Unbeatable Computer Prices February 16, 2017 17:20
Photographing for eBay January 13, 2017 17:02
eBay is one of the most popular websites for selling used items. People can bid on items or buy them at a fixed price. It’s widely accessible and anybody can sell on their site after creating an account. It’s a great tool for small business like 210Geeks.com who do the majority of their selling online. This online selling is also known as e-commerce. There are many individuals that earn their living through strictly eBay sales out of home. While it may seem simple, there are some techniques for listing that can significantly increase the traffic to your items. Having great photography is one of those techniques, and it doesn't take hundreds of dollars to do so! Following these quick tips will help you achieve professional looking photos, easily!
Lighting - Having proper lighting is essential to taking great pictures. If you have access to natural light, utilize it! Studio lighting equipment is fairly cheap and can be obtained for under $100. When photographing items with light boxes, you want to have at least 2 lights. A key light is needed to face the product from the front or side. The second light, known as a fill light, can be used at an adjacent angle to the key light to eliminate harsh shadows. You can add a third light as a back light if you desire. This setup is known as three-point lighting. You also may want to adjust the White Balance and ISO settings on your camera to make sure the exposure looks its best. Once uploaded, you can also touch up your photos in programs like Photoshop or free photo editing programs online like Pixlr.
Background - Finding a background that bests contrasts with the object you are photographing is another essential step to taking great pictures. You’ll want to keep your background as simple as possible so the focus of the photo remains on the object. At 210Geeks, we use a pure white background for listing our items on eBay. White is a good color to use for most objects. Adjust your lighting setup to make sure your background exposure is smooth and consistent. Having lights too close or not positioned properly will cast some unwanted shadows. Experiment with your setup figure out what works best for you.
How to shoot - The distance you want to shoot at will depend on the size of the item you are photographing. Get as close as you can to your item while making sure all of it remains in frame. This is especially important for smaller items, as many eBay customers like to inspect closely for damages or defects. Using the ‘Macro’ shooting options for small objects is useful when trying to get a clear focus up close. Great focus and lighting is key for any picture. Using a tripod or similar camera stand is incredibly helpful for getting the perfect shot.
Uploading - First, you’ll want to import your photos from your camera to your computer. This is typically done through Micro USB for most cameras. Once your images are uploaded your computer, you’ll want to make sure to check the resolution to determine the quality. Uploading photos from your computer to your eBay listing is quite easy. On the ‘Add photos’ section of the listing form, simply click ‘Add/edit photos’. You will then need to select the photos from wherever they are stored on your device. You can crop, rotate, or adjust the brightness and contrast of photos in the preview menu to adjust to your liking and click ‘Apply.’ Once you are satisfied with your photos, click ‘Upload.’ That’s all there is to it!
210Geeks.com does the majority of our selling through eBay. This process is applied to all of the items we list. A great picture can be the difference between an eBay customer going with one item over another. It is always worth the time to make sure your eBay posts are picture-perfect!
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Marketing & Media
The Latest Computer Technology in 2016 November 9, 2016 11:11
There’s been some big news in the technology industry this week. Microsoft recently unveiled their latest product, the Microsoft Surface Studio. Coming from their line of tablets with attachable keyboards, the Microsoft Surface Studio features a large super-thin display that can tilt down to a 20-degree angle on a four-point hinge. This feature creates a tabletop format for the touch screen feature that has become a staple in the Surface devices. You can use the same stylus as the normal Surface devices, and now Microsoft has added an additional attachment called the Surface Dial. It adds an extra layer of functionality. Fully mechanized itself, it can be used to scroll through pages or bring up additional menus depending on the application being used. It’s especially useful for artists, as it comes with a color picker and brush options for drawing applications.
The specifications of the Surface Studio are also quite impressive. It comes with either an i5 or i7 core processor, up to 32 gigabytes of RAM, and a 2.1 surround sound system. The keyboard and Surface dial work wirelessly. The screen measures a massive 28 in. diagonally with 13.5 million pixels. A Microsoft representative claims that the Surface Studio is the thinnest LCD screen ever made, measuring at only 12.5 millimeters thick. The only real stinger with this new computer is the hefty price tag. The Surface Studio starts at $3000 and upgrade options can make it cost as much as $4200.
Microsoft isn’t the only one bringing out new tech. This week, Apple also revealed its latest series of Macbook Pro laptops. The most notable feature of the Macbook Pro 2016 is the addition of an OLED touch bar screen above the keyboard. The touch bar can be used for a variety of functions as it changes based on the application you are using. There are some other specification upgrades as well. The new Macbook Pro is 12% thinner and 67% brighter than the previous Macbook with Apple stating that it can produce 25% more colors. The internal power specifications are not a big change from the previous Macbook, which may be a disappointment to some who were hoping for a top-of-the-line powerhouse. Prices for the MacBook Pro 2016 start at $1500 for the base model 13-inch and $1749 for the addition of the the touch bar. The 15-inch model with the touch bar will run you over $2300.
2016 has seen some big improvements in technology while also sticking to a familiar design. Microsoft and Apple continue to innovate and cater to their massive fan bases. Most complaints about their latest devices come with the price. Most people are not able to dish out over $2000 for new computer equipment. Here at 210Geeks.com, we bridge that gap by offering computers at a much more affordable price. While usually not brand new, our computers are refurbished and designed to sell to those who need functional technology at a much more affordable price. Our desktop computers start as low as $40 and laptops at $75.
If you’re looking to save up some cash for the latest devices, we also buy back unwanted computers. Depending on the device, we can evaluate it in store and make you a cash offer up front. Check out our Buy Back program for more information.
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Media & Marketing
Is Your Computer Secure? Check here! November 3, 2016 10:17
The Internet is the collective consciousness of humankind. We can access a wealth of information with just a few clicks. However, the internet is also fertile ground for hackers to try to the personal information you’ve inputted into your computer. As time goes on, hackers are finding new and sneakier ways to trick people out of their private information. Many methods of obtaining viruses are so discreet that users may not enough know until damage has already occurred. Everyone should take action to make sure their computer is secure when accessing the web. There are a series of steps you can take to make sure your computer is protected against malware, spyware, and viruses.
Anti-Virus Software - There is a multitude of Anti-virus software out there that you can use to protect your computer. A few good ones that I would recommend are Norton, McAfee, and Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Programs like these help protect your computer against threats from unauthorized code and software. These unauthorized threats can be things such as viruses, keystroke loggers, and trojans that can severely bog down the processing speed of your computer. Anti-virus software should be run actively when using your computer to browse the web. It can catch threats early on before they cause any harm to your computer or personal information.
Firewall - a firewall provides a service to computer similar to what it sounds like. This metaphorical wall protects your computer. It acts as a blockade for any program trying to access your computer through the internet without authorization. There are two types of firewalls for software and hardware. While browsing the web, you should always keep your firewall turned on to notify you of any unauthorized attempts to access your computer.
Anti-Spyware - Spyware can be sneaky and hard to detect without sufficient anti-spyware software. Spyware collects information during your browsing sessions without your approval. Going to unprotected websites or opening suspicious email attachments is how spyware is contracted most commonly. It can be a pain to get rid of once it has infected your computer. There are plenty of free and paid for programs to block spyware from accessing your computer. These programs should run actively as they scan all incoming information to keep your computer safe.
Password Protection - Having complex and secure passwords is one of your most valuable forms of defense against online perpetrators. Hackers can use tools to figure out other’s passwords it the password is too simple. Make sure to never post your passwords online or share them with any suspicious websites. A strong password is at least 8 characters long and has a mix of capital letters, numbers, and symbols.
Browser Security Settings - Some online protection is as easy as configuring the security settings on your browser of choice. Most browsers have privacy settings that allow you to choose what information your browser stores such as cookies and saved passwords. Extensions can be added onto your web browser to alert you of suspicious websites or block unwanted pop-ups.
While the risk may not always seem apparent, the internet can be a dangerous ground for malicious hackers looking to steal information. Don’t risk leaving your computer unprotected and contracting viruses. It’s worth your time to take the steps to make sure you have security software. It’s much easier and less expensive to prevent viruses than trying to get rid of them after they’ve been contracted.
We take computer security very seriously at 210Geeks.com. We sanitize the hard drives of all computers we receive to guarantee the safety of your personal information. We want our customers to know that their private and personal information is safe when selling or recycling their computer with us. Check your computer’s security to make sure you aren’t at risk.
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Marketing & Media
Autumn Specials for Computers October 27, 2016 15:15
Today, I walked out of my house and was greeted with a pleasant surprise. No longer was I subjected to the scorching heat of mid-morning in San Antonio, but a cool breeze whistled past me as I prepared to drive to work. Summer is gone, and it's finally beginning to feel like autumn. Over the years, I have become too accustomed to the constant hot weather, staying indoors and driving anywhere with the air conditioner on full blast. For me, the fall time is a welcome change in climate. It's a time to enjoy the outdoors, go on a walk, or go to a fall festival. For many, it's a time to clean out the homes and recycle old items in preparation for the coming holiday season. Here at 210Geeks.com, we’re also taking advantage of the fall season by offering a great series of specials!
If you haven’t heard by now, 210Geeks.com offers a service that allows people to recycle their unwanted computer electronics for free. Computers should absolutely not be thrown away with normal trash. There are toxic chemicals inside the metals that computers are built with which can cause irreversible harm to the environment when deposited incorrectly. We do our part for the environment by offering this service for free. There are a number of recycling services out there that charge to recycle, not 210Geeks. In fact, if you have 5 or more recyclable items, we will drive to your location to pick them up! If you are with a business looking to get rid of large amounts of electronics, contact us! We are open to forming partnerships with business that generate ample amounts of unneeded computer equipment. The change of seasons is a perfect time for a change in your household. Clean out your old equipment by recycling it with us for free.
Do you need cash for the upcoming holidays? If you do, you can bring your computer to our location. After a free evaluation, we will offer you cash up front for your device. As I mentioned, we have some autumn specials going on for those looking to find an affordable computer that functions great (warranty included!). Our desktop computers start as low as $40 and $10 for an LCD monitor. We have Dell core i5 laptops installed with Windows 10 for only $100. They’re going fast, so you won’t want to wait!
As a small business of only four people, we put our passion into what we do to deliver you great services that can’t be matched in San Antonio. If you need to buy or sell a computer, we’re the solution!
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Marketing & Media
Basic Computer Anatomy 101 October 5, 2016 15:50
Computer technology has evolved at a breakneck pace over the course of the new century. Technology and communication that was viewed as science fiction less than half a century ago is now an integrated part of the average person’s daily life. Household names like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs laid the foundation of technological innovation for years to come through user-friendly machines designed to function autonomously with humans. Hardware and software continue to evolve at an exponential rate and show no signs of ever slowing down. We can all see the advancement of our technology through our user experience, but very few understand exactly how the different technologies come together to function with human interaction. There's a multitude of processes that simultaneously work to display the commands inputted into the computer. In this article, I’ll break down the main components of what comprises a computer.
CPU Processor- The central processing unit, or CPU, is the brain of the computer. The power of the CPU determines how fast the device can calculate commands. When you input a command on the keyboard or mouse, the CPU informs the other parts of the computer how to process your action.
RAM- RAM stands for Random Access Memory, and its function is exactly what it sounds like. This is the short-term memory of the computer. The amount of RAM is usually based in gigabytes and determines the device’s ability to recall recent events. The more RAM in your device, the better it will be at handling multiple functions at the same time. It is faster for your device to open something held in its recent memory than to boot it up from your hard drive’s long-term memory storage. For example, a computer with a high amount of RAM will be able to browse the internet, play music, and print all at the same time without bogging down.
Hard Drive- The hard drive holds the long-term memory of everything on your device. The C: drive in most computers is the internal disk that holds all of the data. The space available on hard drive continues to increase every year. Top of the line modern computers have hard drives that can store multiple terabytes (1 terabyte is 1000 gigabytes) of information. The hard drive stores all the operating system information to make your computer run. Anything you save on the computer is saved on your internal hard drive.
Motherboard: The motherboard is the computer equivalent to your body’s central nervous system. It is responsible for communicating electronic signals to and from all components of the computer when commands are inputted. Inside your device, it is easily recognizable as a green circuit board covered in small electrical pathways used to transmit information. Every process of the computer has to go through the motherboard to properly initiate its function.
Graphics and sound: There’s a huge amount of customizability available for graphics and sound. Video and audio are powered through small cards that interact with the motherboard. These cards can be removed and exchanged to suit specific requirements. The power of graphics cards continues to grow every year, allowing users to experience more lifelike graphics and sound on their interface.
I hope you gained some insight into your own technology. It’s great to know about the components that make up your device when choosing what to purchase. 210geeks.com has a wide assortment of different computers for purchase. Check out our inventory at www.210geeks.com or visit our in-store location to see for yourself!
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Marketing & Media
LCD Monitors are on Sale of $10! September 30, 2016 14:37
We've got a great deal going on for LCD monitors! Check it out here.
Do you have Unwanted Technology in San Antonio? September 21, 2016 15:34
Humanity has made tremendous strides in technological innovation this century. In just the past ten years, the processing and computing power of our electronic devices have increased exponentially. According to Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, the clock speed of computers can double every two years until around the year 2020. With technology advancing at such a fast rate, old technology is quickly outdated. Due to this, it has become a huge issue of what to do with discarded technology. Most computer devices are built with metals that are toxic to the environment when thrown in the trash. When buried in landfills, the toxins and computers can pollute soil and groundwater sources. As a company that deals with large quantities of electronics, we want to ensure that citizens of San Antonio have an efficient and cost-effective way to properly dispose of their electronic waste, or e-waste for short.
The city of San Antonio has urged it, citizens, to properly recycle, yet many do not feel the responsibility to put forth the effort. Just in this month of September, hundreds of San Antonio residents were warned and dozens fined for improper recycling. Why do you think this is? Most business that offers a recycling service will charge a fee to process electronic waste. Many consumers do not find it worthwhile to pay to get rid of their old stuff. At 210Geeks.com in San Antonio, we understand this and set out for a solution. We don’t believe people should be charged for making the effort to do the right thing. We offer an e-waste recycling service that is 100% free to the people, regardless of the amount. For larger quantities of electronics (5+ computers), we will pick it up from your location.
As opposed to recycling, many individuals choose to donate their old devices. While this may be a good option for household items and clothes, electronic devices older than 5 years have virtually no value to those who receive them. Most of these items are rendered useless as developers stop supporting software on outdated devices. As a result, many donated computers end up in landfills anyway, thus adding to the problem.
I want to encourage anyone in San Antonio to bring their e-waste to the experts at 210Geeks.com to ensure the proper disposal of their electronics. Our guys have years of experience to make sure your items are handled with care. We guarantee the safety of your personal information on your device when you choose to recycle with us. At no charge, we offer free data recovery to save your information from your old device. Before recycling, all data is deleted from devices to ensure the safety of our customers’ personal data.
On a related note, if you are looking to recycle items less than 5 years old, they may be worth money! 210Geeks.com buys back desktops and laptops to be refurbished. If you bring your device to our location at 11503 Jones Maltsberger Rd. Suite 1139 San Antonio, TX 78216, we can evaluate it to see how much we can offer.
For more info on our services and live customer support, visit www.210geeks.com. If you would like to schedule a recycling pick-up appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Marketing & Media
Free E-Waste Recycling in San Antonio, TX September 16, 2016 17:21
We are dedicated to making San Antonio a cleaner place for everyone!
Free Personal Data Recovery for your Computer September 14, 2016 14:08
Yesterday, I discovered my hamster had escaped from his cage and was on the loose in the house. Having accidentally left the cage door unlatched, I was consumed with guilt and fear as I meticulously searched through every nook and cranny of my house only to find no trace of him. Losing something dear and personal to me had ruined my mood for the entire day. I did not feel like myself at the thought that he may be gone forever. All I wanted was to see his adorable little face again. Fortunately for me, he finally turned up on his own after midnight, unharmed and full of energy. I could rest easy. The lesson I learned from this experience is that you don’t truly appreciate what you have until it may be gone!
Many people are interested in selling their old technology, but are worried they may lose all of their personal data when doing so. Photos, videos, credit card information, records, and music are just a few of the most common data found on nearly all personal devices. It's a frightening thought to imagine that it could be gone for good. The personal attachment that people develop for their data leads many to hold onto their old devices for years after they are no longer used or broken in hopes that the info may be recovered.
At 210Geeks, we understand the value of the priceless memories on our client’s devices. We have all had situations where we’ve lost data that is important to us. Because of this, we were inspired to create a free data recovery system for customers of our buy-back program. We take the hard drive from your machine and connect it to a special device that allows us to safely transfer all of your personal data onto an external drive. Like a treasured family photo album, our computer tech ensures our customers’ data is handled with the utmost care. After the transfer, all of the data is wiped clean from the previous hard drive to guarantee that no sensitive info is leaked. Customers are issued a Certificate of Data Destruction. With the data now on an external hard drive, it can be easily transferred by USB to another computer or device.
We’ve recovered data for hundreds of satisfied customers, enabling them to put their data on their new device. For customers selling their computers, this process is completely free. For those not selling, we offer the service for a fee of $75. If you or anyone you know in San Antonio has data they need recovered, then look no further than 210Geeks. Visit our location at 11503 Jones Maltsberger Rd. Suite 1139 San Antonio, TX 78216 or find us online at www.210geeks.com
Daniel McLaurin / Digital Marketing and Media
Is There an Afterlife for your Computer? September 9, 2016 16:48
The United States accumulates more electronic waste than any other country. Out of over 40 million tons of e-waste generated every year, only 12.5% of that waste is recycled properly. There is value in the metals of the items being recycled, but it’s less than you may think. There is a small amount of gold inside the motherboard of computers. The steel of computer casings is also exchanged on a weight basis. However, an average computer is only worth about three dollars each. For 210Geeks, it's a full two-day labor process for us to pick up the recycling material and break it down to be sold to the scrapyard. For this reason, the free recycling service we offer is to ensure the proper disposal of hazardous materials and that we are doing our part to contribute to a clean and healthy environment in San Antonio, more so than for profit.
All of the recycling material is picked up in our big blue flatbed truck. All of the items must be sorted through and separated to determine what has value. Upon entering the scrapyard, our truck was weighed to figure the exact amount of material we were bringing in. Having never been in a recycling warehouse environment, it was an interesting sight to see. Mountains of e-waste were stacked twenty feet in the air. Warehouse workers were moving quickly to separate all of the materials.