Archive for March, 2016

iMACs, Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid!!!

March 30, 2016


It’s a long story, but to boil it down, my client’s 27″ iMAC died a sorry, premature, unexpected, and inconvenient death.  The video card, a weak spot on this model, failed, and took the logic board with it.  Time for a new machine…but which machine?

My client was tempted to buy a new 27″ iMAC Retina, but the price was a little scary ($3,000, not including the “Apple Care” extended warranty you’d be crazy not to buy with a machine this expensive), and she was dubious because her “old” iMAC only lasted a few years before dying.  Could I put something better together for her?

You bet!  The Computer Guru in Santa Fe loves a challenge.  First, I selected a high-performance desktop workstation system, and configured it to provide superior performance and capabilities compared to the iMAC.

I used an Intel Xeon (Server-Class) processor, instead of the consumer-grade Intel i5 found in the iMAC.  I provided 16GB of RAM, instead of the iMAC’s 8GB.  I included THREE hard drives — a 240GB solid state drive, and two 2TB traditional drives (one for data storage, one for backup — a total of 4.25TB of disk storage!) — the iMAC’s hard drive is a single 1TB “hybrid” hard-drive, not even an SSD.  I used a high-end video card with 4GB of RAM instead of the 2GB card used in the iMAC.  And I topped it all off with a state-of-the-art CURVED 27″ LCD monitor (“Sexy!”), a wireless keyboard and mouse, and an HD webcam.

The end result?  A beautiful, elegant, high-performance computer, hand-built by The Computer Guru in Santa Fe, superior in virtually every way to the 27″ iMAC, for hundreds of dollars of less.  It is also more capable, easier to service, and easier to upgrade than any iMAC ever made.

So ladies and gentleman, before you help yourself to another glass of Apple Kool-Aid, come see The Computer Guru in Santa Fe first.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety, quality, capabilities, appearance, pricing, and performance of the new and refurbished desktop and notebook systems I offer in my showroom.  You can always use your iPhone to get your “Apple Kicks,” and leave the computers to us.

The Computer Guru is located at 844 Agua Fria Street at the Southeast corner of the intersection of Agua Fria Street and St. Francis Drive, across from Lotus Beauty. There is plenty of free parking. The Computer Guru is open Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, Wednesday & Friday from 10AM to 6PM, other days/times by appointment.  Serving Santa Fe in one location since 1997!




Help your Macbook (Air) Take Flight!

March 27, 2016


Before I learned to love Macs, I enjoyed focusing on their many flaws and shortcomings when compared to Windows PCs.  But since I learned to love Macs (a long time ago, now), I still find it hard to ignore their occasional weaknesses and annoyances.  Luckily for my clients, these weaknesses can be overcome, with expert help from The Computer Guru in Santa Fe!

Many people bring me their MacBook and MacBook Air computers, and these machines are barely running.  Sometimes it’s a fouled-up software environment or failing hard drive or inadequate RAM or something, but more often, it’s the simple fact that the hard drive (in a MacBook Air, as small as 64GB, smaller than many smartphones and, on average, much smaller than a Windows PC) has filled up completely, and the machine is bursting at the seams with photos, documents, music…

I suppose Apple thought they could “get away” with using small hard drives because they figured everyone would just “store everything on the cloud,” but the problem is that people just can’t seem to figure out how to use “the cloud” effectively to store and retrieve their data.  Many people don’t even know what “the cloud” is, exactly, or where to find it, or…and which cloud are we talking about?  The Apple cloud?  The Microsoft cloud?  The Google cloud?  The Real Player cloud?

People are hereby forgiven for having difficulty with understanding and using “the cloud,” and advised to come to see The Computer Guru in Santa Fe for help.  One can also argue (and I will!) that the cloud is a fine “backup” system for your hard drive’s data, but (contrary to the opinion of cloud-advocates) no substitute:  it is more convenient to store everything on your computer’s built-in hard drive, which makes all your stuff quickly and easily accessible, without having to know the ins and outs of the cloud, and without requiring an active internet connection or long data-transfer times.

So don’t worry too much about the cloud, and especially, don’t worry if the hard drive on your MacBook Air or Pro (or your Windows PC, for that matter, desktop or portable) is full.  Just come to see The Computer Guru in Santa Fe.  I can upgrade your computer with a larger, faster hard drive, and all your “space problems” will disappear immediately.  Most machines receive same day service — in by noon, out by 6 — so come on down!