We have secured a large number of corporate grade off-lease computer and each has been refurbished and tested by our technicians.  They have great specs, and are much higher quality than those sold at consumer big-box stores.  Each also has a licensed copy of Microsoft Office, which is a $199 value by itself!  

Specifications of the HP Compaq nc6320 computer are listed below:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz  
  • 3GB (3072MB) DDR2 RAM
  • 80GB Hard Drive
  • DVD-RW Drive
  • Broadcom NetLink Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 3945 ABG Wireless
  • Intel Integrated 945 Express Video (64MB)
  • 15” Display

Each desktop computer comes loaded with the following software:

  • Windows 7 Pro (licensed)
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (licensed)
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Adobe Reader 9
  • Adobe Flash Player 10

While supplies last, each will come with a laptop bag.

$249.00

90 Day Warranty
Ask About Our 1 year Extended Warranty

317-622-8602
Geek Brigade
107 N SR 135, Ste 202
Greenwood, IN 46142

 

Daily Tech Tip – Mouse Jumping Around While You Type?

If your cursor seems to jump around the screen a lot and messes up the document you are working on while typing on your laptop, your wrist may be bumping the mouse pad. Turn it off if you don’t use it, or use a program called Touch Freeze just while you’re typing.

Today’s Tech Tip 10-5-12

Your Outlook email files are saved in a hidden PST file on your computer that CAN be recovered, transferred and backed up.

Today's Tech Tip 10-4-12

If your phone gets wet, turn it off and pull the battery out immediately! Turn it upside-down and place in rice to absorb the moisture. Wait 24 hours before turning it on again.

When an outage at GoDaddy caused many websites to be unavailable for 6 hours on September 10th, small businesses across the U.S. felt the hurt.  What many don’t realize is that where your website is hosted had nothing to do with whether or not it was unavailable.  It was DNS that was down at GoDaddy, not hosting.  DNS is the routing system that says “Google.com” can be found at 65.112.32.115.  If the DNS server for “Google.com” isn’t working, the website living at 65.12.32.115 can’t be found. Maybe that’s a little too technical for you, but here’s the bottom line:  There’s no reason for you to be the victim of this type of outage ever again.  If a website and email service is important to your business, use a service like nettica.com or dyn.com as a secondary DNS server. Your domain registrar will allow you to specify a “secondary” nameserver to act as failover for protection against a DNS outage at your primary nameserver.  If you need help, contact us.

Using a Hosted PBX VOIP Phone System to Improve Communication

Fortunately for small businesses, there is little need anymore to shell out large amounts of up-front cash to secure a phone system whose features will be outdated before it’s paid off.  Hosted phone systems powered by VOIP technology have truly come of age. These systems offer small business a full complement of “big company” features including:

Auto Attendant
Dial By Name Directory
Call Forwarding
Call Screening
Call Recording
Voicemails as Email Attachments
Answering Rules Based on Caller, Time of Day, Department, Etc…

One of the best features of RingCentral is the ability to customize how inbound calls are processed.  The options provided are very flexible.  You can choose to have an automated attendant answer calls and present a menu of options.  You can also choose to have calls ring a multiple telephones either in sequence our simultaneously.  You can have a different set of rules for evenings and weekends, and each employee can configure their own answering rules.  Geek Brigade has installed VOIP phone systems in several offices.  If you’d like help or more information, contact us.

IMPORTANT – "Ransomware" virus can cause a loss of ALL your files

We’re seeing an increase of reports related to malicious software infecting a computer, then encrypting all pictures, music, movies and documents.  It’s very important to note that there is NO WAY TO DECRYPT the infected user’s files.  The cyber-criminal organization in charge of this virus demands money for the decryption key, but reports indicate that users attempting to pay the ransom were met with demands for more cash. The files that are not backed up are lost forever.

Please make a fair assessment now of your vulnerability:

1.)    Are you running antivirus software that is up to date?  Most AV software is sold on a year subscription.  After that year, you don’t receive new virus definition updates.

2.)    Are you using strong passwords?  Hackers sometimes use automated dictionary based attacks to try to guess your password.  If your password is in the dictionary, you’re very vulnerable.

3.)    Do you have a backup?  You could say yes to the first two questions but still be attacked.  Your backup is your final, definitive line of defense.

Talking to people who’ve lost years worth of irreplaceable pictures and other data sickens us.  We hope you take a few minutes to make sure you aren’t the next victim.  If you need help, contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Essential Tech Tips for Business Owners

Many business owners spend 100% of their time working “in” the business, rather than “on” the business. When you’re ready to take stock of some basic I.T. and E-Marketing principles, start with this checklist:

1. Claim your Google+ Local page.  Google is reporting that an ever increasing number of searches have “local intent”.  That means Google users are looking for what you’re selling. Start down the road of optimizing for search engines by claiming your page and filling out the profile.

2. Evaluate your online presence.  If your website wasn’t developed in the last 3 years, it’s probably not utilizing the latest “Web 2.0” technology and is not as effective as it could be.  Also, are you still using an @aol.com, @sbcglobal.net, or similar email address?  It’s too easy and cheap these days to convert that to @yourcompanyname.com without losing any of your old emails.  You’ll look more professional

3. Make security a priority.  Talk to your team about strong passwords.  Passwords should be long, contain upper and lower case letters and symbols.  Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.  If one account is compromised, hackers will add your password to their database and try it at other services.

4. Automate! Can appointment scheduling, invoicing, accounts receivable, or some other core function of your business be moved online or automated?  Free your staff up to help you build your business and look for ways to remove some of the repetitive, non revenue generating tasks.  (We can help).

5. Create a Disaster Recovery Plan.  Hint:  It starts with offsite backup.  Whether by hardware failure, theft or natural disaster, you will likely lose some data at some point.  If it’s important to you at all, it should be in 3 places.  One of those places should be in another city.

Hopefully this helps get you started.  If you need help executing any of these strategies in your business, contact us.

 

 

The Need for Speed: Solid State Hard Drives Deliver

We have seen a considerable drop in the cost of solid state hard drives in recent weeks. That’s very exciting because SSD’s provide a HUGE increase in speed to almost anything you’re doing on your computer.  SSD equipped computers boot in as little as 12 seconds and open even the heaviest programs open instantly. Check out this video.  It doesn’t capture the excitement of this subject, in our opinion.  It’s quite boring in fact, but if you watch it, you’ll be able to hold your own when the subject comes up at your next cocktail party.

Installing an SSD is a relatively painless task.  Your data, settings, favorites, email, etc… can all be migrated over to your new drive.  The only thing you’ll notice is that you’re spending a lot less time waiting.  If you’d like to talk to us about how to make this happen, drop us a line.

Geek Brigade partners with ACRBO to offer $250 College Scholarship

Association of Computer Repair Business Owners Scholarship

The Association of Computer Repair Business Owners is pleased to announce its scholarship opportunity. The Association of Computer Repair Business Owners will award at least one $250 scholarship to a deserving high school senior.

The idea behind this scholarship is that not every young man and woman is ready for college or knows exactly what their future plans hold for them. This scholarship is for that young man or woman who knows they are interested in the Information Technology field in one shape or form, have a desire, and the work ethic to accomplish it.

Scholarship candidates must mail completed applications and supporting materials to Geek Brigade on or before May 15th.

The applicant must be a high school senior graduating in the spring/summer semester, whose plans include the technology industry through college, business school, technical training or actual hands-on in the industry.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete and send application to:

Geek Brigade, Inc.
107 N SR 135, Ste 202
Greenwood, IN 46142

The applicant should be of good character as described by two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters must be provided by a teacher or guidance counselor. Nothing in your past will disqualify you for this scholarship.

Questions please contact Geek Brigade at 317-622-8602

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