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Don’t Do This To Your Computer 8-31-15 Edition

Over the years I have collected a pretty decent assortment of photos from the insides (and outsides) of computers.  Some of these represent basic issues regarding neglected periodic maintenance, normal wear and tear – and then we have the category of “What were you thinking?” Today’s image is from this last category.  Entitled Loose Power Continue Reading

Put up an Antenna. Save $$$ Over Cable!

Put up an Antenna.  Save $$$ Over Cable! I don’t know about you, but I look at our cable bill (AT&T U-Verse) and am in disbelief how much we spend for the handful of channels we actually watch.  Since we never watch sports, just scrolling through the (literally) hundreds of sports channels wastes too much Continue Reading

iCloud Drive 100% CPU Usage – SOLVED

Since I penned the first blog entry on this topic, I have encountered a total of four PCs completely unusable due to running iCloud.  I cannot at this time call it an epidemic, but in 100% of the PCs I’ve encountered running iCloud, the CPU usage has been pegged at 100%, with typically over 60% Continue Reading

Go Make Your Restore Disks NOW

I’ve been working on computers for somewhere in the neighborhood of 30+ years.  It wasn’t that long ago when you could buy a computer with the necessary disks included to reinstall your computer back to the condition it was in when you bought it.  This becomes crucial when your computer has a hard drive failure, when Continue Reading

Fake Microsoft Support Calls Can Cost You

Let me preface this article by saying that just like the IRS,  Microsoft will never call you to fix a problem in your computer.  They are not monitoring your computer remotely and they absolutely do not care what you are doing with it or what condition it is in. Like many other scams, these people Continue Reading

Is CNN’s Autoplay Driving You Crazy?

If you’re like me, you have several tabs open at once in any given browser.  I use 3 different browsers on 3 separate monitors to access various sites I need to keep up with.  On Google Chrome, I have Facebook, CNN, Google+ and weather all open at the same time. Starting a few months ago, Continue Reading

Don’t Fall for the Family Reunion Scam

The latest scam is hitting photographers from every side. This is the classic Overpayment Scam under the guise of hiring a photographer to shoot a 5 hour family reunion in the “general vicinity” of the photographer’s base of operations, “some time” in the next month.  As if those vagaries are not enough to put the recipient Continue Reading

If You Smoke, So Does Your Computer

Over the course of 2+ decades in computer repair and service, we have seen a lot of things.  Nothing – and I mean NOTHING is as disgusting as having to open up the chassis of a computer used by a heavy smoker.  The photos in this gallery show the massive tar buildup on the components Continue Reading

Don’t Do This to Your Computer – Day 1

I thought it would be fun to resurrect our old “Don’t Do This to Your Computer” series of case history photos.  Over the many years The Computer Wizard was in business in Plano, Texas  (over 16 years) I collected a very interesting assortment of images from mistreated computers.  On our old website I had a Continue Reading

One Half Hour Free Till July 1

From now until the last day of June 2015, receive one half hour consulting or repair time FREE Use this coupon toward: On-site service / repairs Free on-site diagnostic session Shop service / repairs Remote IT service Virus removal Performance tuning Hardware / software upgrades and installation Website maintenance Network design / maintenance / repairs Continue Reading