Computer Sprout has a new home in Logan, OH

Frank and Computer Sprout have moved to 10671 Ellinger Rd, Logan, OH. As always, Computer Sprout is your go to source for sliding scale computer repairs or used computers or Android phones. Computer Sprout specializes in Ubuntu, an open source Linux distribution that can replace Windows on your computer.

There are options as to how Ubuntu is configured. It is sometimes easy to configure Ubuntu to work in conjunction with Windows, and access all windows media files from the new Ubuntu installation.

In a rural environment where internet connections tend to be slow, Windows 10 updates can be incapacitating to an older computer. However, that very same computer, with Ubuntu installed, will work fast, responsive, robust. It can be almost like a new computer.

If you are having Windows 10 or Windows 11 problems, Computer Sprout can help. File system corruption is a common problem for Windows 10. Symptoms include system slowdowns and programs that refuse to work correctly. Repairs are made depending upon the level corruption. However, most computers can work like new again for a suggested minimum donation of $30. Call today!

Computer Sprout is also a source for solid performing used computers. Computer Sprout purchases typically off-lease incomplete Dell Latitude laptops. Laptops are completed, tested with Ubuntu 20.04 installed and are available to you for replacement cost. These models tend to have solid longevity, unlike some consumer models purchased at Walmart.

Computer Sprout also can provide expert help with most things technological, all on a sliding scale.

Ubuntu Linux for human beings
Ubuntu Linux for human beings

Business Websites 101

Intro – Business Websites 101

This is a very short course in utilizing a website and google to market your business. I am calling it Business Websites 101.

Question? How does a new business get noticed in 2019?

Answer Have a good functional website. Make sure the domain name works for you. Do SEO (Search Engine Optimization) home work. Incorporate this in your domain name and website. Make sure your Google listings are up to speed and good. Do good sense Google Adwords. Follow the principles of Businesses Websites 101.

Narrative – Business Websites 101

In 2019, well over half of all page views for your website are likely to happen from a mobile device. What website factors contribute to a website working well on a mobile device?Google and AnswerLab did a research study to answer this question. Here is their conclusion.

Mobile users are very goal-oriented. They expect to be able to get what they need, immediately, and on their own terms.

Here is what Google has to say on the subject. First, it has to scale; the website needs to be legible and well laid out on a variety of screen sizes. Also, the website has to load fast. In 2019, potential customers have very little patience with slow loading websites. Therefore, they will move on to the next potential business that might fulfill the need they are looking to meet.

This means the majority of websites have a lot of wasted effort on aesthetics. Your website should be well laid out, have good graphics, and convey important information to potential customers. But forget the fancy “sliders”, auto play videos, etc… Your potential customers will not wait around for them to load.

Also bear in mind, we are in Pocahontas County, WV. We have limited bandwidth in the best scenarios. Your website needs to load fast and your information must be complete and accurate in both search results and maps.

Contact Computer Sprout for a free no obligation initial consultation on Businesses Websites 101. Very Reasonable Professional Fees donated to local non-profit. 540-860-0089 or email info@computersprout.org

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How to Get The Most Computing Bang for Your Buck

If you seek the most computing bang for your buck, then a laptop with a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor is for you. These processors were released in 2012. They were used in laptops built around 2013.  Since that time, Intel has spent most of its efforts not on improving computing performance. Rather Intel’s focus has been on improving the energy efficiency of the core i line of processors.

Surprising Performance from 3rd Generation Core i Processors

My experience with 3rd generation core i5 and i7 suggests their performance is within about 10% of the new 6th and 7th generation core i line of processors. Prices for five year old high end laptops are amazingly affordable.

Cost and Availability of Replacement Parts

For these reasons, I strongly recommend buying Dell or HP.  The business lines of computers from these two manufacturers are significantly better made and more robust than the consumer lines.  I recommend Dell Latitude or HP Elitebook.
I purchase a significant number of these computers from Ebay with good results. When buying from Ebay, make sure you are buying from a reputable seller, one who has made a large number of sales. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, Computer Sprout offers this service. All that is required is to re-imburse for out of pocket costs, plus make a small donation to Hillsboro Library Friends. You can literally save several hundreds of dollars by taking this approach to sourcing your computing equipment.

Windows 10 Updates Are Reason Alone to Use Ubuntu Instead

Window 10 updates are reason alone to use Ubuntu instead.  Windows 10 handles updates in a massively unpredictable way.  This is reason enough for most users to use Ubuntu instead.  Ubuntu 16.04 is my go to OS.  I always opt for Ubuntu given the choice.

  I periodically use Windows 10.  Not by choice , but because certain programs I need to use only work with Windows.  For me, it is a program that manages photos for a Sony Cybershot camera.  Additionally, a program that manages a software stack to run WordPress locally is sometimes needed.  For others, they may have a vpn that allows them to connect with their work sites from home that needs to run on Windows.

Window 10 Especially Ill Suited for Rural Internet Connections

If you live in a rural area, chances are your internet speeds are marginal.  This is true even if you have an acceptable internet experience most of the time.  When Windows 10 begins to update and you have an internet connection of 10 Mbps or less, chances are your computer will become inoperable until Windows 10 has finished doing its thing.  It is possible to futz around with metered connection settings.  One can attempt to wrest some control over your own computer and Microsoft’s heavy handed approach to updates.  But the experience will be frustrating at best, guaranteed.

However, for most people, Ubuntu does virtually everything they need from a computer.  If Windows is needed,  a computer can be easily configured to “dual boot”.  Windows 10 is available when needed.  Most people, over time, will gravitate to Ubuntu because it is more robust and user friendly.  And with Ubuntu, updates are quick, simple, and fully under user control.  Windows 10 updates are reason alone to use Ubuntu instead.

Ubuntu is Free Open Source

Introduction

The Computer Sprout Blog is where I will discuss issues relevant to computing.  This article discusses Ubuntu and Linux.

Ubuntu and Linux

Ubuntu is free and open source replacement for Windows 10,  8.1, and 7.  It does not get viruses.  It does not need disk defrag.  All popular browsUbuntu is free open source and featured by Computer Sprout computer repair servicesers including Chrome and Firefox run in Ubuntu.

For those committed to Microsoft Office, you may run the free cloud version of Office in your browser.  Otherwise, LibreOffice is a free open source replacement for MS Office.

Most computers can run both Windows and Ubuntu.   Computer Sprout computer repair services has made this repair literally hundreds of times on most brands of computer.  Many clients find they prefer Ubuntu over Windows after acclimation.

Call 540-860-0089   9am – 9pm 7 days per week, or stop by the Hillsboro Library Wednesdays from 4pm – 7pm for a free demonstraton.

More on Ubuntu and Linux

Ubuntu is free open source Windows replacement.  It is know as a Linux distribution.  The history of Linux began in 1991 with the commencement of a personal project by Finnish student Linus Torvalds to create a new free operating system kernel. Since then, the resulting Linux kernel has been marked by constant growth throughout its history.  Today, virtually all of the worlds super computers run linux.  Unix and Unix-like operating systems power about 67 percent of all web servers.  At least half of those run Linux—and probably the vast majority.

However, Linux still has a relatively small share of the desktop market.  Join the Linux revolution.  Arrange to install Ubuntu on your computer today!