To case or not to case, that is the question. Should you use a case on your iPhone to protect it? Will it actually protect it against a fall? Good questions. Does it pay to hide the beautiful design of the iPhone. The iPhone is a sleek piece of hunky metal. Should you hide its curly locks? Okay, I definitely digress here. The question remains.
Should I use a case on my iPhone? Well, all cases are not created equal. Let’s start with that first. The cutesy looking cases are usually the ones that are not too protective. Speck, Incase, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs and other pretty designed cases usually don’t make the cut for being a fully protective case. Yes, it may guard against your iPhone getting a crack or scratch on the back of the phone, but the front is pretty bare and naked still. The only real reason to get one of the iPhone cases that just goes on the back of your iPhone is for grip. It does feel much better holding onto your iPhone when there is a rubberized backing to it. There is more traction or feel to it versus a slick, slippery iPhone back.
But, if you really want to protect your iPhone, go big or go home! Yes, big and strong with Otterbox, Griffin, and Lifeproof. Those are the big three that will protect your iPhone. Sure, they are tank-like and may not fit in your slim, skinny jeans pockets, but if it’s protection you want, you must go big. These guys will guard against iPhone drops, water, snow, dust, and other projectile substances. Yes, you may go swimming with them, but don’t do an Ironman contest with them people! Yes, you can take videos underwater with them also. But, really, their pure reason for living is to ensure you don’t have a cracked iPhone screen. Pure and simple. The question you have to ask yourself is: Does size matter?
You need your computer repaired, and don’t want to it to be an open tab. You know what your computer issue is, it should be pretty simple to fix it for the right qualified computer repair tech, so why not get a flat fee, fixed cost of repair for it?
Okay, no problem. The right IT service company should certainly be able to give you a flat fee cost for your computer repair job. Got a computer virus? Cracked laptop screen? Slow PC start-up? Failed Mac hard drive? Whatever the computer problem, you should be able to get a fixed cost for it.
Keep in mind, however, most cases do require a quick once-over, including a computer diagnostic, to see exactly if the computer issue matches what you think it is. Plus, all viruses and issues are not created equal. One virus versus 250 viruses is a completely different fix and requires a longer time to fix the latter. If a computer is running slow, is it just too many start-up programs starting up or is your hard drive actually failing? The computer solutions here are different varieties and have their own associated complexities as well.
The take-away here is that you should be able to get a flat fee repair cost by a computer repair service company in NYC. You should ask for an estimate over the phone and follow that up by confirming the fee by a diagnostic. The good companies will provide a free computer repair diagnostic. With that, you can fully shore up the estimate your received by phone. Finally, if you are comfortable with the computer repair company and the rate, happily proceed knowing that your rate is the flat fee provided.
Anti-virus software: Do I really need it? Wow, where shall I start? Should you wear a seat belt while driving your car? Should you wear sunscreen on vacation? Should you look both ways before crossing the street? Should you wear protection if your single and don’t want kids yet?
Okay, maybe that last one went a bit far. But, I think you catch my drift. Yes, you need anti-virus software. If we want to talk specifics about when you might need anti-virus software, let’s see when your computer might not need it. If you will not connect your computer to the Internet ever or share files via a flash or external drive, okay, then, that’s when you won’t need anti-virus software. But, I don’t think you are living in the Stone Ages, are you?!
If you’re computer is connected to the Internet, have email, share files, well, then, get anti-virus software! It’s so easy to contract a computer virus or spyware, or just annoying computer pop-ups. And you know what, why take a chance! Yes, you can go to a local computer virus removal service in NYC to take care of it, but why spend more money later when you can spend a fraction of it to protect your computer.
I have a Mac, do I still need anti-virus software? Yes, you have a Mac and yes Macs are great, but we see Macs with viruses here and there too. Take-away, you are not immune to viruses just because you have a Mac. Get off your high horse and install security software like the rest of the PC peasants.
Which anti-virus software is good? Get a paid one i.e. Norton, Trend Micro, McAfee, Avast, which ensures you have proactive updates and removals if an when viruses attack. Free software only removes viruses upon daily scans which is reactive and sometimes too late.
It’s great to use free Wi-Fi and hop on the Internet. But, keep in in mind there are a lot of other folks that tap into the same public Wi-Fi. Usually, 1 out of 10 are bad eggs. You catch my drift. You have to be on the look out and protect yourself against these bad eggs.
Anti-virus software will not protect you from public Wi-Fi drifters. Keep in mind that these public, especially free, hotspots are an open network. No security, no nothing. It is very hackable.
In order to protect yourself, you should install Hotspot Shield on your computer. It will encrypt your traffic back and forth to the Internet. That way, the bad eggs cannot decode and intercept your info. Currently, this software is Windows support and Mac support compatible, and is free. You can upgrade it for an ad-free version, but there’s really no need to do this.
Customer: My computer won’t recognize my external hard drive any more. I need help.
New York Computer Help: Sure, bring it to our office at 53 East 34th Street in NYC. We’ll perform a free diagnostic.
Customer: How much is it?
New York Computer Help: It’s all based on the severity of the issue / damage. It is typically $125 and up for data recovery. Come in at your convenience for a complimentary diagnostic so we can provide the rate and recovery time.
Then, the customer comes into our shop and we start to perform the diagnostic. Here are some things we tell the customer before we start the diagnostic process.
New York Computer Help: We will be opening the plastic enclosure piece of your external hard drive. This will allow us to determine if the issue lies with only the enclosure piece or the actual internal hard drive. It is usually the hard drive as we will only be able to assess both by opening the enclosure.
The piece of info is mentioned because some enclosures do not have screws, requiring us to break open the case to get to the hard drive. Hey, it’s only plastic and if the issue lies with the enclosure, then the data recovery solution is to replace it. If the issue is with the hard drive itself, which it usually is, then the plastic enclosure is just in the way and useless anyway. This disclaimer is brought up to customers so they know their external hard drives will most likely not be in one piece if the design of the external drive doesn’t allow for a clean opening of it.
Okay, let’s move on. Here are some other qualifying questions our customers ask us before handing over the external drive to us for recovery:
Customer: How long will the external hard drive recovery diagnostic take?
New York Computer Help: You’ll hear back from us in the next few hours. We’ll assess and scan the drive and come back to you with an exact flat fee price and time the recovery is estimated to take.
Customer: If I don’t want to proceed, what’s it going to cost?
New York Computer Help: It is a free diagnostic. There is no obligation. We’ll provide the cost. If you don’t want to proceed, there is no charge.
Customer: If I decide to proceed, but you cannot recover the files, do I still have to pay?
New York Computer Help: Absolutely not. No data, no charge. We are results-oriented. It’s like going to the pet shop. If you don’t take a puppy home, should you still pay for one?
Okay, that clears up most of the logistics. Some other questions include:
Customer: Where do you recover my files to?
New York Computer Help: You can buy a new external hard drive or flash drive from us at cost or provide your own, your preference. You can even bring in your computer and we’ll transfer the files to it.
Customer: Last question, what if you only recover some files and not all. Do I still pay the whole asking price?
New York Computer Help: We are reasonable and will prorate the cost accordingly. If we were able to recover only half of your files, you will be obligated to pay 50%. That being said, if 90% of your files, including your priority files, are recovered and we were unable to recover some temporary internet files, then that would be deemed a successful recovery. Again, we are results-driven and you will pay for such.
So, there you have it. A typical scenario of the external hard drive free diagnostic process along with typical questions we receive regarding the external hard drive recovery service. If you’d like to try out are award-winning external hard drive recovery service, we welcome you to walk in anytime to our shop at 53 East 34th Street in NYC.
Your laptop screen broke, cracked, or just plainly doesn’t work. You need to replace the laptop screen. It’s very clear. What’s not so clear is where to get it replaced. Most likely, your laptop is out of warranty or you really don’t want to wait a couple of weeks for your manufacturer i.e. Dell, HP, Lenovo to fix it and charge you an arm and a leg. So, what’s a laptop user to do?
- Under warranty? If your laptop is under warranty, you should check with your manufacturer and see what the options are. How long will it take? Do you have to ship your laptop to them? Can they send you a pre-labelled box?
- Not under warranty? Well, this shouldn’t make a difference anyway. Many laptop users prefer to get their laptop screens replaced fast so under-warranty service will take much longer than just paying for this ad hoc. That being said, if you’re not under warranty any longer, your choices become a bit scattered with many NYC laptop screen repair professionals to choose from. Let’s go to the next few checklist items to discuss that.
- Look for certified laptop repair company. You can do this in two ways. The hard way is calling up your laptop company, i.e. Sony, Asus, Acer, Compaq and ask them who in NYC is an authorized laptop screen repair shop for their company. The easier way, search on Google for the authorized laptop screen repair in NYC.
- Find a good NYC laptop screen repair company. At the end of the day, the certifications can be thrown out the window if the service company you’re dealing with is not up to par. Ask probing questions, such as: How much, how long, what’s the warranty, and the like.
Bigger iPhone, sleeker, you know where the Apple support marketing goes. The best iPhone ever.
This is the epitome of the selfie. What is a selfie? Being selfish and taking a picture of yourself for the world, or your friends, to see. It really is obnoxiously vain and well, Ellen Degeneres does a great job of mocking the whole selfie world while at the same time one-upping the world of selfies. She unassumingly joins the stars at the Oscars to create a giant selfie.
She tweeted the selfie and sure enough, the selfie has mustered a record with the most retweets. Of course, we have since retweeted her selfie and has been retweeted again and again and agian.