To be or not to be, that is the question… My PC is getting slow, should I upgrade it or replace it? <- That is the question. If your computer is 3 years old or less, I would upgrade it. You can usually add memory, replace the mechanical hard drive with an SSD, and be relatively speedy for the next few years. Here’s the cost breakdown: Samsung 860 EVO 500GB Internal SSD is $77.99 Crucial 8GB DDR3/DDR3L 1600 MT/S (PC3-12800) Laptop Memory is $41.22– OR –Crucial 8GB Single DDR3L 1600 MT/s (PC3L-12800) Desktop Memory is $39.95 Your PC may be newer and use DDR4 memory.Read More →

With the technology available today, it is more affordable than ever to get your facilities connected to each other. In the past, if you wanted to connect your home or office to your barn, warehouse, workshop or additional office space, you would need to either bury cables or suspend cables between buildings. These options were expensive, unattractive, and could cause electrical issues. Now with affordable devices such as Ubiquiti’s Nano Station AC Loco, short-range connections between buildings are available and affordable. You can extend your network and phone system (if you are using VOIP) to all the buildings on your “campus”! Need to go long range? UbiquitiRead More →

There are many methods for sharing your data with someone. Email… USB Flash Drive… Cloud-based methods including Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync and a ton of others. In the past, I have tried most of these. Most recently I have used Google Drive, the data I share is the usual, documents to be proofread, funny pics, nothing sensitive. Here are a few good questions: Is the data you’re sharing sensitive? Should the data you’re sharing be encrypted? Should you be ensuring that your data remains compliant with the standards for your industry? There are many ways to accomplish secure filesharing, but let me tell you about one I recentlyRead More →

Well, my pants aren’t really falling down… I was helping a friend do some work on a sound system the other night. He was wanting to use some new cables that were bundled using zip ties. He asked if I had a pocket knife. Well, me living in Texas, of course I do. Let me dig it out. three minutes later I was still digging in my left front pocket and my friend was ready to use his teeth to break through the 3 zip ties. My problem: I carry too many flash drives in my pocket. Hello, my name is Andy and I’m aRead More →

Many people ask which is better. I’ve always said, “Wired is always faster and more reliable than wireless.” Having said that, in many instances, wireless is more cost effective and convenient than pulling cable to the computer. Some programs require a more persistent connection than WIFI provides for. If you are using WIFI in your business, make sure you are utilizing robust hardware, such as any of the Ubiquiti products. We have been installing the Ubiquiti UniFi Access Points (AP) for a number of years and have yet to see any failures. Right now the most common UniFi Access Point we are using is the UniFiRead More →

This weekend I had the opportunity to reunite with some old friends from more than 20 years ago. We had a great time catching up. Most computer techs will tell you that the average life of a business computer is 3 to 5 years.  You can extend the life of your computers with some preventative maintenance, but you should plan on replacing the computers before they fail. Of course, the failure will happen at the absolute worst time. We can help you by analyzing the processing power, hard drive and memory use for your specific tasks and give you a detailed report on what youRead More →

We are now your source for cables. Patch Cables – 1.5′, 3′, 5′, 7′, 15′, 25′, 50′, 100′ USB Cables – 6′, 10′, 10′ Extension HDMI Cables – 3′, 6′, 10′ Power Cables – 6′ If we don’t have it, we can usually get it the next day. We have some of the best prices in East Texas.Read More →

These two DLL files were just a couple of the infections that I found on a customer’s PC today using Hitman Pro while booted in safe mode. The customer’s complaint was that Internet Explorer would freeze while he was in their web app. Before getting to the point where I wanted to run Hitman Pro, I uninstalled all of the toolbars that the customer had inadvertantly installed. So, in just a few minutes, I was able to remove several Trojans, several toolbars, do a reboot, and voila! The user was all excited that he could get back to work. Hitman Pro is just one ofRead More →