment that isn’t fully functional. Even a laptop with a broken screen works if docked with a monitor.

If you need a device primarily for Internet access and word processing to complete assignments, your old tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard can sub in for a PC or laptop.

Replacing parts or adding accessories like this is usually cheaper than purchasing a whole new computer.

Step 2: Try give it a fresh start – Remember: Cleardesk Computer Store Sooke can also help you remotely

When it comes to slow and sluggish equipment, it’s best to ditch all the accumulated baggage.

If you’ve backed up your data on the cloud or don’t have any important files on a corrupted system, consider a factory reset.

This will override any malware or corrupted files with a fully functional operating system.

If you’re wondering how to do this, head over to YouTube and search for “restore to factory settings“.

The primary hurdle that most users encounter is that restoring your computer wipes out both the bad and good.

Any software that you’ve installed whether it’s a program, game, or drivers that allow your device to recognize peripherals such as printers and cameras will be lost.

You’ll have to reinstall anything that you want to continue using.

There are significant benefits to this process, though.

It lets you take inventory of applications installed on your device. For example, would it really be so terrible if “Clash of Clans” never made it back onto the tablet Jane will use for school?

If you feel that having to restore and reinstall everything is too much to handle, you may be able to restore your computer or device to a previous date without having to do a full wipe.

This is particularly helpful if you can recall a time when your device was performing reliably.

Even if your computer doesn’t need a full restoration, it’s a good idea to carry out periodic maintenance for performance improvements. Best local computer store Sooke – we can offer this as service – here’s some tips.

Use the add/remove program function

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This will help you get rid of junk programs, browser extensions, and toolbars toolbars that you don’t recognize.

Repeat the same process in your browser.

Open your browser and look for the extensions section. Uninstall any unnecessary add-ons that may be slowing down your internet experience.

Next, call in your Anti-Virus.

Before you run a scan, check for any program updates. This will ensure the program is able to detect recent malware.

If your antivirus is out of date and prompting you to pay a fee for reactivation, consider a free alternative like Avast Free Edition or our favorite, Webroot Antivirus.

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Once you have an up to date program installed, run a full scan and get rid of the junk programs and malware hogging your system’s resources and slowing it down – or worse.

Repair your registry and cleanup your Internet browser

Free tools like CCleaner help repair any registry errors left after removing all junk programs. Cleardesk Computer Store Sooke can show you how.

Registry errors can cause your programs to not open or run properly, including your operating system.

 

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One word of caution: if you like that websites pre-fill your username and automatically recognize you, make sure to un-check the box for removing cookies.

Step 3: Ditch the clutter and make improvements

Only install programs you need to be productive.

If the computer is to be shared, set up separate user accounts (if possible) and reserve admin privileges for yourself.

This will allow you to control what gets installed and limit the likelihood of infected or junk programs sneaking on to your new or freshly cleaned system.

Also, take this opportunity to switch over to a safe browser (if you haven’t already done so) like Google Chrome which was chosen as the best browser of 2017 by TechRadar.

If you want a different browser, make sure it performs exceptionally with limited resources.

Opera is a great choice if you have older hardware that lacks the processing power to run Chrome efficiently.

Cleardesk Computer Store Sooke – recommends if you have children -now is also a great time to set up parental control restrictions.

Some computers and devices have built-in parental control features. Head back over to YouTube to find tutorials specific for your device.

An example search may look something like, “set up parental control on iOS 9” or “set up parental control on Windows 10“.

You’ll get plenty of videos that show you how to do this.

You may also want to consider investing in a robust parental control software suite like Net Nanny, which lets you customize what type of online content is acceptable among 18 categories (such as weapons, death/gore, or tobacco) for each user.

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The program costs $40/yr for use on one computer.

For $59/yr you can run the software on up to 5 devices including Android and iOS.

Step 4: Assess Your Options

If software cleaning/repair doesn’t fix your woes, and your system is beyond the help of a minor hardware change, it’s time to explore your options for a new device.

While a super-cheap tablet will likely be too limited in function to get through anything other than online research, there are capable laptops on the market for under $600.

The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is one such option for $599.

While we are big proponents of squeezing every ounce of life and value out of your technology, if it’s time to get something new, around this time of year is a great time to score a deal on basic computers and mobile devices.

Make sure to consider current and future needs when investing in something new.

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With a fresh start for your technology, you’ll be ready to take off.

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SEO Sooke – How To Grow Your Business For Free

SEO Sooke – small business owners often struggle with their SEO. You have your business, your customers, and now your website demands attention as well. I frequently talk to business owners that just use their website as a reference for real life customers. To be honest, that is a bit narrow-minded. There is so much more you can do!

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In this article, I’ll go over some improvements any small business owner can easily do by himself. It’s going to costs you time, not per se any money. Use this article as a checklist, and see how you are doing. SEO Sooke -Here we go!

Manage your expectations

Let’s start with the most important one: be realistic about what you can rank for and what not. Manage your expectations. If your competitors are giant companies with huge marketing budgets, you’ll probably not going to rank number one for your main keyword (f.i. car insurance). Aim for specific keywords instead, not the general, high-end keywords.

SEO Sooke – What’s your niche?

Take some time to find the keywords that describe your business best. If you are a local grocery store that also delivers to people’s homes, aim for ‘order groceries Sooke’ not ‘order groceries online’. See how you can differentiate yourself from the horde, and focus on that. This also includes focusing on longer tail keywords. That brings me to my next tip.

Adding the city name

Do not keyword-stuff your website with your location’s name. If you really want to rank locally, try to include the city name in a way that makes sense. Add LocalBusiness schema, for instance via our local SEO plugin. And get some local links to your website. That will already help you a lot!

SEO Sooke Tips – Use mid-tail keywords

No need to go overboard in specifying your niche. ‘Sports gear for teams that is easy to wash in Vancouver’ will probably only give you one new visitor a day. Focus on mid-tail keywords like ‘team sports gear Vancouver’. You’ll see that for a small business, it usually pays off to add the city name to some optimized pages as well. More on keywords in our article on the long tail.

Utilize online platforms

If there is one thing I can tell you from my experience in this, it is that local small businesses communicate a lot via social media. Enhance SEO Sooke, use that Twitter account actively, set up your Facebook page and maintain it. Add your business to Google Business and make sure your opening hours are filled out if you have any. Every Google search for your company or closely related searches might show these immediately, before any organic search results. The same goes for sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor. They have their marketers working 24/7. In the end, it doesn’t matter if people find your business through websites like Yelp or Google, right?

Utilize offline platforms

New website? Contact your local newspaper. New products? Contact your local newspaper. New business? You get the drift. Do not underestimate the reach these local news companies have. People read these publications. If you have anything newsworthy, please contact these publishers and see if they can help you to promote your business offline. If you participate in a local event, by all means, add a blog post to your website as well. Just be sure it is relevant.
Make sure your customers find your shop! Optimize your site with our Local SEO plugin and show your opening hours, locations, map and much more! »

Word of mouth

Create buzz around your shop, for instance by asking people to leave a review on Google Business or Yelp. Do sweepstakes or giveaways for your online visitors. 500 likes on Facebook? Give number 500 a coupon for your shop, online or offline. Have a sale for a specific brand? You could consider promoting it online only. Sponsoring a local event? Be sure to set up an event specific landing page and ask them to link that one. These are all little things that might trigger people to talk about your website, next to your shop.

Add evergreen content

If you want to rank, just adding blog posts or opening times won’t be enough. You should add pages with so-called evergreen content. These pages have content that won’t expire anytime soon. Evergreen content can be at the top of your keyword research pyramid, so a bit less long tail than the rest of your keyword focus. This content can be the solid base of your websites. Expand this base per product, service or business value so that you can focus on all the dynamic content you’ll write on a daily or weekly basis, it’s the key to SEO Sooke.

Small business blogging

The easiest way to keep your customers (and others) in the loop about your products and offerings, is by adding a blog to your website. That blog will fuel your social media and newsletter, so it’s a much more extensive tool than ‘just an addition’ to your site.

Please keep in mind that ‘no inspiration’ is a sad excuse for not adding that blog. Marieke just did an article with a load of tips that will give you that inspiration. Just start, and see where it goes. You’ll find your way in this for sure.

Get local links

To emphasize the local character of your shop, it will pay off to see what related business there are in your local area. By reaching out to these companies or websites you will a) expand your local network and b) create an opportunity to get valuable backlinks. Just because of these local backlinks, Google will understand your geographical reach/positioning.

Contact details everywhere

For most small business websites, the main goal is to get in touch with your potential customers. The simplest way to make this crystal clear is by adding your contact details to every page. It doesn’t matter if that is in the footer or sidebar by the way. Add your phone number or an email form so that people can reach you in the easiest way possible.

Realize your website is your online shop window

Putting in all that effort might seem like a hassle, as you are already putting so much time in local networking, redecorating your shop’s windows and more. You have to keep in mind that for someone that finds your shop online first, it matters what that shop looks like. Your website is the online replacement for window shopping. If your actual shop is decorated for the season, I would also suggest taking a closer look at how you can translate that to your website.

Make sure people feel welcome, and are enticed to buy your products or services online. Or at least feel the urge to come by your local business to see what you can do for them.

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Technology For Small Business

All The Tech You Need To Set Up Your Side Business

Whether it’s selling your handmade soaps at your local farmers market or spinning tunes as a DJ on the weekends, we’ve got you covered with all the tech you need to succeed.

Getting Paid – Cleardesk Computer Support Victoria – shows’ you how.

If you’re still relying on cash and checks, you’re losing business.

Today’s customers are all about hassle-free payments and instinctively reach for their credit card or mobile phone to make payments.

PayAnywhere lets you process and settle accounts on the fly.

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There’s no setup or recurring monthly fee and you only pay a 2.69% fee per swipe.

That may sound like a lot, but it’s way better than any other alternative in the market.

You’ll get the magstripe card reader for free so you can start accepting card payments right away. All you have to do is attach it to your phone and you’re ready to go.

If you want to accept chip or contactless payments like Apple or Samsung Pay, it’s only $40/month to lease the equipment.

This system works like a charm if you’re selling on the move as a local farmer, street vendor, or service provider.

Cleardesk computer support Victoria offers full customization to your small business.

Make It Legally Legit

Repeat after me: No more verbal contracts.

You want to make your terms of service solid and legally binding so that you don’t get stuck in a pickle if something goes amiss down the line.

Make sure you protect yourself with Eversign.

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Simply upload a PDF document that outlines the terms and conditions you have agreed on with a client and get them to sign off.

eSignatures meet security and authentication requirements to make these agreements legally enforceable.

You can even create templates for the contracts or forms you use the most so that you aren’t wasting time with redundant tasks.

If you want to overview all your current or past agreements, you can access them from Eversign’s secure storage option.

Put Your Best Digital Face Forward

Nowadays, your business can’t survive without a website.

You know you need one, but yet can’t fathom how you’ll create it without knowing the first thing about code.

The good news is that Squarespace has got you covered.

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It’s incredibly easy to setup a basic but beautiful website and only costs $12/month.

There are a bunch of website templates to choose from so that anyone can make a website without any programming knowledge.

Also, you aren’t stuck with the template you choose.

You can plug it in and play around to customize your site as to how you see fit.

Squarespace also includes eCommerce support with Stripe or PayPal payment integration so that you can sell your stuff online.

If you want social integration, you can easily link your social media accounts and auto-post your content from your site onto Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.

Last but not least, websites with Squarespace are automatically optimized for mobile.

Get engaged without getting overwhelmed

Social media is a massive time suck.

Posting content, answering comments, and monitoring all your accounts is a full-time job you can’t choose to ignore.

Luckily, Hootsuite lets you manage these activities with ease.

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You can easily upload content to multiple social networks with the click of a button and get notified whenever your brand is mentioned.

The free version lets you schedule posts at any time during the day.

You can manage up to 3 social media profiles in one place and oversee analytics.

This helps you determine which posts get the most attention so you can hone your content to grow your following.

Laptop Repair Sooke BC

Laptop Repair Sooke BC – Cleardesk Computer Services

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How do I refurbish an old laptop?

Fast and simple laptop repair Sooke BC – The biggest challenge with an older laptop is limited battery life. How do you keep an older system from dying soon after it’s unplugged? Well, most laptop batteries can be replaced.

Its typically an easy fix, check YouTube for a video tutorial do a search something like: “Replace [MAKE MODEL] battery”. Also you should look for your computer’s make and model on eBay.

There are some major exceptions to this however; tablets, Chromebooks and other ultra-thin systems, the battery could be fused to the motherboard in these cases.

What about cosmetic damage?

Scratches and nicks can be easily covered, we recommend using an iBenzer Plastic Hard Case available for just $19. It comes in tons of different colours, make sure to search for your specific make and model on Amazon or Google. If you can’t find a made-to-fit case, you can choose vinyl decal stickers to cover imperfections. Cleardesk offers quick laptop repair Sooke BC

What about scratches?

A headlight repair kit is your best bet. Get a hold of the Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer Kit, available for around $8.00. The product will reduce the appearance of surface screen scratches, and as a bonus, you’ll get a super shiny screen! It’s the quickest way to complete a laptop repair Sooke BC

Charger cable on its last legs?

The MacBook power cord has little clips that constantly break, other laptop chargers also have small parts that are prone to breaking. It can make wrapping your cord a frustrating endeavour – the Quirky Powercurl Cable Organizer is designed to prevent this. It gives extra protection for your cable, protects the weak spots where cable meets power adapter and lets you quick wrap & unravel for less cord hassle. It also has many different colours available.

What upgrade will make the biggest difference to the laptop?

Definitely investing in more RAM or a solid state hard drive will see the biggest improvement to your older laptop. This offers your best bang for buck when it comes to laptop repair Sooke BC.

Check your laptop’s memory capacity by visiting crucial.com and use the Advisor Tool or System Scanner. The system scanner will check your system’s hardware and suggest compatible upgrades best on your laptop’s capabilities.

RAM allows you to run more applications simultaneously, the more you have the better. An SSD drive allows your system to access data stored on the hard drive faster.
Both will allow programs to load faster, decrease the likelihood of errors and crashes!

PC Repair Sooke BC – Call 778-747-3335

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Your computer or tablet is a wonderful device, until it malfunctions.

There are few things that can induce a sense of panic faster than a printer that won’t print, a program that will not open, or the disappearance of the icons on your desktop. When something goes awry with your computer or mobile device your first impulse may be to take it to a shop that deals with pc repair Sooke BC but, before you do this, it could be worth it to try a few simple fixes first.

The one mandatory first step in diagnosing or fixing a computer problem is a complete shut down and re-boot of the system. This will clear the memory, close all programs or apps, and restart the device. In Windows 8 or 10 the shut down command is actually more like putting the computer to sleep so that it will boot up quickly. The best route is to use the Restart command which means that the computer will take longer to re-boot but come to life with no residual apps running and the memory refreshed.

Re-booting a tablet or smartphone is a bit trickier but can solve many problems. To reboot your iPad or iPhone depress the power button, located on the top edge, for about five seconds and when prompted swipe a red arrow on the screen to shut down. After it shuts off wait a few seconds and depress the power button again until the Apple icon appears. Here at Cleardesk we offer certified Apple pc Repair Sooke BC

On an Android device depress the power button for about five seconds and in the window that opens tap on Power Off. When it’s shut down, press the power button again to bring the device back to life.

If your iPad or iPhone freezes and is unresponsive you can do a hard reboot. The Home button is the round button on the front of the device below the touch screen and you should press on it for about 10 seconds while depressing the power button at the same time until the device abruptly shuts down and restarts.

Printers and scanners are usually not very expensive and before spending a lot of money to get an unresponsive one to work you should try to re-install it. If you have the installation CD that came with the printer or scanner try to re-install the drivers and software. Otherwise, go to the web site of the manufacturer by searching for it in Google and under Support search for your hardware model and download the newest drivers or software. Be careful to only go to the manufacturer’s website since there are many unscrupulous driver sites that will try to sell you what are essentially free downloads or malware.

However, your problems may reside in Windows, which is the operating system that runs your computer. You could spend hours trying to figure things out for yourself, or turn to Microsoft for help. Sometimes a little research and fiddling with settings and software can fix the issue.

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Computer Repair Near Me? How to get the best from Facebook.

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How to get the best from Facebook

Computer Repair? Well not quite computer repair near me, more social media repair. Believe it or not, Facebook was once a place where you could connect with family and friends living all around the world and receive updates on their day-to-day lives? You could see how their kids were doing in school and read about how much fun they had on their recent vacation. We shared goofy pics of ourselves eating lunch and the latest viral cat video. Ahh, the good old days. Now, more and more, we can find ourselves subject to an excess of negativity – so if you want to purge the politics from your Facebook feed, you can! Here are a few tricks.

A Pew Research Center poll taken prior to the big election found that 37% of those surveyed were put off by the amount of political content they were encountering across their social media platforms. Many feel that these social interactions are not only frustrating, but leave them feeling like they have less in common with their friends than they thought. And this survey was taken before the election. Even the founder of Facebook wrote an open note to the world.

What’s more, plenty of research has shown that surrounding yourself with negativity can bring you down. This means that negativity will follow you into your life; it could affect how you treat your spouse, your friends and your loved ones. That’s no good! You’ll need more than computer repair near me – you’ll need a permanent vacation.

So how can this help you? Well Facebook has several filters inherent to its software that you may not be taking full advantage of. They’re easy to set up as soon as you see an offensive post.

HOW TO BLOCK A PERSON.

There’s someone that I’ve been FB friends with for years who was never politically-inclined until this election. Now she’s practically all I see. It doesn’t matter whether I agree or disagree with her, it’s exhausting. I was able to block just her posts from my newsfeed by clicking the little “down arrow” in the right-hand corner of her post. Then I chose “Unfollow Mary.” This allowed me to still stay friends with her (she’ll see my posts still, and never be notified of the change), but I won’t get so much of her. If you ever unfollow someone accidentally or want to revert back, simply go to their page and click “follow” and their posts will be back on your feed. It will save throwing your notebook at the wall and googling Computer Repair Near Me.

HOW TO BLOCK A WEBSITE.

If you’re repeatedly seeing posts from a particular website that you find unpleasant, you can click the same down-arrow and choose “Hide All from .” You won’t block your friend that way, but you will block all the content from that specific site.

MAKE YOUR FAVORITE PEOPLE SHOW UP FIRST.

It’s always nice to have your favorite people show up at the top of your News Feed, especially if they’re rare or sporadic posters. Sometimes their posts can get buried in the shuffle of all the other people that post more frequently. Also, Facebook’s algorithms are set up in such a way that you see the more active people first and others less often.

To see your mom’s and best friend’s posts first, go to their page, and click on the Following button. There’s a choice of “see first” in your News Feed. Clicking that will put a little star next to the person’s name. This setting should carry over to your phone as well. You’ll even receive notifications when they post.

USE SPECIAL FILTERS.

There are a couple of plug-ins designed to help you control the content you see in your Newsfeed. The first is found through the Chrome Webstore. If you don’t already use Google Chrome, you’ll have to download it first. Search for “Remove All Politics From Facebook.” This extension provides you with a switch that allows you to turn off politics and turn it back on when you want to see it again – seems pretty helpful! Some reviewers sing its praises, while others didn’t find that it worked for them. Check it out to see if it works for you.

Another app is called Social Fixer. There’s a little more setup involved with this one. It looks for key words and filters out posts containing them and some of the key words you’ve got to set up yourself. There are pre-made filter subscriptions already set up that you can use, and one specifically to block politics. The application has a whole lot of other features too like hiding “sponsored” stories (advertisements) and letting you set up your feed with tabs to better organize your news. Better yet, Social Fixer works for Firefox and Safari too.

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.

Sometimes it is best to re-evaluate what you’re posting to make sure it doesn’t set off anyone else’s hot buttons.

LOOK FOR POSITIVE THINGS TO SHARE.

Aim to avoid framing your posts around politics, if possible. Consider the updates and posts you enjoy seeing from your friends and family and try to share similar things from your own life. Consider limiting your posts to no more than 2-3 social media updates per day so that you pause and ensure that what you’re posting is really what you want to share.

If all else fails – like us – we’d be happy to cheer you up with positive posts. For computer repair near me Cleardesk offers a friendly mobile service Sooke to Victoria – Call 778-747-3335 today.

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Cleardesk offers a fast mobile service to your home and business.  Your first choice for Computer Repair Langford BC.

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Many customers ask us – what should I buy a Mac or a PC?

The best way to describe the difference between a Mac and a PC is that they are two different ways of thinking. In most cases you can come to the same result using either but they will go about it in a different manner.

This is all down to the fact that Macs run on the Mac OS X operating system and PCs run on Windows. It’s down to the individual as to which is easier to use. You can run (Windows) on Mac OS X.

There are also differences in hardware in that Macs are only built by Apple whereas PCs are built by a number of companies. This reflects in the price, in that Macs are generally more expensive, and the quality of Macs is considered more stable and stylish. Here at Cleardesk Computer Repair Langford BC – we see the advantages of both.

Our question to you is – what do you need it for?

The reason is that unless you’re editing video, graphic design etc. then you probably don’t need to spend that amount of money on a Mac. Mac is generally more intuitive and less prone to change. So if you like stability then a Mac is the way to go.

However – most people just want to browse the web, check their e-mails and use a word processor, which doesn’t need a high-powered machine. This is the reason for the rise of the netbook, they’re cheap and do all basic functions without too much hassle.

Is it possible to say if a Mac or PC is more secure and, if so, why that is?

A Mac is definitely more secure due to the fact that there are few viruses that can infect Macs. PCs need virus protection and sometimes that’s not enough.

Malware exists on Macs but it’s very rare in comparison to PCs. We find most of our customers here at Cleardesk Computer Repair Langford BC – use both – with the majority using PC’s.

What do you personally use, PC or Mac, and why?

At home I use a PC only for games – most of my work is done on a Mac.

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Your computer or tablet is a wonderful device, until it malfunctions.

There are few things that can induce a sense of panic faster than a printer that won’t print, a program that will not open, or the disappearance of the icons on your desktop. When something goes awry with your computer or mobile device your first impulse may be to take it to a shop that deals with computer repair Sooke BC but, before you do this, it could be worth it to try a few simple fixes first.

The one mandatory first step in diagnosing or fixing a computer problem is a complete shut down and re-boot of the system. This will clear the memory, close all programs or apps, and restart the device. In Windows 8 or 10 the shut down command is actually more like putting the computer to sleep so that it will boot up quickly. The best route is to use the Restart command which means that the computer will take longer to re-boot but come to life with no residual apps running and the memory refreshed.

Re-booting a tablet or smartphone is a bit trickier but can solve many problems. To reboot your iPad or iPhone depress the power button, located on the top edge, for about five seconds and when prompted swipe a red arrow on the screen to shut down. After it shuts off wait a few seconds and depress the power button again until the Apple icon appears. Here at Cleardesk we offer certified Apple Computer Repair Sooke BC

On an Android device depress the power button for about five seconds and in the window that opens tap on Power Off. When it’s shut down, press the power button again to bring the device back to life.

If your iPad or iPhone freezes and is unresponsive you can do a hard reboot. The Home button is the round button on the front of the device below the touch screen and you should press on it for about 10 seconds while depressing the power button at the same time until the device abruptly shuts down and restarts.

Printers and scanners are usually not very expensive and before spending a lot of money to get an unresponsive one to work you should try to re-install it. If you have the installation CD that came with the printer or scanner try to re-install the drivers and software. Otherwise, go to the web site of the manufacturer by searching for it in Google and under Support search for your hardware model and download the newest drivers or software. Be careful to only go to the manufacturer’s website since there are many unscrupulous driver sites that will try to sell you what are essentially free downloads or malware.

However, your problems may reside in Windows, which is the operating system that runs your computer. You could spend hours trying to figure things out for yourself, or turn to Microsoft for help. Sometimes a little research and fiddling with settings and software can fix the issue.

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