Pay It Forward

Everyone has heard the term “Pay It Forward” and knows what it means. I was reading an article today and it made me think about 2015 and what we can do in order to make a difference…

This is the article I was reading: http://www.lostateminor.com/2014/12/09/tattoo-artist-gives-woman-syndrome-tattoos-free-every-week/

As you can see the tattoo artist did not do this for fame or fortune, he did it because it felt like the right thing to do.

How many of us as business owners can say the same? How many of us have taken time from our busy schedules and helped others on a continual basis over the past year?

Now is the time to think “What can I do to make a difference” in someone else’s life.  Take some time to decide on what you are going to do in 2015 to make a difference. Actually put it in your weekly/monthly plan and follow through on it. I will guarantee that you will feel great each and every time you actually do what you have chosen.

As business owners we owe it to our community to help others in need no matter how small. Let’s make 2015 the year that we actually follow through with it.

How can you “Pay It Forward” in 2015?

ROWriter Backup

If you are doing any work for a garage that utilizes ROWriter I am sure you have encountered what can happen if your ROWriter program has issues. The main problem with ROWriter is it utilizes SQL for it’s database and after time becomes corrupted. I know this first hand because it’s been happening over the course of years and each time ROWriter just connects and does their thing and resolves it.

The problem of course is if you don’t have a solid backup program in place then you could be out of luck. Now of course there are a million and one ways you can do this on your own OR you can utilize a company like ROW Backup. Not really sure how it took me so long to run across this company but they are for lack of a better word “great”. Not only will they set you up for local backups but they also will set you up for off-site backups (you can never have enough backups).

The main reason ROW Backup to me is a great solution is the owner actually knows and understand ROWriter and that is the whole basis for the business. ROWriter WILL fail….Not “will it fail” but “when will it fail”…

So be proactive and use a company that understands exactly what you are trying to do and what you want to accomplish.

Hostgator Reseller

Thinking about starting your own web hosting business? Been looking around to see who would be a good company to team with and utilize their reseller services to start out with? Well i’ll help you make the decision of why “Hostgator” is NOT the company to go with.

About a week ago I realized my reseller account had a problem. It appeared my account was hacked and there were multiple new accounts in my WHM (Web Host Manager) and I new that I had not authorized them or saw any payments come through the system. So then I went to login to my WHMCS (All in one client management..etc) and I could not login to my account. The reason for that was it appeared that they wiped it out of the system completely.

So next thing to do is get on the phone with Hostgator (which is a real treat) and tell them the problem. I was told that I would have to put a ticket in due to it was security related and that went to a different section. I asked how long a resolution would take and I was told there are a few tickets ahead of mine….Ok, I understand waiting your turn and that is not a problem at all. But, the following day I checked and no update, so I called Hostgator again and was told they could not tell me the status because it’s a different section and they can’t find out the status. Seemed a bit crazy to me but ok i’ll wait a bit longer.

Well now it’s been a whole week and nothing has been done with my ticket. My reseller account is still not working and daily crazy things are happening with websites that are hosted on my account. Now Hostgator is claiming that an upgrade messed up some reseller accounts and not only do I have the “hacking” problem but I also have other sites that get the dreaded “unable to connect to database” message….Again, more phone calls and tickets are submitted and no resolutions.

This is a complete “FAIL” in my eyes on Hostgator’s part. They either actually don’t care about their resellers or they don’t have enough staff to support their reseller community. Either way they need to resolve it. I’ll be doing my part by closing my account as soon as I can get into all my sites to make the change. Hopefully me leaving will free up some of their support people to help others.

So, again if you are looking at becoming a reseller look something other than Hostgator.

2014: Top 5 Antivirus Software

*2014: Top 5 Antivirus Software*

It is not a secret that one of the keys to make your computer work the
right way and avoid the risks that come from internet is to have a good
antivirus or virus removal software virus removal software to keep your system protected without
affecting its functioning.

Then, you will see what are the top 5 antivirus according to some reviews
made ​​during 2014:

*1 Bitdefender: *

It is a program that offers advanced protection and superior performance.
It is ideal for both novice users and experts on the subject. You will not
lose speed; it is easy to use and is an excellent shield to protect your
personal information. This program can even detect malware that has not
been registered as dangerous.

*2 Kaspersky: *

It is a software that prevents Trojans, rootkits, worms and other viruses
to enter to your computer and cause many problems. It also detects if
someone tries to violate your privacy and has a clear interface. Kaspersky
is continuously updated to avoid the risks that can affect your computer.

*3 Norton: *

It is one of the most used antivirus software and this popularity is not in
vain. It is easy to install and update. It gives reports, daily scanning
and excellent protection against malware. One of its best features is that
rapidly disinfects computers that have already been attacked by a virus.

*4 F-Secure: *

It is a fast, safe and simple mechanism to keep your computer in optimal
condition. F-Secure protects your system from different viruses that can be
spread by email, cookies or spyware attempting to access your PC registry.

*5 AVG: *

It is recognized worldwide for its high-level protection and ability to
repair infected machines, besides being easy to manage. One of its
attractions is that it has several layers of security that protect the
computer at various levels.

6 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH SEO

6 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH SEO

At RepairTech, our core focus is providing techs with a robust toolkit for automating their computer repair process. While we typically try to ensure that the majority of our workday is centered around the development and improvement of our products, we’re consistently challenged with trying to better understand the cunning and silent behemoth that is Search Engine Optimization. This is a challenge facing many modern businesses today, and we know that techs from all over share our SEO struggles. We wanted to help out our fellow techs by sharing some SEO resources we’ve found thus far.

We worked with the San Luis Obispo Small Business Development Center, and the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to compile a list of resources that make it easy for IT Professionals to boost their SEO Rankings. The end result was step-by-step e-book that the SBDC is now selling for $39.99. We were able to snag some of the key points from the e-book in order to give to you for free. While the list isn’t enormous, each of the following resources will certainly give you plenty of work to do. Feel free to get in touch if you have anything you think should be added to the list!

If you’ve got everything checked off from those top 4 resources, and you’re monitoring your traffic while building it up with social media activity and blogging, you should be good to go with your organic search. If you can keep that moving, it might be time to start experimenting with paid search. Many hosting providers give you free coupons for Google Adwords and Facebook advertising, so it shouldn’t be difficult to try a few different channels without much risk. While the world of SEO is ever evolving, these tools can certainly help you make some substantial improvements and boost your business.

Good luck!

The RepairTech Team


 

For more information, make sure to check out the full e-book Search Engine Optimization Tools 101: A Step By Step Guide. It’s a great read and worth the investment if you’re serious about your SEO.

About RepairTech

RepairTech is a software company based out of San Luis Obispo, CA that develops a collection of computer repair utilities called TechSuite, designed to automate the computer repair process. As an upstart software company, RepairTech is dedicated to helping techs get more done with less effort. For more info about TechSuite and RepairTech check out their site: https://repairtechsolutions.com/

To see a comprehensive demo of the toolset, click the following link to sign up for a weekly webinar that happens every Wednesday at 12pm PST:

bit.ly/techsuitedemo

How To Extend The Life of Your Computer

By Chris Calkins

Here’s a little secret: Computers aren’t free, or even inexpensive. Getting the maximum lifespan from your computer is a great way to avoid an unnecessary expense. Like most other devices there are many simple things you can do to lessen the likelihood of your computer failing prematurely.

1.      Don’t turn your computer on and off unnecessarily. Some people feel the need to power down several times a day. You don’t have to go weeks without turning off your computer, but frequent heating and cooling cycles can shorten component life. The key here is balance.  Don’t restart too much and don’t leave on too long either.  I turn my off every other day or so the computer can load updates and fix file errors correctly.

2.      Blow out the fan vents regularly. A lot of air moves through those vents, and dust tends to build up over time. Keep the internal components cool is imperative to extending the life of your computer. Ideally, the dust shouldn’t be blown back into the computer. Taking it apart is the best method. If you’re not comfortable doing this, seek out a qualified computer repair specialist.

3.      Use laptops on a hard service. Using your computer on a firm surface will keep the air vents unobstructed. Using a laptop on your lap or on a pillow would be a poor choice. Your lap generates heat and is soft. A pillow is soft and highly insulative. A firm table, out of the sun, is the best bet.

4.      Use a surge protector. Many CPU problems can be possibly avoided with the use of an inexpensive surge protector. Unplugging during a storm or power outage is the best practice, but if that’s not possible, a surge protector can help.

5.      Get a regular tune up. Taking your computer into a qualified computer repair specialist is a great way to increase the longevity of your computer. They have the specialized software tools and experience to find potential problems quickly and easily. You probably take your car in for a tune-up on a regular basis. Your computer would be well-served by the same.

6.      Avoid eating and drinking while using your computer. Getting food or water down into your system can create all kinds of potential problems. Water and electronics never mix well. At the very least, blow out your keyboard with a can of compressed air regularly.

7.      Use in a cool environment. Computer components hate heat. If possible, use your computer in a cool place. A 95-degree summer day isn’t the time to be using your laptop outdoors. The cooler, the better.

8.      Use a good anti-malware program and keep it updated. Malware can cause all types of problems. With a quality anti-malware program, you’ll be able to keep a lot of potential issues at bay. Staying updated is important. There are thousands of malware programs released each day.

With a few simple actions, you can be assured of getting the maximum amount of utility from it before needing a replacement.

For more informative articles on Computer Repair and Service related topics you can visit our blog called PC News.

 

Paying Too Much For Web Hosting?

Paying Too Much For Web Hosting?

Many small business sites only need basic hosting plans and too often they are paying ridiculous rates. I am writing this due to the sheer fact that as a business owner you know you need a web presence. But, the concept of having a website in the first place is to bring you more business, to get your name out there, to help you market your services/products…It is not to pay ridiculous prices just for hosting.

Perfect example:

I recently met an owner of a non profit that was paying $95 per month for their website hosting. Now they had a basic wordpress website that really required little to no changes on a continual basis. There is no online ordering or any other special features.  For a site like this you should not be paying $95 a month or anywhere close to that.

Shockingly, he is paying over $1,000.00 per year for hosting!!!  When I told him the bad news that he was paying four or five times what he really should be paying he was not all to happy.  Needless to say he switched hosting plans to us at the end of his contract.

Unfortunately, this is not rare, and their are many hard working business owners that are paying too much to Wed Design and Hosting companies.  This results from the owners either being inexperienced with the internet or just too busy to do their own due diligence about the costs.

Typically if you are paying too much there are added cost for things such as:

Space Needed For Website – Typically you need a very very small amount of space for your website. Unless you do graphics or something massive you will not use much space at all for a full blown website.

Fancy Features – Do you really need a shopping cart? Do you need multiple IP addresses (do you even know what they are)?

Sign Contract – Contracts are rarely the bargin they are made out to be. My opinion is you should be able to move web hosting as much as you’d like and when you like.

Things to remember:

·       Research your needs and have hard limits in mind.

·       Don’t sign up for too long.

·       Don’t buy features unless you’re sure you need them.

·       Be aware of up-selling.

·       Survey a range of hosts.

So How Much?

Isn’t that the real question? “How much should I be paying for web hosting?”

The answer is going to vary to some extent based on what exactly you need and what you REALLY Need. But, a typical price would be about $100 PER YEAR…Not Monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or anything like that.

Questions/Comments you can reach us at:

www.VeteranWebHosting.net

Your computer working slower 5 major reasons to know

Your computer working slower 5 major reasons to know

Computers have simplified our lives. So, if anything goes wrong with the computer we are very much disturbed. One of the major problems with computers is its slow performance. System slowdown is very sore experience for all computer users. You may start experiencing problems like frequent screen freezes, alarming blue screen of death, etc. Computer slow performance is not caused by one single factor but due to a combination of two or more factors- too many programs running in the background, damaged registry, using older versions of operating system, less of RAM and so on.

Here, we are going to throw light on five major reasons for the slow performance of your computer and what you can do to fix them.

1.  Too many programs running in the background

Most operating systems support multitasking, but that doesn’t mean you can run too many programs at the same time. Remember that each program you run access some amount of system resources and with too many programs running at the same time, the resources will be shared too, and your PC performance slows down.

So it is better to close a few programs to speed up your computer. To check what applications are running in the background and how much memory and CPU they are consuming go to the Task Manager or press Ctrl + Alt +Del keys at the same time. Select any program that you want to remove and click end task. But these programs are not completely removed and will all return the next time you start your computer. So, if you want to stop them from starting when you boot, you need to configure it to not open at the startup or remove it from the Programs/Startup.

If you’ve installed any antivirus scanner on the computer, spyware protection program, or other security software make sure the scanning operation is not running in the background. If the scan is in progress it can slow down the overall performance of your PC.

2.  Fragmented Hard Drive

This is a common problem with all Windows operating systems. Every time you create new files, install new applications, browse the internet or perform other activities on your system, data gets added or deleted from the hard disk. The hard disk functions as a VHS tape, which can store information in one long stream. When multiple files or programs are stored on the disk, they are recorded back-to-back. When one item is deleted, a gap is left on the disk. This space gets occupied by the next file saved to the drive, assuming the file can completely fill the open space. If the space left is not enough for the file, it gets stored at the end of the drive. However, if the space left is enough for the file, chances are there that it may leave some blank space. Eventually, the quantity and frequency of gaps increase, leaving the files scattered and separated. This is known as fragmentation which makes your computer slow as Windows take long time to access the required files which is scattered all over the hard disk.

To fix this problem, run the Windows hard drive defragmenter at least once in a month. This tool consolidates scattered files and speed up data access time. The process may take long time to finish but this will definitely speed up your computer.

3.  Problems with Windows Registry

Registry is the centralized database of your computer. All the data corresponding to your hardware and software gets stored in your system’s registry. The registry is used for performing simple task like running a new program or clicking a mouse. Since it is frequently accessed, it may become prone to errors. For example, as your system gets older and programs are added and removed from it, the registry gets loaded with all types of entries. Some of these may be unwanted, outdated and invalid that causes registry bloating. Such registry is prone to damages and fragmentation thereby slowing down your computer.

Running programs like Registry Cleanup can fix the errors of your registry.

4.  Malware, spyware, or virus infections

With the extensive use of computers, parasite programs such as virus, Trojans, backdoors, spyware and adware have become major threats for computer users. These parasite programs enter your system through unsecured internet connections, spam e-mails, infected storage media and others. Once your computer is infected you may find it difficult to work on your computer.

To secure your system from such malicious programs, you must install antivirus and antispyware on your computer. You must set these applications to run on a regular basis and also keep them updated to ensure that you are secured against the latest malware threats.

5.  Less RAM

Your system memory may not be enough to support new programs or high-end software.

It is for this reason you need to upgrade to more of system memory. For example, the minimum RAM required for Windows 7 is 1 GB.

 

Brianne Walter is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on getamplify

Yelp Review Scam

Never have been and never will be a fan of online reviews for many reasons. But, no matter what Yelp is the biggest one I have issues with. I have had people stand in my shop and actually do reviews right in person and for some reason they never show up.

I know if you read the Yelp terms they have some scientific algorithm in place (or at least they say they do) that does all the work for them. My issue is it’s broke….I have basically “1” review showing and it’s actually a poor one…Even tho I was allowed to put a reply it still is the only review showing…Now if you really really look you will see the “9 other reviews that are not currently recommended”…What in the world is that suppose to mean to a potential customer? Doe’s the customer understand it? To me IF you see it as a potential customer I would look at it and thing well Yelp is saying “not currently recommended”. But, if you look at them they are actually good reviews…

Now a competitor is on Yelp also so if someone is looking at my business listing they will see this other company prominently displayed right in the middle of my listing and also showing they have “7 reviews”….Now if you go to “Advertise” on Yelp you will see this:

Removal of Competitor AdsAdvertising on Yelp will remove competitor ads from your Yelp business page, allowing you to keep the purchasing focus on your business.

So if I pay Yelp then I don’t have competitors ads right in the middle of my listing…Wow isn’t that nice of them…And how ironic the competitor is a paying customer of Yelp.

So now my choices are this:

A. I become a paying advertiser on Yelp and see if my reviews change somehow miraculously.

B. I buy fake reviews and let Yelp find out and blast my business name all over the place for buying reviews. (Obviously I am not going to do this)…But, if you think about it at least you are going to get noticed as compared to the current system they have in place.

C. Try to find a way to remove my business completely from Yelp and care less about their system.

Way I see it there is going to be a battle no matter what route I take. Yelp is just like Kudza with their completely flawed review system and all it does it hurt businesses that in my mind are not willing to pay the price….

Lastly, here is a great example of a review for another business in the area: “Terri ***** is very knowledgeable and has a great eye for color and design.  Like working with an interior decorator but without the decorator price tag.” Great review and what would make it even better is if it was NOT the person husband that did the review….

Great system YELP…Keep up the great work!

How difficult to live without a computer

How difficult to live without a computer

Computers have become an essential part of life. Hardly any office work gets completed without the computer being used. Various jobs, be it in the private or public sector depend on the computer. Life without computers can hardly be imagined these days and the same has great use for professional and personal tasks.

Use of computers for professional reasons

Banking sector

If you are working in some private or public bank, life without computers cannot be imagined. Gone are the days when the banking operations were carried manually. All the banking tasks, be it payments, passbook up-gradation or record maintenance depend upon computers. Though some bank branches do operate manually but it is a reality that life without computers cannot be imagined, particularly in the banking sector.

Freelance jobs

Another career sector that has developed in the recent past is freelance jobs. Most of these job tasks are accomplished via the online medium. Therefore it is hardly possible that any of these tasks can be accomplished without the use of a computer.

Use of computers for personal reasons

Computers are of great use, not only for professional purposes but also for personal purposes. Below are listed some of the reasons for which it can be safely considered that computers have made deep inroads in our life and that their relevance cannot be ignored.

Connecting with friends and family

Life cannot be imagined without computers, especially if you have close friends or family members living abroad or in a far off location. By using internet, you will be in a comfortable position to connect with them, any time you deem fit. This is the power of internet and the same can be accessed only if one has access to a computer.

An education tool

With the use of computers increasing at every level, it is but natural that the same can be considered as an educational tool. The children owing to incorporation of computer education at school level have become computer savvy and prefer to learn new things via this medium only. This makes the computer a vital education tool in itself.

CDs and DVDs are available in the market on specific school subjects and help the child learn facts concerning the subject in a concentrated method. This turns the computer into an education tool and the child will want to use the same to learn subject facts that they feel become more relevant only if presented via the visual mode.

Life management without computers

Given the diverse use of computers for personal and professional reasons, it is hardly possible that a task can be accomplished without computers. This is the reason perhaps for which the use of computer is being encouraged in schools. Education curriculum spanning all education boards in India and abroad have made computer education compulsory. This will lead to creation of a talented workforce which will be well versed with use of computer by the time they finish the school education.

Computer is a necessity in the present times and life without the same can hardly be imagined.

Brianne Walter is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on amplify