Acer Laptop Repair Dec 2011
Here are some picture from the repair of an Acer Laptop that had a broken mouse button and power jack.

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  • A major security flaw has been discovered in a feature left on by default on most home WiFi routers. Using a tool released today, someone can hack into your WiFi router in a few hours and then often obtain your network password. Until router manufacturers release a fix, almost all routers are vulnerable to this unless they have WPS disabled. However, make sure you aren’t using WPS – if you entered the 8 digit pin off your router to connect to it, you are. Unsure if you are vulnerable or how to secure your router against this new threat? We can help! Just bring your router in to IT Xpress and we can ensure the configuration is secure and it is running the latest version of it’s software.


    Home Wi-Fi Routers Vulnerable to Brute-Force Hack | Home Security & Network Intrusions | Cybercrime
    www.securitynewsdaily.com
    Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WSP), a protocol for connecting and configuring home wireless networks, can be hacked with a brute-force attack, according to a security researcher. In a proof-of-concept exploit, the researcher took advantage of extra information the target device sent back to the user after …

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  • Wishing all of our customers, their families, and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We’ll be closed Mon Dec 26th, but will reopen Tue Dec 27th. Have new gadgets you’re trying to figure out or hook up? We can help! We also stock a wide array of HDMI cables, switches, and adapters at prices that can’t be beat (paying $25-$50 for HDMI cables is only worth it if they’re 20ft or longer!) Have a new computer and wondering if it’s secure? We can completely configure your new system, including anti virus software and many other useful utilities for $79.

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  • Ever wonder what it takes to construct your own PC? Here are the parts for a high end workstation that we’re building for one of our clients that develops software.

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  • Excellent advice for the holidays as more and more children get online with phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Setting up basic parental controls isn’t that hard, though you can’t prevent access to everything. But this is a good start.


    How Do I Set Up Non-Annoying Parental Controls on All My Devices?
    lifehacker.com
    Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been busy playing Grand Theft Auto III on my iPad and I don’t want my kids to accidentally boot it up. It got me thinking about the rest of my electronics;

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  • We’re VERY excited about a new system management tool that we hope to offer to our clients next year. It’ll be like having your own in house IT person who can make sure your computer is running at peak performance and any crashes or software updates are dealt with automatically. If your computer begins to struggle, we get notified about it before you even realize it and can often fix it remotely. Very cool stuff. We’re testing it out currently and hope to have it available soon!

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  • I’ve gotten this question from a number of customers, so figured I’d share… If you have Microsoft Vista or Windows 7 and like to use Internet Explorer 9 or Google Chrome, there is no ‘search box’ anymore where you can type in something to search. Instead, simply type your search into the address bar and hit enter. It’ll use the default search engine to search and return the results.

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  • Great presentation on keeping kids safe online. Def worth sharing with your FB friends and family!

    528 Digital Learning » Raising Cyber-Smart Kids Presentation by Michele Guiterrez
    528tech.edublogs.org
    Michele Gutierrez gave a repeat presentation of her earlier talk on how we as parents and teachers can help our students. She offered these links for parents to check out or join.

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  • IT Xpress just wrapped up a new system deployment at Don Hall Heating and Cooling – their technicians will now have iPads to receive trouble tickets in realtime, draft proposals/quotes, access volumes of HVAC reference material, create on the spot invoices for customers, and even collect payments on site – all in sync with their central office customer and financial records via Verizon 3G. Great to see small businesses leverage technology and increase their efficiency.

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  • We are seeing a lot of people with compromised email accounts. If your friends/co-workers tell you they are getting emails with just a link in them, your email account has been compromised. Most likely it is not a computer virus, but rather a hacker who has gained control of your email account online. They will often change your password to lock you out them spam people using your account. This can be VERY bad if your email address gets added to spam blacklists. ISPs can help you if you use their email systems, but if you use Yahoo, Google, AOL, Hotmail, etc. you’ll need to fill out a series of online forms to try and regain control of your account – but the hackers likely have done things that will let them continue to access your account. If you think your email acct has been compromised, we can help you regain access, strengthen your account security, and ensure the hackers cannot regain access after you change your password. Don’t give up that email address you’ve had for years – take it back with our help!

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  • If you’re coming downtown this evening for the Mebane Christmas Parade, be sure to stop by IT Xpress for some coffee or hot chocolate to help you stay warm!

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  • If you’ve ever wondered about properly ejecting a flash drive vs just yanking it out of the computer – you always want to eject. Windows *tries* to ensure you won’t corrupt your flash drive if you just pull it out, but it can’t ensure it – and all it takes is that one time and you lose everything… So be sure to eject the drive before removing it!


    Do I Really Need to Eject USB Drives Before Removing Them?
    lifehacker.com
    Dear Lifehacker,Some of my computers (like my Mac) are always warning me about disconnecting flash drives without ejecting, while Windows doesn’t seem to have a problem—in fact, my external USB drive doesn’t even have an eject option.

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  • If you have an Android phone – some good information about Android malware (its real), the threat (minimal if you are careful), and the usefulness of Android anti-virus programs (mixed)


    Do Android Antivirus Apps Actually Do Anything?
    lifehacker.com
    If you’ve been watching tech news headlines over the past week, you’ve likely heard that Android malware is growing at an alarming rate, up something like 472% from May of this year.

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  • The US news media has not covered this much, so in case you missed it, there has been epic flooding in Thailand, home to much of the world’s electronics manufacturing. In addition to the immeasurable human suffering, that flooding is having a HUGE impact that all of you will soon see. Hundreds of major electronic factories were flooded and knocked offline. Many are not expected to be back online until mid 2012. One industry hit especially hard is hard drive manufacturing. Many factories are offline and hard drives are becoming VERY scarce. One major PC manufacturer noted in an investor call they will run out of HD’s by the end of November. One company that makes 75% of the motors used to spin hard drives from all type of manufacturers is completely offline. A 2TB Western Digital HD, selling for $70 on Amazon just a few weeks ago is now $150 and rising. The price of computers and other electronics are going to skyrocket in the coming months. So be warned – as the holiday shopping season…


    Some images of WD’s Thailand facilities.
    Hopefully, this will explain what all the fuss is about on Hard Drive Prices and no stock being available etc…

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  • Wow – if you’re an iPhone/iPad user – this is almost too good to pass up. 50GB of free online storage? The release of iCloud has the online storage vendors trying to sweeten their offerings. Will be interesting to see where cloud storage is in a year…


    Get Free 50 GB of Storage for Life on Box.Net—IF You’re an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch User
    www.lifehacker.com
    iOS: Now through December 2, cloud storage provider Box.net is giving away free 50 GB accounts you can use forever. The account is good on your PC too, but to get the 50 GB upgrade, you’ll need to download and sign in or register from the iPhone or iPad app.

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