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How To Stay Safe From The Ransomware Virus

Worldwide Virus Warning The Ransomware meltdown that experts have warned us about is here. What does this mean to you? Ransomware – as the name suggests – can get into your computer from clicking on an email like “Australia Post Delivery Failure – Click for new delivery,” “NSW Police Infringement notice – click here to view the photo,” How To Stay Safe From The Ransomware Virus

True or False? Battery Myths you Need to Know for Better Device Performance

  We live in an age of the high-powered long-life battery-powered portable device. But it seems that the limitations of the nickel-based batteries that were prevalent in the early ’90s still apply to the more modern lithium ion and lithium polymer technologies we use today. Battery technology may not have changed much in the last couple True or False? Battery Myths you Need to Know for Better Device Performance

Everything You Wanted to Know About Hard Disk Drives

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What does a hard drive do? Information storage is the hard drive’s main responsibility. Think the electronic version of the old office filing cabinet. Everything you keep on your computer is on a hard drive. Not just documents, emails, contacts, favorites pictures, music and videos. Your programs, your preferences, your printers, your settings, even your Everything You Wanted to Know About Hard Disk Drives

Why do computers slow down?

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Why do computers slow down? A question that we get asked all the time here at PC Pitstop is why computers get slower over time. This can start to happen within a year after you get a new PC, but usually, it happens in just a few short months.   Since we all use our Why do computers slow down?

Windows Product Lifecycle – End of Life Support Dates

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Courtesy of Microsoft Corp Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. End of Support End of Support refers to Windows Product Lifecycle – End of Life Support Dates

Funny Computer Memes & What They’re Trying to Tell You

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Funny Computer Memes & What They’re Trying to Tell You First up. What is a meme? meme miːm/ noun   1. an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means. 2. an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that Funny Computer Memes & What They’re Trying to Tell You

Computer Induced Medical Problems & How to Avoid Them

Computer Induced Medical Problems & How to Avoid Them It’s now common knowledge that posture and ergonmics are a very important part of avoiding RSI and other computer-use related injuries but after a chance search I found out there is a lot more we need to be wary of. Here’s an exert straight from Wikipedia Computer Induced Medical Problems & How to Avoid Them

4 Smart Steps to Avoid Computer Corrosion

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Whether you prefer a laptop or a desktop your PC is affected by its environment. While overly dry conditions can cause static electricity in your computer’s components, excessively humid conditions can cause faster corrosion and internal damage.

PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner :: Making IT Easy for YOU

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PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner :: Making IT Easy for YOU We are so excited to finally have our PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner in store for everyone who receives any service from PC Pitstop! So many of you have been wanting something like this and it will definately make life PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner :: Making IT Easy for YOU

Why You Would Need a Data Transfer or Recovery?

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Why You Would Need a Data Transfer or Recovery? A Data Transfer may be necessary for a number of reasons. PC Pitstop can transfer your data (documents, pictures, music) but not programs (software, downloads, etc). Your original installation media is required to install programs on another computer. PC Pitstop, by law, cannot install counterfeit software. Why You Would Need a Data Transfer or Recovery?

PC Pitstop Speciality Lessons

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PC Pitstop Speciality Lessons Stop banging your head on the desk trying to figure that pesky computer problem and ask for a Speciality Lesson from your PC Pitstop Trained Technician. These 1hr in-store, one-on-one lessons can cover many topics that may be troubling you, such as: Basic Computer Use – start-up, shut-down, navigation, etc. Internet PC Pitstop Speciality Lessons

Learn the Lingo :: Computing Acronyms

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Learn the Lingo :: Computing Acronyms i3, i5, i7: Newer types of Intel Processors, i5 is Dual Core, i7 is Quad Core ADSL: Home broadband through the phone line, currently the fastest way to access the internet ADSL2+: A faster version of ADSL AGP: Accelerated Graphics Port, connection on older motherboards for graphics cards Blu Learn the Lingo :: Computing Acronyms