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About mike@mvanert.com

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  • Birthday 04/17/1952

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    Surrey, BC, Canada
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  1. For Tawnya I built a new system running an inexpensive Intel dual core CPU set on an tiny 6"x6" motherboard with just 2GB of ram and 3 Terabytes of hard drive space in a space saving case about the size of an old fashion bread box (6"x6"x12"). The software is Microsoft's Home Server 2011 and it runs without a keyboard, monitor or mouse and control is accessed via the remote computers. This base configuration without hard drives or software is just under $300.
  2. @mvanert Has anyone tried using Groupon or similar service to attract new clients? If so, what were the results?
  3. Are you using web site opt-in forms? If so, what kind of response are you getting? Which type of opt-in program or service (i.e. Aweber) are you using?
  4. Hi, I have constructed a survey using Survey Monkey that consist of 9 questions about using and learning to use WordPress. I would like to get the input of members. No addresses are collected, there will be no contact with anyone taking the survey but I will post the results of the survey when I get them to this forum. The survey can be found here http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G63LK63 Thank You! Michael Van Ert
  5. It sounds like the MasterBootRecord is corrupt. Which version of Windows are you running?
  6. Sounds to me like you bought a computer without an operating system, just a hard drive formatted with DOS. Put a valid Windows XP CD into the cd-rom drive and re-boot the computer, if the bios is set to boot to cd-rom first (most are) you'll see a message that will prompt you to "press any key" to boot from cd-rom, do so and the Windows XP installation will begin. You will need a valid Product Key though.
  7. How many of you have had this happen, your computer's warranty expires and your computer stops working the day after (or so it seems)? Don't throw it out, don’t despair and definitely don’t spend any money on repairs yet! A number of components in your computer may have warranties that are longer than the retailers warranty, this is especially true (and a good reason for buying) of "White Box" or custom built systems. Components that typically have longer manufacturer’s warranties are the CPU (processor), hard drives, RAM memory and high-end video cards. You can find out by going to the manufacturers web site and looking up your particular components service information based on the part number and serial number of the component. What if your computer doesn’t have any additional warranties? Well, if your computer died within a couple of years of its manufacture there may be an ongoing class action law suit for damages against the manufacture by others who have had problems with the same computer. This happens more than you might think, ask Tawnya Sutherland about her recent experience. Just 'Google' your computer's model number and 'class actions' to see if your computer is a part of such an action. You can get more tips and tricks by signing up for my newsletter, The Byte Line at my web site mvanert.com.
  8. I know that as a VA you are always looking for ways to improve your service to your clients and make more money for yourself. I can help you do that at no cost to you. My name is Michael Van Ert, I'm known as The Computer Guy! (http://mvanert.com) and the service I provide is Remote Computer Maintenance. I service computers remotely so your client does not have to take them into "the shop" and I can do it 'after hours' so they don't have down-time. Here's how it works, I charge you $35 per computer, per session, to work on their computer(s), you charge them anywhere from $40 to $75, you pay me & they pay you. Contact me for complete information and service details mvanert@telus.net and let's both make more money and have happier clients.
  9. Get a new hard drive. A 300GB drive will cost under $65 and you should be able to find a local techie to clone the old drive to the new one for less than $50.
  10. To speed up your menu display - Click Start>Right-click My Computer and then click Properties. Click the Advanced tab. In the Performance area, click Settings. On the Visual Effects tab in the Performance Options dialog box, clear the Fade or slide menus into view check box. Click OK. In the System Properties dialog box, click OK. Now when you click a menu, it will appear almost instantly. Get more Windows tips and help by joining my newsletter The Byte Line
  11. Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 this past week (you can get it here - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/default.aspx ) to generally positive reviews. I am using it myself and find I like the redesigned interface and the speed improvement. One caveat though, this is beta software and it will crash on your machine. Also, and a lot of reviewers think this is terrible, it won't work on Windows XP. On a scale of 1-10 the way it is right now I give it an 8.
  12. Hi Carol, If you want help getting your files back, email me and we can set up a time and date to retrieve your files. I can do this remotely and as long as the person who did the work properly moved your files to the external drive we can get everything, and I mean everything, back to where it should be. The reason you can't transfer certain files is that you no longer "own" them. When a file is created certain privledges are transferred to that file and when the file is moved to a different computer those privideges are "lost". This can be fixed. Looking forward to hearing from you. Michael Van Ert
  13. The Byte Line, my (The Computer Guy!'s) newsletter is out and ready for download. Here are this month's topics: New e-Book! Five Vista/Win7 Tips Five XP Tips Favourite Web Sites Bing Travel "How-To's" (Software) My Top Five Word 2010 Tips Freeware Software Review Speccy What's New in Hardware Six Core CPU's Check it out, better yet, sign up! http://mvanert.com/newsletter-the-byte-line/
  14. Microsoft in the last couple of days has introduced a whole new suite of their "Live" software including Live Writer. Incredible changes making working with Word Press even better than it did before. I encourage you all to get this at: http://tinyurl.com/3sz7wp and no, I don't work for Microsoft!
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