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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

That Time of Year Again

So, with school back in full swing and computers getting more use than they have all summer, it is time again for the dreaded computer virus outbreaks that plague our favorite machines.

And that is why it saddens me to say we have already had an outbreak of the Alureon trojan and bootkit.  I'm just going to leave a link to the Wikipedia page here to describe it to you, but even if you don't click the link, know that this virus is bad, like Russian Mafia bad.  The kind of thing that kills your computer and takes hours to remove and restore your data.  This is ugly.

And the worst part is, its sneaky enough it slips past anti-virus software piggybacking on less than savory software packages you may be installing.  So, best advice to prevent an outbreak, don't install it if you can't trust it's source.

Other than that, go luck, and I hope you don't catch the bug, cause this doctor, at least, is booked.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Plethora of Used Parts

Now, when it comes to computers, I know as well as anybody that most of us love the shiny and new.  But with the ongoing problems with economic instability, I have to say that Digital Fruit has always been about reusing.  More than 66% of the computers we operate on are refurbished.

So the point of this article today is to promote the use of a refurbished computer.  Many of us have computers that have bit the dust, and are just sitting in a back closet, or have even had to give up on using a computer because we can't afford a new one.  But things don't have to be this way.  Digital Fruit, through our many business transactions have acquired parts that we have no computer to put them in.  Things as simple as DVD drives and as necessary as CPUs, and we have the ability to sell them at a fraction of the cost they originally sold for.  So please, before disposing of your old computer in the dumpster, please reconsider.  You may have a completely usable PC, just waiting for a few dollars in recycled parts.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Its ALIVE!!!

We have power!  So, after procuring an inverter we did a test run on the solar panel, we've found everything to be in working order.  Our next step will be to get a battery and a water-tight container to house it.  Then our first steps towards energy independence will be complete.