SIGNA RSS Feed SIGNA Computer Systems : Your Neighbourhood Computer Specialists Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:0:0 GMT en-us ''Mainstream'' just isn't for everyone... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:0:0 GMT Are you someone who only does very basic things with your computer, like checking e-mail, surfing the web, and visiting Facebook* Are you looking looking to cut costs for a slightly cheaper PC* Well, one way to do that is to skip Microsoft Windows and try an alternative operating system (OS) like Linux! - The Linux operating system is entirely free - and when the next version comes along, the upgrade is also yours for free at the click of a button. - Many applications (for just about anything you can think of) are also available for free, and can be downloaded and installed with just a couple of mouse-clicks. Better yet, all of them receive automatic updates just like the OS does. - Many popular web-browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are available for Linux (and those that aren't - like Safari - can be run under WINE.) - Microsoft-Office-Compatible office suites such as OpenOffice and Libre Office are yours for free at the click of a mouse, so you can do word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases at no cost! - Linux is highly customizable. Don't like the way something works* Change it! You can even choose which desktop environment you use (pick from KDE Plasma, Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, etc, or install several and choose which one you want to use at the spur of the moment on your login-screen.) - No need to give up gaming either... Did you know Steam is now available for Linux* There are already tons of games available for the OS, and more are added almost daily. - Enjoy ''Security through obscurity''... worried about Windows Malware and viruses that are targeting the majority of computer users* They don't work on Linux! So, if you're looking to save a few bucks, or just want to try something new, why not give Linux a try* Drop in and have a chat with us about it, as there are lots of options to choose from. You can even have Linux and Windows side-by-side on the same machine (called ''dual-boot'') so you can choose which OS to use when you power-up your computer. Take a step outside the Windows ecosystem, and discover what's possible today! Best Regards, Greg Stapells Your first look at Windows 10...! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:0:0 GMT Those of you who can't wait to get your hands on the latest and greatest tech will be happy to hear that the Windows 10 technology preview is on the way! Whoa, wha...* We just had Windows 8.0 - what happened to Windows 9.0* Apparently, the ''9.0'' version number is being skipped to prevent older, non-conforming applications from confusing it with Windows 95. So, 10.0 it is! And what an interesting update it's shaping up to be! Proving that functionality and usability is paramount, Microsoft is leaving no stone un-turned - apparently, even the Windows Command Line is getting a bunch of new features, including the ability to paste to it via CTRL+V, plus a half-dozen other little appearance and input tweaks that you can customize! Also new will be a dedicated Notification Centre where all of your apps will push notices and alerts to, and which you can control (ie. centralized and consistent, as opposed to the current situation where every application has its own custom notification method.) Speaking of control, you will now also be able to easily pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu and Taskbar - just right-click, and choose the option, bam - there it is! Explorer also has a new ''Home'' location that keeps all of your most-used folder locations, and the ''Run'' menu has been updated so that you can quickly pull up a list of recently-used files by typing the word ''recent''. Those of you who use multiple virtual desktops will be happy to hear that you now have shortcut keys available - Win+Tab to create/switch desktops, and CTRL+Win+Left or CTRL+Win+Right to move between desktops. And, finally, File History is now available in a tab when you bring up the properties on a file. So, quite a bunch of changes lining up already, and all of them quite useful! Can't wait to give them a try* The Windows Technical Preview ISOs are available from Microsoft here: Have fun!. Have fun! Best Regards, Greg Stapells Thanks for Sharing...! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:0:0 GMT It's been another amazing month at Signa, and on behalf of the entire staff I would like to thank our customers for making our jobs fun and enjoyable. Although everyone who works at Signa obviously enjoys computers and technology, we're also very much ''people persons''. We love to chat, and hear stories about the cool and creative things you guys are doing with your machines. A computer on its own doesn't do very much at all, but when you add the person (and their creativity) to the mix -- that's when the truly astounding stuff happens. So, here's a quick little thank you to all of our customers for taking the time to ''talk shop'' with us. It really makes our day! :) Best Regards, Greg Stapells Hacked! Even the cloud is vulnerable! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:0:0 GMT I guess you've already heard of the celebrity hacking by now. Yes, famous celebrities had their iCloud accounts hacked releasing hundreds of private photos and videos to the public. When asked why, why they allowed confidential pictures to be uploaded to the cloud, the answer was almost unanimous: they thought it was safe, and didn't give it much thought. Tap the button Backup to iCloud and it's pretty much done. Do you know another way to describe cloud storage* Backing up to someone else's hard drive. By now many people have turned off cloud backup and wonder how they will manage data backup. The answer is almost as easy as iCloud: plug into iTunes and backup to a PC or mac. It's not as convenient, but at least your data remains on your hard drive and not someone else's. These tips and other useful hints to keep your computers and information safe is what Signa is all about. Call us or come on in and we'll prove that our promise is delivering peace of mind. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards, Greg Stapells Make Back-to-School Less Taxing + Postcard in mailbox Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:0:0 GMT We're nearly at the middle of August, and it's time to be thinking about getting the kids ready to go back-to-school. We know how taxing that can be sometimes, so we've decided to take the ''tax'' out of the equation with this week's newsletter-exclusive special offer! Using the coupons below, you can get an open-box 32GB 4th-gen iPad or a factory-sealed Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Notebook -- and we'll cover the HST! Hurry in, as quantities are limited... no rainchecks. Looking to save even more* Keep an eye on your mail box, as our summer postcard should be arriving shortly via Canada Post, complete with a coupon that will save you even more! It's been such a great summer for us, and we've decided to share the love. Kind Regards, Greg Stapells Get Ready for an Amazing PC or Mac experience!!Products.asp?gID=14000!Products.asp?gID=14000 Tue, 5 Aug 2014 19:0:0 GMT With today's busy lifestyle and so many things on the go, we're often looking for ways to be more efficient with our time. Using a computer can help get more done in less time, as long as we're not waiting for the computer to catch up to us. One of the best ways to improve how your PC or Mac desktop/notebook runs is to install an SSD or Solid State Drive. This replaces the older, slower mechanical HDD or Hard Disk drive. Your old hard-drive is like a K-car... It's fairly reliable, but it's not the fastest, and it certainly isn't the quietest or most fuel-efficient either. An HDD is old tech, with spinning platters and moving arms that are slow, noisy, vulnerable to impact/jarring, and which eat-up precious battery power. In comparison, a solid state drive is like a new Maserati: blindingly fast, quiet, and super fuel efficient. An SSD uses ultra-fast memory for storage (like what's in your digital camera or iPad) so you'll realize up to 5X faster loading, rebooting, and start-ups. Also, there are no moving parts, so your battery will last much longer, the drive operates in complete silence, and there's no risk of physically damaging the drive and losing your data if you bump your desktop or notebook. Did we mention that it's so much faster you won't believe it's the same computer* There just isn't any comparison between HDDs and SSDs... one is slow old tech, and the other delivers cutting-edge performance. To enjoy all these great benefits of an SSD, call or drop by and we'd be happy to help. We'll even help transfer the contents of your old drive to the new one, so (aside from the phenomenal speed boost, silent operation, and improved battery life) you'll never even know that anything changed. P.S. The latest generation SSDs are twice as fast as the originals, so upgrading to a newer, larger (possibly less expensive) SSD could net you a nice boost in performance, while giving you the storage you need. Best Regards, Greg Stapells