Expensive Computer Repairs and How to Fix Them

In this digital age where a large percentage of people work online, computer problems can throw a wrench in everyone’s plans. Preventative maintenance can go a long way in protecting your pictures, files and livelihood.

According to Happy Hamster Computers, the five most expensive computer repairs are data loss, broken or cracked LCD screen, moisture, overheating and a virus.

The average cost of computer breakdowns goes like this:

  • Data Recovery: $1000-$3500
  • Liquid Damage Cleanup: $200-$400
  • Hard Drive Replacement: $250-$350
  • LCD Screen Damage: $225-$300
  • Power Cord/Jack Replacement: $150-$200

There are four phases of damage recovery. First, you must repair the hard drive functionality. Next, you image the old hard drive to a new hard drive, essentially copying everything. After that, you can recover files. Lastly, you have to repair the damaged files.

To prevent hard drive loss, keeping your computer away from vibrations can do a lot! The hard drive write heads are three nanometers above the drive platter.

There’s more! Read in the infographic below.

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Serving More Riders With Motorcoach Mobile WiFi

More and more users are consuming content on their mobile devices and mobile visits to websites often outnumber desktop visits. To meet the increasing demand for WiFi accessibility, many motorcoach services have begun to implement WiFi on their vehicles. This infographic looks at this growing trend and just how many riders are taking advantage of WiFi while they ride. In the US, motorcoaches in many cities have already adopted onboard WiFi, including:

  • Seattle
  • Reno
  • San Francisco
  • Salt Lake City
  • Albuquerque
  • Austin
  • Blacksburg
  • Durham
  • New York City
  • Boston
  • Miami

This adoption of on-board WiFi is vital as over 60% of bus passengers typically use electronics and 90% of college students consider WiFi to be essential. When presented with the option, over half of riders consider WiFi important when choosing their mode of transportation. Research has found that people are willing to work for (or at least provide advertising views for) their WiFi – 68% of people are willing to watch an ad in exchange for free WiFi. Read the infographic below from Your Single Point to learn more about this growing trend.

SEO: From A to Z

Search Engine Optimization is a fairly new concept for most people, although the practice has been in place for a number of years. Performing SEO can be hard, especially since the big G doesn’t release the algorithm for SEO professionals to study. Trial and error is really a huge part of the game, and by figuring out what search engines value these marketing professionals can help you and your website rank higher for certain terms. Fortunately, Thomson Local Direct Marketing has released a resource that can help educate people who want to know more.

Being placed on the first page, or above the fold does wonders for your site compared to the second page. Content is what helps you rank, and by placing relevant and well written content on your site, people are more likely to deem it as valuable, thereby linking to you and boosting your ranking. There are different content strategies for different websites. An ecommerce site will have a large amount of short paragraphs describing products. A subscription site usually places fresh content in the form of blog posts on their site to attract new subscribers, boosting the value of what they receive when they buy. A website that directs visitors to stores for purchasing might have a combination of fresh content and evergreen content, which is information that continues to be relevant past its publication date.

To learn more, see the infographic below.

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Do You Own a Toshiba?

Toshiba has sold over 10 million laptops in the UK and Ireland. And according to the company, that is one laptop for every seventh person in those countries and it’s more laptops than the entire population of Hungary.

Selling 42 laptops every hour, the company has definitely advanced their products since the evolution of the personal computer in the 1980’s. Current laptops are a far cry from the originals. The go to model in 1986 was the T1100 Plus with 640 KB of RAM, Dual 3.5″ diskettes and MS-DOS 3.2 operating system. Now, it’s common to come by laptops with 32 GB of RAM, blu-ray drives and Windows 8, like Toshiba’s Qosmio X70.

Laptops used to weigh much more than their current counterparts. The heaviest computer weighs in at 21 pounds (9.5 kg) while today’s ultrabooks clock in at 755g.

While consumers were sold on color screens and connectivity in the past (and convinced to make the jump from PCs) today, consumers look for screen size as a key factor in purchasing their computer. See the infographic below to learn more.

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Email Marketing Tips [Infographic]

Need tips on email marketing? You’re in luck because Thomson Local has released an infographic titled “10 Steps to Email Marketing Success.”

The first step is to create a clear goal which you revisit many times during the process. The second step is segmentation of your audience. Did you know that marketers who segment their email lists experience 39% higher open rates? Or that segmentation contributes to a 28% lower unsubscribe rates? There are many ways to segment your audience, such as geographic location, past purchases, age, gender, or site usage. Third is to create a compelling headline. In a study that surveyed over 200 million emails, researchers found that emails with the highest click rate had subject lines that were 28-39 characters. In other words, keep it clear and concise. The fourth step dealt with timing. When should you send those emails anyway? The highest open rate occurs at 10 am on a Wednesday or Thursday with the lowest open rates on the weekend. The fifth step is brand optimization. People subscribe to 1-10 brands on average, so make sure that your customers know who it’s from.

Want to know more? See the infographic below for the next 5 steps to optimize your email marketing.

Email Marketing Tips

Malware Facts & Statistics

We often don’t think about it but the internet is a pretty sketchy place that is full of malware. Statistics and facts back this up and this infographic from Inspired eLearning looks at just how prevalent malware is. Malware is up about 40% from 2010 to 2011 (286 Million sites to about 403 Million sites). While we would often assume that malware is often only associated with adult websites, this infographic claims that adult sites make up a small percentage of sites impacted with malware. What we are seeing though is that personal sites and blogs are associated with the highest percentage of malware. While we understand that malware is bad, what exactly does it do. The answer is that it depends on the type of malware. There are a few different types – the most common malware seeks to compromise your identity, destroy your data, or slow down your computer.

Malware Statiscs and Facts

Building A Secure Wi-Fi Network For Your Business

Internet security is an important topic everyone needs to understand. The amount of business performed over the web is a huge source for internet crime. The total monetary losses in 2011 were over $400 million, with 90% of the reported crime reported in the United States. As a response to the uptick in internet crime, the Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act has introduced a few standards to help protect your data. Businesses that are not compliant can be fined up to $10,00 per day, indicating how important internet security has become.

Gowifi has created an infographic that depicts these interesting facts. Read on to find out more.

Building A Secure Wi-Fi Network For Your Business

The State of Travel Blogging

There are a lot of travel blogs but what is the state of the travel blog niche? That is the question that Book FHR and No Pork Pies sought to find the answer to. They surveyed travel bloggers about their blogs and compiled the data into this infographic. Here are some of the most interesting points:

  • 50% of blogs are 1-2 years old
  • 28% of blogs are 3-4 years old
  • Most blogs have a PageRank of 3-4
  • About 60% of bloggers run more than one travel blog
  • 75% of travel bloggers regularly read about SEO
  • Most travel blogger most prominent traffic drivers are non-branded search & direct traffic
  • 100% of travel bloggers surveyed are on twitter, 98% on Facebook, and 67% on G+
  • 94% of surveyed travel bloggers Monetize their blog
  • 86% of travel bloggers make money off Sponsored posts
  • 84% of travel bloggers make money off text links in posts
  • 80% of travel bloggers make money off sidebar or footer sponsorships
  • 62% of travel bloggers make money off product reviews
  • 42% of travel bloggers make money off Adsense
  • 40% of travel bloggers make money off affiliate ads
  • Most travel bloggers write 5-15 posts per month
  • Most travel bloggers post 1-5 sponsored posts per month

The State of Travel Blogging

Computerized Clothing: Future Fabrics

Remember Batman’s cape from Batman Begins – how it becomes rigid when an electric current runs through it? Pretty cool. Well, my friend, that is just the beginning. Computerized clothing, sometimes referred to as e-textiles, is on the rise. Soon, gadgets will be incorporated into your clothes rather than something you carry around in your pocket. Check out the examples in this infographic from Shirt Works. First up we have the smart shirt, developed in 1996 – It was made for soldiers and medical personal. The shirt would help medical personal to pinpoint the location of a bullet wound on a soldier. Recently developed is a heat generating fabric – it is washable, water and windproof all the while creating heat. Body monitoring fabric has been created as well. The jersey featured in the infographic monitors heart rate, skin temperature and respiration rate! Check out the infographic below to see all the different new computerized clothing and fabrics!

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Cloud Computing Facts – Predictions for Cloud Computing

We’ve all heard of the cloud and how it’s revolutionizing computing (though some of us may be less sure actually how it is revolutionizing :), but what lays ahead for cloud computing? inTechnology tries to answer that with their new infographic – Predictions for cloud computing. There are many factors that have made cloud computing so popular. Below are some of the cloud computing facts in the infographic. One of these is the ability to scale computing power – 61% of IT managers said the ability to easily scale computing power is the largest benefit of the cloud. Further it is a pay as you go model, requiring no real upfront investment (compared to buying your own servers). This also removes the commitment to infrastructure – 19% of IT managers believe that this is one of the biggest benefits of cloud computing. So we know why it’s popular but what impact is this having? This infographic predicts:

  • 4.4 Million IT jobs will be created by 2015 to support ‘Big Data’
  • 4G services will drive mobile apps into the cloud
  • Cloud customers will triple over the next five years
  • The personal cloud will replace the personal computer by 2014

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