SIGNA RSS Feed SIGNA Computer Systems : Your Neighbourhood Computer Specialists Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:0:0 GMT en-us Hard drive price drop!!Products.asp?gID=13000!Products.asp?gID=13000 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:0:0 GMT The nice weather resulted in a slow but steady Saturday, with lots of time to drop our prices and put our hard drives on sale, check them out! Hot new touchscreens now in! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 19:0:0 GMT We've just received some hot new touch-screen notebooks. Check them out - they're currently featured on our front page! The journey of a thousand files begins with a single step. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 19:0:0 GMT These days, our mobile devices are constantly with us wherever we go, and that means our precious data is too. Everything from laptops, to tablets, to cellphones... and they all have our data in the form of photos, contacts, notes, documents, calendars, bookmarks, and more. Our mobile devices are mobile, and that puts them at greater risk of being damaged. Cellphones, tablets, and notebooks are regularly sat on, stepped on, kicked, dropped, zapped with static electricity, baked in hot cars, and immersed in water (and those are only a few of the most common causes of device demise.) We rely on our mobile devices day-to-day, and we put lots of information into them expecting that it will always be there for us when we need it - but the truth is that some of this data may exist only on your device, as not everything is automatically backed-up in ''the cloud.'' At Signa, we can help prevent the loss of your mobile device's data. The first and simplest thing that we can do for you is back-up your data, giving you an SD-card, USB drive, or hard drive with all of your photos and files. More importantly though, we can teach you how to export and backup your own data so that you're always protected. Isn't it time that you took the first proactive step on your journey to peace-of-mind* Please give us a call, send us an e-mail, or stop in and chat with us about your best options - no matter what device you're using, we can help keep the information inside of it safe so that it's always there when you need it Best Regards, Greg Stapells, Owner Welcome Corgan! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 19:0:0 GMT We'd like to welcome Corgan Rikkonen to Signa! He's in charge of customer follow up, and he's doing a great job keeping in touch and help ensure technology is running as smoothly as can be. Many people call back saying ''Gordon called'' and that's okay, as Corgan (a Finnish name) is a unique name in Canada. :) We're not spies but we do offer these ''Secret Services'' Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:0:0 GMT We often get great feedback from our clients that it's our ''special services'' or what we refer to as ''Secret Services'' that really sets us apart from the big box stores. Yes, we do in-home and office repairs and in-store service, and yes, that's our bread and butter, but we also provide a number of other services we feel are as important to our client's livelihood. We thought by sharing some of them with you, it would remind y ou that peace of mind at Signa is also about being proactive with your maintenance and backups. So, here they are: - Data recovery on failed Mac and PC hard drives - iPhone/iPad/Android data transfer and training - Video (VHS/8mm) to DVD/Blu-ray/file conversions - Rush services/same-day in-store and in-home/office - Wireless Signal Boosting, and hardwiring homes and offices - Hooking up TVs, programming remotes, game consoles etc Being a small business, we can respond to our customer's needs quickly and efficiently, letting you continue with what's important to you - running your business, looking after your family, or simply sitting back as we solve your technology challenges. Best Regards, Greg Stapells, Owner A word from Greg Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:0:0 GMT Hello Friends, I am happy to say that it feels like spring is right around the corner. It's finally time to start thinking about shedding those winter clothes, as our spirits will soon be lifted as we welcome in the warmer weather. We hope to see more of you in the neighbourhood as the milder temperatures will certainly encourage you to get more fresh air, so come in for a visit and say hi. As always, we appreciate your business and love helping out our friends and neighbours. Feel free to connect with me anytime as I'm always here to help. P.S. until April 30th, receive $25 off a spring tuneup nVidia Maxwell - twice the performance!!Products.asp?find=maxwell%26pID=17083!Products.asp?find=maxwell%26pID=17083 Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:0:0 GMT ''NVIDIA Maxwell is the world's most advanced GPU architecture. Inspired by light, it's designed to be the engine of next-generation gaming. A marvel of engineering, Maxwell-powered GPUs deliver incredible power efficiency and up to 2x the performance of previous-generation cards. This means you get amazing speed, stunning visuals and rock-solid reliability. It's the perfect upgrade for all gamers looking for a next-generation gaming experience that only Maxwell provides.'' Get your own piece of Maxwell tech today with the Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5 (folow link.) Malware Beware - Spring Cleaning's Come Early! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:0:0 GMT We've noticed a huge spike in the number of PCs (and now Macs) infested with malware (malicious software like viruses or spyware) since Christmas. In response to that, we thought we'd feature a few tips on how to spot some of the common signs of malware, along with a coupon to help you out. So, what are the signs that you may have Malware on your PC or Mac* These are some of the most common ones... - Pop-up windows that flash up on the screen and then vanish in an instant - Banners and advertisements under your google search bar, saying ''you have mail!'' etc - Full-screen apps that take over your screen and prevent you from clicking on anything else, often promoting some product or company - ''Waiting to close'' warnings about obscurely-named apps while you're powering-down your computer - Your home page that you usually see when you open your browser (IE/Chrome/Safari) suddenly changes to something else - Strange toolbars suddenly appearing in your browser - The sudden appearance of applications in the programs/apps list that you did not install (on PC go to Control Panel/Programs and Features, on a Mac go to Launchpad) - Constant hard-drive activity, even when the machine is idle (ie. the hard-drive light is on solid and never stops) - Your computer takes much longer than normal to start-up or shut-down, and while it's running, applications seem slower than normal... sometimes to the point that they're almost unusable. These are just a handful of the most common symptoms. If you're experiencing any of these, then you could very well have malware on-board, and cyber-criminals could have access to your device. Signa is here to help, any time you need assistance. If you are faced with some of these symptoms (or even other suspicious behaviour) and would like our expert technicians to clean your device from stem to stern, then just give us a call. We'll be happy to get you back up and running - malware free! - in short order. Kind regards, Greg Stapells February System Flyer Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:0:0 GMT Our February 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! 3 Ways to Get Windows 10 Today! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:0:0 GMT While it's too early to tell whether March is going to come in like a Lion or a Lamb, February sure arrived with a winter-wallop! Here's hoping that this frigid, wintery blast is a short-lived one! Brrr! As many of you might have heard, Microsoft is already hard at work on the next major release of their flagship operating system, Windows 10. Although most Microsoft-watchers don't expect the final OS to arrive until sometime around October, you can get a head-start and check out the Consumer Preview of the OS right now! There are three ways that you can get Windows 10 : - If you buy a new desktop or notebook, just tell your friendly neighbourhood Signa technician that you'd like to try the Windows 10 preview. You'll still get your choice of a full Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license, but you will also get the consumer preview of Windows 10 (which can either be installed alongside Windows 7 or 8.1 in a dual-boot config, or as the main OS (which will eventually update to the full version of Windows 10 at the product's launch.) - If you aren't getting a new PC anytime soon, but would still like to take the Windows 10 preview for a spin, you can download your own preview copy and install it yourself for free. (If that seems a little bit daunting, no worry - just ask one of our technicians, and they'll be happy to assist.) - Finally, if you want to skip the preview for now and wait for the final version, that's okay too. Over a 1-year period following the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft will be offering current owners of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 a free upgrade to Windows10! So, there you have it... Exciting new features are one the way, like multiple desktops and window-snapping (similar to Linux), modern apps that run in a desktop window, and the much celebrated return of the old Windows Start-Menu (live-tiles have been moved into a compact side-panel on the right of the start-menu, so no more flipping between interfaces! Yay!) It's all fantastic stuff, and let me tell you - it makes a huge difference! So, it seems like 2015 is going to be a very exciting year for Windows users. Grab a piece of that excitement today, and take the Windows 10 consumer preview for a spin! You'll be glad you did! Kind regards, Greg Stapells Don't let Malware Byte You In the End! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:0:0 GMT More than ever, cybercriminals are out to breach your privacy and steal your personal information. Whether you use a PC with Windows, a Mac with OSX, or a smart-phone running iOS/Android we're all still in the same boat together, as all of these platforms are being targeted by malware. Here are a few quick pointers to help keep you and your computer safe: - While some legitimate sites like NetFlix require you to install 3rd-party plugins like Silverlight to watch protected tv-shows and movies, some less ethical websites invite you to install their own video players so that they can bombard you with advertisements, steal your personal information, or even take-over your computer. As YouTube clearly demonstrates, modern browsers are able to play videos on the web without installing any plugins at all, so if some other site tells you that you have to install a plugin to watch something on their site, it might be worth a quick Google search first to see if that particular website is serving up more than just entertainment. - Most people know that computers run programs, and that if you ever tried to run something that wasn't a program as if it were a program, your computer would crash. So, you can't get viruses or malware from non-program files like music or video... they're just data, right* Wrong. Videos, music, and pretty much any computer file that gets loaded into memory can be tampered with so that part of it loads into a special location where your computer mistakenly THINKS it's a program - and then you're in trouble. Whoever rigged the file can tell your device to do just about anything, although usually they tell it to download and install more complicated malware. So, best advice - only watch or download things from trusted sites like YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, Freeplay Music, etc., and avoid the temptation of random files that you might find via a Google search or Torrent sites. - Be careful what applications you install, and what you agree to while you're installing them. On PC and Mac you may be downloading a completely legitimate game, utility, etc, but it could come bundled with something else that will try to install alongside the program that you actually wanted. So read each screen of the installer carefully, and un-check any offers to install bundled apps. On your phone or tablet, always be sure to research your app first and find out what intents it has (ie. what features of your device it can access.) If you don't think that a tic-tac-toe game should be able to access your personal contacts list or connect to a network, then leave that app where it is. - Avoid using commonly-attacked applications - switch to something else. There's a slogan which reads ''security through obscurity'' which basically means that if you're using an application that relatively few people are using, it probably isn't being actively attacked by cyber-criminals either. Malware authors typically attack applications that are on everyone's computers - it maximizes their chances of succeeding. If you can switch to some other application instead (say for instance, using Video LAN's VLC Player instead of Windows Media Player) you improve your security, because an attack designed specifically to breach your security via Windows Media Player just won't work on VLC Player. By the same token, an attack that works on Internet Explorer won't work on Firefox or Opera, etc. So whenever possible, take ''the road less travelled'', as there are fewer bandits on it. - Be mindful of what your computer is doing. Hopefully, you remember what it was like when you got it... if it suddenly seems much slower, or appears to be doing things that it didn't normally do (windows popping up and vanishing in the blink of an eye, slow starting up or shutting down, strangely-named applications causing ''would not close'' warnings during shut-down, etc.) you might want to consider the possibility that you've got uninvited guests on-board and are in need of pest-control. These are just a few simple tips that can help keep you and your computer safe while you're connected to the outside world. As always, let us know if you like seeing this sort of information appearing in the newsletter, and we'll be sure to include more tips just like these in future issues! Also, if you're having trouble with malware, the experts at Signa are available for in-home/office service calls and carry-in service with no drop off appointment needed. Just email, or call 416-488-9208 and we'll provide the peace of mind you're looking for. Kind regards, Greg Stapells