SIGNA RSS Feed SIGNA Computer Systems : Your Neighbourhood Computer Specialists Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:0:0 GMT en-us April System Flyer Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:0:0 GMT Our April System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations! Don't fear as April 8 is near - So long Windows XP and Office 2003 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:0:0 GMT WHY* Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003* According to Microsoft's Support Lifecycle Policy, products such as Windows and Office receive a minimum of 10 years of support, during which time they receive service packs and updates. Windows XP and Office 2003 support will end on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started migrating to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on past customer deployment data, most enterprise migrations take 18 to 32 months. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before support ends for XP and Office 2003. WHAT* What does end of support mean to customers* It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, no hotfixes to deal with bugs, and no free or paid assisted support. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as: Security and Compliance Risks: being unsupported and unpatched means that you are vulnerable to security risks. This may lead to certification failure, and/or public notification of your organization's inability to maintain its systems and customer information. Lack of 3rd Party Software and Hardware Manufacturers support: Gartner Research notes that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models. Lack of 3rd Party Technical Support: Rogers themselves is also is stopping support on XP-based computers effective April 8th 2014. Get current with Windows and Office. This option has an up-side well beyond keeping you supported. It allows employees to be more productive, and increases operating efficiency through improved security and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud. HOW* How do I begin my migration* For peace-of-mind without all the hassle, give the experts at Signa a call! In many cases, we can simply upgrade your old system with a current version of Windows, allowing you to enjoy the same level of security and support that you previously enjoyed with your old operating system. If your current hardware is too old to run a modern version of Windows, we can also help you find new hardware or hardware-upgrades that meet your current needs. Kind Regards, Greg Stapells Sometimes Your Computers Need A March Break too! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:0:0 GMT We know that Spring is just around the corner and the snow will soon be gone. We forget sometimes how busy we all get and how fast life moves. Sometimes, We all need a bit of a breather, a little downtime to relax and enjoy. It's been a cold and snowy March Break so far and as we were teased a bit this past week with some warmer weather, we thought we'd take this opportunity to thank you. We appreciate your kind words, neighbourly support and of course, your continued business. With that in mind, here are some tips over the March Break to help warm up your day. Happy Spring! Here are the top things to look for over the March Break and some fixes too. Does your web browser get stuck on ''connecting'' and seem to take forever to load a page* Do you frequently get pop-up messages saying ''the following program has stopped working...'' (windows 7) or program just won't run (Mac) Does your PC or Mac take a long time to start up or shut down* Do you have 2 or more little annoyances, things just not working the way they should with your computer* Does your WiFi often disconnect* Here's what you can try to do to fix the problems yourself: Try uninstalling any unnecessary programs Disable any browser add-ons, especially toolbars Do all your Windows or Mac OS updates (especially in wake of a known virus) Un-install the affected program, re-install it, update it to the latest version and see if that solves the problem If none of the above work, the last resort (and sometimes the quickest thing you can do) is to backup all your data, get your software lined up to re-install, de-authorize your itunes and any Adobe software like Photoshop, and DO A FRESH INSTALLATION OF YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM. We're here to help with any of these issues. Please do not attempt my ''last resort'' recommendation if you're not completely familiar with how to back-up your PC (Windows Backup) or Mac (Time Machine). We'll be sure to keep you up and running smoothly. If you would be more comfortable having someone do this for you, we also provide at-home service. As always we're a phone call away so give us a ring or come in for a visit. Regards, Greg Stapells Why is My Computer So Slow When My Life is So Fast* Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:0:0 GMT You can't be too rich or too thin, but most importantly, you can never have too fast a computer. Why do we crave speed* Today, we live in an instant society, and no one likes to wait for anything, especially when it comes to technology. The days of turning on your computer, going to make a cup of coffee, and coming back to a computer still loading are over. We need instant gratification. By the time you get out of your chair, your computer is loaded and ready go! People want information now and even if you're just doing email, surfing on-line or sharing photos, the need for speed is of vital importance. The two questions we're asked most often is: - ''I've barely used my computer, why did it slow down*''In order to keep up with people writing malicious software, Microsoft and Apple must release weekly updates to plug security holes. We did a fresh install on a Mac the other day and had to install 2.5GB worth of updates. All those updates add to the time it takes to start up the computer, and to run your software. Each year that goes by takes its toll on speed, and by the time it's 4 years old, you'll need an upgrade, whether you've used it or not! - ''If I uninstall a few programs, would that speed up my computer*''It's commonly thought a quick cleanup and removal of software not being used will speed up the computer, but unfortunately that's not the case. We're back to the problem outlined above - the patched (updated) Windows or OSX operating system has, over the years, simply slowed down to the point of being unusable. Lately, we've found our clients reluctant to replace that 3 or 4 year old Mac or PC and prefer to breathe a little life into their not-too-old technology. Thankfully there are things you can do to restore new or better than new performance. Call, email, or come on in with your computer and we'd be glad to help, either in-store or at your home. Kind regards, Greg Stapells It's like comparing Apples and Oranges!!Products.asp?find=70012!Products.asp?find=70012 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:0:0 GMT Hello friends and MAC lovers. We just received a new shipment of best-selling and ever popular MacBook Airs and Pros. They're now in stock and on display here at Signa and ready for you to test drive. These MACs are great for the whole family and best of all, at great prices. Come on in and try them for yourself. We service MACs too so have no fear, we'll make sure your computer is ready to go and lasts for a long time. Kind regards, Greg Stapells Traction and Performance - The Power of Two Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:0:0 GMT Old Man Winter is certainly alive and well! Having a four-wheel-drive car can give your vehicle a significant advantage in the snow, and in a similar manner, having certain computer components working in tandem can give your PC huge traction as well! - Adding a second hard-drive with RAID can give you peace-of-mind. Hard drives do fail occasionally, but with RAID and drive-mirroring, your important data is written on two separate storage devices simultaneously. If one device should fail, the other will still have all of your vital data -- safe and secure. - Into serious PC gaming and demand the highest resolutions* Still want liquid-smooth frame rates* It's time to upgrade your gaming rig to work with SLI or Crossfire - two technologies that allow you to install two GPUs and essentially bridge them, working together to render the game's visuals. This doubles your video performance, giving you an extreme edge. - Adding a second monitor can really change the PC experience. Constantly fighting with multiple windows that cover each other is not the solution... a second display allows you to easily view on one screen while you're working on another. Once you've tried it, you'll wonder how you ever went without it. - When truly exceptional processing power is needed, it's time to utilize a motherboard that supports two physical processors at the same time. When combined with the latest hex-core processors, this is an absolutely killer combination that results in a rig with an astounding 12 processing cores. Talk about phenomenal speed, leaving typical dual- and quad-core systems in the dust! So yes, there are many situations in which two components can be better than just one! Be sure to ask us about all of these custom setups - we'd love to chat and explain them in greater detail. Remember, that you certainly won't find configurations like this at your local big-box store, but at Signa we've got you covered! Kind regards, Greg Stapells Feburary System Flyer Mon, 3 Feb 2014 19:0:0 GMT Our Feburary System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations!