Archive for August, 2014

Rocky Best Buy Beginnings, Happy Computer Guru Endings!

August 17, 2014

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In a weak moment, a client of mine bought a Sony All-In-1 system from Best Buy (they offered him credit, which I could not), and got what he thought was a terrific deal — until a few months later, when the hard drive died.  He brought it in to Best Buy’s infamous “Geek Squad,” hoping for a quick fix, but was told that the system had to be shipped back to Sony in order to be repaired.  No amount of squawking could change this, and when the unit was finally completed, nearly 7 calendar weeks had passed — my friend being without a computer, of course, all of this time. 

7 weeks!!!

The ludicrousness of this situation became apparent when the system came into my shop again, a year or so later, for a second failed hard drive.  This time, The Computer Guru (that’s me) performed the repair.  Time to replace the hard drive:  20 minutes.  Time to restore the operating system and applications software: 2 hours.  Total Repair Time: 2 hours 20 minutes.

7 weeks or 140 minutes?  Well now, you decide!  Come to The Computer Guru for all your repairs, upgrades, and system purchases.  I have a fantastic selection of new and refurbished machines you won’t see anywhere else.  With The Guru, you can’t go wrong, and you won’t have to wait a lifetime!!!

NEWS FLASH: THE COMPUTER GURU: NOW ON TWITTER!

August 3, 2014

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THE COMPUTER GURU UCM (Ultimate Computing Machine) — Once Is Not Enough!

August 1, 2014

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The BMW Design Group-styled Computer Guru custom-built system mentioned in my last post (see below) came out so nicely that a new client walked in yesterday and said, essentially, “I want one of those!”  But the story bears some repeating because it reveals some interesting computing realities that my readers may wish to consider.

The client, a young, intelligent entrepreneurial woman, owns several Apple Macintosh systems, but as she expands her business and launches new ventures, she’s finding that the Apple machines, as nice as they are, fall short in several important areas. 

First of all, the computing power on tap — while decent for some jobs — is not really that strong, which means they can’t keep up with certain demanding tasks — graphics, multitasking, number-crunching, large databases and mailing lists, and so on.  And certain world-class business software applications simply do not run on the Mac OSX operating system.  PC Users have always enjoyed a strong numerical advantage over Mac Users when it comes to having a wide choice of applications running on the “Wintel” (Windows OS, Intel Processor) platform.

So I’m building her a unit similar to the previous one — and although it will be a powerhouse as delivered, the beauty of this custom-built Computer Guru system — besides the high-style, as displayed in the thin, elegant, slim form factor and the quiet operation — is the ability to expand and grow along with the owner’s needs. 

Need storage space?  I can build this system with up to 10TB (Terabytes) — that is 10,000 Gigabytes! — of INTERNAL disk storage.  Forget cumbersome and unreliable external hard drives — or costly, snails-pace cloud storage — you won’t need them with this baby.  And even though many manufacturers (like Apple) are leaving DVD drives off their systems — a real annoyance when you need one — this system has a beautiful slot-loading multidrive located front and center…and a card reader too!

The graphics system can accommodate virtually any class of video, from ordinary consumer- and business-class to exotic, high-performance video for artists, photographers, graphic designers, architects, animators, and scientific and technical users such as mathematicians, linguistic analysts, physicists, and CAD engineers. 

Even the sound system is a high-end integrated unit from Creative Labs, the leaders in digital sound reproduction on personal computers.  Many higher-end computers now have a quad-core CPU, but how many computers, like this one, have a quad-core audio processor?

So if you’d like to join the club and enjoy the beneficial pleasures of owning and using a really premium yet affordable desktop computer system to meet your personal and business computing needs today — and well into the future — just give The Computer Guru a shout!