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Why you may regret donating or selling your old PC

If you're getting a new PC this Christmas then you may be thinking of donating your old PC to a friend, relative or a charity. This is a very kind gesture and I'm sure they'll appreciate it. However, there are very good reasons to be very careful here otherwise you could end up feeling very sorry that you have been so generous.

Your personal data can be found in many aspects of your computer. The obvious place is the documents that you save. You know the ones - the Word, Excel, Notepad and other files that we all store useful but personal information in. Deleting these would be a great first step but many people don't realise is that it is relatively easy for documents to be undeleted with a bit of technical knowledge. Your friend or relative is unlikely to do this to you but you can't be sure how long they will keep your computer for or what they will do with it after they've finished with it.

We were the first IT Support company in the East Midlands to achieve the AccredIT Trustmark a few years ago. This was a big thing back then - it's even more important now.

The CompTIA trustmark reassures our existing clients and shows potential new customers that we have excellent organisational management, company direction, business generation, service delivery & operations and customer relations.

With so many IT service providers shouting that they're the best, it's important to be recognised as constantly achieving exceptional levels of service.

We've had a series of customers reporting that their Windows 7 PCs have ground to a halt during the past few weeks. We have been dealing with more and more of these and our investigations have lead us to a discovery that recent Windows updates may be to blame.

It's still early days for this issue but our theory so far suggests that recent Windows updates are causing PCs to do lots of indexing of files on the hard disk. During this busy period, if the PC runs out of system resources, the process appears to fail and gradually consume all of the processing power of your PC leaving users frustrated and unable to work.

An unidentified woman in Silicon Valley has unknowingly recently discarded a vintage Apple 1 computer at her local IT recycling facility.

The computer was one of only 200 ever made by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne at the very beginning of the Apple computer company.

The IT recycling facility that identified the potential value of the item and sold it to a collector for almost $250,000 is now doing the right thing and trying to identify the lady in order to share the funds with her.

Only a handful of these computers are known to exist and a similar computer was recently sold at auction in New York for over $900,000 !!


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Why you must protect your office PCs

Maintenance of IT systems must be handled properly to ensure a professional and efficient business. Cloud-based, efficient and reliable email systems are of paramount importance but the protection of these services are just as important.

The vast majority of all virus or malware infections arrive via emails. This is the single, biggest threat to the reliability of IT systems in small businesses. It is so easy to click the wrong thing and cause complete havoc for the whole business.

Have you ever wondered what the Windows key does?
Well, here's a few things you may not know about!

We've all been there - there's far too many windows cluttering your view. How do you do a quick tidy up? Well, try holding down the Windows key and pressing the home button - all applications will be minimised except the active window!

Try holding the Windows key and pressing the left or right arrow - Your active application will jump and occupy the left side or the right side of your screen! This is ideal when comparing two documents on a single screen.

Holding the Windows key and pressing the 'up' arrow will maximes an application that is running as a floating window, while the Windows key and the 'down' arrow will minimise it.

In a world full of people all fighting for the top spot on the Google search engine ranking, how can you ensure that your web page is up there with the best of them?
I explore some of the things to do and things to avoid.

There's always been a scheme that will get you ranked well in next to no time. I suppose there will always be this kind of mentality and short-term success will always be around in one shape or form for many years to come. However, is that a good long-term plan? I suspect that it's not.

We have a range of products that we recommend to our customers regularly. This means that we know the products and know how to get the most out of them in any given situation. Our chosen components are suited to most business types. In the rare instance that these aren't suitable for your needs then we'll work with you to find something that does.

Dell Servers, Workstations & Laptops

We ship Dell PCs & servers. Dell produce cheap PCs & servers but they also sell expensive ones. However, we've found a range that we feel offer the best balance between build quality, performance and price. We stick to these whenever we can as we know they offer great value for money.

ESET Antivirus Software

Your Computer Department is an authorised reseller of ESET software. ESET continues to win many awards for outstanding performance speeds and detection rates. Plus, where many other antivirus products consistently produce false claims of virus infection, ESET also win many awards for their low false-positive results.

Your Computer Department has been a reseller for ESET antivirus for many years now. This is simply because the product is an excellent market leader backed by a first class UK based support team.

The recent downturn in the economy has resulted in many businesses hanging on to old servers when they would ordinarily have replaced them. The costs of replacement are often simply too much for a struggling small business to afford and many businesses are turning to the "if it aint broke, don't fix it" approach.

Your web site needs to be ranked within the 1st page on Google. Ideally, you need to be ranking number 1. However, getting your web site optimised to a high rank in Google search results is easy to talk about. It's just not that easy to achieve.

You must first understand that we are always fighting with Google. We want your web site to be at the top of the search results but Google wants to produce the best search results for it's visitor. Google does this by evaluating every web site and scoring it based on its content and what everybody else says about it.

So, there are two main aspects to search engine optimisation.

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