Computer Fixer Blog - General Blog http://www.thecomputerfixer.com <h1>The Right Business Software for Your Computer</h1> <p>There are <a href="http://www.census.gov/econ/smallbus.html">more than 22 million small businesses in the U.S.</a>, says the latest U.S. Census figures. Each of them have the same business problems to solve. Software is one of the toolkits that every small business relies on to grow and become successful. Make sure you have the right software in your toolkit to manage your business.</p> <h3>Offline or Online?</h3> <p>With the <a href="http://www.computerweekly.com/feature/The-best-software-for-small-businesses-SMEs-Essential-Guide">growth of cloud computing</a>, you have the choice of having software on your computer (offline), or accessing it in the cloud (online), notes Computer Weekly. Desktop software often has more features and flexibility. Cloud-based applications are less expensive and can be accessed by you or any of your staff from anywhere through a web browser. Sometimes cloud-based software is available for free with limitations.</p> <h3>Office Automation Software</h3> <p>Like all businesses, you need to create documents, analyze numbers and create presentations. Office automation tools come as a collection of tools to handle all of these tasks. The standard for many years has been Microsoft Office products, with Office 2013 being the current release of their tools. Businesses often have Word and Excel downloaded to company computers but now can access the tools through the cloud. The Office Web Apps allow you to access a version of these tools online through a browser. If you use Microsoft Skydrive to store your company's files in the cloud, then your staff can access them from anywhere at anytime.</p> <h3>Accounting Software</h3> <p>The Quickbooks suite by Intuit includes everything you need in order to manage the financial side of your business from processing payroll to <a href="http://quickbooks.intuit.com/invoicing">invoice software</a>. Intuit also offers their products in a desktop version that installs onto your computer as well as a cloud-based version. The cloud version gives you various options to start with, using the minimum tools you'll need for your business size, allowing you to grow into the product as your business grows.</p> <p>With this suite, you can track expenses, pay bills, create job estimates and send electronic invoices. You can track inventory, process purchase orders, record contractor and employee time, and file payroll taxes. Quicken has incorporated all of the typical accounting and bookkeeping functions in this suite.</p> <h3>Collaboration Software</h3> <p>You need a place to store company information and documents where your staff has access to what they need in order to do their jobs. Microsoft Skydrive was mentioned above as a place to store documents online. <a href="http://evernote.com/business/features/">Evernote Business</a> is another tool that allows you to set up company libraries and work areas for your team. You can create individual project areas and assign people to them to work on tasks such as marketing and social media. Team notes can be linked to view a thread of communication. Save research from the web for future reference. This will help keep your staff connected with each other and the information they need to finish their projects.</p> <h3>Utility Software</h3> <p>There are a number of miscellaneous software products that will make your business more efficient:</p> <p>Adobe Acrobat XI (Adobe.com) - This lets you create documents in PDF (portable document format) which make them available to anyone to review, even if they do not have the same office software.</p> <p>Office Time (OfficeTime.net) - This is a time tracking tool to make sure that you have an accurate record of the time spent on customer projects. Analyze the data and send it to your invoicing software.</p> <p>Zoho CRM - (Zoho.com) This lets you manage all of your customer information, and integrate it with your sales information. Track c</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/">Must read news alerts</a> and case studies from The Computer Fixer in Philadelphia</p> en-us Optimize Your Computer for Gaming http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/optimize-your-computer-for-gaming <p>&nbsp;<img src="/files/Image/gaming%20people.jpg" width="0" height="0" alt="" /><img src="/files/Image/gaming%20people.jpg" width="391" height="306" alt="" /></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:13 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/optimize-your-computer-for-gaming The Tethering Knowhow Guide for Newbies http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/the-tethering-knowhow-guide-for-newbies <p>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: freight-sans-pro, 'Myriad Pro', 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Sans', Geneva, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 52px; line-height: 1;">The Tethering Know-how Guide for Newbies</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:06:35 -0500 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/the-tethering-knowhow-guide-for-newbies Cloud Storage Protection: Avoiding Cloud Hack Disasters http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/cloud-storage-protection:-avoiding-cloud-hack-disasters <p>In an Internet-dependent nation, the risks of a failed connection, a scrambled upload or a hacked cloud storage account slips into the back regions of daily thoughts and routines. It&rsquo;s something that happens, but only to other people, right? For you, life goes on without incident. The battery in your car never fails. Your electricity never goes off. And your home data backup system is always up to date. Then, WAM, Yahoo leaks your email password, HP issues warnings of security vulnerabilities in their server monitoring software and<a href="http://secureonline.iowa.gov/security_news/index.html">Dropbox gets hacked via theft of a Dropbox file</a>&nbsp;maintained by a company employee, (according to Iowa's Information Security office news feed).</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:03:38 -0500 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/cloud-storage-protection:-avoiding-cloud-hack-disasters PC Gamers: Last Call for the Games You've Been Dying to Play http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/pc-gamers:-last-call-for-the-games-you've-been-dying-to-play <p>&nbsp;PC gamers across the world know it&rsquo;s that time of year when games they've been patiently salivating over for the past 10 months are finally being released. Read on for a recap of some of the most popular new-release games that have you champing at the bit.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:29:04 -0500 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/pc-gamers:-last-call-for-the-games-you've-been-dying-to-play Shopping for a New Laptop? What You Should Know http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/shopping-for-a-new-laptop?-what-you-should-know <p>Your old laptop has served you well so far, but it&rsquo;s getting up there in years and you are starting to eye the latest portable computers. However, finding a new laptop can easily end up an expensive trial-and-error effort, especially if you&rsquo;re not quite sure what you&rsquo;re looking for. Look to the following tips to guide you along your search for the laptop of your dreams (and budget).</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:32:17 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/shopping-for-a-new-laptop?-what-you-should-know How to Remove the Junk That Comes With Downloading a Great New Free PC Game http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/how-to-remove-the-junk-that-comes-with-downloading-a-great-new-free-pc-game <p>&nbsp;It is impressive to witness the growing video, mobile and PC game explosion. From the increasing hype of the Playstation 4 release to the staggering amount of downloads for mobile and computer games. Unfortunately, free PC game downloads connect with a wide assortment of fake, filler or potentially malicious junk.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:37:14 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/how-to-remove-the-junk-that-comes-with-downloading-a-great-new-free-pc-game 3 Tech Tools for Remote Business Management http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/3-tech-tools-for-remote-business-management <p>Working from home has multiple advantages &mdash; more family time, no commute, higher productivity, as Forbes points out in a recent article. With the benefits apparent, many companies are increasing the number of remote workers they employ. If you are the owner of a company, though, you may be wondering how you can take advantage of these benefits and still manage your business.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:09:21 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/3-tech-tools-for-remote-business-management Best Ways to Upgrade Your Old Laptop http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/best-ways-to-upgrade-your-old-laptop <p>Out of the 95.4 million computers sold in the United States in 2011, 16.4 percent are laptops, according to Statistic Brain. With these mobile computers being so useful in work, school and play situations, it's pretty easy to end up with a few older computers on hand. Instead of throwing them out or selling them, you can put your old laptop to work by upgrading it. You won't necessarily be able to swap out the motherboard or processor as you would in a desktop, but other components, peripherals and software provide laptops with a second lease on life.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:49:10 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/best-ways-to-upgrade-your-old-laptop Tools to Effectively Sync All Your Devices http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/tools-to-effectively-sync-all-your-devices <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:45:29 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/tools-to-effectively-sync-all-your-devices Typical Tech Startup Mess Ups http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/typical-tech-startup-mess-ups <p>&nbsp;Every startup must face the question of how to manage its technology needs. Startups with huge budgets may put too much money and emphasis on technology. Some may not put enough attention on it. Learn what the typical issues are that small businesses face, and get ahead of them for your business before they become a problem for you.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:45:29 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/typical-tech-startup-mess-ups Choosing Online Data Backup: 5 Questions to Ask http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/choosing-online-data-backup:-5-questions-to-ask <p>Cloud storage is one of the biggest technology buzzwords, freeing people from their hard drives and USB cables and allowing them to store precious data in one centralized, virtual location where it's accessible from anywhere, from any device. As dozens of storage providers continue to pop up, wading through the choices can seem, well, cloudy. When evaluating cloud providers, ask these five questions to get an insight over what the cloud vendor can and can't do for you.<img src="/files/Image/7557181168_91f4af2d99.jpg" width="250" height="141" align="right" alt="" /></p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:12:40 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/choosing-online-data-backup:-5-questions-to-ask What Do Governments, School and Hospitals Have in Common? http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/what-do-governments,-school-and-hospitals-have-in-common? <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:30:39 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/what-do-governments,-school-and-hospitals-have-in-common? Leap Motion Lets You Control PC with a Gesture http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/leap-motion-lets-you-control-pc-with-a-gesture <p>&nbsp;The development of touch-screen technology changed the way we interact with our devices. It does have its drawbacks, such as greasy screens and a scratch here or there, but it works wonderfully. Surprisingly enough, however, something new has come along, something that may one day make the touch screen a messy inconvenience.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 21:43:03 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/leap-motion-lets-you-control-pc-with-a-gesture Beyond Social Media: CRM Tools to Connect With Customers Faster http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/beyond-social-media:-crm-tools-to-connect-with-customers-faster <p>&nbsp;If you've ever post<img src="/files/Image/Aaron/SOCIALMEDIA.jpg" width="454" height="500" align="right" alt="" />ed a complaint on a companies' Twitter page and wondered why you didn't hear a response from a representative, chances are your words were lost among the trillions of tweeters. A study by LiveOps says that 70 percent of the complaints on Twitter and Facebook are ignored by customer service.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_22818966/companies-twitter-facebook-slow-respond-complaints-study-says">According to Heather Somerville, of MercuryNews.com</a>, this study shows it takes at least two days for customer support to respond to comments posted to their social media networks. The study also showed that rather than deal with a customer's complaint or question, most retailers will delete the post on their Facebook profile. Somerville says that companies want to provide good support, but they lack the technology to respond to customers in a timely manner. Cloud-based&nbsp;<a href="http://www.liveperson.com/products-services/lp-chat/benefits/customer-support">customer support software</a>&nbsp;still reigns supreme as the tool that connects representatives with prospects. TJ McCue, author of Small Business Trends, suggests the following CRM apps, to help reps strengthen their relationship with customers.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:12:19 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/beyond-social-media:-crm-tools-to-connect-with-customers-faster The 6 Strikes Rule & You - Will You Change How You Get Content? http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/the-6-strikes-rule-&-you---will-you-change-how-you-get-content? <p>&nbsp;The so-called &quot;6 Strikes&nbsp;Rule&quot; has been in the news since early 2012 and was implemented early this year. The basic premise is that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will begin penalizing customers who misuse copyrighted material on the web. Consumers fear they might face suspension or cancelation of service for perceived misuse on their IP address.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:10:34 -0500 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/the-6-strikes-rule-&-you---will-you-change-how-you-get-content? Safe Social Media Practices for 2013 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/safe-social-media-practices-for-2013 <p><span style="font-size: x-large;">Safe Social Media Practices for 2013</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:02:14 -0500 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/safe-social-media-practices-for-2013 Get Your Business Started Without Having to Leave the House http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/get-your-business-started-without-having-to-leave-the-house <p>Starting a business is one of the most-exciting endeavors you can undertake. When that business is home-based, it's even better. Thanks to updated methods at all levels, it's even possible to handle all of your startup needs without leaving your house. From registering the business and getting permits to acquiring supplies, it can all be done online or through the mail.</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:46:27 -0500 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/get-your-business-started-without-having-to-leave-the-house Thoughts about Mainframe Developers... http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/thoughts-about-mainframe-developers... <h1 class="entry-title">Thoughts About Mainframe Developers and Why I Was Oh So Wrong</h1> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:21:45 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/thoughts-about-mainframe-developers... 3 Ways The Cloud is Revolutionizing Technology http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/3-ways-the-cloud-is-revolutionizing-technology <p>&nbsp;One of the biggest things to hit the technological world since the computer itself has to be the cloud. Starting out as a near mythical concept that had a dreamlike quality, computing using the cloud is transforming everything from software companies to computer users at home. Every sector from Wall Street to the Web has been effected by the changes in the technological world. Some of the changes in 2012 include the growing rate of investing in cloud services, Microsoft's application of the cloud for Office 365 and the direct influence of the cloud on home computer users.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 22:42:15 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/3-ways-the-cloud-is-revolutionizing-technology Simplify Your Customer Support with New Tech Tools http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/simplify-your-customer-support-with-new-tech-tools <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: medium; "><span style="font-family: Tahoma; "><img src="/files/Image/customersupport.jpg" width="424" height="283" alt="" /></span></span></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:38:10 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/simplify-your-customer-support-with-new-tech-tools The Ramifications Of TLDs And The Future Of .com Websites http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/the-ramifications-of-tlds-and-the-future-of-.com-websites <p><img width="424" align="right" height="283" alt="" src="/files/Image/ticket%20%235502%20-%20web%20domain.jpg" />There was a time when everyone wanted to purchase a dot.com domain because they were the hottest trend on the Internet. If you're an IT professional, or just an early computer user, you may have been one of the few who did purchase one (or many) domains, some were successful in creating high quality websites while others didn't survive. TLDs (top level domains), such as .com, .org, and .net, are said to have had quite an impact on the value assigned to domain names. Before new businesses and <a href="http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/">computer</a> users go to a website broker for a new domain name, it can't hurt to understand the past, present and future of the workings of domain value.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:00:07 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/the-ramifications-of-tlds-and-the-future-of-.com-websites Do you still need computer repair? http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/do-you-still-need-computer-repair? <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Tue, 08 May 2012 03:55:43 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/do-you-still-need-computer-repair? How to use your phone while driving http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/how-to-use-your-phone-while-driving <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:23:59 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/how-to-use-your-phone-while-driving Responsible for Recycling computer desks http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/responsible-for-recycling-computer-desks- <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:55:20 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/responsible-for-recycling-computer-desks- service, repair, recover, replace, restore, renew http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/service,-repair,-recover,-replace,-restore,-renew <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:46:59 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/service,-repair,-recover,-replace,-restore,-renew Want to work from home or on the road? http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/want-to-work-from-home-or-on-the-road? <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 22:59:24 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/want-to-work-from-home-or-on-the-road? Cyber Security Protect our computers http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/cyber-security-protect-our-computers <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 01:44:04 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/cyber-security-protect-our-computers What are the right tools for computer repair? http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/what-are-the-right-tools-for-computer-repair? Sun, 01 Apr 2012 22:13:15 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/what-are-the-right-tools-for-computer-repair? Seminar Transform your Sales Culture http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/seminar-transform-your-sales-culture <p>Gene Marks asked to share this opportunity with all of you. I could not think of a better way to boost sales or spend some of my Friday time. This is really good stuff!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chris, Owner of The Computer Fixer</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:01:05 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/seminar-transform-your-sales-culture Success is having the right tools for the job http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/success-is-having-the-right-tools-for-the-job <div class="popular-article"> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:11:59 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/success-is-having-the-right-tools-for-the-job Why don't Apple computers get viruses? http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/why-don't-apple-computers-get-viruses? <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:50:57 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/why-don't-apple-computers-get-viruses? What is the Cloud in cloud computing? http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/what-is-the-cloud-in-cloud-computing? <p>We started sharing information with the World Wide Web, then connecting users on the Net (Internet), Intranets are closed groups (more trust, share more valuable data) and now we have the Cloud!<br /> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:44:04 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/what-is-the-cloud-in-cloud-computing? Trenton Computer Fair Success in the 37th year http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/trenton-computer-fair-success-in-the-37th-year <p>The Trenton Computer Festival has had a major impact on many careers including my own.</p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 09:22:12 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/trenton-computer-fair-success-in-the-37th-year How to meet technicians for hire using Career Builder http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/how-to-meet-technicians-for-hire-using-career-builder <p>Internet based job postings are expensive but they work. The word gets out! Computer Fixer is looking for networking technicians and consultants. Since&nbsp; I placed the posting we received over 85 resumes' and inquiries in the first week.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:38:47 -0500 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/how-to-meet-technicians-for-hire-using-career-builder A virtual private network (VPN) share information between the office and your home. http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/a-virtual-private-network-(vpn)-share-information-between-the-office-and-your-home. <p>A <strong>virtual private network</strong> (<strong>VPN</strong>) uses the Internet--allows users to privately share information between the office and your home.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 20:01:46 -0500 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/a-virtual-private-network-(vpn)-share-information-between-the-office-and-your-home. Water Damage to Computers and Laptops, How to Save your data http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/water-damage-to-computers-and-laptops,-how-to-save-your-data <p>Water and liquids in general, are hazardous to many electrical components in a laptop, Mac or desktop PC and can be expensive to fix or replace. Spillage onto the keyboard can cause damage to the hard drive and other components. Water damages the products components, introduces a shock hazard and can completely destroy your machine.</p> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 09:48:26 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/water-damage-to-computers-and-laptops,-how-to-save-your-data The Computer Fixer appears in Drexel's IRT Helpdesk movie. http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/-the-computer-fixer-appears-in-drexel's-irt-helpdesk-movie. <p>Drexel just posted the IRT Helpdesk Movie on IRT&rsquo;s YouTube presence. The coops spent a good portion of the summer writing, filming &amp; editing to make it happen. Special thanks also goes out to the VCAV team who greatly helped the coops during filming &amp; editing. You can view it by going to YouTube: click on top of picture to see video<br /> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:56:30 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/-the-computer-fixer-appears-in-drexel's-irt-helpdesk-movie. Laptop Loaner Project http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/laptop-loaner-project <p>Here is how we responded to a request from our higher education customer to provide loaners to students, faculty and employees. If you need any free expert advice on this program, just ask The Computer Fixer.</p> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:10:10 -0400 http://www.thecomputerfixer.com/blog/general-blog/laptop-loaner-project