We get this question often and so we thought, why not answer the question thoroughly. Lets look at the options for that old computer and then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option in order to insure you have all the information needed to make a smart decision.
Refurbishing your old computer is an option we highly recommend and goes hand in hand with an upgrade, generally.
To start, refurbishing should be done by a Microsoft Registered or Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher. Companies that are recognized as Microsoft Refurbishers must follow strict guidelines set by Microsoft for a refurbished computer. Companies that meet these requirements will also generally offer a 1 year parts and labor warranty, just like you would get from the manufacture.
Cost is generally $100 to $200
Selling your old computer might seem like a great idea, however somethings need to be considered. Do you know how to securely wipe the data from your hard drive so that it can not be recovered? You wouldn’t want anyone to be able to get any of your information from your hard drive! Further, do you know how to reinstall the operating system? You also have to consider the cost of of shipping and the time it may take to sell your computer as well as what is it’s true value. If you need to have a professional perform these task the cost maybe greater than the value of the computer.
Cost is generally $10 to $100 with a profit of $25 to $50
Upgrading your computer can take many forms. Desktops can generally have more RAM, Solid State Drive, or a higher capacity hard drive installed. As well as installing better sound and graphics. Laptops are a bit less upgrade friendly usually only allowing for RAM and Hard drive or Solid State Drive to be installed.
That being said, one of the best bangs for your buck would be to install a Solid State Drive. The performance gains are enormous and can make even the oldest computers feel brand new.
Cost is generally $50 to $200+
Finally, re-purpose that old computer. Turn it into a file sharing server, media center, security system recorder, DVR, or high powered wifi router.
Short answer is YES you should backup your computer!
The long answer, it is a bit tricky to decide just how, when, and where to back up.
With options from cloud to NAS, Network Attached Storage, price ranges vary. Here, we will go over some options and price ranges that cover common backup needs you may face.
Standard Hard Drive
Your standard hard drive is the most common of backup options, either external or internal. A local backup is hands down the most common form of backup that will work for most users. Some issues with this method are failure of the hard drive as well as what capacity drive do you needed.
Things that need consideration!
There are some considerations that we will cover.
Internal or External
SSD or HDD
What capacity do you need, well…it depends. For most people a 1 Terabyte external hard drive is more than enough. Your particular needs may very and we would recommend going over your option with a trained professional if you feel you need specialized help.
How much is this going to cost, on average storage is about $0.03 Per GB. So a 1 Terabyte hard drive is right around $30 plus the cost of an external enclosure if needed.
Failure rates for modern hard drives are now at 2% per year. Meaning the first year of ownership your hard drive has roughly a 2% chance of failure, the second year 4%, third year 6%, and so on.
For this reason you always want to have important data backed up to at least 3 separate places. One local backup, cloud backup, and off-site backup is ideal for mission critical or vital data.
For most users an external backup solution will work wonderfully. However we highly recommend using SSD, Solid State Drive, these have no moving parts and failure rates that are tenths of 1%. That’s less than 1% failure rate!
Standard Solid State Drive
The next solution we will cover is cloud storage, this is hands down the easiest and safest way to store your data. With monthly plans available for Google, Microsoft, and many others including Ela Computer Repair you really can’t go wrong with cloud storage.
What is a NAS?
ASUSTOR AS3204T NAS
The last solution we will cover are NAS systems also known as Network Attached Storage. These systems are becoming increasingly affordable to the average user. A good NAS is one that offers RAID and at least 4 drive bays as well as up to 32 Terabytes of storage. Here is a link to a solution we highly recommend http://amzn.to/2kLpBMf.
We have spent the better part of a week building our brand new website and it has went well!
Just some of the things we wanted on our old site we were able to do and so much more. It is fantastic to have the tools needed to work quickly.
Private Client Portal
Private Torrent Tracker
Streamlined Design and Feel
Faster Load Times
Easier SSL integration
Password Protected Client Only Pages
And it Just Looks Better!
The new Client Portal gives our clients access to special downloads for their purchase. It also allows us to add special notes for our clients to read. It is a very handy tool indeed!
Our very own Torrent service allows us to serve our clients large files over the torrent network giving them a great deal of flexibility for downloads. We have set our torrents to private meaning only our tracker will server your torrent creating great privacy for our clients, that is always a good thing!
Our download manager with PayPal integration means it is easier than ever to allow our clients to purchase their files and download them from one source over SSL encryption and with the safety reliability of PayPal payments .
There is so much more behind the scenes coding we were able to do with the new website. The look and feel is far more clean and modern. Along with the added ability to create awesome forms that are far more user-friendly. The security was far easier to manage and every single file and page is fully SSL secured!
We have gotten great feedback and we really hope it continues. If you have suggestions please let us know we would love to hear your thoughts on our brand new website!
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Windows 7 is Dead! This Halloween Microsoft officially killed Windows 7 and Windows 8. System manufactures and refurbishes must now install Windows 10 to all computers. Only if they do not have a stock pile of Windows 7 licenses.
This comes as a real blow to refurbishment’s. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher we can tell you that Windows 7 is valuable for older systems. We will be installing Linux on systems that will not run Windows 10 properly, to our standards.
With Windows 7 being the most popular operating system on earth, powering more than 40% of all personal computers a lot of consumers are unhappy with the news. Windows 7 support is to continue until January 2020, giving users just over three years to migrate to another operating system.
Linux is an option
For low power systems that can not run Windows 10, Linux is a fine choice. With Ubuntu being the number one choice for installation. With system requirements that are extremely forgiving.
Ubuntu Desktop Edition
700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
512 MiB RAM (system memory)
5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
VGA capable of 1024×768 screen resolution
Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Windows 10 Home
Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor or SoC (system on a chip). 64-bit versions of Windows 10 require a processor that supports CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF capabilities.
RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit
Graphics: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver. Some games and apps might need DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance.
Display: 1024 x 600. The number of applications that can be snapped depends upon the minimum resolution for each application.
Compared to Windows 10 system requirements Linux is a very minimalist operating system while still offering great functionality and interoperability.
The DDoS Attack Friday morning started early around 7am and then again at noon eastern standard time. The attacks have taken down a number of major sites. Twitter and Reddit are among the big players hit hard by the attack. However a number of smaller sites are affected, the full extent is not known at this time.
“Starting at 11:10 UTC [7:10 EDT] on October 21st-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS [domain name system] infrastructure,” Dyn reported. Dyn said the attack was resolved less than two hours later, by 9:20 EDT. However another attack took place just before noon EST.
The attack on DYN comes just hours after DYN researcher Doug Madory presented a talk on DDoS attacks in Dallas, Texas at a meeting of the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG). DYN is working hard to resolve the issue. However, DYN has a status page that is navigable at this time https://www.dynstatus.com/
The botnet is suspected to be using IoT computers to distribute the botnet.
“The internet of things (IoT) is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data. In 2013 the Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things (IoT-GSI) defined the IoT as “the infrastructure of the information society.” The IoT allows objects to be sensed and/or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. When IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_things
A botnet is simply a collection of these types of devices or computers working together to perform a task. In this case a DDoS attack on DYN.