IT Talk: New Solid State Hard Drives

Tired of your slow moving notebook, but don't want to drop thousands on a shiny new notebook? Kingston has the answer with their new line of solid state drives. Booting from one of these will drastically increase the speed of your computer. With solid state drives there aren't any moving parts either, so their rate of failure is much lower.

IT Talk: Stopping Stuck Print Jobs

If you print a lot of documents you may notice that sometimes your print jobs just don’t print for whatever reason. Most of us know to click the printer icon in the system tray and simply right click the job and select delete. This doesn’t always clear up the problem: the job will say deleting when it isn’t doing anything.

IT Talk – Disappearing Email.

Occasionally, we will get a call from a client stating that his email messages are disappearing suddenly from his in-box when he opens them. If this happens to you, there is no cause for panic! just look into one of the following options:

1) Outlook users can navigate to View > Current View and make sure that the Unread Messages option is not checked.

IT Talk – Switching IT Providers

So, you've decided that it is time for a change of IT providers.

Some of the most important questions we answer when meeting a prospective client read something like, "How and when should we go about notifying our old provider, and what if he gets mad and retaliates?" Or, "With all of the intricacies of our business and information systems, how difficult is the process of getting Dependable Computer Guys up to speed with the way our company works?" Rest assured, these questions come up with every new client, and we have a system in place to address these issues in a way that makes the transition smooth and safe for our clients.

IT Talk – Is Your PC Ready for Windows 7?

IT Talk – Is Your PC Ready for Windows 7?

Unlike Vista, we here at DCG are very pleased
with the performance and feature set of Windows 7; as an expert in IT
consulting in Los Angeles, we are
recommending all of our clients deploy it when it becomes available in
October. If you plan on upgrading, the most important question is whether
or not your current computer and software setup will be compatible.

IT Talk – Nine Steps of a PC Tune-Up.

Just like an automobile, a computer requires regular cleanup and maintenance in order to continue performing as it should. As a part of our St. Bernard Managed Care service, these tasks are taken care of regularly, automatically and behind-the scenes. For those of you who are responsible for the well-being of your own machine, take a look at the following list of items to take care of on a fairly routine basis.

IT Talk – Business Continuity in a Time of Employee Turnover and Layoffs

Business Continuity in a Time of Employee Turnover and Layoffs...

Employee turnover has always been defined as an HR issue; but, in today’s economic climate where workforce reductions are essential to an organization’s survival, business continuity is becoming a major focus for IT.  When employees are laid-off or leave, organizations must address both practical and behavioral concerns regarding their data.

IT Talk- Downgrading Back to Windows XP Pro.

Despite last year's release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1, we are still recommending the continued use of Windows XP Pro to our business clients. Many bugs and annoyances were addressed,but there are just too many stability problems and compatibility issues with older software that plague accounting departments and general business work-flow.

Dealing With the “AntiVirus2009” Virus

From the Symantec website:

"AntiVirus2009 is a misleading application that may give exaggerated reports of threats on the computer."

AntiVirus2009 can affect any version of Windows and disguise itself as a virus-scanning program to try to get you to agree to install other misleading applications such as "XpSecurityCenter.