Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Five Most Dangerous & Expensive Misconceptions About Computer Repair and Maintenance

Anyone these days can throw together a website offering computer services, just because Joe Schmo offers computer services at $40 an hour, doesn't mean that you won't pay for lack of quality and experience in the near future. Be careful when selecting your computer technician/ consultant.

#1: If your computer is running fine now, it does not need any maintenance.

This is probably one of the biggest and most deadly misconceptions that most computer users fall victim to. Computers are just like cars. If you don’t change the oil, change the filter, rotate the tires, flush the transmission, and perform other regular maintenance on your car, it will eventually break down and cost you FAR MORE to repair than the cost of the basic maintenance.

There are certain maintenance checks that need to be done daily (like virus updates), weekly (like system backups), and monthly or quarterly (like checking for and installing security patches and updates, disk defrag, spyware detection and removal, checking the surge suppressor and the integrity of the hard drive, and so on). Your computer repair technician should be adamant that you have regular maintenance done on your machine and should offer to set up automatic virus definition updates(to avoid viruses), and automatic system backups OFF-SITE.

If your technician does not press you to let him do this for you, then RUN – don’t walk – out of their office. Lack of system maintenance is the NUMBER ONE reason most people end up losing valuable files and incurring heavy computer repair bills. If your technician isn’t offering you these services, you need to find someone else to support your computer or network for two reasons:

•  Either they don’t know enough to make this recommendation, which is a sure sign they are horribly inexperienced, OR

•  They recognize that they are profiting from your computer problems and don’t want to recommend steps towards preventing you from needing their help on an ongoing basis.

Either reason is a good one to get as far away from that person as possible!

#2: The maintenance tools provided in the Microsoft Operating System and software are all the maintenance you need.

Again, this is a terrible misconception. Microsoft does NOT include ALL of the security features to protect your data from viruses, hackers, and data loss or prevent your PC from running slowly.

Additionally, Microsoft (and other software vendors for that matter) are constantly providing critical patches and updates to their software to protect you from viruses and hackers. However, if you don’t know to look for them, or if you don’t know how to install them properly, you could easily end up getting burned.


#3: My nephew/neighbor’s kid/brother-in-law knows this computer stuff and can help me solve my problems.

If only this were true. Obviously, not all technicians are created equal. Just because a person is good with computer applications (what we call a power user) does NOT mean they know how to install a critical security patch, detect and extract a deadly virus, or upgrade your machine.

Most people look for a part time “guru” to help them save money, but this often comes back to haunt them. Every day we get new customers who walk into our shop needing us to clean up a mess that was caused by an inexperienced neighbor, friend, or relative who was just trying to help. If the person you have working on your machine does not do computer repair and support for a living, there is a good chance they won’t have the knowledge or experience to truly help you. Technology advances at lightning speed and it takes constant learning and practice to master it. If your part-time technician is not working on PCs and networks every day, they probably only know enough to be dangerous.


#4: You can always get a better deal on computer software, equipment, or services by shopping online.

The key word here is “deal”. Sure you can always find a cheaper price if you shop online, but you might actually end up getting the short end of the stick. As with anything in life, you get what you pay for. Companies simply cannot give you dirt cheap prices AND champagne service.

If you are getting a cheap bargain, chances are you will get very little if NO service after the sale. If something goes wrong, or if you just have a question, you might find out that the customer service line only goes to a voice mail box that never gets checked, or that you have to submit questions via e-mail that takes DAYS to return.

Before you buy ANY computer equipment, make sure you know the answers to these questions:

•  How long have they been in business? The last thing you want to do is buy a lemon of a computer from a fly-by-night organization. Thanks to the Internet, ANYONE can set up a website and start selling computer equipment, parts, and software. That is why you want to look for a company that has been in business for 5 years or more.
•  What is their guarantee or warranty on the equipment or services you are buying? As a standard rule, they should offer one year replacement warranty on all parts at a minimum.
•  How do they handle returns and exchanges? Do you have to ship the defective item back to them on your dime or do they arrange to have it picked up? Do they send the replacement first? What is the guaranteed turnaround time for an item? This is why many people prefer to buy all equipment from a local vendor. If something goes wrong, you can drive to the store, speak to a real person, and get an instant replacement in most cases.
•  What type of help desk support do they offer? If you are like me, you want to speak directly to a knowledgeable technician when you need help. However, many companies only offer e-mail and web-based support, and charge a hefty fee for anything outside of that. Which brings me to the next question…
•  Is your support free or charged by the minute? Make sure you are very clear on what support is free and what is fee-based.
•  Where is their help desk and customer service office located? Many of the big vendors are shipping their help desk support overseas to save money. While this works out great for them, it can be incredibly frustrating when you are trying to communicate with their customer support representatives.
•  Do YOU really know how to install, configure and troubleshoot this new device? If not, you may want to consider hiring a qualified technician to install it. Quite often, drivers and software can conflict and cause problems and unless YOU have installed this device before, it might be worth the small fee to get someone else to do it for you.

#5: All computer repair shops are created equal. Your best option will be the one who offers the lowest price.

As we stated a moment ago, you get what you pay for. A cheap price usually means a cheap job. Really good technicians do NOT work cheap because they are in high demand. The only technicians that will work cheap are those that are just starting and they are grossly inexperienced.

With your valuable data, precious family photos, favorite music files, and other irreplaceable documents at stake, do you REALLY want the cheapest technician working on your machine?

We take the view that most people want value for money and simply want the job done right. You will find that we are not the cheapest and we do not apologize for that. You will also find that we are not the most expensive. We simply feel that we should offer a good service at a fair price. That’s why we have been able to stay in business for over 13 solid years.

(this awesome list was provided by: http://computerheaven.com/2009/10/computer-trust/)

Friday, November 18, 2011

EMR Software

What is EMR Software? 


An electronic medical record (EMR) is a computerized medical record created in an organization that delivers care, such as a hospital or physician's office. Electronic medical records tend to be a part of a local stand-alone health information system that allows storage, retrieval and modification of records. EMR Software allows for comprehensive communication between facilities and within a single facility. 


What are the benefits of using EMR Software vs. using paper charts?




  • Accessibility of Charts: indexed and easy to search, no more searching for a lost chart.
  • Legibility of Notes: No handwriting issues
  • Space Savings: No shelving would be necessary for storing charts. Leaving less clutter in the office.
  • Eligibility for Pay for Performance: Optimizing your performance and speed of patient results leads to eligibility for pay for performance legislation.
  • Help the environment by using less paper.
  • Multiple users can use a chart simultaneously.
  • Lab & Xray Results returned automatically.
  • Environmental benefits: You can significantly reduce the amount of paper/ charts you use
  • Prescription drugs: Scripts are sent electronically or printed out to avoid legibility issues at the pharmacy.


Which EMR Software does PC Network Solutions recommend?


We are an authorized reseller for Altapoint. Here is the link to learn about Altapoint Version 11.



What are the monetary benefits to EMR Software?


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009 signed into law the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (ARRA), authorizing $20 billion to assist in the development of a robust health information technology (IT) infrastructure. Although at first physicians will be paid upto $64000 over 5 years that are using EMR, in 2016 physicians will start paying penalties.



To learn more about the stimulus package click here.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Networking FAQ

    Can you install a Sonicwall or Firewall at my office? What are the benefits of installing a Sonicwall or Firewall?

    A Sonicwall is a popular brand of a firewall. It acts to increase network security by regulating and monitoring traffic in and out of a network. While utilizing a firewall you will see a decrease in malware, spyware, and external attacks on your network. Yes, we can install a firewall at your home or office. In fact, we are an authorized re-seller for the Sonicwall brand, but can work with any that you have in mind.


    Can you network my printer to be utilized by multiple users?

    Absolutely, if you have networking capabilities on your printer.

    Does Pc Network Solutions offer wiring jobs?


    Yes, anything wiring related we can do! We will make sure we quote you a fair price, and do neat, effective work!