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What Is Computer Repair?

Computer repair is the process of fixing a broken computer. It can be as simple as replacing a broken part or as complicated as rebuilding the entire system. It can be done by a professional computer repair technician, or by the owner of the computer.

Common Types Of Computer Problems


The most common type of computer repair is computer hardware repair, which involves fixing or replacing faulty computer hardware components such as the motherboard, hard drive, RAM, graphics card and power supply.

The second most common problems that people have with their computers are software related. These include operating system software, computer equipment, and network connectivity problems.

More Information About Computer Repair Services

Computer Repair Technician As A Profession

A computer repair technician is someone who repairs computers for a living. They are computer support specialists, experienced in repairing all kinds of different hardware and software issues that may arise with computers. From operating system software to data recovery, computer repair technicians are responsible for diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing all types of hardware and software problems.


The job of a computer repair technician is to diagnose the problem with the computer or other device. They will then try to fix it by replacing parts or by using software tools to remove viruses or malware from the operating systems on the hard disk. Software updates may prevent the return of these issues.

Computer Repair Technicians

Experienced computer repair technicians have a lot of knowledge about computer repair, and how computers work. In order to do their job well, they also need good customer service skills because they will be dealing with customers who are often frustrated about their broken devices. It’s a bad sign if the company you contact has bad reviews online.

Computer repair technicians will diagnose the problem with your computer and then provide you with an estimate for how much it will cost to fix it. A computer technician will also fix software problems by installing updates to installed applications and removing malware from the operating system.

Computer Repair Information

Computer repair is a repair service that is needed by many people. It can be for a variety of reasons, such as malware, or hardware failure. The hourly rates for computer repair technicians vary depending on the type of service and the specific computer repair technician.

How Much Does A Computer Repair Technician Make?

Labor statistics show the average salary for a computer repair technician is $36,000 per year. There is a possibility that this data is skewed because of the difference between a part-time and full-time computer technician.

How Much Does A Technician Charge For Computer Repairs?

The average hourly rate for computer repair services is $125 per hour. If the technicians you contact charge less, it’s a possible sign that the technician or technicians advertising cheap computer repairs may not be as qualified as a professional.

Network Services By PC Repair Techs

Computer repair is a service that is needed when there are problems with a computer. A technician’s most common issues are network connectivity problems. In depth knowledge is needed to troubleshoot local area networks, WiFi problems, various types of network systems and Internet technology. It’s a good sign if your technician has qualifications for various programs.

Computer Hardware Repair

The first step to fixing these problems is to have your technician identify the problem with the technology. Using that data, technicians will either perform repair services on site – or else – using Windows remote desktop services, technicians can fix computers using an Internet connection to provide repair services remotely.

There are many different types of repair services that technicians can provide for yourself or your company laptop or desktop computers. From viruses, to problematic programs, to troubleshooting peripherals, to services like fixing servers, computer technicians are an invaluable resource for all sorts of technology equipment.

What is WordPress and why do so many use it?

You may have heard of WordPress as a blogging tool or website since its been around for over a decade and used by millions of people, but since its introduction in 2003 it has blossomed into possibly the most powerful, user-friendly and customizable website platform available today! WordPress is used by countless small businesses and personal users, as well as Fortune 500 companies and celebrities.

WordPress allows us to build your entire website online in a web browser, like Firefox or Google Chrome. This means that you can easily access your website from any computer, smart phone or tablet in the world and make changes & updates that take effect instantly! We’ve taught even the most novice computer users how to maintain and update their own website without having to call or pay anyone.
Wordpress also handles pretty much every job a user might need, with the aid of thousands of free and inexpensive plugins! You can have beautiful animated banners, image/video/music galleries, blogs, custom forms, search functionality and fully secure e-commerce! Literally anything you’d want your website to do, WordPress has a solution! It’s code is “open-source”, which means any programmer in the world can customize and create new code and plugins and offer them to the public for free. Combine this with secure website hosting, and you’ll have the ability to safely and securely store & share endless data/content with your viewers and sell your products & services with no limitations!
The final thing to consider is price, and it’s hard to beat the saving power of WordPress! Because of the incredible flexibility and inherit beauty of standard WordPress Themes and plugins, it’s possible to create a stunning and functional website in a fraction of the time and cost it used to. There is very little need to write raw code or even manipulate code at all, since much of it is pre-written into the themes and plugins. This allows designers to focus more on the aesthetics and details of the website, to make sure it looks pleasant and the content is laid out in the most intelligent way possible. As long as you have all of your content ready to go (text,images,logo,etc.), a nice WordPress website can usually be created in a matter of days or a week, not weeks or months!

If you have any other questions about WordPress or building a new website, please feel free to contact Brainy Beaver at anytime. We’re always happy to offer advice and share useful information we’ve gathered over the years

The difference between “domain name registration” and “web hosting”

These are two terms that are commonly used in discussions about owning a website or starting a new one.
Simply put, your “Domain Name” is the physical address, or URL of your website. For example, www.yourcompany.com. Ideally this would contain the exact name of your company, but many people choose clever or varied domain names depending on availability or marketing slogans. Since every domain name is 100% unique and only one person on earth at a time can own a domain name, many of the popular and obvious name have already been registered. In this case, try to choose a name that most closely resembles your business name or one that is associated with a company slogan or marketing campaign.

“Web Hosting” is the physical space on the internet where your website and files are stored. Your Domain Name is linked to your hosting provider, so without hosting your website cannot be viewed by anyone online! Think of your Domain Name as a giant sign with your company name on it, and the hosting is the actual store below it that holds all of your products and information for your visitors!

It’s also good to know that standard domain names typically cost only $15 per year to own, and web hosting costs as little as $5 per month but can increase depending on what features and security options you choose. Feel free to check out this article on Web Hosting to explore your hosting options!

Our Top 10 Favorite Things To Ask Siri!

If your’re one of many people with an Apple iPhone, you’ve probably used Siri’s voice command at some point to schedule a reminder or set an alarm…but did you know there’s a whole bunch of weird stuff you can ask Siri and actually get an unexpected response? Here’s just a few of our favorites, comment below if there’s a good one we missed!

  • 01? Ask Siri, “Is this the real life?” Then prepare to be serenaded by robot Freddy Mercury!
  • 02? Siri is a true fan of cinema… Just ask her what “Inception” or “The Matrix (1999) are about.
  • 03? She’s also a hopeless romantic. Ask Siri “Will you go on a date with me?” or “Do you have a girlfriend?”
  • 04? Also try asking her “What are you wearing?” She may surprise you.
  • 05? Ask Siri “Can you beatbox?”. Then get out your glow sticks and prepare to RAVE!
  • 06? “Is Winter coming?” Fans already know that Winter is here, but it’s still funny!
  • 07? “What is zero divided by zero? Proof that Siri knows math AND sarcasm.
  • 08? Ask Siri “Do you like Pokemon Go?” at least 5 times, she has a lot to say on the subject!
  • 09? Feeling poetic? Ask Siri, “Read me a Haiku”. She has several in her repertoire.
  • 10? Or if you’re in a spiritual mood, ask her what the meaning of life is. She has several responses!

Chrome Browser Extension Review-FlixAssist for Netflix

FlixAssist: Removes the “Continue watching” & 30-second delay between Netflix shows!

Are you sick of Netflix constantly judging you while you’re in the middle of your 6-hour “Parks & Rec” marathons? The simple Chrome browser extension “FlixAssist” will automatically click the “Continue watching” button for you as soon as it pops up!  Also, to make it even easier for you to stayed plugged into “the Matrix” without being sucked back into reality, the app removes the 30 second countdown timer in between episodes. We truly are living in the future. ? You can install Flix Assist HERE.

Now, just sit back with your snacks under your Slanket, and prepare to watch way more TV than one person should!

5 Tips To Help You Sell More Items on eBay!

As someone with “Top Rated” status, over 1,500 positive feedback (at 100%), and over 1,000 items listed for sale, I’m writing this article to share my favorite eBay tips, tricks, and best selling practices. If you follow these guidelines, I’m confident you will increase profits and succeed as an eBay seller.

For my companion article for buying on eBay, visit: 5 Things Every eBay Buyer Should Know!

1) Upload Great Images!

The first thing people see when they search for an item on eBay is the image. It’s staggering how many sellers still use low quality & unclear pictures in their listings, when it’s so easy to take great photos that help to sell items exponentially faster. You don’t need a fancy digital camera. Nowadays, most smart phones come equipped with excellent cameras.





Secondly, unless you’re selling an unusually large or weird shaped item, a few pieces of white poster board from your local CVS or craft store are the perfect surface for taking pics. As long as the room has a fairly bright ceiling light or lots of natural sunlight coming in, you can just lay the paper(s) on the floor and take the pics from above. You can also use your camera’s options to adjust the brightness if needed, and be sure to crop the image as much as possible! I can’t tell you how many listings I’ve immediately dismissed because the seller left his big, hairy, bare feet showing in the bottom of the image and it grossed me out! ?

2) Fill Your Title With Keywords.

The titles of your listings can be up to 80 characters long.  While you shouldn’t spam your title with extra keywords unrelated to your item, you should fill the 80 characters with as many relevant words as you can. I often see sellers make the mistake of leaving wasted space in their titles. If a potential buyer searches eBay using a descriptive word that this seller left out, their listing will not be shown, and another seller (who included the word in their title) will likely get the sale.


For example, someone selling a tee-shirt of “The Vulture” character from the new Spider-Man movie might title their listing as: “The Vulture Tee Shirt, Size XL”.

Whereas I would use the title “NEW! Marvel Comics Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Shirt (feat. Vulture) – Men’s XL”.

My title uses all 80 characters and includes only relevant info. I added the “Marvel Comics” brand, the full name of the actual movie, and noted that it’s a men’s shirt. These extra keywords may get me a buyer that was searching for Spider-Man: Homecoming items, but not necessarily the Vulture. Still, they may love the design once they see it, and if your price is just right and you have a good description/images they may just buy it!

3) Keep your descriptions short & sweet.

A simple, two paragraph description that sounds honest, and like it was written by a real person will sell an item faster than a long-winded page in a fancy template that looks like it was made by a retail store.

Buyers on eBay know they are often shopping from private collectors and amateur sellers. By offering a short and accurate description of an item, as well as clear images, it may help make the sales process seem more personal and friendly to the buyer. Also, try not to re-use the same description for every item and just change the title and images. This makes the seller seem too lazy to write in specific details about the item and many buyers will simply move on to a different listing instead of messaging the seller and waiting for a response about the product.

My general formula for descriptions is:

1-2 sentences with the basic details of the item. (What it is, who made it, and any special reasons why the item may be rare or valuable)

1-2 sentences describing as close as possible the condition of the item and any noticeable damage or imperfections. Be as honest as possible, and don’t try to hide anything! Buyers will appreciate your full disclosure and trust you more easily, and you’ll get far less returns, complaints, and negative feedback about imperfect items.

1 sentence about the shipping and insurance options.

– Finally, I like to close with 1 sentence encouraging the buyer to closely review my title, images and description, and to message me with any questions before buying. This helps to ensure they buy the item they truly want and won’t be surprised or disappointed by anything when they receive the item!

4) Choose the right category & fill in the product details!

Be sure to list your item in the category that is most relevant to your product. If your item is in the wrong category or sub-category, buyers may not see it when they search!

For example, you can list a new Star Wars toy under the category “Toys & Hobbies–>Action Figures–>TV, Movie & Character Toys”. Or, you can be more specific and list it under “Collectibles–>Science Fiction & Horror–>Star Wars–>VIII: The Last Jedi”. This helps people searching for only Last Jedi figures find your listing faster.

Also, be sure to fill in as many item details as possible, especially when selling apparel & accessories. Many people will use filters when looking for items, so if they filter out only “XL” sized shirts and your sizes field in blank, they won’t see your item when searching!

5) Try To Price Competitively.

If you’re dealing with a very rare or high priced item, you may be able to charge more than usual and get away with it, but more often there will be other people selling the same item, and their listing prices may vary greatly. In this case, if you’re trying to sell your item quickly, try to price it just below the cheapest or average price.

It’s good practice to research your competition, and be sure to look at completed (sold) listings and see what people are actually paying for an item. For example, I often see a collectible that has only few available listings for sale around $100, but the completed items have lots of listings that sold for $50 or less!

This is because the item may have a certain retail price that owners expect to always be its minimum value, but as we all know, the market (via supply and/or demand) dictates the price of most items. In this case, the average person is not willing to pay more than $50 for this item. So, you can list it for $100 and hope to sell it eventually, or list it for $40-60 and maybe sell it in a day or two!

If you have any questions about buying or selling on eBay, please feel free to contact us or comment below. Thanks for reading!

How To Get A Windows 7 Start Menu For Windows 10!

Windows 10 has lots of awesome new features, but many of us miss the classic start menus we had in Windows 7. Luckily, there is a great program called “Classic Shell” that allows us to get back our familiar start menu, along with customizable options to truly make it our own.

First, you’ll want to download the program from www.classicshell.net. It is 100% free, but if you appreciate the program, consider making a donation to thank the developers.

Once Classic Shell is finished installing, click the start menu and you should see that it’s already working. What you’ll want to do is RIGHT CLICK your mouse on the start menu and click “Settings”. The first tab you’ll see allows you to choose one of three styles of classic start menus.

If you like the appearance as is, you won’t have to change anything, but try out the different styles to find the one you like best!

We hope this program allows you to enjoy Windows 10 as much as we do, but if you have any trouble installing “Classic Shell” (or any other software), feel free to contact Brainy Beaver at any time!

How To Protect Yourself From Ransomware

It makes me sad to see how many of our customers are falling victim to ransomware attacks, especially since it could easily have been avoided.

I had my first ransomware encounter in 2006, when a virus called “Trojan.Pgpcoder” infected a friend’s PC.

It locked away all her pictures, music, movies, and documents and demanded hundreds of dollars for the unlock key. I’d never seen it before, but did some research and was able to salvage much of her data using data recovery techniques.

I didn’t really see anything like it again until 2013, when I was suddenly inundated with calls to remove the “FBI Moneypak” virus.

This infection also locked users out of their computer unless they paid hundreds of dollars, but I was able to fix these by booting to safe mode, removing the startup items, and running a scan with MalwareBytes before rebooting and doing full scans.

Last month my customers, and even my peers, fell victim to the WannaCry virus. Like the 2006 trojan, this virus encrypts the data (pics, docs, vids, music) and demands hundreds of dollars to unlock.

Unlike the 2006 trojan however, I CAN’T FIX THIS – NO-ONE CAN!

It overwrites the existing files with a new copy with an (impossible-to-crack) encryption. Your only option, once infected, is to restore data from an uninfected backup, or pay and pray. Many victims who’ve paid the ransom never got a response.

There was a new version released to the wild today, called PETYA and it’s the fastest spreading version ever released. It’s even taken down Chernobyl’s radiation monitoring, forcing them to use manual controls.

Quickbooks, baby photos, college essays, inventory data, and a memoir in progress are just some of the things I’ve seen lost to encryption-based ransomware, and it’s spreading FAST!


To protect yourself from this disaster, you’ll need three things.

  1. A solid real-time antivirus like MalwareBytes, or Kaspersky, that it fully up-to-date.
  2. A recent backup to the cloud, or an offline device like an external hard drive.
  3. The Microsoft Windows Update that includes the patch released on March 14th.

Please! If you need help, contact Brainy Beaver.  We always get panicked calls from unfortunate victims, when it’s too late to do anything but wipe their computers clean. You can prevent irrevocable data loss with some simple updates, and a quick backup of your PC!

5 Things Every eBay Buyer Should Know!

Despite having about 169 million users worldwide as of 2017, I still constantly meet people that don’t know or trust eBay enough to use it! I’ve been using eBay literally since their inception, as a buyer and a seller, and I’ve encountered pretty much every issue that can arise.

As someone with Top Rated status, over 1,500 positive feedback at 100%, and over 1,000 items listed for sale, I feel confident in my ability to help others use eBay more effectively. I’m writing this guide to buying on eBay so that people can better understand how awesome and fun buying from eBay can be if you just follow a few helpful tips!

1) Buy-It-Now VS. Auction Style

Many people still assume that eBay is just an auction site for random (usually used) items that they have to constantly watch and bid on at the last second. In fact, much of eBay is now official stores/retailers and high-rated users that sell thousands of new and used items. You can shop on eBay just like you do on Amazon or any other major site, with the ability to filter and see only the items you want to see, including items that you can buy immediately and not have to bid on. First, let’s break down the difference between auctions and buy-it-now listings.

“BIN” (Buy It Now):

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The item(s) is listed at a fixed price and you can buy it immediately without waiting for the listing to end. The price won’t change unless the seller manually raises it or applies a sale, and the listing usually won’t be taken down unless the item is sold or the available quantity hits zero. You may also see an option in BIN listings to “Make an Offer”. This means you can submit your best offer to the seller and they can accept, decline or make a counter offer, meaning you can often get an item for less than it’s listed for!


Traditional style auction where a single item is listed for 3-10 days and will automatically end when the timer hits zero, even if it has no bids. Any number of buyers can place bids at any time, and the price will incrementally increase depending on what each person bids.

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Which Should I Choose?

There are pros and cons to both styles of listings, and it’s helpful to figure out what kind of buyer you are before choosing one over the other. For example, if I need something quickly, maybe as a gift for a certain occasion, I may look only at BIN listings so I can buy and pay for the item that moment and have it shipped right away. Also, if I’m shopping for a common retail product like a shirt or toy that hundreds of people are selling, I may look at only BIN listings and filter by “lowest price” because there’s a good chance someone is already offering the item at the lowest market price to beat all other seller’s prices, and there’s no need for me to wait for a cheaper one!


On the other hand, perhaps the item I want is a unique or rare and has only a few people selling it, or I’m in no hurry. In this case, I may look at auction style listings to try and get a lower price. Auction style is more unpredictable because you have no idea what price it will end at, which means an item may sell for way less or way more than you expect! You’ll have to watch the item (click the “watch” button to add it to your watch list) and see in the last few minutes how many bids it has and what the price is at, and then choose if you want to bid.

2) Be Patient And Find The Best Deals

If you’re not in a huge rush to buy your item(s), you can often get some amazing deals if you know how to look for them and wait for the best listings. Here’s a few things you can do:


Use the “Watch” button to save a listing and see if the seller lowers the price with a sale. You’ll also receive random e-mails letting you know that an item you’ve been watching has been re-listed or lowered in price!

Follow Seller:

Use the “Follow Seller” button to get notifications whenever one of your favorite sellers lists new items.

Save Search:

Use the “Save Search” feature to follow a search word or phrase and get notified when we a new item is listed that matches your criteria. This way you can be one of the first people to have a chance to grab a new item that’s listed at a good price. (This is my favorite way to find new listings for rare, or expensive items I’ve been trying to buy for a long time!)

Search for your item without too many filters if you don’t quickly find it at a good price. For example, I may look for an item in all styles of listings in all categories if it seems hard to track down. Someone may list a rare Super Mario Bros. shirt under the “Video Game Collectibles” category, which I won’t see if I have only items in the “Men’s Clothing” category showing.

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3) Pay attention to shipping dates and locations.

Although I’ve had many great experiences buying from other countries, one mistake many people unwittingly make is accidentally ordering items from overseas (usually China) without realizing it, and get upset when the item takes 3-4 weeks to arrives and/or turns out to be a cheaper version or knock-off of the item. You should pay attention to the part of the listing that states how long the handling and shipping times are, and the location where it’s shipping from. If you’re in a hurry to get an item fast, you can filter your search to only include items that ship from within the country you live in, and look for items with 1-2 day handling and priority shipping options.

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Often times the same item will be available for a fraction of the usual price, and it’s tempting to impulse buy it, but be sure to check that it’s not being shipped from Asia. This goes especially for clothing and toys, because these are common items that are re-printed or unofficially reproduced in China, and the size and quality of the items usually suffer to keep costs down for them.

4) Buy from a trusted seller

While there’s always going to be some bad seeds out there selling low quality items, making mistakes or ignoring messages, it’s pretty easy to spot the good sellers from the bad ones. Here’s a few points to consider:

Feedback Ratings:

Feedback ratings. Every eBay user has a feedback rating, and sellers especially have detailed info that you can scrutinize to help decide if they are worth buying from. Check and see how many stars they have on average for their customer service rating, and read a bunch of their feedback comments to see what other buyers have said about the seller. Be sure to filter them “as seller” so you only see the feedback they received for selling items. ?

Negative Feedback:

Don’t assume negative feedback makes a bad seller! Ebay in many ways is a numbers game. The more items a seller lists, the more items they’ll sell and the more chances buyers have to leave feedback. Just like with any major retailer, honest mistakes happen sometimes. A item may be damaged or lost in shipping, shipped late due to bad weather or holidays, or the seller may just accident overlook something when describing the item in their listing. While there are instances where a seller is truly unprofessional or unresponsive and deserves a negative feedback, often times buyers are hasty to leave feedback before even contacting the seller and giving them a chance to explain or correct the issue.

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I’ve even seen many times a negative feedback for a seller but the actual feedback comment is totally positive! They just happened to accidentally check off “negative” or “neutral” instead of “positive”. Usually sellers are happy to address concerns and will work with you to fix any issue, especially to keep their ratings in good standing. If a seller has a few negative feedback, but has exponentially more positives and/or sells thousands of items and their rating is still above 98% or so, I would still consider them a good seller and worth buying from!

5) Take advantage of “eBay bucks” & promotions

Just like other major retailers, eBay tries to come up with fun ways to make your buying experience better!

After a quick and free sign up here, you’ll be able to earn eBay bucks with most purchases. You’ll earn a percentage of each qualifying purchase to your ebay bucks account, and at the end of each calendar quarter you’ll receive a digital gift certificate that you can use for any items on eBay.

In addition, ebay will send you notifications alerting you to eBay bucks promotions that give you up to 8x more ebay bucks for many items! If you use eBay as much as I do, it’s nice to once in a while get a credit that helps me justify buying something fun or expensive I was holding out for.

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If you have any questions about buying or selling on eBay, please feel free to contact us or comment below. Also check back in our blog soon for part 2 with my top tips for selling on eBay!

Windows 10 Tips & Tricks: Set A Picture Password!

Are you constantly memorizing & typing passwords, or trying to come up with new ones that are secure and easy to remember? Me too, which is why I now use Picture Password! Windows 10 lets you set 3 gestures (lines, dots or circles) onto any image you want, and that becomes your new password! This works great with a touch screen, but is just as easy to use with your mouse. Here are instructions on how to set your picture password, and be sure to come back soon for more Windows 10 Tips & Tricks!

  1. Click the Windows Start button
  2. Click “Settings”. 
  3. Click “Accounts”.
  4. Choose “Sign-in Options” from the left side menu
  5. Scroll down & click on “Picture Password” & follow the on-screen instructions!