logitech Cooling Pad N120

My favorite Christmas gift came from my kids and it’s a Logitech Cooling Pad N120 for my laptop.  When I opened it up I was amazed at how light it was and the perfect size for my 17” laptop.  It’s a stylish black color with just the right angle on it to make typing on the laptop comfortable.  This particular laptop cooling pad has a USB powered fan to help keep your laptop cool.  It’s supposed to use very little battery power but I can’t put it to the test because my battery needs to be replaced.

Although many people use their laptops on their laps (hence the name) it’s not advisable to use it on your lap as it tends to block the cooling fans and will over heat your laptop. A cooling pad is a great idea to not only use on your lap but to help keep your laptop cool.  For a cooling pad that is not only a good value but a good quality cooling pad, try the Logitech Cooling Pad N120.

Logitech N120


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I know many of you fine folks are busy preparing for the Holiday Season so I wanted to take the time to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please remember to be safe both on the internet and on the roads during the Holiday.

As a reminder my Holiday Hours are:

December 24, 2012 — 9:00am to 3:00pm

December 25, 2012 — CLOSED!

December 26, 2012 — CLOSED!

December 31, 2012 — 9:00am to 3:00pm

January 1. 2013 — CLOSED!

January 2, 2013 — back to business as usual

As always I can be contacted through email at scott@computeremporium.ca

Don’t forget to visit my website at www.computeremporium.ca

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.