E Hoarding

E hoarding is the accumulation of electronic items or files and can take shape in many different ways.  Often we receive email and hang on to those emails for extended periods of time in case they need to refer to them later.  Some of us delete those emails but neglect to empty the deleted files folder. The Sent folder also accumulates emails and should be emptied occasionally.

Photos are another file that should not only be backed up, but should be purged occasionally.  With digital cameras, we no longer choose the photos that we want to keep as we did with the film that was developed.  Hundreds of photos, good and bad accumulate and run the risk of being lost forever.  Rather then being selective with the photos, with digital cameras we are able to take hundreds of photos and then download them onto our computers for future use. It is always a good idea to back up those photos and to remove the photos that cannot be used.  The best thing to do would be to make a photo slide show on a CD or DVD and then distribute them to friends or relatives.  There are many products on the market to help you accomplish this easily.

Bookmarks are another form of E hoarding. Often we accumulate bookmarks and never visit that sight again.  If you have older bookmarks, you should periodically check those sites because often those sites are no longer valid.

Word documents, music files, scanned documents, pdf files, downloaded program files that you no longer need, etc. the E hoarding list goes on.  So ask yourself are you guilty of being an E Hoarder? If so, happy purging.

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Cloud Maintenance

As a proactive IT company that has your best interests in mind, I have introduced a new service for my clients that I call Cloud Maintenance. If you rely on your computer on a daily basis such as a small office or home office then I can monitor your computer 24/7 that will help to keep you up and running. With this new service I will monitor your computer and check the health of the system as well as provide minor tune ups, check critical windows systems, hard drive health, make sure your anti-virus is up to date, and all of this done through the internet. It will give the ability to spot minor problems before they become big disasters and disrupt your computer usage.

Through the internet, I am also able to offer an Anti-virus solution that will be monitored and maintained 24/7. This will relieve you of the hassle of keeping your anti-virus up to date and working properly.

With the Cloud Maintenance program, Remote Support is also offered. If you have a minor issue or need to know how to do something on the computer then Remote Support might be the answer for you.

If you would like to know more about these services then please contact
Scott’s Computer Emporium
phone: 519-802-2721
email: scott@computeremporium.ca

A Testament To My Honesty

First, I would like to say that I base my business on honesty and integrity, something that most computer repair shops lack in.  It came as no real shock to me when I opened up a letter from Microsoft informing me that I had a mystery shopper come to me some time in January of 2012.  This person inquired about purchasing a custom built system and had asked if I provide genuine software with the packaging.  At this point I must say that I will NEVER sell or install illegal/pirated software of any kind for anyone. The letter went on to say that it appears that I sell legal genuine copies of Microsoft software and it’s packaging.


So after I finished reading this letter, of which I will enclose, the one thought that came to mind is that one of my competitors must have put in a complaint against me.  Microsoft does not normally investigate a business unless there has been a complaint or another business in the area had been investigated. So here I am an honest businessperson trying to run an honest business in a field that can and is very corrupt.  All I can say is be very careful of who you allow to work on your computer. If you don’t you could end up with illegal software on your computer which will cause more headaches then it’s worth.

Is Your Wireless Network Secure?

I recently entered into a discussion on a website for computer technicians about accessing unsecured wireless networks.  It really got me to thinking about both sides of it.  On one side I have to ask…is your wireless network secure from someone gaining access to your network and using up your bandwidth? The other side is, how many of you have accessed an unsecured network to surf the internet or check emails?

Not many people are aware of this but according to the Canadian Criminal Code Section 326; it is illegal to access a wireless network without permission. Also the onus is on you to prove whether or not you had permission to use that network.  Therefore think twice before you access that open wireless connection unless you’re in a coffee shop or restaurant that allows open access.

In order to stop someone from gaining access to your network you need to secure it with a password.  The most common types of wireless security are WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) and WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access).  . The most secure is the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) security protocols that were created to address the problems with WEP. WEP is the easiest protocol to crack and has been known to be cracked within 3 minutes.

So if your wireless network isn’t secure you had better do so now.  Not sure how? Read the instructions that came with your router or call someone who knows how to check it.

 Need someone to look at your security concerns

Call Scott’s Computer Emporium @ 519-802-2721

Or email: scott@computeremporium.ca www.computeremporium.ca

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Going Green with your computer part 2

There are a number of ways to go Green with your computer but for now I’m going to talk about the power supply.  Most power supplies are not very efficient wasting 30 or 40% of the power they consume and this turns into a higher electricity bill.  There is however an alternative.  Antec produces a power supply that is 80% or more efficient which in turn will lower you electricity bill and is better for the environment.  Their series of power supplies is called the EarthWatt series and are available in 380, 430, 500, and 650 Watts. As quoted from their website “The Antec EarthWatts line offers some of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. With universal input, Active PFC, and a robust cooling system, EarthWatts is everything you could want in an energy-efficient power supply.” To find out more about Antec and the power supplies they provide please visit their website.

With today’s desktops consuming more power then ever it only makes sense to use a power supply that is more efficient and in turn more environmentally friendly. These power supplies are 80Plus compliant meaning they must be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% rate load. This makes an 80 PLUS certified power supply substantially more efficient than typical power supplies. To learn more about 80Plus please visit their website at www.80plus.org .  The cost of these power supplies may be slightly higher but well worth the money considering how efficient they are and how well they stay cool.

Although there are other manufacturers that also produce 80Plus compliant power supplies, I’ve only mentioned Antec because they are a well known company and readily available. Antec also makes a power supply called True Power that is also 80Plus compliant.  To find out what I can get or what I have available please call

Scott’s Computer Emporium at 519-802-2721.

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