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This is your June computing insights newsletter from EagleTech Computer Service.  It is my hope that each edition will prove helpful and increase your enjoyment of your computer.


I hope you enjoy this new newsletter format!


It's a pleasure serving you as your personal onsite Technician!

Tom Sparks
It's time to enjoy the Northwest 
I hope this newsletter finds you doing well.  Summer is a great time in the Northwest!  It is so incredibly lush and beautiful this time of year.
We're looking forward to some great times of horse camping this summer.  I hope you have some good plans for enjoying the few months we get for outside activity.  My wife and I really enjoy long rides in the Mt Hood foothills enjoying the great outdoors and our wonderful Puerto Rican Pacifino horses.  They are a wonderful breed with a very smooth gait...great for backs that are getting a little older...
Summer Special! 
Typically summer time is a bit slower time for computer repair, what with folks being outside more and less involved with their computers.  For this reason, to encourage you towards computer service this summer, I'd like to offer you or any of your acquaintances $5 off from now through August when you know you will need 1 hour of service, or $10 off when you know you will need at least 2 hours of service.  I know it's not a huge savings but if the economy continues trending downwards like it has been it's my hope this will be helpful to many folks...  
Super Important!!!
Microsoft just released a security alert and patch due to the disturbing news that the hugely complex "Flame" malware has spoofed MS-signed certificates, potentially making Microsoft Update a malware delivery mechanism.  This means if you don't have Microsoft's newest Windows Update Patch this virus will trick your computer into thinking it needs a Windows Update when in reality it isn't an update from Microsoft but from a virus hacker.  The moment you accept this fake patch it makes your Windows Operating System completely vulnerable to additional viruses.  Here is a link to a page where you can download and install Microsoft's protective patch before this virus attacks your computer: Click here for Patch site .  Be sure to choose the correct patch for your windows operating system.  If you are uncertain feel free to contact me and I'll provide you with guidance.


 Windows 8 is coming...
If you weren't aware...Microsoft is getting very close to launching their new Windows 8 operating system software.  Typically Microsoft has a "run-up" to the full launch of its operating system where on all new computers they will install Windows 7 and then provide the customer with a coupon for a free upgrade to Windows 8.  This will likely begin around June or July this summer. The question is: Should you buy a Windows 7 PC with a free coupon for Windows 8 so that you can get on board early with Windows 8?"  I don't recommend it...  The reason I don't recommend it has to do with the challenges you will face in using the upgrade.  You may lose data, your PC may not integrate well with Windows 8, and if you wait until this Fall, when Microsoft offers their Windows 8 preloaded on every new PC, then you will be assured that everything works smoothly.  Just my recommendation...


I've been working with the free Windows 8 Preview Release operating system on one of my office computers and I think it is going to be a tough sell for Microsoft.  I can't tell if it is going to end up for them as bad as Vista impacted them but it wouldn't surprise me if it at least initially it didn't fly too well with the general consumer.  It is very different from Windows 7 and many of the features folks have become accustomed to in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 are missing in Windows 8.  It will be a fairly steep learning curve for most folks to work through.  For this reason, many who have struggled with getting comfortable with their current operating system will find Windows 8 to take even longer to get used to.  Let me say here...when/if you do purchase a new computer this Fall with Windows 8 on it you might want me to come out and walk you through a tutorial lesson on its basic function and of course I'd be happy to do so.  I think a one hour session will be sufficient to get you up and going with most of the functions you will need for daily use of it.

If you are thinking about purchasing a new desktop PC this Fall, and you are looking forward to Windows 8, you might want to consider purchasing a new screen monitor that has touch screen capability, because the main new element of Windows 8 will be its touch screen features.  You should anticipate a price range of between $270-$300 for this type of monitor.  I would imagine the new laptops that arrive on the scene this Fall with Windows 8 loaded will have touch screen capability built into them, but for this reason I anticipate that whereas a new laptop can be purchased right now for between $400-$600 I wouldn't be surprised if the new touch screen models will range more like $600-800...we'll see...
Well, one way or another you may be looking towards the purchase of a new computer and I'm always happy to come out and get it setup, optimized, and move all your data from your retiring PC to the new one.  Don't hesitate to call and I'll make the transition as easy as possible.

The cartoon above is pretty accurate...when computers get too old it becomes pretty difficult to speed them up and help them to work with today's internet and programs.  It might be a good time to consider a new PC.

Best of success to you in all your computing.


I'm here to assist you when you need it.  As just a reminder... My onsite residential fee is $30 per hour and for the commercial setting it is $40 per hour.  Once again...for any clients you send my way, who use my services for an hour or more, I'd be happy to credit you with $7 of free computer service at your next call.  Do let me know if you send folks my way and I'll keep notes on that as a credit for my next visit to you.


Thanks so much!

Your Computer Technician

Tom Sparks

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I'd like to offer you or any of your acquaintances $5 off from now through August when you know you will need 1 hour of service, or $10 off when you know you will need at least 2 hours of service. I know it's not a huge savings but if the economy continues trending downwards like it has been I'm hoping it will be helpful to many folks...
Offer Expires: September 1, 2012