Oh no! My MacBook Air is out of memory!

The MacBook Air is a great computer due to it’s slim form factor (it’s thin!) and it’s super light weight. The current 13″ model weighs in at just under 3lbs. What a great little computer. The only issue is the small hard drive. It’s so easy to buy a machine with only 128GB of hard drive space and use it up within a month. So what do you do? Virtua Computers has the answer.
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Why we offering Virtua Monitoring

Here at Virtua Computers, we offer a monitoring service to our clients. If you are a monthly client you are automatically enrolled. For non-monthly clients we offer this service at $20/month per computer. So why do we offer monitoring and what is it monitoring on your computer?

First and foremost – we are NOT monitoring what you do on your computer. This service does not tell us who you are emailing with, what website you are going to, or your credit card information.
virtua monitoring application in system preferences
Our monitoring software checks your computer for over 250+ issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Backups – are your backups running properly? We monitor Time Machine as well as offsite backups
  • Drives – is your HD ok? The worst thing is losing all your data. Monitoring your drives allows us to make sure that doesn’t happen.
  • Malware – Mac’s can get malware – and we can get rid of it. Monitoring allows us to know what’s installed so we can eliminated it properly.
  • Memory – we know if your computers RAM is starting to fail, so we can get it replaced ASAP

We use the monitoring software as a way to be proactive with your computer. Think it’s all hocus pocus? Think again. A client a while back had the monitoring software installed. We were able to detect that they had not run their backup (which was Time Machine) in a few days. We let the customer know, we got onto their computer and started a backup. The next day the internal hard drive failed. Had we not know about the backup not working, the customer would have lost days, and possibly months worth of work. Now we were able to just replace the hard drive, recover from the backup and they were up and running within a few hours.

That’s just one of many examples of what monitoring your computer can do.

If you wish to be monitored, please contact us.

Photos, Photos and iPhoto.

Remember when we all went to the store to get film developed? We had to wait like 2 weeks for the chemical process to take the negatives, and we would just sit and wait and hope they would come out good? Those days are long past us. Since we all use digital cameras, and mobile devices to take photos now – where is the right place for them to be stored? You wouldn’t want to lose all those photos of your child’s first birthday would you?
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Public Wifi is safe right?

If your definition of safe is leaving your front door wide open then yeah sure it’s safe.

Let’s talk about the reality of public Wifi. For starters we need to define public wifi.
1. Public Wifi in our scenario is any company offering “free” wifi at their location – so Starbucks, NYC subways, even your airport.
2. Just because it has a password doesn’t mean it is safe.
3. I do not mean Mobile Wifi hotspots.
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Help I’ve lost my iPhone!

Does this sound familiar “Honey, where’s my iPhone?” only to remember you left it in a cab? Never good. All those pictures of your dog, notes, and candy crush scores – gone forever…or is it?

Let’s talk about how to make sure that you don’t lose that data if you lose your phone. We’ve already discussed the cloud (if you haven’t read it please do first). Today we will go deeper into iCloud, Apples syncing protocol that will save your butt!
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How to manage your Email

We live and die by email now-a-days. It’s so bad, people will text me to say “Did you get my email?”. With the slew of incoming noise let’s dissect some ways to manage it better.

If you are sending a lot of inter-office emails, consider a better communication tool. Virtua Computers uses Slack for example. Slack allows for team communication. You can setup Channels (or topics) for projects or clients. You can easily share files also. We’ve used Slack to discuss issues at each of our clients. This way when one of us is on site and needs to discuss a problem we know exactly where to talk about it and where we will find responses. Switching to Slack has cut down MASSIVELY on inter office emails and texts. Best of all Slack is free to start.
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