Computer Consultant

 I'm a computer consultant providing support for homes and small businesses in the Dallas / Fort Worth area since '93. Is your computer slow? Need help with hooking up your DSL, Internet cable, fixing Windows and Office, install software? Get your computer up and running, network working, and get rid of those viruses and spyware.

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Buying a new computer? Here are some things to consider.

Computers are old as soon as you open the box, and they can be considered outdated after only months. Technology advances too quickly, but even here in the U.S. we are a few years behind some other countries. Most people end up buying a new computer every couple years, but some wait 10 years. 10 years is the life expectancy of many Hard Drives (desktop and laptop), though this can vary greatly, but I've seen drives can give out in only a few months. 

Windows 7 is what you'll find on new computers, and new applications are being designed with Vista and Windows 7 in mind. Windows XP is an old operating system, and Microsoft has been trying to kill it for years. 

What makes a computer fast?

What is it that you mean by a fast computer? Does it mean fast Internet? Fast games? Fast email? Fast graphics? Fast calculations? Fast windows? Fast downloads? Fast installs? Fast boot-up? Fast shutdown? Each of these things can have a speed of their own? I'll try to answer generally in order to cover my bases.

There are many things that contribute to the speed of a computer. Hardware is the main ingredient for a fast machine. Next comes the Operating System. Software is next in line for contributing to speed. Finally, your internet connection plays a significant role. But this doesn't really answer the question.

The hardware that makes a computer fast is tied to a few main components. First is the processor speed. You might hear about such chips read full text of What make a computer fast...

What about Mac and Linux?

Other operating systems have been out there for a very long time, but they don't have the marketing power that's behind Windows. I'm familiar with a few, and I'll try to cover the basics: The Mac and Linux.

Mac's are made by Apple, and can offer the most worry free experience some computer users can buy. There is a catch, of course, 

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How can software be free?

There happens to be a great deal of software out there that is available at no charge. These are usually called freeware applications. There is another kind called open source software. There are others that have varying degrees of "freeness" based on other conditions, such as being free for home users but not corporate users. How can it be that so much software is free?

Individual programmers and entire companies produce these gems for your use, without requiring you to pay anything. Even Microsoft does this. 

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Is my computer safe?

There are, of course, degrees of safety when it comes to computing and surfing the Internet, and it greatly depends on what you do on the Internet and what you consider safe. I realize most people want total protection so that bad things won't happen to their computer, but the reality is that it appears to be impossible to completely protect your computer from every sort of attack.

But the good news is that we can do quite a lot to protect your computer. 

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What do you do when Windows gives you a strange message?

Well, you'd have to ask, "what's a strange message"? Strange is a message that you may or may not have ever seen before but appears odd in some way. These are difficult to understand and are often unavoidable.

I had one of these stranges messages recently. 

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