You have a great idea for an App, but where do you start?

At Geeks to the Rescue, we are frequently approached by clients who have “a great App idea”, but they don’t know where to start and whether it will make them millions. This is a subject where we can go into great depth, but to make things simpler, we have listed some commonly asked questions with… [Read More]

Windows XP No Longer Supported by Microsoft

As of April 2014, Windows XP still makes up 30% of the desktop computer market, so there is a pretty good chance that you or someone you know is still using it. However, you may have heard that from April 8, Microsoft is no longer providing support for Windows XP, so it’s important to understand… [Read More]

Don’t let your files get kidnapped by CryptoWall

A new type of computer infection, CryptoWall, is making its presence known. Once it infects your computer, it quickly gets to work converting all of your personal data such as photos, documents and emails to an encrypted form that you can no longer use. CryptoWall is a type of infection called ransomware. Ransomware locks your… [Read More]

Is your hard drive about to fail? Know these symptoms!

We hope you never have to experience the most painful of computer events! No, we’re not talking about unexpected software updates that change all your personal settings. We’re talking about losing all your data due to hard drive failure. Do you feel lucky?! Many times a year, I’m called out to rescue clients from failed… [Read More]

Sleeping Computers Can Slash Your Electricity Bill

Do you ever put your computer into “sleep mode” when it’s not in use? If you answered “no”, you are in the majority, but here is something interesting for you ….. Sleeping slashed $1000 off our annual electricity charge! I know, it sounds like the subject of a dodgy spam mail but it was so… [Read More]

What can I do with the Cloud?

A light-hearted but practical look Obviously there is no recorded historical account of the first purpose that the wheel was put to but it was probably some practical task. However, I like to imagine it was the centrepiece of at least the occasional practical joke, too. In my mind’s eye, I see two cavemen laughing… [Read More]

How to Tell When an Email Is a Fraud

Definitions first. Spam is email that is unsolicitied: you never asked for it in the first place. Email that you originally asked for or consented to receive is not spam just because you no longer want it any more. It’s an important distinction because unwanted email might be annoying because it’s filling up your inbox,… [Read More]

Keep Facebook Friends Separated

One of the great things about working for an organisation that supports such a wide range of customer types is that I’m constantly adding to my computer support knowledge-base in my efforts to find solutions for clients. Here’s a classic example; John, a small business client from Ardross, was telling me that, while most of… [Read More]

Crackin’ Passwords

Before you get too excited or concerned, don’t worry, I’m going to tell you how to make really good (crackin’) passwords, not how to go about cracking passwords. A client in South Perth (Hi Sharman) was asking me today if it was possible to make different passwords for each of her accounts that were still… [Read More]

Laptops vs Desktops vs All-In-Ones

Clients with desktop computers often ask me, “Is it about time I got a laptop”?  It always surprises me when I’m asked this because it kind of implies that to switch to a laptop is to graduate to a more advanced or superior computer. In recent years, “all-in-ones” have increased in popularity, so I’m getting… [Read More]