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Spring Cleaning Special has been EXTENDED!!!!

Due to it's popular demand, we have extended our Spring Cleaning special for the month of April!!!

"We received over 13 calls on the first day of launching the special in our March newsletter" says The Recycled Geek Frank Biermann from our Comox store.
What is a Spring Cleaning you ask...

It's a home visit from one of our professional technicians that will help ensure that you get as much life out of your computer as possible, and that it runs as smoothly as possible with no viruses.

Spring time is the opportunity to remove the dust bunnies that tend to collect in all the nooks and crannies from pets, wood stoves, lots of dust or smokers and act as insulation. This can cause your computer to overheat, which is one of the two leading causes of computer failure.

We can also make sure your Windows or Mac operating system is up-to-date, as well as your anti-virus, Acrobat Reader, Flash and Java software. If you’re running outdated software, you can be sure that someone somewhere has found a security hole in it and has exploited it with a virus.

This would also be a good time to check your battery backup or data backup and make sure they’re working properly. If your battery backup isn’t working and the power goes out, you could corrupt your hard drive so your computer doesn’t turn on. And you could lose any work you’re in the middle of when it happens.

To schedule your in-home Spring Cleaning Special just call My Tech Guys at 250.890.1065 or 250.338.4411.

PS Did we mention that the Spring Cleaning Special runs for the WHOLE of March? Call us now for details

 
2016 Spring Tech Talks Session Starts April 12!!!

Join us for informative seminars on a range of computer topics.  Sessions are $20.00 each or all 9 for $150.00. 

They are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 starting April 12th concluding with a Graduation ceremony on June 7th at our Courtenay Store:
5-2401 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay BC

There will be a hand out and question and answer period during each session. 

Cloud Computing
April 12th 

In the first session, we'll take a look at cloud computing. You'll never have to worry about being away from your computer, because if it's on the cloud, you can access it from anywhere! Google Drive, GMail, Google Calendars Dropbox and iCloud will all be covered, among other cloud services.

Computer Security and Backups
April 19th 

Learn how to protect yourself from computer viruses, malicious internet scams, failed hard drives and more. We'll dive into how you can take proper care of your computer and create safeguards in case the worst happens.
Media Streaming
April 26th 
Your friends and family may have bragged to you about having ditched their cable boxes and CD collections. With Netflix, Spotify and dozens of other online services offering media for free, it's easy to understand why. Join us as we show you how to transform your computer into a TV, movie theatre, personal radio station and more. 
Social Networking
May 3rd 
You probably already use Facebook, or twitter, but these platforms have lots of possibilities, and odds are they have features you might love- but don't know exist yet! We'll cover the basics as well as lesser-known functions for those interested. Come learn how to truly stay connected in the digital age!
iOS Devices
May 10th 
Ever wondered how come your iPhone doesn't "do that?" Well, it probably can. Learn the basics of iPhones, iPads and iPods, as well as helpful tips and tricks so you can get the most out of your device.
Android Devices
May 17th 

With dozens of phone manufacturers, each with unique features, functions and apps, learning the Android OS for smartphones can be a bit overwhelming. But you'll be surprised at how intuitive it is once the basics are covered. There is very little you cannot do on Android!

Apple vs PC
May 24th 
It's a battle that dates back almost to the dawn of personal computers themselves. We can't promise a definitive answer about which is better, but we will walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each- and help you decide which is best for you.
Home Ecosystems
May 31st
You may have a tablet, a phone, a computer, a smart TV or even all of the above! While these devices can simplify and streamline your home setup, if they aren't talking to each other, they often complicate things more than they help. Join us as we show you how to get all your devices on the same page, so your home computing experience is as easy as possible!
Review and Gradution Ceremony
June 7th 
In the last session, we'll recap the important topics we covered, answer any lingering question you may have, and celebrate your graduation and newfound knowledge! We're not saying there will be cake, but we're not saying there won't be.

 
Child Friendly Search Engine - Kiddle
Kiddle is a custom search powered by Google Search that uses the company's cookies to serve search results that provides filtered web content for kids!
Kiddle will work in a similar manner as Google but its search results will be largely filtered. Sites appearing in Kiddle search reKiddle2sults will comply with family friendly requirements, as sites with explicit or deceptive content will be filtered.
The search engine uses Google colours, and instead of the traditional white background it has adopted an outer space theme featuring a robot.
 
The search engine features big thumbnails with search results and large font for kids readability. The company said it will not collect any personally identifiable data, and logs are deleted every 24 hours.
So check it out and let us know how it works for you and your family.
 
Re-purpose Program Donation to Kidstart

My Tech Guys are so very proud to be able to donate this re-purposed laptop to a smiling youth from the Kidstart Program here in the Comox Valley.
As a green conscious company we try to keep as many electronics from the land fill as possible.
We started a program a few years back to take your unwanted computer equipment to clean up and fix for a usable donatable system for local non profit organizations. Thanks to our customers for donating systems that still have life left in them as it makes the program possible.  
Do you have stuff cluttering your place?  Contact Us to see if we can find it a new home.
 
Welcome Lucas to the Team

Here is a staff bio of Lucas Buell, our newest geek to join the family. Lucas is our newest phone repair technician!

I was born in Belleville Ontario, which is about the halfway point between Kingston and Toronto, on the mainland side of Picton Island. Schooling was tough until I was diagnosed with several minor learning disabilities and put in the right classes. Since then, I have overcome my learning disabilities, and made it through into multiple collage courses. The first of which was an Electrical Technician program.

I had always had an interest in electronics and mechanical systems and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Since then however I found that that course didn't get it's accreditation, and the only work I could get with the schooling was electrician work. which while I tried, didn't fine the amount of work necessary for full time employment, let alone an apprenticeship.

After that I moved out to BC to be closer to family. My Aunt use to work as a social worker and with her background suggested I be tested for Asperger Syndrome, which it appears I do have. After talking with various job coach councilors who work with people like me, they suggested Excel Career Collages IT Tech program. They and my Teacher saw that I had an affinity for technical work, and since then have received my certificate for CompTIA A+.

On a more personal note, my hobbies include computer gaming, and wargames on tabletop, as well as Roleplaying games like D&D. I also have an interest in developing my skill with various programming languages, such as HTML, all the way through Javascript, PHP and even C++. I am also interested in 3D modeling on computers, mostly because I would eventually like to buy myself a nice 3D printer. I'm not too sure if any of these could be applied in store.

 
Come see the Scargo in the Store

Bob had the crazy notion of bringing one of our famous company cars into the store, and guess what it fit.

Come down to the Courtenay store to check out our unique company vehicle.
We are launching a Facebook Poll to "Name That Car" so click here to "Like" our page and give us your suggestions. 

We have a contest to see how may likes and shares we can get by April 4th.  Winner gets an Apple TV.

 
Gift Referral Program

The friendly MY Tech Guys Geeks have a gift for you, our awesome Customers.

We don't really advertise as we believe our service speaks for itself through each and everyone of you, our awesome customers. To say thanks, We are now giving out $10 MTG gift cards for every customer who comes in referred by one of you! Just let your friends know to tell us you sent them our way and we will send you our thanks via mail or have a present waiting for you in store!

Great Customers deserve Great rewards! Recommend a friend and get yours today!

 
S.O.S. Data Protection Service

Data is important.

More and more we commit our lives to the computers. From old resumes to family photo's to financial documents, we file everything away within our systems in the knowledge that it will be freely accessible when we need it.
Except when it's not..
Unfortunately for the industry most hard drives are really glorified light bulbs with indeterminate life spans, meaning the data you took for granted is often lost just before we need it most!

However we're not going to live in fear! My Tech Guys have a solution. Our backup hard drives now come with our SOS Data Protection service included. This means when you buy from us we make a complete copy of your hard drive AND set up backup software on your PC or MAC, keeping your memories and sensitive data backed up and safe! If you have your own Hard Drive we are happy to extend the same service for only $50, giving you peace of mind.

Let My Tech Guys take the worry out of backups. Come in to see us today or call 250-890-1065 for more information.


 
Updates

Most of us are familiar with the little pop-ups we get asking us to install updates.  While they only take a few minutes to complete, many of us are guilty of postponing them or just ignoring them completely. But keeping up with these computer updates is actually very important when it comes to having a healthy and secure computer. These updates are just as important as having an anti-virus program.alt

One of the biggest and most important reasons keeping up with computer updates is so important is the fact that they help to keep our computer secure.  While they may not directly say so, a lot of these updates have to do with updating our security software and ensuring our computers are kept safe from any possible threats.  Not updating or postponing these security updates can leave your computer vulnerable to things such as malware or computer viruses that can go in and steal important information.

Some of the most common updates are:

  • Windows or Apple OS updates
  • Java
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Microsoft Office
  • Quick Time 
  • iTunes


If you have any questions or feel its been awhile since you've done any updates,  

call us and book a service call or remote service call 250-338-4411