Category Archives: Computers

Calibrating your monitor for the best viewing experience

Proper monitor calibration will ensure that your colors and black levels are true, and will ensure that your monitor is producing the best results for editing and viewing images and videos. Plus, it’ll be easier on your eyes! You could of course have us come out and perform a professional in-home calibration, but why not do it yourself and save the money? A quick at-home calibration is relatively speedy, hassle-free, and will greatly improve image quality. Here’s Ctrl Alt Repair's guide on calibrating your monitor to help make sure colors are represented accurately at all times. We can’t guarantee you will produce results as good as a professional calibration, but even these basic calibration procedures will help outshine your monitor’s factory presets.

Before you begin

You’re going to want to do several things before you begin the calibration process.
  • Turn on your monitor at least...

Windows 10 is quietly getting better and better

In the November update to Windows 10 Microsoft added new features to the OS and refines its user interface. Many of these features were meant to be in the first release Windows 10, but weren’t ready in time. (If you haven’t upgraded your Windows 7 or 8/8.1 computer or tablet to Windows 10 yet, these features are included in the free Windows 10 upgrade.) Here is what's new, ranked from most important to least.
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1. More flexible activation using a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 key

Upgrading a computer with a valid installation of Windows 7 or 8/8.1 is currently free. The Windows 10 installation program checks for a license for any of these prior versions of Windows on the computer or tablet. Microsoft has made this process more flexible with the November...

It’s Spring! Time to clean! DON’T forget about your Computer!!

Flowers are blooming and birds are chirping all across East Tennessee, which means it's time to start your yearly spring cleaning extravaganza. While you're emptying your closets, decluttering, and getting rid of the bloat in your life, why not do the same for your computer? Here are some steps we take at Ctrl Alt Repair to give your trusted computer a little spring cleaning of its own.

Clean Up Your Hardware

We'll start with the outside of your machine. Turn it off, unplug everything, and find an open area where you can easily reach everything. Whether you have a laptop or a desktop, your main priority is probably going to be the keyboard and mouse or trackpad. Luckily, you can clean them pretty easily with just a few household objects. If they're looking a little greasy, you...

Just buy a new PC? Make sure to get rid of all the bloatware!

For years, Windows users have been dealing with Bloatware — pre-installed, mostly-useless software that burdens and bogs down almost every new Windows PC. It is not unusual for a new PC to have dozens of programs pre-installed, ranging from virus scanners to Skype to cheap video games, all stealing valuable storage space, RAM, and CPU cycles. Meanwhile, of course, on the other side of the blindingly white picket fence, Macs come with a bunch of first-party (and mostly first-rate) Apple applications — and that’s it. For Windows advocates, this has always been a particularly tough bone of contention: Even though Windows 8, in its base state, is faster and more stable than OS X, it’s hard to extol the virtues of a crud-laden, $300 PC from Dell or Acer.

How did the Windows OEM ecosystem ever end...

Android Malware Can Spy on You Even If You Turn Your Phone Off.

It looks like a breakthrough for the bad guys that create spyware for mobile devices: a newly discovered Android malware program can actually track you after you’ve shut down your phone.

Well, after you think you’ve shut down your phone, anyway.

Recently spotted by AVG anti-virus software company, the malware (which affects Android phones, and which does not yet have a catchy nickname) tricks phone owners into thinking that they’ve shut down their devices. Pressing the power button on an infected phone calls up a fake Power Off button onto the screen. When tapped, only the phone’s screen, sound alerts, and notification lights are actually powered off.

While in this state, the spyware can reportedly make calls, take pictures, and send and receive messages.

Not. Cool.

The malware is hidden inside...