Category Archives: Bali PC Advisor

Bali PC Advisor is written by PakBruce a Computer Consultant and
Professional for over 30 years

Goodbye and thank you

Hello to all my loyal readers. This column has been running for almost 12 years now. Since 5 March 2003 and over 225 articles! I have covered everything from computer short-cuts and hints for your PC to how to set up a company on the internet. I have received hundreds of emails from you, over these years, and always tried to answer them quickly and accurately. Some were simple and easy to answer, while some were impossible for me to solve. But times change. In 2003, there was no Twitter and no Facebook. There was no Wi-Fi and no Bluetooth. ... [ Read More ]

Hardware reviews whats new and whats good

Here is 2014’s latest and greatest computer hardware to make your computer life easier than ever before. Huge hard drives; incredible monitors; lightweight but powerful laptops; new CPUs; amazing video cards; water coolers; and more. I’ve tried to find good prices for many of the items listed below, but shop around. I used for most of these prices. Processors • High-end Processor (CPU): Intel 3.0GHz Core i7-5960X (Haswell-E). 8 Core, 20MB cache. You will need a socket 2011-v3 mobo and DDR4 Ram! US$1,022 • Mid-Range Processor (CPU): Intel 4GHz Core i7-4790K . Best for the money! Does need DDR4 ... [ Read More ]

How great are Dual Monitors

How great are Dual Monitors? Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade If you’ve ever wished for a bigger computer screen, here’s an even better idea. Use a dual monitor (or multi monitor) setup to extend your desktop across two or more screens. Both Windows and Mac computers have the ability to simulate one BIG screen using a dual or multi monitor configuration. Adding a second monitor will be cheaper than upgrading to a super-size screen, and there are other advantages too. I’ve used two monitors on my PC for many years. My system has 19 inch AND 13 inch flat-panel ... [ Read More ]

Is your computer running too hot

Overheating – it’s enemy number one Signs of Overheating – And What To Do I just got a new computer game that really uses the CPU to create all the fabulous visuals. However, after about 10 minutes I can feel the heat! Electronic components in your computer and other devices generate heat. The harder they work, the more heat they generate. But heat is the mortal enemy of all things electronic. So it’s important to be alert to temperature spikes in your computer, and take steps to cool it down when necessary. How can you tell if your computer is ... [ Read More ]

Online Identity Security

9 Things You Absolutely Must Do to Keep Your Online Identity Secure Keeping your online identity secure is of critical importance. IF it is compromised, you could find your credit cards maxed out and your bank accounts empty! Here are some things you must do to protect yourself. Fortify Your Passwords Password strength is vital to your frontline defense. Obviously your password should be a combination of letters and numbers, but don’t stop at the bare minimum. Use uppercase letters in random spots. Subsitute numbers for letters. Mash multiple word phrases together. Deliberately misspell those words. Space them out. If ... [ Read More ]

Seven New Year’s Resolutions for your PC

It’s that time of year again! At the start of every new year, people the world over make resolutions to better themselves, with fitness, health, money, and career goals at the forefront of our minds. But what about your poor, neglected PC? Couldn’t it use, at the very least, a few resolutions toward better health and fitness? Let’s get started Today, I’ve compiled a list of 7 PC resolutions – those nagging PC activities you should engage in more often but don’t – to help you and your computer start off the new year on the right foot. From defragging ... [ Read More ]

Can you really be kicked off the internet?

Can You Really Get Kicked Off the Internet? After several years of negotiations and rumors, the music and film lobbyists have finally reached an agreement with Internet service providers to crack down on copyright violators. Effective March 1st 2013, the so-called ‘six strikes program’ went into effect. What is it, and what does it mean to you? The following is primarily in the US. Perhaps the UK and Australia as well. It does NOT seem to be happening in Bali! Six Strikes and You’re Out of the Internet? OK, let’s step back for just a second and lay some ground ... [ Read More ]

Keep your hard drive healthy and working for you

If you bought a hard drive just ten years ago, it was probably 120MB in size (that’s 120,000,000 bytes). Today, for the same price as that 120MB drive you would buy a 2TB (Terabyte) drive. That’s 2,000,000,000! That is over 16 times larger! And it would be the same physical size! So think about how small each little byte of your data is now. Tiny! This means that one little piece of dust can wipe out a huge amount of data and can turn your wonderful hard drive into a piece of worthless junk. Also, remember that your hard drive ... [ Read More ]

Phishing and making Gmail your default send to: Phishing

OK, what the heck is ‘phishing’? (Pronounced ‘fishing’) Well cybercriminals sent over 3 billion phishing e-mails over the last year, in a bid to steal money from unsuspecting web users. Research by the life assistance company revealed that 55 percent of phishing scams are fake bank e-mails, which try and trick users into giving hackers their credit card number and online banking passwords. Hoax lottery and competition prize draws and Nigerian ‘419’ scams that involve e-mail requests for money from supposedly rich individuals in countries such as Nigeria, were also among the most popular phishing e-mails. Online banking fraud has ... [ Read More ]

Online Computer Repair and Fix-it-Yourself Options

A reader asked me: ‘My computer is acting kinda crazy. Do I have a virus or something. What can I do, there are no computer repair places near my home in west Bali?’ Here’s the scoop on remote computer repair services, and some free alternatives… Computer Repair on the Internet When your computer breaks down, freezes up, or freaks out, your first response may be to call someone to come and repair it, or take it to your local PC repair guy. But before you pick up the phone or drag your computer out to the car, check out some ... [ Read More ]