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32 minutes | 7 years ago
In-depth Guide to Buying a New Computer
Are you shopping around for a new computer for your home or office? Are you confused by all the different models and options that are available? Are you looking for a device to do a specific task? Buying a new computer can be a confusing time for those who are not technically minded. Therefore, you may need some assistance in choosing the right computer for you. If you’re interested in learning how to select the right type of computer for your needs, and ensure you get the most out of your computing devices, then you’ll want to invest 20 minutes to listen to this edition of Powering Up for NON-TECHIES. In this episode, your host Eva Marienchild interviews Justin Martell, Computer Department Manager at London Drugs, about what you should think about when you are choosing a new computer for your home or office. Ensure you are making the right choice when you are buying a new desktop, laptop or tablet with this in-depth podcast guide. The Right System For Your Demands Justin begins this podcast with the simple notion that when you are in the market for a new computing device you need to narrow the choices down. This can be done by having certain specifications in your mind about what you want from the machine. The first critical area which Justin explains the buyer needs to think about is the cost. Without knowing how much you are willing to spend you can’t estimate whether you can afford machines which are presented to you. However, Justin also explains that it is not just the cost of the device you should consider. Buyers need to know the costs of the other additions that will come with the computer such as antivirus software, programs such as Microsoft Office, a headset, or even a carrying case. The Main Use Justin continues by saying those looking to buy a device must also think about what they are going to use the device for. Some of the basic demands, such as checking emails and surfing the web can be completed by tablets. Yet some high tech requirements like photo editing and gaming might need the power of high-spec desktops. Another question is how you are going to use the machine. This relates to if you are going to need to be mobile, with the freedom to move from room to room, or if you are leaving it in a stationary place, like a home office. A Change In Technology One of the things that Justin discusses is how people are unaware of how fast technology can change. He states that advancement in technology is inevitable
20 minutes | 7 years ago
What is “The Cloud”?
Are you looking for a safe back up so if the worst should happen you can easily recover your data? Have you heard the term ‘The Cloud’ but don’t know what it means? Backing up with ‘The Cloud’ is a good, safe method of ensuring you don’t lose your important files no matter what happens. If you’re interested in learning how to ensure you get the most out of your computing devices, then you’ll want to invest 20 minutes to listen to this edition of Powering Up for NON-TECHIES podcast. In this episode, your host Eva Marienchild interviews Justin Martell, Computer Department Manager at London Drugs, about how you can minimize the losses from a device failure with help from ‘The Cloud’. Give yourself peace of mind and know your documents and photos are fully recoverable when you learn how to protect them by saving them to the Cloud in this podcast. What is ‘The Cloud’? Justin begins this podcast with giving a quick explanation about what ‘The Cloud’ is. It is an online storage system which allows for the information stored to be shared across many devices. An individual who uses the Cloud can give access to a number of trusted individuals anywhere in the world to their digital content. There are a number of different ‘Cloud’ options out there which include Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft One Drive (formerly called One Drive). These are constantly used by individuals to share files and photos. The Biggest Advantage The biggest advantage to an individual when they are backing up with ‘The Cloud’ is if something should happen to their device, they can immediately get access to any ‘Cloud’ stored documents from another device. As Justin explains, some people would assume that the Microsoft backup is a safe option, but because it is not stored in another location the data isn’t really protected. Therefore should the device go, so would the data. Justin’s father benefited from ‘Cloud’ storage when one of his devices crashed. Thanks to the ‘Cloud’ however his new machine was up and running the next day with all his files and documents. Yet this is not the only benefit. People can share videos, photos and documents across the world in a matter of moments. Justin explains how he helped one customer realise this when he wanted to send some videos across the world to a family member. What Else Can ‘The Cloud’ do? There are a number of excellent ‘Cloud’ services out there, some which a
18 minutes | 7 years ago
Speeding Up Your Internet Connection
Frustrated by having to wait for hours to download videos, pictures and music to your computer? Is it too difficult to play internet games on your device? Your problems could be solved when you speed up your internet connection. A good internet connection is essential to get the best experience from the internet. If you’re interested in learning how to get the most out of your computing devices, then you’ll want to invest 20 minutes to listen to this edition of Powering Up for NON-TECHIES podcast. In this edition, your host Eva Marienchild interviews Justin Martell, Computer Department Manager at London Drugs about how you can speed up your internet connection. This podcast is a must listen if you are suffering from painful delays when using your devices online to view and download content from the internet. Consider the System Justin explains there is a four step process to get you the best connection to the internet. The first has to do with the internet service provider and the second is related to the modem you are given which allows access to the internet. The third step is the router; this enables many devices to use the same internet connection at the same time. The final step is the adaptor in your device which connects the device to the router and modem. Justin explains most people blame their computer for the slow connection because they are using the device at the time. Unless programs such as Microsoft Word are also running slow, it is unlikely your machine is causing the problem. Therefore you should look at the router. Is Your Equipment Up to Scratch? One of the biggest concerns of the issue, which Justin points out, is that many individuals use the free routers from their internet supplier. These routers are often the cheapest available and not the best on the market. Another issue is that routers are often not replaced along with the computing systems. Technology and the demands upon routers have drastically changed over the past 10 years. For instance, TV streaming from companies like Netflix didn’t exist a decade ago so the infrastructure wasn’t created to cope with their bandwidth demands. There have been significant increases in the bandwidth demands which only some routers can now cope with efficiently. The Nighthawk and the Power Line kits available from D-link and LinkSys have great bandwidth capacity. To decide whether you need any of these systems, ask yourself these questions: - Is it hard for you t
20 minutes | 7 years ago
Keeping Computer Files Safe From Viruses
Do you have concerns about what you download from the internet? Do you feel unsure whether your computer is completely protected from potentially troublesome programs? Knowing how to protect your computer from viruses and worm attacks is essential if you want to keep your personal data secure. Being lax can mean thieves can steal your identity to use for fraud. If you’re interested in learning how to ensure you protect your computer from attack, then you’ll want to invest 20 minutes to listen to this edition of Powering Up for NON-TECHIES podcast. In this edition, your host Eva Marienchild interviews Justin Martell, Computer Department Manager at London Drugs about how you can protect your computer from attack by viruses and worms. This podcast is a must listen, if you want to learn what the potential dangers are, how they can affect your machine and what you can do to protect your computer from virus and worm attacks. The Hidden Threat The interview starts off with Justin explaining the hidden dangers which are out there. Many people don’t realise their machine may be affected by viruses. Some of the more basic viruses are malware or spyware which sit on your computer and give you unwanted pop-ups, adverts and generally slow down your machine. Without even knowing it you may have one installed onto your browser. This can be either as a toolbar, or as Justin is now commonly seeing, a malicious browser add-on. However, as Justin warns listeners, there are more dangerous viruses out there which include destructive programs. These can remove files from your computer and generally harm your machine. Being Proactive In Combating Viruses People who are regularly using the internet to download or view documents should be careful with their machines. At the very least, having a free basic anti-virus is better than nothing. Justin explains the threat from viruses is becoming greater as the trust we are putting into sites is growing. Yet no site is infallible. Sites we all trust, like Google, Microsoft and even the Canada Revenue Agency can be used in attacks in various ways. To know if your machine has become infected, you should ask yourself several questions. - Do you see any programs you don’t recognise installing on your machine? - Is the computer running slower than it used to? - Are there any pop-ups or adverts showing on your computer? - Is there a file missing on your machine? But even these questions won’t identify every v
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