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Pcrs Computers we treat you right for less

Name: Andrew Patch

Age: 25

Business: PCRS Computers

Title: founder

Founded: November 2011

Location: 420 Winchester Road, Geneva

Website: www.pcrscomputers.com

Education: earned A+ certification at South Adams Junior-Senior High School

How would you describe PCRS?

The PCRS stands for Patch’s Computer Repair Service, but that seemed to long so I shortened it. We do remote software and operating-system repair, which means you don’t have to bring the computer to us, we can connect through the Internet to your computer to fix it.

Most of our calls come from customers who need us to remove a virus or get rid of spyware or malware. We also do a lot of system maintenance and offer a full line of computer-related services. Nine times out of 10, if your computer’s running slow, we’ll just do our $50 PCRS Computers tune-up and it will be running fast again.

I started the business because a lot of other people I knew doing this were pushing products they wanted to sell. I care more about just fixing the computers and making sure my customers are happy.

We really try to strive for customer service and maintain long-term business relationships with our customers. Our motto is “treat you right for less.”

How did you start PCRS?

When I was in high school, I learned I was great with computers and found myself spending more and more time fixing them, optimizing them and playing with them.

After high school, I was in and out of factories, working 60 hours a week and taking what ever temp jobs I could get working with computers. I was basically doing this on the side and wanted to start my own business and be my own boss doing this full time, but I was playing it safe.

Then, like a lot of other factory workers in the area, I got laid off. I said to myself: “You know what; you’ve always wanted to do this, so why not try it?” And I finally had the time to give it a try.

People at the Berne Chamber of Commerce and Northeast Indiana Small Business Center gave me the jump start I needed on my management skills, and I started a Facebook page and website for the business and started letting everyone in the area know PCRS was open.

What is ahead for the business?

We’ll always be updating our professional certifications, and right now that includes getting a lot of classes through Microsoft. You don’t stop training once you start; every year you have to do something.

Right now, I’m the only full-time, permanent PCRS employee, and I bring in additional people for projects on a temporary basis as needed. I’d like to grow the business enough to add permanent employees and to move it out of the garage to a building with a nice classroom area I could use to provide customers with computer training.

What do you like about your work?

You never face exactly the same situation with a computer twice. You can have two computers that are identical in every way and you’ll have two completely different problems because they can have different things happen to them.

I like facing a different challenge every day and helping people solve problems with their computers, which everyone has come to rely on so heavily. Sometimes people will be absolutely distraught.

It’s all about seeing that look on a grandma’s face when she’s found all those grandkids photos she thought she lost forever. It’s that type of feeling that keeps me getting up in the morning.

Do any moments at PCRS stand out so far?

I live about four miles south of Berne and in the summer we have a festival we call Swiss Days. I had arranged for PCRS to have a booth there, but didn’t really know if the business would last that long during its first few months, before many people had heard of it.

It seemed like everyone there came to the booth to participate in a PCRS drawing for T-shirts, gift certificates and a Toshiba laptop, and they all said they were glad to see this kind of business had opened in the area.

All that community support just kind of boosted my spirits, and I’m going to show them PCRS deserves their business.

What have you learned from your work?

Get off the couch. You cannot start a business if you don’t get up and try. I put it off for five years because I thought I couldn’t do it.

It’s not going to be easy and it’s not going to be fast money, but the rewards of finally doing what you’ve been wanting to do will outweigh what you’re putting into it. You just can’t get anywhere until you start.

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10 Tips For Making A Computer Run Faster


10 Tips For Making A Computer Run Faster

Computer Tips #3: Close Unnecessary Programs

Right now my computer says there are 198 programs running—but that’s a lie. Computers can only run one program at the same time for each computer processor in your computer. My computer only has one processor, so it can only run one program.

Computers hide this secret by switching between running programs thousands of times faster than humans can perceive. They switch between programs so fast that computer processor times are measured in nanoseconds.

But keeping up this illusion of running multiple programs at the same time requires extra computer processing speed—speed you can easily add to your most important programs just by closing down your least important programs. If you need a speed boost, start by closing any applications you’re not using; then close any programs in your task bar that you’re not using.

Closing unnecessary programs can easily double the speed of an overloaded computer.

Hope you enjoyed this tip please come back every day to see what new tips we have for you and as always if you need a computer repaired please come visit us at http://www.pcrscomputers.com or call us toll-free at 1-866-458-9779.

10 Tips For Making A Computer Run Faster


10 Tips For Making A Computer Run Faster

Computer Tips #2: Plug In Laptops

All laptops built in the last 10 years make their batteries last longer by slowing down the computer processor when you don’t seem to be using all of it. Although this works great to prolong battery life, it means that your laptop runs slower when it runs off battery.

To switch your laptop back into normal mode, all you have to do is plug in your laptop and the computer processor will run at full power, giving you 100% of the speed you expected when you bought the laptop.

Hope you enjoyed this tip please come back every day to see what new tips we have for you and as always if you need a computer repaired please come visit us at http://www.pcrscomputers.com or call us toll-free at 1-866-458-9779.

10 Tips For Making A Computer Run Faster


10 Tips For Making A Computer Run Faster

We all get annoyed when our computers are slow but unfortunately most people put up with this state as they do not know what makes a computer run faster. The steps to speed up your computer are very easy to follow.

Whether you need a temporary boost in speed or something long-term, here are 10 tips for making a computer run faster, from easy tips like plugging in your laptop to difficult tips like over-clocking your computer processor.

Computer Tips #1: Turn Off Anti-Virus (Leave On Firewall)

When you need a quick speed boost to play a game or finish an assignment, try turning off your anti-virus software. As long as you don’t open any infected files you should be safe and the speed increase can be significant.

However, make sure that you don’t turn off your firewall when you disable your anti-virus. Firewalls use very little computer processing power but protect you against threats coming from the Internet.

Make sure you turn your anti-virus back on when you don’t need the extra speed anymore.

Hope you enjoyed this tip please come back every day to see what new tips we have for you and as always if you need a computer repaired please come visit us at http://www.pcrscomputers.com or call us toll-free at 1-866-458-9779.

PCRS Computers Computer Buying Tips


PCRS Computers Computer Buying Tips

 

Buying a Mac or PC Computer

Should You Buy a Mac or a PC?

Deciding whether to buy a Mac or a PC should be based on two main points: your budget and whether the computer is primarily for business or pleasure. Both types of computers are excellent for specific tasks, although if you are planning to go to work and bring your computer with you, you may need to consider what types of computers your coworkers will have to make it easier to swap files or compare notes. Here a few basic tips on how to choose the right computer for you.

Budget

There’s no debate—Macs are far more expensive than PCs. If money is a big issue for you, you’ll want to buy a PC. However, Macs aren’t overpriced. Unlike PCs, each computer is designed for maximum efficiency in both processing speed and ease of use. While PCs frequently crash and are vulnerable to spyware and viruses, Macs resist most viral attacks and operate at a consistently high standard with virtually no technical issues. If you can afford it, a Mac is an excellent investment which will work for you for years.

Business

While Macs have always been the preferred computer of graphic designers and other creative individuals, for most corporate office work, PCs have long been favored over Macs. For this reason, PCs still dominate in most business settings.

Up until a few years ago, the major software designed for business suites, like the Microsoft Suite, was designed chiefly for PCs. However, the popularity of other Apple products such as the iPod and iPad has started to change the way Macs are perceived in the larger corporate world. Most business software now has versions available for both Macs and PCs. Because of their heftier price tag, Macs still have a long way to go in making a dent in the corporate world, although in terms of functionality they perform just as well as a PC.

Graphically, Macs have richer displays and a Linux based operating system that makes them ideal for manipulating complex information such as layered graphical displays. Photoshop was initially designed for the Mac. If you are buying a computer for use in a professionally creative setting, your coworkers will likely also be using Macs.

Programming

Computer programmers are evenly split on whether Macs or PCs make better programming tools. The truth is, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Macs developed a comprehensive suite of developer tools with their OS 10 which, if used properly, can help you get to the moon. PCs have always been oriented toward programming; in fact, the DOS/Windows interface was developed mainly as a way to stay competitive with the user friendly Mac interface. However, many programmers have complained that Macs are slower than PCs when it comes down to executing large amounts of freshly programmed code.

Personal Use

If you enjoy playing video games in your spare time, buying a PC is probably the best choice. This is partly because PCs are easier to hook up to auxiliary equipment like television sets or other devices. Although USB ports are evenly distributed between Macs and PC, the higher data transfer portals of a Mac do not always adapt easily to most conventional televisions, making it difficult to quickly relay information between the two devices, whereas the higher data transfer portals of a PC are usually very adaptable to auxiliary devices.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to design or develop creative projects in your personal time, Macs are a much better choice. Because Apple has invested so much time in making the user interface incredibly easy to use, spending time creating music or drawing or editing movies becomes less about the computer and more about the activity; you forget you are using a computer, and can instead focus on the act of creation. PCs have a more rigid approach; it’s hard to forget that you’re on a computer.

Cloud Computing and the Future of Virtualization

Of course, with the tech community excited about the potential of cloud computing, computer memory is going to become less of an issue, with flexibility, mobility, and processing speed becoming increasingly important when making purchasing decisions. Mac’s suite of mobile devices are far better adapted to shifting between different geographical areas while also offering enough functionality to make them viable business tools. However, for now you should buy the computer that best suits your needs, and plan on the inevitable: no matter what you buy now, in a few years it will be completely outdated anyway!

Computer of the Week 12/10/2012


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PCRS Computers420 Winchester RdGeneva, IN 46740260-220-9527

Email: a.patch@pcrscomputers.com

Website: www.pcrscomputers.com

Salesperson Quote SHIPPING METHOD SHIPPING TERMS DELIVERY DATE PAYMENT TERMS DUE DATE
Andrew Patch #201 N/A N/A N/A Due on Receipt
Quantity Description Price
1 HP DC7700 Desktop PC – Intel Pentium D 925 3.0GHz, 4GB DDR2, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit (Off Lease)

$281.99

1 Setup $25.00
1 Shipping $12.00

We Treat You Right For Less.

Thank you for your business.

Subtotal $318.99
Sales Tax $19.74
Total $338.31

Computer of the week


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PCRS Computers420 Winchester Rd

Geneva, IN 46740

260-220-9527

Email: a.patch@pcrscomputers.com

Website: www.pcrscomputers.com

Salesperson Quote sHIPPING mETHOD sHIPPING tERMS dELIVERY dATE pAYMENT tERMS dUE dATE
Andrew Patch #112 N/A N/A N/A Due on Receipt
Quantity Description Price
1 Dell Latitude E6400 Notebook PC – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, 4GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, DVDRW, 14.1″ Display, Webcam, Windows 7 Professional (Off-Lease) $359.99
1 Setup $25.00
1 Shipping $10.00

We Treat You Right For Less.

Thank you for your business.

Subtotal $394.99
Sales Tax $25.20
Total $420.19

Computer Deal Of the Day


Dell Latitude E6400 Notebook

PC- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2Ghz processor

4GB Memory

160GB Harddrive

DVD-RW

14.1″ Display

Webcam

Windows 7 Professional

Off Lease

$420.19

Call 260-220-9527 to order or contact us on our website at www.pcrscomputers.com

Top 10 Internet tips and tricks


Top 10 Internet tips and tricks

You don’t need the http:// portion of a web page

When typing an Internet address you do not need to type http:// or even www. in the address. For example, if you wanted to visit Computer Hope you could just type pcrscomputers.com and press enter. To make things even quicker, if you’re visiting a .com address you can type pcrscomputers.com and then press Ctrl + Enter to type out the full http://www.pcrscomputers.com address.

Quickly move between the fields of a web page

If you’re filling out an online form, e-mail, or other text field you can quickly move between each of the fields by pressing the Tab key or Shift + Tab to move back a field. For example, if you’re filling out your name and the next field is your e-mail address you can press the Tab key to switch to the e-mail field.

Tip: This tip also applies to the buttons, if you press tab and the web developer has designed correctly the button should be selected and will allow you to press the space bar or enter to push the button.

Tip: If you have a drop-down box that lists every country or every state you can click that box and then press the letter of the state or country you’re looking for. For example, is a drop-down box of States in the United States you could press u on the keyboard to quickly scroll to Utah.

Use Internet search engines to their full potential

Make sure to get the most out of every search result. If you’re not finding what you want try surrounding the text in quotes. For example, if you were searching for ‘computer help’ this actually searches for pages that contain both computer and help and not necessarily pages that have computer and help next to each other. If you search for “computer help” with the quotes around the search query this will only return pages that actually have computer and help next to each other.

Tip: Many new computer users also don’t realize that in every search box you can press enter instead of having to move the mouse button over to the Search button.

Know your Internet browser shortcuts

There are dozens of different shortcut keys that can be used with Internet browsers. Below are a few of our top suggested Internet browser shortcuts.

– Pressing Alt + D in any major Internet browser will move the cursor into the address bar. This is a great way to quickly enter an Internet address without having to click the mouse cursor in the address bar.
– Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or – to increase and decrease the size of text.
– Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.
– Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.
– Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return back to the normal view.
– Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.
– Press Ctrl + F to open the find box in the browser to search for text within the web page you’re looking at.

Take advantage of tabbed browsing

Take full advantage of tabbed browsing in all Internet browsers today. While reading any web page if you come across a link you may be interested in open that link in a new tab so it can be viewed later. A new tab can be opened by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the link or if you have a mouse with a wheel click the link with the middle mouse button.

Try alternative browsers

Most computer users use the default browser that comes included with the computer, with Microsoft Windows this is Internet Explorer. There are several great alternative browsers that are all free to download and use and may have features your current browser does not include. Below are a few of our favorites, try one or try them all.

Install plugins and add-ons

Each of the above alternative browsers also have a large community of volunteers who develop add-ons and plugins that can be added into the browser. Each of these browsers have hundreds of thousands of these add-ons that can do such things as giving you live weather in your browser window, changing its color, and adding additional functionality.

Make sure your browser and its plugins are up-to-date

Each Internet browser can have several additional plugins that give it additional functionality. For example, Adobe Flash is a great way to bring movies and other animated content to the Internet. Keeping these plugins up-to-date is vital for your computer stability and also security. Using the below tool you can quickly verify if your plugins are up-to-date and get links to where to download the latest updates.

Use online services

There are hundreds of free online services that can help make using your computer easier, more productive, and more enjoyable. See our top 10 online services for a listing of our favorites.

Top 10 keyboard shortcuts you should know.


Using keyboard shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, and help keep you focused. For example, highlighting text with the keyboard and pressing Ctrl + C is much faster than taking your hand from the keyboard, highlighting the text using the mouse, clicking copy from the file menu, and then putting your hand back in place on the keyboard. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use.

Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Copy the highlighted text or selected item.

Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard.

Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y

Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the undo.

Ctrl + F

Open the Find in any program. This includes your Internet browser to find text on the current page.

Alt + Tab or Alt + Esc

Quickly switch between open programs moving forward.

Tip: Press Ctrl + Tab to switch between tabs in a program.

Tip: Adding the Shift key to Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab will move backwards. For example, if you are pressing Alt + Tab and pass the program you want to switch to, press Alt + Shift + Tab to move backwards to that program.

Tip: Windows Vista and 7 users can also press the Windows Key + Tab to switch through open programs in a full screenshot of the Window.

Ctrl + Back space and Ctrl + Left or Right arrow

Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will delete a full word at a time instead of a single character.

Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. If you wanted to highlight one word at a time you can hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction while highlighting each word.

Ctrl + S

While working on a document or other file in almost every program pressing Ctrl + S will save that file. This shortcut key should be used frequently anytime you’re working on anything important.

Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End

Move the cursor to the beginning or end of a document.

Ctrl + P

Print the page being viewed. For example, the document in Microsoft Word or the web page in your Internet browser.

Page Up, Space bar, and Page Down

Pressing either the page up or page down key will move that page one page at a time in that direction. When browsing the Internet pressing the space bar will also move the page down one page at a time. If you press Shift and the Space bar the page will go up a page at a time.

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