Computer Valet offers mobile, on-call technical services to the Vallejo/Benicia vicinity, including Solano and Napa, and for contract projects anywhere in the Bay Area. Beyond that, think of CV as your on-call IT department and service bureau, whether you need help with data organization and backup, or computer and network maintenance/upgrades or with an array of things from image cleanup to audio and video editing and format conversions. In other words, Computer Valet offers help.
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It may come as a surprise if you’ve never explored, but there are all kinds of free software programs that will do exactly what commercial programs do, though granted, with a little less polish in some cases. So how do you know which ones work?
Easy. Here you go. These are programs we’ve used to install a perfectly functional machine with free software, and the good part is that most of it is open source and well-supported, so it will continue being free even as it upgrades. Continue reading
If you’ve never had a computer virus, adware, spyware or any of the various social network beasties, you’re either very good, very lucky, you don’t get out much or you’re running Linux or a Mac. If you have had any of the aforementioned nasties, and you tried to remove it yourself, you know how hard and how time-consuming it can be. On a machine with seriously entrenched spyware, it can easily take 6 or 7 hours to peel away the layers of pile-on infections to even reach the backdoor that let them all in.
Luckily, most of this is repetitive runs of removal software that take hours to do a scan, and then you do it again. Since we hate to bill you for all that time just sitting around, here are some steps you may be able to take to get it out of the way up front. It’s altogether possible they can fix your machine, as well. Continue reading
If you follow tech at all, or perhaps even if you don’t, Linux has been getting a lot of notice lately, all of it well-deserved. It’s a computer operating system—like Windows or OSX, though it’s actually been around longer than either—based on open source (freely available) source code, as are all of its apps, of which there are tens of thousands. Continue reading