Category Archives: Computer

All About Computer Keylogger Software

If you want to know what someone is doing on the computer, you have the option of installing computer keylogger software. This type of software will monitor all actions taken on your PC, including keystrokes and any actions performed on a keyboard.

Installing computer keylogger software can keep you informed about which websites your children or spouse are visiting. It can record snapshot like pictures called “screenshots” and then report back to you via a log or email.

Another great thing about computer keylogger software is that it can keep track of all downloads and any changes to your hard drive whether by you or someone else in your house. It will keep track of everything in an encrypted file and run in the background, being undetectable to other users of your computer.

Computer keylogger software can be a very useful tool if you are concerned about websites that other computer users in your home are visiting. Capturing screenshots and information about that particular website can help you to make important decisions about what to do next. It is possible to install parental controls on a computer; however, kids these days are more computer savvy and can sometimes bypass these controls. If you have the proof in an encrypted log, you can have a frank and open discussion with them about their choices.

Dangerous predators lay in wait to contact your children in chatrooms. You can review the chat logs and provide them to the appropriate authorities. These types of keylogger software are not detectable with spyware detection programs and they can be easily downloaded an installed on your computer.

If you forget a password, a keylogger can help you to recover it quickly and easily. The log reports can usually be automatically deleted after they have been emailed to you to an off site email address. Monitoring your computer has never been easier.

The Startling Truth About Computer

Isn’t it odd to be talking about computer eye strain? It almost feels like contriving something about the digital phenomenon that is transforming all our lives. 15 years ago most people could not even turn on a computer. Today it would be difficult (probably impossible) for me to think of 5 people that are not using any digital device at all. And it has all happened in less than two decades.

However, computer eye strain is not imaginary or contrived. It is the physical effect of living in Digitalia (my coinage for the digital universe we now inhabit). CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) is the medically recognized eye malady for computer eye strain. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health defines it as “eye strain associated with prolonged computer use.”

The startling truth is that up to 93% of all computer users will experience CVS according to American Optometric Association (AOA) estimates. Nearly everyone that uses a computer for as little as 2 hours a day will notice some of these symptoms sooner or later. So we are talking about almost every man, woman, and child in the country. The journal Computers in Human Behavior recently published a paper titled “Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS): a widely spreading but largely unknown epidemic among professional and ordinary computer users”.

So the phenomenon is just beginning to percolate to our consciousness but will part of our lives into the future. Just as print brought about the requirement for and invention of spectacles so will the mighty pixel bring about its own range of remedies and solutions.

A survey of optometrists by the AOA indicated that 10 million primary eye care examinations are provided annually in this country primarily because of visual problems with computer screens at an approximate cost of two billion dollars. And this survey was before the advent of other digital devices like cell phones, PDAs, netbooks, Kindles, etc! CVS is 4 times more likely to require a medical consult that any of the repetitive strain injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, de Quervain’s disease, and trigger finger among others.

So computer eye strain is very widespread and is here to stay. The good news is that CVS is easily remedied. I have written a number of articles here on Ezine about methods to reduce or prevent CVS and there is other information available in what I expect will be a growing field of information and disinformation into the future.

Great Movies About Computers

Plenty of great movies about computers have come out since these smart machines began playing such a huge role in humans’ lives. Filmmakers have created fictional, factual and documentary-style movies about artificial intelligence, gaming, hacking, online communications, programming, viruses, web sites and other subjects relating to computers. Even films about war and supernatural themes have focused on computers. The following list includes some of the great movies about computers with a brief description of what they are about:

AI: As the name implies, this is the story of a future world where Artificial Intelligence is possible, and a childlike android has been programmed to love.

Hackers: A 1990s film starring a young Angelina Jolie, depicting a young group of hip hackers and all the trouble they get into during a corporate extortion conspiracy.

The Terminator Series: About a cyborg (half man, half computer) who comes back in time to kill Sarah Conner.

The Matrix Series: The story of a future world where computers have taken over and are using humans for power, keeping our minds tapped into a virtual world to distract us from the grim reality that our bodies are all part of an elaborate feeding system.

Office Space: The group of software programmers and IT guys in this cult classic devise a plan to use a computer virus to get one over on the company they work for. Short Circuit: The story of a walking, talking robot (named Johnny 5) with a heart; he can be your friend!

Star Trek (First Contact, Generations, Insurrection, Nemesis): All of these Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation films include themes of artificial intelligence and computer technologies that were not possible at the time of their making.

Tron: This early 1980s movie was one of the first to use computer graphics; the complex story includes themes of hacking, software programming, gaming and more. You’ve Got Mail: This modern love story is all about meeting and getting to know your romantic match online.

These aren’t the only movies about computers that have made an impact on our box offices and our society, but these are definitely some of the greatest.

We Warn About Computer Hacking

This time we decided to write about a very important and always very relevant topic when talking about computers – hacking. Nowadays, world hacking is seen as something very negative and dangerous. But is it? Or are there hackers out there that are harmless? Well, to start, we will explain two basic types of hackers.

Type number one, the one with negative connotations, brings hackers that people sometimes have nightmares about – hackers with bad intentions. These type of hackers could potentially be very dangerous because their goal is to hack into personal or corporate systems and change (usually financial) data, steal personal information (identity theft), break security codes or even hack into highly protected governmental systems. For individual users, the most dangerous is stealing personal information, such as credit card numbers and security codes.

This could be done by implanting a virus or worm into someone’s system, but also by direct hacking (entering) into someone’s computer. By doing that, hackers have access to all your personal and private data that you save on your computer, but also that your computer saves itself (history of surfing, passwords, etc.). We do not have to tell you what happens if a hacker finds your credit card numbers and its code -basically his party begins. We are not saying that buying online is very dangerous and you should not do it, what we are saying is that no matter of what, you have to have your computer well protected. And this is where we can help you. You have to be aware of potential danger whenever you start surfing, and that a lot of pages contain worms or viruses that can harm your computer. Therefore, we always recommend monthly maintenance of your computer.

Type number two, and probably the more interesting type of hackers in the world of hacking, can be seen as ‘goodfellas’. They often see hacking as a form of art and an opportunity to show their abilities while not harming other computers. Hackers of this type that show extremely high level of expertise in this area often end up in big companies or governmental institutions working on exactly the opposite task – discovering ‘holes’ in the system and preventing hackers to enter it. There are some success stories of young minds who were just playing around and hacking systems from IBM or the Pentagon that ended up working for them. And when we say young minds, we mean they are literally young. We have to admit that there is much to admire if a 13 or 14-year-old teenager breaks into Pentagon’s system. In this case, there were probably no bad intentions; it was just a matter of showing off to their friends. There is no doubt that they are caught, however their life usually takes another turn at that point and their knowledge and gift are used to protect, instead of destroy.

After breaking hacking down into these two groups, we can clearly see that not all hacking is directed towards taking advantage of one’s computer. In fact out of all hackers, only small percentage is malicious. This is the group we fight against by protecting your computers and if too late, cleaning computers, recovering data, or even repairing damage. This type of hackers can cause a lot of problems and damage while heading towards their goal, and therefore, your computer’s protection always needs to be at its best. Surf safely until our next article!

What You Need To Know About Computer

It is crucial that you clean all parts, corners and surfaces of your house. There’s no such thing as over cleaning. Never underestimate the power of a clean house. It can influence the health of the family. When we clean, we always take care of the things that are visible and functional. For example, floors, counter-tops, toilets, carpets, etc. Sometimes, we ignore other things because we think they are harmless for example, mattresses, windows, PC’s, etc. We think that they are not too dusty because they are less exposed but that is where we are wrong. Every computer accumulates dust, grime and germs that we need to tackle.

When you think about computer cleaning, you have two options here – do it personally or hire somebody else to do it for you. Of course, it is time consuming and exhausting, but if you want someone else to do it, you simply need to look for a reliable company. In case you choose to clean everything on your own, bear in mind that it’s best to clean on a professional level. You need a few tips and the right tools to be successful. You can find many tips online or from housekeeping magazines. For the right tools, there are many available in stores near you. If you are settled, you should schedule the clean. You can ask for help from family members so that the tasks are easier and quicker to handle.

If they are quite hesitant, entice them by declaring rewards. If you are done with the bedroom, kitchen, living room and the bathroom, look back again and think about the things you might have missed. In your home office, you have to organize your files so that you do not waste your time looking for a specific document. If you have a computer, it is imperative that you clean it. You should know that the keyboard of your computer has millions of germs and bacteria. If you want a professional help, you can easily look for cleaning companies that cater personal computers and laptops. Do not worry because it will not cost you much.

This specific cleaning should be practiced and observed at all times because it can affect the performance of the computer. Keyboards should always be wiped with disinfecting wipes. Do not eat while you are working and if it can’t be helped, wash your hands and use utensils. Make sure you get rid of crumbs and other food particles so that you can stay clear of ants and other insects. Aside from keyboards, you have to wipe the monitor or screen and more importantly, you have to secure the CPU. Each computer has a fan that regulates the temperature. If there is any build-up of dust and dirt in one of the fans it can reduce the performance and to some point, it can destroy the system. It is best to consider professional help because you are dealing with specific technology.

Common Misconceptions About Computer

Nashville computer repair shops thrive because the number of computer users continues to climb. Like in most cities around the United States, more and more households in Nashville, Tennessee recognize the value and importance of owning and maintaining a reliable and functional computer at home. The rise of numerous businesses, great or small, also contribute to the growing number of users in the area.

Because there are more computer users, there is a higher demand for computer repair shops to cater to computer owners and users in Nashville and in surrounding areas like Green Hills, Belle Meade, Franklin and Brentwood. However, there are still many users who are having misconceptions about computer repair activities and businesses. Nashville computer repair shops have been doing their best to collectively reassure clients about services available.

Here are the most common misconceptions about computer repair in Nashville. Repair experts aim to further enlighten users about the advantage and assistance they offer.

oNashville computer services companies are very expensive. This could almost qualify as an urban legend. This misconception may have emerged due to word of mouth started by previous computer repair clients who think they have spent too much from their computer services. Expensiveness of repair services is relative. Logically, such costs are costly to some, cheap to others and just reasonable to many. If you want to maximize the value of your money, you could get quotes first and do comparison-shop before getting a computer service from any shop.

oComputer shops incur other possible damages to computers to ensure clients will keep on coming back. This misconception has for some time discouraged computer owners from getting expert computer services. Nashville computer repair shops assert that such misconceptions could never be truthful as they are all protecting their integrity and credibility as business establishments.

oComputer services take forever. This is not true. In fact, most computer service tasks can be completed in just a few hours. You can bring your personal computer to a Nashville repair shop and wait until it is fixed or agree to pick it up later in the day. However, there are times when such shops have too many clients so you may have to fall in queues. For your convenience, you can even opt for home services.

oComputer service and repair shops steal from the inside of your computer or replace certain parts with old ones. For your peace of mind, you could ask the repairmen to do the task in front of you. Repair shops are businesses and as such, will not in any way try to cheat on you because doing so could tarnish their image.

Learning About Computers

I don’t think that there are people nowadays that need convincing regarding the usefulness of computers, because everywhere has at least one: if not at home, at least at work. You don’t have to look far or hard to find a computer, because everywhere you turn you will find at least one.

People having completely different professions, from artists to doctors, everybody uses at least one computer function. Only think about the immense storage capacity a computer has and the great volume of information we receive every day. As the world grows smaller the information travels faster and we are practically “bombed” with a lot of data our brains cannot store. Besides that, a computer can also manipulate data faster than we can, make complicated calculations or guide equipment in performing operations that require precision, like surgeries. Lately they started to be used also in arts, electronic music being very popular among teenagers.

Yet, using a computer is not an easy task. Computers function with the help of some programs, which can be compared with a live TV show script. In this case the producer is the computer programmer, the host is the computer itself and the guest is the user. In a TV show the producer will try to make a script which must be respected by the host, but he can never be sure of the guest’s reactions, so he will have to consider alternative scenarios and the trust the host to use whatever scenario fits best. Also during the show changes can occur, that will need the host to combine elements from the different scenarios mentioned before. During the show both the producer and the host will have to take in consideration the reactions of the guest and react accordingly.

Now if we talk about a programmer, things are quite similar since he has to write some algorithms indicating the computer how to perform according to the indications of the user. Unlike the TV producer, the programmer “scenario” is for a long-term “TV show”. The programmer has to take in consideration the reactions of different possible “guests”, namely users, with different backgrounds and education. And now we have used the keyword “education”. Unlike the TV show guests, the computer users can be taught how to “deal” with a computer. It doesn’t matter if you are a “difficult guest” or a “sociable one”, this “host” can usually accommodate all tastes.

Like in any other case of study, learning how to use a computer supposes finding a good teacher or at least good learning materials. A good suggestion might be ITIL foundation, which is a collection of books for professionals that need or want to learn about computers. ITIL is the acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library and it is a trademark of the UK’s Office of Government Commerce. ITIL has, depending on the used version, either 3 levels: Foundation, Practitioner and Manager, or 4 levels: Foundation, Intermediate, Expert and Master. The books cover subjects referring to IT Service Management and they try to give a unitary perspective of IT management, applications and services.

Myths About Computer Repair and IT

7 Computer Repair Myths

I’ve been in the computer repair business for some time now, and there seems to be a few myths that many people believe about computer repair, computer repair companies, and other related topics. Here we’ll dispel those myths.

Unless you’re a computer repair guru or techie yourself, chances are you may have been the victim of one or more of the following PC and computer repair myths at some point.

Read on to find out what these common computer related myths are, see if you’ve been duped, and finally get the truth about computer service and repair.

1) My computer guy knows everything about every program out there.

Expect your computer repair guy to know all the details of every program you have installed on your PC? Perhaps you expect too much.

There are so many programs around and they are constantly changing. It would take more than a lifetime to learn them all. While a given computer repair tech may know about common applications (i.e. Word, Quick Books, etc), they may not know anything about programs specific to your industry or other applications that aren’t as common.

2) The computer repair person can fix some problems I’m having with a website(s)

Another all-to-common computer related myth.

Your computer tech cannot usually “fix” problems with websites (such as Facebook) because the website itself is actually on a server which is another computer built to run web pages and share content located somewhere else. Only the people who administer the website can access the files and the computer which hosts the site (the same rule above also applies: no one knows everything about every website; plus they come and go).

He or she may be able to tell you why you’re having problems with it or maybe tweak the settings on your computer to correct some small issues, but this is usually limited in what it can accomplish and any real problems with a website have to be handled by the people who own and operate it.

3) My teenager or my neighbor’s/friend’s/coworker’s teenager/young-person can fix it.

Kudos to the older generations for giving positive credit to the younger people for something.

Too bad that this is nothing more than an error in reasoning.

There are some pretty computer savvy youngsters around that can write programs, troubleshoot hardware, and understand computer architecture.

But most young peoples’ wisdom is in the form of using the internet, specific programs, and using the computer in general (this is most likely due to the fact that they grew up with PCs).

People like this are dubbed “power users”. Being a power user does not necessarily give one the ability to trouble-shoot, install, and configure hardware and software properly, especially on complex networks and servers.

Computer repair calls have been made to me because the owner of the PC let his teenager or twenty-something have a crack at fixing it first, thus making the problem worse.

4) I need to be a computer technician, engineer, or computer scientist to fix my own computer.

This reminds me of the time I locked my keys in my car (with the wireless key fob, of course). I called a locksmith thinking he was going to pull some James Bond style moves and pick the lock or something equally intriguing.

He stuck an air bladder between the door and car, pumped it up to pry the door open a bit, then stuck a metal rod between the door and car so he could hit the unlock button granting me access to the car.

Something I expected to require special skills or be difficult turned out to be something I could do in my sleep with one hand tied behind my back.

So it is with many computer repairs – you just have to know how to do it.

Maybe your 18 year old isn’t quite the computer whiz you thought he was. This doesn’t mean you need to kick out $250 for that repair quite yet.

Fixing many computer problems is kind of like walking a tight rope: you don’t have to be a genius, you just have to know how to do it.

Many repairs are easy and require little or no technical knowledge. That’s what this web site is here to show you.

5) I’d know it if my computer was infected with viruses, spyware, or other malware.

Sometimes you will, but not all malware is so overt. Often, malicious software is designed to run quietly in the background so it can log the keys you press, the websites you visit, and attempt to steal data and passwords, sending them back to whomever. Other computer viruses can turn your computer into a spamming machine without your knowledge.

If this happens, you may get a letter from your Internet service provider explaining why they disconnected your machine from the Internet. I’ve seen this happen.

6) I can buy a new computer for $350, so I’m going to pitch the old computer rather than fix it.

Computers that sell for less than $500 are very low-end, cheaply made machines. They are equipped with low grade processors; modest amounts of RAM; small, slow hard drives; and are cheaply made. Buy one and you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. An older (5 yrs or less) computer can often be repaired and/or upgraded for a relatively cheap price.

If you do it yourself then the only cost is the software or hardware you buy. Then you get another 2-4 years out of it.

Remember the Golden rule of shopping–YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

And yes, it’s true, even for computers.

7) Tablets are sooooo cool and powerful; I think I’ll just use one of these and pitch my desktop or laptop PC.

Tablets can be cool, fun, and even somewhat powerful.

But they are not meant to be upgraded (ever try to change the battery in your iPod?), nor are they usually cheap.

Most tablets can only run one application at a time. The ones that can run more than one program at a time can run two – that’s it.

Compare this to a desktop or even laptop PC

  • Many upgrades are possible: adding memory, bigger hard drive, better video, sound, etc
  • Can run many applications at once
  • Much easier to repair

If a tablet breaks, you usually throw it out or send it in for repair. Forget about adding memory or a bigger hard drive; or even changing the battery when it dies (and it will). Get ready to spend $400-$900 every couple of years.

Essential Facts to Know About Computer

Computers have become the part and parcel of every business unit, and as these are sensitive gadgets that often need repair, upgradation, and periodic maintenance. Your business is no exception for sure but do you know how you can find the best computer maintenance and repair support? If you are not fully aware of it, know the essential details of repair and maintenance before you hire a service and verify the needs with your available resources.

Check if service provider is endorsed by manufacturers’ certification

Some computer repairs facilities enjoys their manufacturers’ endorsement as preferred service providers. Check if the service provider you have selected is an authorized and preferred counter for computer repairs. Also check if the technicians working there have done their course on computer repairing. As computers are getting complex every day, only trained technicians can manage repairing job with professional proficiency. Specifically you should ask if the repair facility is equipped enough to offer servicing for the brand of computer you are working with. For example, if you are using Dell, check if the technicians are Dell certified.

Faster turnaround time

When you need repairing service support, it is obvious that you want to get the job done fast. You need to clarify with the repair facility if they can get their job done in short turnaround time. Before speaking to your shortlisted vendor, you also need to check at random with other repair shops about the average repair time and accordingly evaluate if your vendor is offering the right turnaround time. Alternatively, ask your service provider if they are capable to offer you one-day repair service.

On site repairing support

Although computer and laptops are portable, but it always wise to call an onsite support service because it saves time and you need not to take away your system out of your premise. Ask your repair service provider if they can offer you on site service: it will be a better option for you.

Service warranty is a must thing

Before you find and finalize your computer repair service provider, check if they offer you service warranty. Unless service warranty is offered, there is high chance that service quality of your vendor can be compromised. Additionally check if the company offers replace guarantee of spare parts if anything they damage during repair work. According to market standard, repair facilities offer 6-12 months warranty; without service warranty long term cost efficiency of your computer maintenance may not stand profit yielding.

Service charge should be affordable

Service charge and its affordability is one of the vital factors for selecting a vendor for computer repairs and maintenance. Check the service charge for the repair jobs proposed by your vendor. Unless it is moderate and justified, in the long run, it might get difficult for you to use a costly service. Also check if the service provider is available 24×7 because you do not know when you may need the support.

These are the essential facts you need to know about computer maintenance and repairs because a service provider with all these facilities can only be the best option for your business use.

Questions about Computer Sound Problems

Computer sound problems can be very frustrating. The truth is that troubleshooting sound problems is a little different than most other troubleshooting because the usual troubleshooting approach of stripping the PC down to bare essentials often doesn’t apply.

The following questions and answers help highlight what can go wrong and suggest the approaches you can use to diagnose and repair the problem.

Question 1: I only hear sound out of one speaker. What’s happening and what can I do?

Answer: You can troubleshoot this by isolating the problem to the sound card/computer, cable, or speakers. You can test your speakers on an alternate source, such as a Walkman, portable stereo, or other audio source.

If the test works (and you used the same cable), the problem is probably in the computer or sound card setup. If the test fails, try a different cable. If that works, the cable is the problem; otherwise, you might have a problem with the speakers.

Check the cabling between speakers and make sure the balance control is set properly. If your speakers have independent power sources, make sure both are working (don’t forget that batteries fail).

Question 2: Why does the volume control on my speakers not work?

Answer: Your speakers require either an external power supply or batteries to power the amplifier, which is what implements the volume control. Make sure that you have fresh batteries or the appropriate power supply and that the power switch is turned on.

Question 3: Why does the red light on my speakers not turn on when I turn on the power switch?

Answer: Verify that you have fresh batteries or that you’re using a power supply for the speakers and that it’s powered on. If the speakers plug in, make sure there’s power at the wall outlet.

Question 4: Can I use any speakers with any subwoofer?

Answer: Not necessarily, because some speaker/subwoofer combinations have nonstandard connections. What you can do, though, is to cable the speakers as if there are two independent sets of speakers (the speakers themselves and the subwoofer).

You do that by connecting a ‘Y’ adapter to your sound card. Plug the tail of the Y into the computer and speakers into the branches. (Alternatively, some subwoofers work when plugged into the line-out jack on the sound card, eliminating the need to split the speaker-out jack connection.)

Question 5: I need to set up my computer for videoconferencing, but the noise is too distracting to my office mates. What can I do?

Answer: The best answer is the same solution as for noisy speakerphones — get a headset. You can get headsets that plug into your sound card speaker and microphone jacks directly, giving you good sound quality, keeping background noise out of your conversation, and keeping peace in your office.