2015 August

Strong on the inside & hard around the edges

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Fresh on the shelves as per this week: LACIE Rugged Mini – the external hard drive built to keep your information safe even at the toughest of the situations.

Here’s a little demonstration:

Have you ever been in a situation where you have backed up all of your files, removed them from your computer (to free up some space) and then someone (or you) accidentally flops your external hard drive off your desk, just a tiny bit. You haven’t? Some of us have, and it’s not pretty.

Luckily, we’ve already talked about this before on many occasions, we’re used to backing up important data twice and all was not lost. But, if you’re not one of those double backers, and if you simply have not time or you’re travelling, you might want something reassuring for those precious files.

So, here’s a hard drive that will keep your data safe and sound even if it’s bumped against the floor, in your travel case or is accidentally left in the rain. This LACIE rugged case comes in a a really lovely design too and it’s small enough to pop into your pocket. And the 500GB version is only €89.99 as our Offer of the Week.

 

 

#FridayFive: 5 YouTube tricks you should try right now

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You don’t have to be a YouTube Pro or a YouTube “creator” to use these tricks. Everyone who uses YouTube to view and share videos can use these. Believe us, we were chuffed when we found these.

1. Create a GIF from a video

Want to share a piece of a funny video on Tumblr or even Facebook (yes, Facebook now supports GIFs for personal profiles). Then this is the way to go about it:

– choose the video you want to turn into GIF

– type “gif” in front of “youtube” part in the address bar

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– choose the part you want to turn into GIF

– hit “create GIF” and use one of your social logins to post it online.

You’ll then get the share links for Facebook & other medias to share your GIF on.

2. Use YouTube for your next karaoke party. 

If you use Google Chrome browser, you can install Musixmatch add-on for Chrome. Now, when you search for a video on YouTube the add-on will automatically add lyrics on top of it. This app has a very extensive library for most of the popular songs.

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3. Want to find out what song is playing?

Sometimes you watch a YouTube video with a great soundtrack that doesn’t mention an artist in the description. Now, you can easily find the name of the song just by pasting the link to the video into another site called Moom.ash. It doesn’t always find exactly what you want, but it’s quite accurate most of the time.

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4. YouTube just for kids

Need to find something for your children to watch while you’re busy? Just download YouTube for Kids app on your iOS or Android device and it will show you only the content suitable for children with a great selection of full-length cartoons and shows.

5. Hot keys. 

Here are some of the keys to help you operate YouTube like a master Yoda:

 

  • K — play/pause
  • J — 10 second rewind
  • L — fast forward 10 seconds
  • M — mute
  • press 0 – to go to the start of the video
  • “+” make font bigger
  • “-” make font smaller

Hope these were helpful. For any questions & suggestions – get in touch.

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#FridayFive: 5 shortcut tips to use in Google

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Now, that you can find anything in Google is a common knowledge. But you can actually find some things much faster than you think. We put a little video together to show you some of the most common Google shortcuts we’re using ourselves and hope you also find them helpful.

Note: if you’re using Google Chrome you just need to type these into the address bar (ie you don’t even need to go to “Google” homepage).

1. Check the weather

Just type in “weather” and the location you’d like to check the weather for and you’ll get the forecast. We’ve checked several times and it’s quite accurate.

2. Convert currency

Simply type the amount in the currency you’re converting and the denominator of the currency you want to convert to and you’ll get the instant number. Alternatively, you can just type “currency converter” and choose the currency you want to convert to from the drop-down menu.

3. Convert units

Need to ml to oz or km into miles? Just type “unit conversion” or type the units you want to convert from the amount and units you want to convert to right into the address bar.

4. Quick translate

Just type in “translate” followed by the word or phrase and the language to translate to and Google will give you an instant answer.

5. Flight times

Check arrivals, departures and flight information quickly by typing in the flight number. You’ll see when the plane is landing, when it has departed and if it’s delayed or not.

 

Hope you’ll find these shortcuts useful.

Regards

MicroPro Computers Team

#FridayFive: 5 tips for backing up your data right now

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This is one of our most discussed topics in the shop. We cannot highlight well enough how important it is to keep copies of your photos, documents and other valuable things as there’s never a 100% assurance that your internal computer hard drive is going to last forever. And accidents happen, unfortunately. So, hopefully, after reading these five tips you’d want to dust off that external hard drive you got some time ago with good intentions and back up.

1. Make good memories last forever.

You holiday pictures, Birthday videos, confirmation pictures – you really want to keep these for a long time. Considering that most of us don’t print pictures anymore, you don’t want to lose these for future generations to come. So, back up photos from special events as soon as you get them and…[to the next point]

2. Back up once. Back up twice.

The things that are most important to you. You might want to have a drive that you back up to and also another drive that you copy that backup to every now and them but keep it safely away from the possible accidents (like dropping it). Again, for things you truly want to keep for a long time, you’d want to do this.

3. Prioritise your backup

Some people just copy the entire content of their computer hard drive to the external hard drive. This creates mess, and also takes a lot of space you could have used for the things that really matter. Backup only things you can’t reproduce: pictures, your own videos, rare music. If you purchased some tunes in iTunes or by other digital means – you can always download it again from the cloud – so need to download them on your backup drive.

4. Keep copies of important documents

Old payslips, copies of official documents, bills and so on – but things you don’t get digitally mostly. Scan the documents that you think are important as you never know when you’ll need them in the future.

5. Back up regularly when working on an important project

So many times we’ve seen people come through the door with a desperation written across their face asking to possibly retrieve their thesis/exam paper/other long form document from a hard drive that’s either crashed or riddled by viruses. So. Many. Times. When you’re working on such a document you should be thinking of saving it it first hand. Make a habit of pressing CTRL+S after finishing a sentence and make a habit of saving the document on an external drive or even emailing to yourself when you’re done. Possibly as a separate document each time – you never know what you can pick up from a previous version.

 

So, we hope you’re inspired to get your back up on. If you don’t have an external drive – we suggest you get one. We’ve got a good selection of different drives in right now starting at €6.99 (for a memory stick).

Tech support phone scams: things to know

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Have you ever received a phone call from someone claiming they’re calling you from Microsoft or any other well know company? Unfortunately, we’re seeing more and more cases of this phone scam coming through our door and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon. In some cases your computer might get a virus installed on it which will then trigger it to stop working. Here are some points on how to recognise a phone scam and what to do if you receive one of these calls.

The nature of a phone scam

The most common current phone scam is for an operator to call you claiming they’re calling from Microsoft. They then proceed to tell you that your computer is infected and they need a remote access to your computer to clean it. You will then be asked for your credit card number as this service is not free. At the end of the day you will have given your computer access and a credit card number to a third party with no intention of giving you a service in return.

How to act when you get a call

If you get a call from someone claiming to call from a big company:

  • Ask for their contact details and tell them you’re going to call back. If you’re not competent to talk about computer matters ask a member of a family to check the number for you.
  • If the caller asks for your credit card number during the call, take down their number, hang up and report the number to your local authority
  • Never provide remote access or your credit credit card information to a representative calling you on the phone
  • If in any case in doubt – hang up

 What to do if you have fallen victim to the scam

  • Change all passwords: your computer, email & most importantly online banking. You might want to use another computer to do most of these
  • Scan your computer for viruses & malware
  • Check the last received call & report the number to your local Gardai

You can get more information on the nature of these calls on the Microsoft Website. If you cannot access your computer after you’ve received a scam call you can contact our workshop on 01 4930514 or pop over for us to check it out for you.

Please make sure that especially the senior members of your family are aware of this. As we’ve said before – this problem is on the rise and we get to talk about it several times during the day.

 

#FridayFive: 5 things for your printer

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Another Friday is here with another 5 great tips to help you work a little better and more efficient. This time: your printer. Not using it that much these days? well, maybe you should read on and see why you should use it at least once a month or so.

1. Keep the printer away from loose objects, pets and anything else that can get inside the printer and block it. There have been several instances where we had to clean dog and cat fur stuck to printer or there’s often a paperclip or similar that’s stuck inside and doesn’t let the printer to do anything. Make sure that your printer is in a clean place or just cover it up with something while you’re not using it to avoid dust and other from getting in.

2. You’re not out of ink. Sometimes there’s still a bit of ink & toner left even if the printer indicates otherwise. Take the toner out of the laser printer and shake it lightly, put it back in and you might get another 20 pages out of it. Ink printers can do this as well, just make sure you don’t get the ink on you and turn it ink-side up when shaking side-to-side.

3. Use original cartridges only when possible. Remanufactured and re-filled cartridges although might appear cheaper might cost you the printer at the end. The warranty doesn’t cover your printer if you use the remanufactured cartridges. Also, some generic cartridges might be filled with ink that’s liquid (and not gel-based as most original ones) and once the printer is switched on the ink can burst inside (caused by the electric charge the printer sends to reactivate the inks).

4. Give it a clean. Printing blanks? Most of the time this could be caused by the dried out inks. No need to replace the costly inks though. Just try to clean the heads of the printer a few times if needed. You don’t have to physically open the printer to do this, just use the settings feature on your printer, refer to the manual, or easier – just give us a call.

5. Print something at least once a month. Got an ink printer? Sometimes, inks can cake up or dry up and when you actually need to use the printer you might get a lot of blank pages (as per above). So, to avoid this from happening make sure that you print something once a month or so, just to keep the inks from drying up.

Need new inks? Just give us a call, we have the best selection of cartridges and toners in Dublin, and if you’re a returning customer we might as well throw in a discount. Give us a call and see if we have your inks in stock.

Latest HP Laptop Offer from MicroPro

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We’re quite a bit of fans of HP here in MicroPro. Although, usually we’d be more about TOSHIBA, sometimes our customers want to get some sort of variety and find  another brand. No problem. HP is a great recognizable brand, the support is swift and efficient and their laptops and PCs are sturdy and reliable. So, if you’re after a great laptop, at a great price and from a respectable reliable brand, look no further than below.

We’ve got a special offer on HP Laptop with Office (1 Year) & a Carry Case at just €349 at the moment.

HP 240 laptop

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Processor: Intel N2840 2.16/ 2.56 GHz

RAM memory: 2Gb

HDD Storage: 500Gb

Screen: 14” LCD Screen

Wifi + Built-in Camera + BlueTooth + SD card slot

Operating System: Windows 8.1 (Free Windows 10 Upgrade)

Microsoft Office 365 1 Year License is included in the above price.

Need more details? Give us a call