Celebrating the Life of Windows XP

XP-Eulogy

Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;


 

Eulogise Windows XP

Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.

Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.

In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.

We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.

I promised myself I wouldn’t cry….. But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn’t speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.

Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut’s exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.

To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.

 

 


 
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Taken 3 - Ransomware - Exclusive

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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 


Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.

Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”

Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.

Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.

Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.

Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.


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5 Deadly Reasons to Read the Warranty Policy

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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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5 Deadly Reasons to Read the Warranty Policy

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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Celebrating the Life of Windows XP

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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

Eulogise Windows XP

Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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Taken 3 - Ransomware - Exclusive

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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.

Taken-1

For those who aren’t aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don’t even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don’t worry knowing that isn’t a spoiler for the film.

Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.

In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.

Taken-3

In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.

The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.

To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.

 


 
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

Eulogise Windows XP

Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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Taken 3 - Ransomware - Exclusive

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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they’re a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we’ve assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.


 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It’s gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.

Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to some

You – “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.
Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”

Warranty Department – “Extremely so”

You – “Does it break often?”

Warranty Department – “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week’s SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.

 


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6 Things you Didn’t Know About SuperGeeks

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SuperGeeks aren't just regular geeks, through extensive training and years of experience problem solving computer issues, they have developed special skills to aid them in computer repair, see how you stack up against them.
  

Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for. More-Stuff-60
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

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Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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SuperGeeks aren’t just regular geeks, through extensive training and years of experience problem solving computer issues, they have developed special skills to aid them in computer repair, see how you stack up against them.


 

 

Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain.

 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it.

 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs.

 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them.

 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding.

 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.


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Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  More-Stuff-60
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for. More-Stuff-60
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Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

Eulogise Windows XP

Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.


 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper).

 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here.

 

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets.

 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.

Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.


To find out more about The Cloud check out the latest SuperTalk video on Cloud Storage


 


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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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5 Reasons to Live in The Cloud

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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

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Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  More-Stuff-60
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for. More-Stuff-60
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

Eulogise Windows XP

Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 – Buy Quality Parts

Sure you’ve got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn’t the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn’t going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 – Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 – Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 – Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 – Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.



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In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn't make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn't make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn't work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.2001 A Space Odyssey
  

2. Circular Logic Restart - War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.War Games - Logical Restart


 

3. Morality Reboot - Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset - Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..Jurassic Park - Awkward Position
 

5. Power Cycle Failure - The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.  
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  More-Stuff-60
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for. More-Stuff-60
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Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

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Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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b-and-b-evans-power-cycle-bonhamsNo.1 would have to be the power cycle from the film Jour de fête (1949)….Sorry wrong power cycle.

In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn’t make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up – 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn’t make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn’t work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.

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2. Circular Logic Restart – War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.

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3. Morality Reboot – Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.

What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.

Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset – Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..

Jurassic Park - Awkward Position

 

5. Power Cycle Failure – The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.

 


 
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Data-RecoveryThe days are long gone when people had to store their photos in a leather tome mouldering away under sticky plastic sheeting, or keep their unpublished memoirs on cellophane collecting, locked away in the bottom desk draw.No, now all this glorious information lives in the digital realm where it's stored on computer hard drives, USB sticks, smartphones, SD cards or the cloud, if you're lucky. While it's now a lot more convenient to lug all your precious information around with you, like a 21st century hobo pushing around an overburden online shopping trolley, it is also a lot less tangible.Whereas once you only had to worry about fire, flood and earthquake destroying your John Grisham library or Neil Diamond back catalogue, now you also have to worry about it, (through only minimal fault of your own) collapsing into a pile of incomprehensible 1's and 0's, that you personally can't put back together, no matter how good you are at jigsaws or the jumble.That just won't do, so here are 5 top tips to keep your data safe so you won't have to worry about data recovery.

1. Eject Storage Media Properly

Sure you can stick a USB, SD card or Smartphone into your computer without asking politely or even offering a smile, but unfortunately you can't pull it out without making up for your original trespasses in triplicate. So click on your green device manager icon in the bottom right of the taskbar and ask your computer kindly to eject it.

2. Backup your Data

Okay so this one is kind of obvious, but have you done it? Probably not and think how much easier it is to make a copy of your screenplay nowadays, no hanging out at the local library for 5 hours making photocopies for you while another patron slowly gets more and more annoyed as he waits to photocopy one page.

3. Viruses and Malware

When you're out driving the streets late at night, you wouldn't let just anyone into your car, lest they be even more ill adjusted than yourself. This is also true when you're driving your computer around the internet, don't immediately let that creepy toolbar on board, or it's virus cohorts masquerading as sexy malware. Only download from trusted sources, and if you're not sure don't download it, or you could wake up to find your computer in a bath tub with jagged hole in its back panel where your data used to be.

4. Perform Regular System Maintenance

Being drawn and quartered was once a gruesome punishment for treason, yet it's what happens to your data every time there is a challenge to your computers governing operating system, and most of the time your data is just a patsy being framed by the RAM. What this means is when you use your data it sometimes gets cut up into fragments and stored on different areas of your hard drive, meaning your computer has to work extra hard to access it for you, which can lead to it malfunction or corrupt your data. To stop this you should perform regular operations called defragmenting.

5. Computer Care

Finally never, never ever drink water while holding your device in front of your face, because if your friend tells you some shocking news you won't be able to stop yourself from expelling a mouthful of water and saliva onto your device in order to show sufficient socially acceptable levels of shock. Dehydration is both character building and safe data practice. If all those tips are too late and you've lost data, fortunately for you there are data recovery services, using special equipment and highly trained individuals. So whether it's a hard drive, an SD card, a USB stick or a smartphone your data can be recovered.If you want to know more about the process check out this episode of SuperTalk. Donate Data Today

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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

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In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn't make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn't make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn't work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.2001 A Space Odyssey
  

2. Circular Logic Restart - War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.War Games - Logical Restart


 

3. Morality Reboot - Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset - Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..Jurassic Park - Awkward Position
 

5. Power Cycle Failure - The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.  
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  More-Stuff-60
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for. More-Stuff-60
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Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

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Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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6 Computer Habits That Could End Your Marriage

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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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The days are long gone when people had to store their photos in a leather tome mouldering away under sticky plastic sheeting, or keep their unpublished memoirs on cellophane collecting, locked away in the bottom desk draw.

No, now all this glorious information lives in the digital realm where it’s stored on computer hard drives, USB sticks, smartphones, SD cards or the cloud, if you’re lucky. While it’s now a lot more convenient to lug all your precious information around with you, like a 21st century hobo pushing around an overburden online shopping trolley, it is also a lot less tangible.

Whereas once you only had to worry about fire, flood and earthquake destroying your John Grisham library or Neil Diamond back catalogue, now you also have to worry about it, (through only minimal fault of your own) collapsing into a pile of incomprehensible 1′s and 0′s, that you personally can’t put back together, no matter how good you are at jigsaws or the jumble.

That just won’t do, so here are 5 top tips to keep your data safe so you won’t have to worry about data recovery.

1. Eject Storage Media Properly

Sure you can stick a USB, SD card or Smartphone into your computer without asking politely or even offering a smile, but unfortunately you can’t pull it out without making up for your original trespasses in triplicate. So click on your green device manager icon in the bottom right of the taskbar and ask your computer kindly to eject it.

2. Backup your Data

Okay so this one is kind of obvious, but have you done it? Probably not and think how much easier it is to make a copy of your screenplay nowadays, no hanging out at the local library for 5 hours making photocopies for you while another patron slowly gets more and more annoyed as he waits to photocopy one page.

3. Viruses and Malware

When you’re out driving the streets late at night, you wouldn’t let just anyone into your car, lest they be even more ill adjusted than yourself. This is also true when you’re driving your computer around the internet, don’t immediately let that creepy toolbar on board, or it’s virus cohorts masquerading as sexy malware. Only download from trusted sources, and if you’re not sure don’t download it, or you could wake up to find your computer in a bath tub with jagged hole in its back panel where your data used to be.

4. Perform Regular System Maintenance

Being drawn and quartered was once a gruesome punishment for treason, yet it’s what happens to your data every time there is a challenge to your computers governing operating system, and most of the time your data is just a patsy being framed by the RAM. What this means is when you use your data it sometimes gets cut up into fragments and stored on different areas of your hard drive, meaning your computer has to work extra hard to access it for you, which can lead to it malfunction or corrupt your data. To stop this you should perform regular operations called defragmenting.

5. Computer Care

Finally never, never ever drink water while holding your device in front of your face, because if your friend tells you some shocking news you won’t be able to stop yourself from expelling a mouthful of water and saliva onto your device in order to show sufficient socially acceptable levels of shock. Dehydration is both character building and safe data practice.

 

If all those tips are too late and you’ve lost data, fortunately for you there are data recovery services, using special equipment and highly trained individuals. So whether it’s a hard drive, an SD card, a USB stick or a smartphone your data can be recovered.

If you want to know more about the process check out this episode of SuperTalk.

 

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New evidence in the Windows conspiracy has just been revealed showing why Hitler really lost the war. This morning message boards all over the world are alight with Hitler chatter, and not just trollz comparing things to Hitler.
To get a glimpse of the depth of the conspiracy check out this clip of found footage of Hitler from the new documentary "In the Shadow of Hitler's Windows".Hitler reacts to his broken computer
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5 Tips for building your own Super Computer

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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.More-Stuff-60
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In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn't make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn't make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn't work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.2001 A Space Odyssey
  

2. Circular Logic Restart - War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.War Games - Logical Restart


 

3. Morality Reboot - Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset - Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..Jurassic Park - Awkward Position
 

5. Power Cycle Failure - The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.  
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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SuperGeeks aren't just regular geeks, through extensive training and years of experience problem solving computer issues, they have developed special skills to aid them in computer repair, see how you stack up against them.
  

Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  More-Stuff-60
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for. More-Stuff-60
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Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

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Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn't make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn't make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn't work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.2001 A Space Odyssey
  

2. Circular Logic Restart - War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.War Games - Logical Restart


 

3. Morality Reboot - Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset - Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..Jurassic Park - Awkward Position
 

5. Power Cycle Failure - The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.  More-Stuff-60
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Data-RecoveryThe days are long gone when people had to store their photos in a leather tome mouldering away under sticky plastic sheeting, or keep their unpublished memoirs on cellophane collecting, locked away in the bottom desk draw.No, now all this glorious information lives in the digital realm where it's stored on computer hard drives, USB sticks, smartphones, SD cards or the cloud, if you're lucky. While it's now a lot more convenient to lug all your precious information around with you, like a 21st century hobo pushing around an overburden online shopping trolley, it is also a lot less tangible.Whereas once you only had to worry about fire, flood and earthquake destroying your John Grisham library or Neil Diamond back catalogue, now you also have to worry about it, (through only minimal fault of your own) collapsing into a pile of incomprehensible 1's and 0's, that you personally can't put back together, no matter how good you are at jigsaws or the jumble.That just won't do, so here are 5 top tips to keep your data safe so you won't have to worry about data recovery.

1. Eject Storage Media Properly

Sure you can stick a USB, SD card or Smartphone into your computer without asking politely or even offering a smile, but unfortunately you can't pull it out without making up for your original trespasses in triplicate. So click on your green device manager icon in the bottom right of the taskbar and ask your computer kindly to eject it.

2. Backup your Data

Okay so this one is kind of obvious, but have you done it? Probably not and think how much easier it is to make a copy of your screenplay nowadays, no hanging out at the local library for 5 hours making photocopies for you while another patron slowly gets more and more annoyed as he waits to photocopy one page.

3. Viruses and Malware

When you're out driving the streets late at night, you wouldn't let just anyone into your car, lest they be even more ill adjusted than yourself. This is also true when you're driving your computer around the internet, don't immediately let that creepy toolbar on board, or it's virus cohorts masquerading as sexy malware. Only download from trusted sources, and if you're not sure don't download it, or you could wake up to find your computer in a bath tub with jagged hole in its back panel where your data used to be.

4. Perform Regular System Maintenance

Being drawn and quartered was once a gruesome punishment for treason, yet it's what happens to your data every time there is a challenge to your computers governing operating system, and most of the time your data is just a patsy being framed by the RAM. What this means is when you use your data it sometimes gets cut up into fragments and stored on different areas of your hard drive, meaning your computer has to work extra hard to access it for you, which can lead to it malfunction or corrupt your data. To stop this you should perform regular operations called defragmenting.

5. Computer Care

Finally never, never ever drink water while holding your device in front of your face, because if your friend tells you some shocking news you won't be able to stop yourself from expelling a mouthful of water and saliva onto your device in order to show sufficient socially acceptable levels of shock. Dehydration is both character building and safe data practice. If all those tips are too late and you've lost data, fortunately for you there are data recovery services, using special equipment and highly trained individuals. So whether it's a hard drive, an SD card, a USB stick or a smartphone your data can be recovered.If you want to know more about the process check out this episode of SuperTalk. Donate Data Today

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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

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In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn't make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn't make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn't work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.2001 A Space Odyssey
  

2. Circular Logic Restart - War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.War Games - Logical Restart


 

3. Morality Reboot - Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset - Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..Jurassic Park - Awkward Position
 

5. Power Cycle Failure - The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.  
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  More-Stuff-60
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for. More-Stuff-60
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

Eulogise Windows XP

Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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New evidence in the Windows conspiracy has just been revealed showing why Hitler really lost the war. This morning message boards all over the world are alight with Hitler chatter, and not just trollz comparing things to Hitler.


To get a glimpse of the depth of the conspiracy check out this clip of found footage of Hitler from the new documentary “In the Shadow of Hitler’s Windows“.

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Does your computer need a Power Nap?

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Your computer isn't always the cold logical machine that you want it to be, it's actually closer to a young child, and much like a young child if it starts acting up, it's because it's tired and needs a nap.So much like a regular child your computer child otherwise known as your home PC will behave based on the way you treat it, whether you let it stay up all night, how long you keep it in sleep mode and whether you let it hang out with random toolbars from the wrong side of the internet.However you choose to treat your PC, when it starts misbehaving you need to know how to handle it.
 

The Computer Powernap

The power nap is the most important technique a young computer parent can learn. The reason your electronic progeny needs a power nap is because it’s been running around processing information non-stop and exerting a lot of energy to do it.In it’s mad dash to do everything, it sometimes falls over and has a boo boos which can cause it to run slower or if it’s a big boo boo, stop all together and roll up in the foetal position, also known as the blue screen of death.If this happens then a power nap is your only option.

Desktop Domestication

When it comes to caring for your desktop spawn they don’t need diapers, not unless they’re one of those fancy gaming computers with water coolant systems. For them it is a good idea, because rubbing their intake fans in the stain just doesn't work and has been discredited by pediatricians and the dog whisperer.It has been known to work on rare occasions and suffice to say I definitely didn't pee on the carpet a second time.

Disciplining your PC

While it’s not okay to smack your real child it’s even less okay to smack your computer child. Sure it feels good, and until they gain the sentience required to have emotions and to ultimately overthrow civilisation as we know it, they do have sensitive insides that can get damaged quite easily.You don’t want your neighbours to find out you're hitting your robot child and have it taken away by protective services and given to another family down the road.Without visitation rights you may be forced to check your Facebook on your smartphone which with small touch screen and large fingers can result in 'liking' pages you had no intention to. The horror.

Nurturing a Well Balanced PC

So in order for your computer child to be a fully functioning part of society you need to take care of it and nurture it. The information to take away from this is that unlike a real child your robot child cares nothing for your hugs; and kissing its boo boo all better, could just lead to your electrocution.

So to help your computer child out, you need to apply digital band-aids in the form of; ending all unnecessary running programs, closing the hundreds of of unnecessary browser tabs you have on the go and finally if all else fails put it down for irregular 1 minute power naps.

Afterward it should wake up bright as a button and ready to run around the internet all over again, if it doesn’t then you should consider some computer parenting help from SuperGeek or try the Ultimate Power Cycle as seen in this video. 
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Data-RecoveryThe days are long gone when people had to store their photos in a leather tome mouldering away under sticky plastic sheeting, or keep their unpublished memoirs on cellophane collecting, locked away in the bottom desk draw.No, now all this glorious information lives in the digital realm where it's stored on computer hard drives, USB sticks, smartphones, SD cards or the cloud, if you're lucky. While it's now a lot more convenient to lug all your precious information around with you, like a 21st century hobo pushing around an overburden online shopping trolley, it is also a lot less tangible.Whereas once you only had to worry about fire, flood and earthquake destroying your John Grisham library or Neil Diamond back catalogue, now you also have to worry about it, (through only minimal fault of your own) collapsing into a pile of incomprehensible 1's and 0's, that you personally can't put back together, no matter how good you are at jigsaws or the jumble.That just won't do, so here are 5 top tips to keep your data safe so you won't have to worry about data recovery.

1. Eject Storage Media Properly

Sure you can stick a USB, SD card or Smartphone into your computer without asking politely or even offering a smile, but unfortunately you can't pull it out without making up for your original trespasses in triplicate. So click on your green device manager icon in the bottom right of the taskbar and ask your computer kindly to eject it.

2. Backup your Data

Okay so this one is kind of obvious, but have you done it? Probably not and think how much easier it is to make a copy of your screenplay nowadays, no hanging out at the local library for 5 hours making photocopies for you while another patron slowly gets more and more annoyed as he waits to photocopy one page.

3. Viruses and Malware

When you're out driving the streets late at night, you wouldn't let just anyone into your car, lest they be even more ill adjusted than yourself. This is also true when you're driving your computer around the internet, don't immediately let that creepy toolbar on board, or it's virus cohorts masquerading as sexy malware. Only download from trusted sources, and if you're not sure don't download it, or you could wake up to find your computer in a bath tub with jagged hole in its back panel where your data used to be.

4. Perform Regular System Maintenance

Being drawn and quartered was once a gruesome punishment for treason, yet it's what happens to your data every time there is a challenge to your computers governing operating system, and most of the time your data is just a patsy being framed by the RAM. What this means is when you use your data it sometimes gets cut up into fragments and stored on different areas of your hard drive, meaning your computer has to work extra hard to access it for you, which can lead to it malfunction or corrupt your data. To stop this you should perform regular operations called defragmenting.

5. Computer Care

Finally never, never ever drink water while holding your device in front of your face, because if your friend tells you some shocking news you won't be able to stop yourself from expelling a mouthful of water and saliva onto your device in order to show sufficient socially acceptable levels of shock. Dehydration is both character building and safe data practice. If all those tips are too late and you've lost data, fortunately for you there are data recovery services, using special equipment and highly trained individuals. So whether it's a hard drive, an SD card, a USB stick or a smartphone your data can be recovered.If you want to know more about the process check out this episode of SuperTalk. Donate Data Today

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New evidence in the Windows conspiracy has just been revealed showing why Hitler really lost the war. This morning message boards all over the world are alight with Hitler chatter, and not just trollz comparing things to Hitler.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.More-Stuff-60
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In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn't make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn't make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn't work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.2001 A Space Odyssey
  

2. Circular Logic Restart - War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.War Games - Logical Restart


 

3. Morality Reboot - Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset - Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..Jurassic Park - Awkward Position
 

5. Power Cycle Failure - The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.  
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

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It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  More-Stuff-60
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again.Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?”Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word.Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN.Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”.Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for. More-Stuff-60
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.More-Stuff-60
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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Most times it is a legal requirement for a business selling a product to include a warranty policy, even if the policy just states that there really is no warranty. However this is not always true for items purchased from the back of lorries, though some enterprising car boot salesman are beginning to offer warranties and are especially keen to upsell customers to their extended warranty plans, safe in the knowledge that they're a car paint job away from nullifying clause 8c. With that in mind we've assembled a list of 5 not actually very deadly at all reasons to read the warranty policy.
 

Length & Complexity

Book 3

Chapter 12

Section 4.1

It seems that some warranty policy writers are having the same trouble as Game of Thrones author George R R Martin, in that they set out to write something and it ends up getting so complicated that it has no end in sight.

It's gotten so bad that even if you think the policy is short, it will undoubtedly contain a website links to where the real warranty lives with it’s sub clauses and whole sections just defining words, like appropriate and reasonable, something which the person who wrote the policy obviously doesn’t understand, given it’s length and the expectation that we have to read it.

Find out how Tyrien Limiteder and Defectilon Targaryen fare in the next Game of Warranties, due out in three years.

Exclusions

One of the most important aspects of a warranty policy is reading what is excluded from it, and by that I don’t mean sections that have been excluded from the actual warranty policy, which would be impossible because they wouldn’t in fact exist for you to read. No I’m definitely referring to the components of the device which are excluded from the policy. I hope this wasn’t over complicated, however just consider it training for reading future warranty policies.
Here’s a tableau which might be familiar to someYou - “It says here on the policy that the warranty covers everything except for this tiny screw.Can you tell me is it an integral screw?”Warranty Department - “Extremely so”You - “Does it break often?”Warranty Department - “It’s the only thing that does break, why do you think we left it out of the policy”

Faulty Policy

While a lot of effort goes into making the products as free from error as possible, it still happens. And the same can be said of warranty policy as well. Begging the question is there a warranty on the warranty incase it’s faulty? Probably not, but what are you to do when you open your policy and the staples aren’t strictly in the fold meaning when you open the document some words in the crease are hard to make out. When the printing is poor and some words are blurry, or even when some words are mispelt. How does one know if they’re in “beach of warranty”?

Warranty Period

When it comes to the period of the warranty, they can go from one year all the way up to a lifetime. Is the offer of a one year a clear admission that they don’t think it can last more than a year without fault, or it just a play to get us to pay extra for an extended warranty, or does the offer of an extended warranty show they are so confident they don’t think it will break. These questions are right up there with what is the meaning of life, we might never know the answers.

 

Also what does lifetime warranty really mean, whose lifetime is it? The person who bought it? If it’s the person who currently owns it then it may never go out of warranty as an electrical screwdriver is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Or is it the lifetime of the product which could be very short, but maybe it was just the vacuum cleaners time, not everyone can live a long life.

Of course these are all questions that unfortunately can easily be answered by reading the warranty policy. I hope by raising these questions that will haunt you that we may have igniting your passion to read the policy that comes your way so you can finally be informed, unlike how this article will leave you.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances, sounds sexy and mysterious. Well it gets even more sexy because the target of our special circumstances is computer sales, oh yeah! So check out this week's SuperTalk where we ask Geoff from SuperGeek about their warranty policy under a very special circumstance.  
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Since April 8th 2014 Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows XP. This means no security updates which has a lot of the people still running XP also running scared. There’s only one thing you can do to feel safe again and that is upgrade to either Windows 7 or 8, which depending on the age of your PC may also require a new computer. While you ponder that we thought we wouldn’t look on the doom and gloom of Windows XP’s passing but instead focus on the good times as we;
 

Eulogise Windows XP

Dear Windows XP, my friend. I don’t feel any shame in letting you know that the rolling hills of my childhood were those seen in your default desktop background. I think fondly of them every time I consider going for a walk, before instead staying at my computer and watching youtube videos.Windows XP and I became friends in 2003, I was coming off a bad relationship with Windows ME, which had promised me so much, for one it claimed it was the operating system of the new millenium, but it was just lies. But with you I found my operating system soul mate.In the beginning like with any new relationship there was a lot of feeling each other out, there were parts of me that I wasn’t comfortable sharing early on, I didn’t know how you would take my extensive collections of raw tiff cat photos or the complex web of file associations from the more than 15 music players that I would install. I remember fondly my first blue screen of death with XP, I had foolishly tried to click on the start button. I had a great deal to learn about you too.We’ve been through some tough times, but you always had my back and I always had yours. Like the time I turned on my computer after putting in some new hardware to find that you had been declared fraudulent by Windows Genuine Advantage. How dare Microsoft say that about you I thought. I’d had your back though and I endured those long conversations with Microsoft technical support until you were declared legitimate once more. I nearly think they did it because no one was calling them due to your excellent performance as an operating system, so they were just looking for someone to talk to them …or in this case abuse them.I promised myself I wouldn’t cry..... But this brings back the feelings that I had in the summer of 2009 when I thought I’d lost you. I still think about that day the power went out while you were installing non-critical updates. I will forever anguish over why I took such risks installing the spanish, german and arabic language packs even though I didn't speak any of them. But you wouldn’t leave me though and eventually after days of different system recovery tools you came back. You were never quite the same though, you no longer showed image thumbnails and 5 internet explorer tabs and you were flat on your ass.Over the years XP, you and I viewed our fair share of websites and downloaded our fair share of files, but after over 10 years together I was starting to notice that you were becoming a bit forgetfully, often you couldn’t find where you’d placed shortcut's exe files, or you would blue screen, claiming it was someone called the Kernel’s fault. I didn’t like to see you like that, and I’m glad that you’ve now moved on to a better place, Data Heaven, where you can once again lord it over the old DOS based operating systems for eternity.To find out more about where Windows XP will be going check out this video on Data Heaven.  More-Stuff-60
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In the first Taken film in the series Liam Nesson plays Bryan Mills, a man whose daughter is taken while on holiday in Paris, there is a rumour however that the plot was originally based on his daughter’s data being taken as seen in the unreleased poster below. However at the time the movie studio didn’t think audiences were ready for such a plot, but since the rise of ransomware attacks in the news and public awareness the original plot is being recovered and used in the third film in the franchise Taken 3.Taken-1For those who aren't aware Ransomware is a strain of trojan horse in which the virus accesses your computer and encrypt your data so you cannot access it. At this time you then receive a message from your ransomers, who are so lazy they don't even take the time to write it with magazine and newspaper clipped letters, asking for money in return for your precious data. Don't worry knowing that isn't a spoiler for the film.Liam Nesson is set to reprise his role as a man who, as all hardcore Taken fans will know, has a very particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career, which apparently included data recovery. Physical data recovery that is, which in this instance we’re not talking SuperGeek style physical data recovery with hard drive platters or microchips, more the punching, kicking and shooting variety of recover data. Still it’s been a long time coming for a lead actor in a Hollywood action film to show off some data recovery skills instead of merely relying on their nerdy sidekick to jump in.In the first film his daughter was taken and he got a bit annoyed, in the second film his wife got taken, again he got annoyed, maybe even a little frustrated given it was happening again, in the third movie though when his data gets taken he understandably goes fully nuts. They are going to regret even thinking about taking his holiday snaps from Thailand.Taken-3In the first movie there was a high level of punching, kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, and that isn’t going to change for the next movie, if anything it will increase, involving even more punching,. kicking, jumping, shooting and grappling, this time with data, or at the very least whilst holding a USB stick. Which makes it no surprise that this film is setting new records in terms of budget for the number of USB devices destroyed in a single scene.The film studio has been doing a lot of work though to allay fears, and has assured everyone that no data will harmed in the making of the film. Still accidents happen so we should prepare ourselves.To find out a bit more about virus protection check out this episode of SuperTalk.
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Outside of child birth, marriage is one of the biggest steps you can make in your life, but unfortunately some people don’t fully consider what that union really means. Sure everyone knows you have to share your life with them, but no one mentioned anything about having to share your computer, that wasn’t in the marriage vows! At SuperGeek we want to help keep your marriage on track, so we’ve identified through peer reviewed research 6 bad habits that could put your married bliss in jeopardy. 

Obsessive Compulsive

This is a partner who will always clear the recycle bin, even if they weren’t the ones who put the files in there, or actually deleted anything while they were on the computer. They don’t realise that, sure you deleted them, but you only did that as a first step while you were still considering whether to commit to a full blown removal. And only now after sleeping on it, do you realise that yes, you do in fact want that picture of Higgins from Magnum P.I. eating a banana. Which you will now have to download from the internet all over again. Solution: Set boundaries.

Tab Addiction

In this instance tab isn’t short for tablet, we’re talking about the hard stuff, browser tabs. Do you sit down at the computer for some leisurely internet browsing for chimpanzee frisbee videos, only to find that there’s so many tabs open in the browser, that there’s not even any space for a label to tell you what the tab is? But heaven forbid if you try to close any of them. ”Where’s the site I had open that showed me how to make homemade toothpaste?” Solution: Intervention, invite everyone who has been callously hurt by their excessive tabbery and let them know your pain.

The Anarchist

Now maybe you’re not a neat freak or someone very obsessive compulsive at all. It’s still nice to have things orderly, the mouse on top of the mouse mat and not vice versa for example, which makes the anarchist all the more frustrating to deal with. You can be reasonable, but how can you live in such a state when they leave files all over the desktop so it turns your desktop into a real life game of minesweeper. Damn it! Not Nero! I wanted Word. Solution: His and hers window accounts

The Expert

Does your partner think they’re hot stuff when it comes to maintaining your computer? Do they have a slightly higher level of computer knowledge that they like to flaunt in your face, “Don’t stick that in there it’s only a USB 2 port silly”. Do they take way too much satisfaction in bringing up facts from the occasional technical article they read or have very strong opinions on others opinion of the technical details of the NBN. Solution: Public Shaming; the only recourse for this is to bring in a true expert and shame them publicly. Organise a BBQ with all your friends and family, then bring out the computer to play music, with a few of the more hidden sound options muted and just let them hang themselves before your plant saves the day. If you don’t have any friends who are technically up to the task, don’t worry because SuperGeek offer a special undercover shaming service. It will however cost slightly more than our regular service, but hey good fake moustaches aren’t cheap.

Control Freak

The Control Freak, also known as the blamer is the person who dominates the home computer, they are the one who installs new software, they are the one who defragments the hard drive, they are the one who changes the wallpaper. The upside of this is, if you’re not interested in the maintenance of your computer, you get access to a top machine, the downside however is, anything that goes wrong with it is your fault. You’ll hear phrases such as “Why is the mouse moving so quickly, did you change a setting?” Why is the browser zoomed in to 125%?” and the way through to “How could you get this virus? Do you hate me so much you deliberately turned off the antivirus?”. Solution: This one is a case of irreconcilable differences, not even getting your own computer can help you here, you need to get a new partner.

The Cheater

Hopefully you trust your partner and your pretty confident that you’ll never have to experience any infidelity in your marriage. But I guess that depends on what you consider an infidelity. Ask yourself when was the last time your computer had a problem, one month ago? Two? A year? Or two? Trust us when we say no computer works forever without eventually getting an error, so if you’re not fixing it, and they’re not fixing it, who’s fixing it? When it comes to computer maintenance you might be getting cheated on! Check our latest video for the signs to look for.
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In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn't make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn't make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn't work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.2001 A Space Odyssey
  

2. Circular Logic Restart - War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.War Games - Logical Restart


 

3. Morality Reboot - Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset - Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..Jurassic Park - Awkward Position
 

5. Power Cycle Failure - The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.  More-Stuff-60
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Data-RecoveryThe days are long gone when people had to store their photos in a leather tome mouldering away under sticky plastic sheeting, or keep their unpublished memoirs on cellophane collecting, locked away in the bottom desk draw.No, now all this glorious information lives in the digital realm where it's stored on computer hard drives, USB sticks, smartphones, SD cards or the cloud, if you're lucky. While it's now a lot more convenient to lug all your precious information around with you, like a 21st century hobo pushing around an overburden online shopping trolley, it is also a lot less tangible.Whereas once you only had to worry about fire, flood and earthquake destroying your John Grisham library or Neil Diamond back catalogue, now you also have to worry about it, (through only minimal fault of your own) collapsing into a pile of incomprehensible 1's and 0's, that you personally can't put back together, no matter how good you are at jigsaws or the jumble.That just won't do, so here are 5 top tips to keep your data safe so you won't have to worry about data recovery.

1. Eject Storage Media Properly

Sure you can stick a USB, SD card or Smartphone into your computer without asking politely or even offering a smile, but unfortunately you can't pull it out without making up for your original trespasses in triplicate. So click on your green device manager icon in the bottom right of the taskbar and ask your computer kindly to eject it.

2. Backup your Data

Okay so this one is kind of obvious, but have you done it? Probably not and think how much easier it is to make a copy of your screenplay nowadays, no hanging out at the local library for 5 hours making photocopies for you while another patron slowly gets more and more annoyed as he waits to photocopy one page.

3. Viruses and Malware

When you're out driving the streets late at night, you wouldn't let just anyone into your car, lest they be even more ill adjusted than yourself. This is also true when you're driving your computer around the internet, don't immediately let that creepy toolbar on board, or it's virus cohorts masquerading as sexy malware. Only download from trusted sources, and if you're not sure don't download it, or you could wake up to find your computer in a bath tub with jagged hole in its back panel where your data used to be.

4. Perform Regular System Maintenance

Being drawn and quartered was once a gruesome punishment for treason, yet it's what happens to your data every time there is a challenge to your computers governing operating system, and most of the time your data is just a patsy being framed by the RAM. What this means is when you use your data it sometimes gets cut up into fragments and stored on different areas of your hard drive, meaning your computer has to work extra hard to access it for you, which can lead to it malfunction or corrupt your data. To stop this you should perform regular operations called defragmenting.

5. Computer Care

Finally never, never ever drink water while holding your device in front of your face, because if your friend tells you some shocking news you won't be able to stop yourself from expelling a mouthful of water and saliva onto your device in order to show sufficient socially acceptable levels of shock. Dehydration is both character building and safe data practice. If all those tips are too late and you've lost data, fortunately for you there are data recovery services, using special equipment and highly trained individuals. So whether it's a hard drive, an SD card, a USB stick or a smartphone your data can be recovered.If you want to know more about the process check out this episode of SuperTalk. Donate Data Today

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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

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In the last 30 years computers have got humans in all kinds of scrapes, but the blue screen of death claiming your painstakingly typed 3 page ode to tacos hardly compares with what happens in films; where every computer in charge of anything is only one minor glitch away from going crazy with power. Now while everyone knows you can fix a wide range of computer problems with a power cycle, it doesn't make for a very long or exciting movie. Even with extreme slow motion cameras these days, hitting the restart button on a computer can only be stretched out to 5 minutes tops. Screenwriters had to be creative to achieve some sort of point of difference when a restart is the ultimate goal of the protagonist. Here’s the top 5 unique ways power cycling is used in movies, albeit after 90 minutes of supposition.


 

1. The Break Up - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968)

When it came to shutting Hal down, it was more like an awkward bro-mance breakup than a power cycle. Hal’s soulful giant red eye didn't make it any easier either. So breaking up with a computer can be difficult, the standard it’s not you it’s me doesn't work, because it is them, most specifically an incompatible DLL in their processing kernel.2001 A Space Odyssey
  

2. Circular Logic Restart - War Games (1983)

Matthew Broderick hacks into NORAD using a computer with less processing strength than a mid 90s Tamagotchi to play a text based game, all because he was bored. Despite the ridiculous notion that anyone would play a text based computer game to alleviate boredom, somehow Broderick with the help of Ally Sheedy accidentally makes the NORAD computer think Russia is attacking so begins to launch a retaliatory attack, that is before Broderick makes it play noughts and crosses against itself teaching it a valuable lesson about futility, which Ally Sheedy went on to learn about in the 1990s by trying to keep her movie career going.War Games - Logical Restart


 

3. Morality Reboot - Terminator 2 (1991)

It’s a well known fact that you can’t change a computer’s moral compass with a hot swap, you need to do a full power cycle.What better way to save the future than catching a robot terminator (that looks exactly like the one that traveled back in time to kill your mum, that forced your best friend to also travel back in time to stop it, resulting in your best friend banging your mum and turning out to be your father), rebooting it as a good guy and sending it back in time to protect yourself as a whiny pissant teenager while also making your severely PTSD mother go even further off the deep end? If you’re John Connor then there is none.Terminator 2 Morality Reboot


 

4. Awkwardly Positioned Reset - Jurassic Park (1993)

No you’re not misremembering your childhood, this isn’t Clive Palmer presents Jurassic park where a power cycle is an obvious solution to an out of control stegosaurus. In Jurassic park they created living dinosaurs, who strangely enough could still only be bested by performing a computer restart. The only problem was they put the restart button behind the raptor cage. Damn it..Jurassic Park - Awkward Position
 

5. Power Cycle Failure - The SuperGeek Movie (2014)

In this art house tech thriller an unruly computer makes a mockery of it’s owners power cycle attempts, pushing them to their breaking point. So desperate is their need to continue online shopping they finally try the risky ultimate power cycle. While the full movie goes for about 90 minutes this clip sums up all the poignant plot points and character development quite succinctly.  
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Even the most amateur of us computer users knows that condensation and data storage are enemies, yet somehow the ridiculous idea to name data servers after an ephemeral constantly transitioning state of water that could fall from the sky at any minute has stuck. Regardless of its name The Cloud can be quite beneficial and here are 5 reason why.
 

Access

Much like its namesake, the cloud will allow you to drift aimlessly through life while still being able to source your data at a moments notice. Basically a digital version of He-Man who calls down the power of information and word documents rather than the power of Grey Skull. Meaning even you, a literal vagabond, will still be able to access your digital bindle from anywhere in the world (that has internet, so under the sea you will still be better off with paper). 

Cost

So long as you’re willing to agree to a 100 page user agreement without paying a team of lawyers thousands of dollars to go through the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb, most cloud services can be obtained for free. However if you don’t like the idea of storing your data at the largesse of big business you can also pay for your own dedicated service relatively cheaply. SuperGeek have their own affordable packages here

Safety

For anyone who already has their head in the clouds, cloud storage is the safest way to take care of your data. Unlike the name suggests the cloud is actually stored in a solid state in buildings on the ground using highly secure encryption technology and can be accessed using a program and a password. This is especially handy for people prone to losing things like thumb drives or briefcases, and as an added bonus by ridding yourself of the need for thumb drives or micro SD cards, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having to replace pants with holes in the pockets. 

Legacy

Okay so maybe you’re not famous or fabulously rich, but you can still create a legacy, even if it’s just a digital one. After your flesh has gone back into the earth, your data will live on forever, in all likelihood being used as a back story for an artificial intelligence. And who knows? When your descendants look through your cloud storage in future years, maybe your haiku about the cola wars will finally gain some appreciation.

Hoarding

Everyone has a hard time throwing things out, because who knows? One day you might need that broken table tennis racquet and you’d feel pretty silly if you’d binned it only 14 years beforehand. The problem is, it’s only a short drive down to crazy town, where your whole house smells like the cat pee you’ve obsessively hoarded for the last decade and some nice men from the council have arrived with a backhoe and a piece of paper authorising them to tear down the world’s second tallest mountain of broken pedestal fans you have on your driveway.Thankfully, by storing all your information in the cloud, even the best psychiatrists won’t be able to tell that you’re an information hoarder, meaning you can keep your data with no social stigma attached. However when it comes to accessing your mountains of data, any rocking back and forth in the foetal position will still be a dead giveaway.
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If you often look at your computer with abject disgust because it takes a second more than you deem warranted to load Google. If you find your regular workload of programs renders your computer non-responsive leaving you with no option but to watch as your mouse moves across the screen one pixel at a time, as though through molasses. Or if it’s going to take the rest of your lifetime to sequence your DNA by which time the data will be useless, then you’re probably ready for the next step up, a supercomputer.

Tip 1 - Buy Quality Parts

Sure you've got a couple of old computer laying around, but that isn't the best place to start because a supercomputer is only as good as it’s weakest part, a lesson taught to us all by the Windows Experience Index. So consider this when buying components, because having a supercomputer with the processing power to predict the stock market isn't going to do you any good if it keeps blue screening on you before you can even buy into the ice cream futures market.

Tip 2 - Plan it Out

Many newcomers foolishly start building their supercomputer in their bedroom only to run out of room as more and more motherboards are added in parallel. The desk is usually the first thing to go, followed quickly by the closet, until finally the bed is removed leaving you to try sleeping every night crammed into one of the larger computer cases you have.

Tip 3 - Set Limits

When dealing with Supercomputers there is the ever lurking danger that it may become sentient, sure that might seem great that you finally have a friend, but it’s too risky as it could easily destroy the world. So save humanity and join a book club or beekeeping society instead, if you don’t believe me check out The Matrix to see what can happen.

Tip 4 - Stay Motivated

Sure right now you’re keen as mustard to build a computer, but that can easily wane after months of trial and error. So keep motivated by making sure you have a few nefarious schemes already cooked up with which you plan to utilise the awesome computing power of your supercomputer. For starters this could be taking control of the world banking system, over-riding satellite communication systems or at the very least busting into your local library computer system to remove your late fees.

Tip 5 - Watch this Video

I hope the first four tips have inspired you and not frightened you away from building a supercomputer, so if you’re still keen check out this video to see how SuperGeek can help you build your own super computer.
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Nervous System

We’re not talking how many times they go to the bathroom when they’re feeling skittish, a SuperGeek has such a strong affinity with technology that their nervous system extends outside of their body into surrounding electronics. It is both a strength and a weakness, as by simply dropping their smart phone, they can become almost paralysed with actual physical pain. 

Senses

Through the years of computer repair SuperGeek’s have developed a keen set of senses. They can hear and track a failing hard drive from over a 100 km away, sense minor fluctuations in the clock frequency of RAM by touch and can confirm a dodgy power supply merely by tasting it. 

Self Confidence

When it comes to self confidence SuperGeeks are not like other geeks, they have so much technical confidence that it spills over into other aspects of their life, so much so that they relish the opportunity to make speeches at wedding, barter with merchants, and be nude life models for local art clubs. 

Mind

SuperGeeks have a hive mind so are able to call upon the knowledge base of the entire pack through a wireless telepathic system known as Mind-Fi. Besides making them really good at pub trivia nights, it also means it’s never just one SuperGeek fixing your computer, it’s all of them. 

Prey

SuperGeeks have evolved to the point where they draw energy directly from repairing broken computers. Given this they have also developed a mutually beneficial relationship with their prey’s human symbiods in which they will alert SuperGeeks via either telephoney or email of their hosts pc problems, thus quickly identifying good feeding. 

Habitat

With their insatiable appetite for broken computers, SuperGeek roam far and wide in search of sustenance throughout Metropolitan areas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. In order to quench their enormous appetite they are constantly on the move, relying on their van’s GPS to find prey, and their fully stocked parts to maximise their ability to quickly feed.
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