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Random Computer Fun

The Bored Button

...is a bizarre simple little site that has hundreds of random games and things to appease your boredom.

You click on the Bored Button and it opens a game or activity - from there your journey into series of different things

The Bored Button is a site that brings you to a cool, random webpage.

https://www.boredbutton.com/random

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It's a Good Time to Buy a Computer - thanks IRD

It's a Good Time to Buy a Computer

Thanks IRD

If you are business you know that when you buy a capital item you have to depreciate it over several years and cannot claim all the cost at once. The IRD are offering a once off deal where any capital item less than $5000 you before March 17, can be ALL claimed in the one year. They have made this offer in response to Covid-19 as a way of helping small business.

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A good quality computer for business - that is, one that is very reliable and has excellent quality components, typically costs around $1500-$2000 and then there is extra if you are wise enough to get a skilled technician to do the setup and transfer. Thanks to the IRD's offer you can buy and claim all the costs of that new computer in the one year.

If you have missed the cut-off, the good news is that the old $500 limit has also been increased to $1000 which may help to lessen the depreciation time.
Computer Help NZ has been computer repairs for over 20 years now and due to demand from customers we offer, not to the general public, but to customers only, to supply a select range of computers - desktops or laptops. Why is it select? Because we only choose the highest quality and most reliable computers to sell. This is a small select range that you can have confidence choosing from. We also stand behind all our new laptops and desktops - if you get the package deal which includes a full setup and transfer, we'll also come back in 6 months to give the computer a full check up.
If you are interested in a new computer, give us a call now.
Talk with Sandie, Wayne or Paul on 0800349669

Backup TODAY

If your computer suddenly died…

…would you miss the photos and emails etc?

A backup is VITAL to keep your precious memories and business essentials safe!

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Thunderbird Email

Thunderbird Email

When I came to work at Computer Help NZ there was so much to learn! There was SSDs, logic boards, RAM, Apples (which I knew next to nothing about being a “PC” girl), Bananas (no, just kidding) and in amongst the new terms was “Thunderbird”.

When I heard this my first thought was “Thunderbirds are Go!” with Lady Penelope from the Thunderbird cartoon puppet TV series that dated back to when I was a lot younger than I am now.  I was quickly told, to my amusement, that it was actually an email programme.

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Three Tricks Scammers Use

Scammers & Computers

Due to some very convincing scammers, costing some nice, trusting people money (stolen from their accounts and computer clean-up costs), we would like to make you aware of some things you can look out for, and also show you some ways you can protect yourselves from these unscrupulous people.

Below are three key tactics that scammers use. If you know them, you’ll be better equipped to avoid getting tricked out of your hard-earned money.

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Windows Updates

 

Windows 10 is, by and large, a fairly reliable operating system for your Microsoft laptop or desktop computer. Microsoft has gone in hard to keep its operating systems as unified as possible with free upgrades from older Windows installs. Unfortunately, a consequence of Microsoft’s fast releases of updates means that some of them cause problems.

"There are some improvements. At the start of last year, Microsoft said that drivers pending approval will no longer be released at the same time with Windows 10 updates, but so far this year, it seems that updates are just as prone to causing problems as they were before." - https://www.maketecheasier.com/latest-windows-10-update-problems/

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Any Ol' Computer Repair Company Will Do, Right?

Any Ol' Computer Repair Company Will Do, Right?

Not in my experience.
Now, obviously I am biased. But why am I biased? Because over the past 20+ years of computer repair experience I have seen so many terrible repairs and poor service from so many companies. Many years ago, even we were guilty of some.
But I am absolutely driven to provide a high quality service that puts all the "cowboys" to shame. We should live in a world we're the only computer repair companies left are ones that provide an excellent service.

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They should be done promptly - usually this should be within 24 hours, although because of the nature of this industry parts often have to be sourced from overseas which can add several weeks to the time. We stock as many parts as possible to minimize this.
Prices should be clear and not have hidden costs. Sure someone appears cheaper, but then what's the final amount?
Technicians should communicate clearly to customers and explain things as simply as possible.
Repairs should be provided for desktops, laptops, tablets and other computing devices.
All technicians and staff should work to similar standards and customers should experience all these things whoever they deal with in the business.
These are the standards I think should be in place. It takes a lot of work to get the systems, processes and culture to get these in place. These are the standards Computer Help NZ holds to.
We've been around since 1997, we've learned a thing or two. If you have liked our repairs, we'd love it if you stuck with us.


Matthew Gilling
General Manager
Computer Help NZ

Flash is Gone from Computers

Flash is Gone from Computers

It was 1999 and even though we weren't partying like it was that year I did see something amazing for the first time. A website designer I knew showed me his newest site, it loaded in a mere 20 seconds, and it had amazing "videos" with beautiful graphics moving around, looking very pretty...and it hadn't taken 5 minutes to download. It was using a thing call Flash. Today we farewell flash as it has been replaced.
Computer browsers used flash more than any other media player, so whether you were on your desktop or laptop or tablet flash was making the pictures move. When you went on YouTube, it was flash. When you went on a fancy looking website with animations, it was flash. All those fun games you like to play (my favourite was Bloons Monkey Towers) were all based on a foundation of flash.

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