Signs of Laptop Overheating

In our last blog we discussed the dangers that summer weather and activities can pose for your laptop including heat, water and humidity. Unfortunately laptops overheat when left in the sun or when facing temperatures that are high in humidity. If this occurs then your laptop may face serious damage to the internal components and drives. Here are some red flags to be aware of so that your laptop doesn’t get fried this summer.

  • If your laptop feels hot and shows any of the problems below, chances are it’s overheating or getting there. If this is so then take steps immediately to cool down your laptop and prevent further overheating damage.
  • The fan is constantly running and making loud whirring noises.
  • The computer is struggling to perform basic tasks like opening a new browser window. Is your cursor slow to respond or loading constantly?
  • Mysterious error messages are popping up in random programs
  • Lines are showing up on your laptop screen (a sign your video card is overheating).
  • The system is freezing or you’re getting the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen of Death).
  • The laptop abruptly shuts down on its own.
  • Certain areas of the bottom of the laptop are hot, like where the fan, RAM, processor, or battery are located.

According to LifeWire, these red flags could indicate an overheating laptop or components within or it could be a sign that the software is outdated. Be sure to have your laptop checked by a professional to confirm the device is safe and not being damaged by the temperature, humidity or condensation.

Laptops at Risk While Traveling

In our global economy many businesses travel expensively to maintain client relations and to take part in conferences on the “latest and greatest” technology for your field of expertise. While the ease of travel is wonderful, your laptop is at risk every time you go mobile. Here are a few ways to protect not only your hardware but software as well.

  • To prevent physical damage or theft, use a sturdy, weatherproof, padded bag that doesn’t necessarily look like a computer bag. Backpacks are exceptionally good at hiding technology and the have added room for power cords and other needs when traveling by plane.
  • Always keep your laptop in view and in your possession. Just a few seconds and you could be missing a lot of data and your means of working while you travel.
  • Use passcodes and authentication passwords so that you are the only one that can use the device.
  • Before each trip back up the files that are currently on your laptop. Use password-locking programs and encryption programs.
  • Make sure your virus protection is up-to-date.
  • Avoid checking your laptop as baggage, rather use it as your carry on piece. Keep it nearby either in your lap or below your feet. Let your laptop go through the x-ray machine but keep an eye on it while it does.
  • When using WiFi while traveling attempt to use secured locations rather than public Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Avoid having your laptop stay in an area that is very cold or very hot for too long. That includes cars and trunks of cars while traveling.
  • After you return from your trip update files and data and have a test done to be sure you have not picked up any unwanted viruses.

Windows Features for Macs

When making your first transition from a Windows computer to Macs, there may be many new aspects that can be difficult to get accustomed to. There are many basic features that are very different on Macs: from track pad navigation to shutting down an application. Fortunately, there are many ways to bring those same basic features into your Mac experience. Follow along to learn about how this can be done.

Trackpad Navigation:

When using a Macbook for the first time, you instantly notice two major changes in relation to your trackpad. The first is that the scrolling direction is different, and the second is that there is no right-click! Unlike Windows devices, to scroll down a page on Macs, your fingers have to swipe down, whereas Windows requires you to swipe up.  To change this, you can navigate to “System Preference” > “Trackpad” > “Scroll & Zoom” and then check off “Scroll Direction: Natural.” Although there is no way to instantly create a right click button on the trackpad, you can tap on it with two fingers to get the “right-click” effect.

The Delete Button:

If you are a long time Windows user, then you must know the difference between the backspace and delete buttons. Unlike Windows, Macs only provide users with a delete key, which functions the way the backspace button does. As far as the Windows delete button, there is no real delete key on Macs. To bring the right of cursor deleting feature to your Mac, you must press on “Fn” and “delete” at the same time.

Finding Files:

A different feature that can be frustrating to long time Windows users when making the switch is the finder’s name search. When searching for a file on a Mac, a various amount of files pop up in no particular file organization matter. On a Windows computer, after searching for a file by name, the results will be organized with folders at the top and other files below, unlike Macs. Luckily, this can be adjusted by going to “Finder” > “Preferences” > “Advanced” and then selecting “Keep folders on top when sorting by name.”

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Macbook Pro’s New Touch Bar Tricks

If you have recently purchased a brand new Macbook, you have probably noticed its cool new feature, the touch bar! There are many new tricks and technological life hacks provided by the touch bar, which is why we have decided to share the details with you. Follow along to learn about some of the tricks below.

One simple, but useful trick, is the volume and brightness adjuster. With the touch bar you can simply tap on the volume or brightness button and then slide up or down to adjust them to the perfect level for you. Sure, the respective buttons will still be on the keyboard if you would rather use that, but using the touch bar allows for more precision.

Another simple way to use the touch bar is to communicate with Siri. All you have to do is press and hold the Siri button on the touch bar and give your command. Once your command has been made you can release the button and she will be able to complete her task. Easy, isn’t it?

Jumping ahead or backwards on a video or song is now an easy act. Once you are on the video or music application, a bar-like buttons appears on the touch bar. Tap on that button and slide your fingers over the scrub tool to jump ahead or behind. This is a great feature for those who are in the video editing business.

Are the applications available on the control strip not ones you typically use? These can be changed. You can manage available apps by going to System Preferences > keyboard > Customize Control Strip. Once there, you can drag and drop buttons more relevant to what you use onto the control strip.

With its cool new features, the Macbook’s new touch bar has come to make getting tasks done more easily and quickly.

Business Computer Guide – the Laptop

Shopping for a business laptop? Sounds easy, but if your office debates about the minutia of things like Coke vs Pepsi, Arrow vs the Flash, Desktop vs Laptop and PC vs Mac then you might have a serious decision on your hands.

Desktops offer a great value, especially if you are investing is a large number for your workforce. Laptops, however, allow employees and business leadership to have crucial applications and files at all times: at the office, at home, and on the road. And while, in general, a laptop is still more pricey than a similarly configured desktop, the price gap has narrowed enough that you won’t have to spend a lot more to gain that convenience and motility. It is for that reason that more and more businesses are opting for the accessibility factor of buying a business laptop.

Laptops for Business

If that is where your business has landed, in your quest for new computers, the choice comes down to . . . . which laptop is the best for the type of business you run? This is an entirely different set of considerations before making that purchase. Since a laptop will be used on the fly and for things like presentations and graphics, you will need to take into consideration durability, security and multimedia functions. Here is a list of things to consider before making your business laptop purchase.

  • Choose an Operating System – There are three major laptop operating systems that you may want to choose from: Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS. Windows 10, the latest version of the operating system, comes with a handful of new features that can boost your productivity. However, many consumers prefer OS X, favoring its slick design and integration with Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Chrome OS doesn’t run Mac or Windows software; instead, it relies on internet applications. This decision will likely be one of your more difficult depending upon the applications and services you will need to successfully run your business.
  • Durability – Obviously, a laptop is meant to go from place-to-place and handle movement and potential bumps along the way. Therefore, durability is a huge thing to consider when choosing a laptop. Almost every business-class notebook comes with a shock-mounted hard drive that’s designed to cushion vibration when setting the machine down. A solidly constructed laptop will save you money in the long run.
  • Security – Business laptops may carry sensitive business data including credit card and personal information about clients or employees. For your everyday laptops around the office, most business buyers will be well-served by strong Windows and Web passwords and passphrases. But, for salespeople, managers, and executives who have sensitive client, customer, or employee information on their laptops, layered security consisting of a biometric reader and drive encryption is a must. You may want to consider security items like BitLocker (Windows), fingerprint scanner or a Smart card.
  • Extras – There are many extras that you can swap in and out of laptops that may give you wiggle room when it comes to software that you really need. Upgrading battery components and length of warranties may also be an extra that you are willing to pay for.