Missing Pieces

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12/14/2018

I used to infuriate 'engineers' where I worked when their computers had booting problems. I'd lift the machine up a 1/2" and drop it. Horrified, I'd tell them it sometimes is just a connection that has a little oxidation that needs to be worn off. They would always vilely shoot back, "Its ALL solid state YOU know!" ... And then I'd turn it back on and it'd work perfectly. :-) Engineers. Sometimes I'm embarrassed to call myself one of them. lmao

05/19/2017

Finally SO tired of the advertising chirping and popups from Avast ruining AVG Free (they bought them last year), I'm testing free versions of BitDefender and Avira to see if they are effective, but less annoying. I've recommended AVG for years, but with the increase in popups, ads and reboots, AVG just seems to have lost its way. I understand they need to make money, like everyone else, but they have become as intrusive as a VIRUS! Keep watching!

05/09/2017

Just sent to AVG: "I'VE HAD IT WITH YOU!! I wake up my laptop to ANOTHER AVG ad! (100 times more annoyingly frequent than before Avast took you over!) It had a 'HIDE ME' button... do you think it did any effin good? I come back a a few later to ANOTHER AVG ad! ANOTHER 'HIDE ME'! And when I hit it?? ANOTHER AVG screen pops up IMMEDIATELY looking for me to SUBSCRIBE!! D-O Y-O-U U-N-D-E-R-S-T-A-N-D T-H-E P-H-R-A-S-E... 'HIDE ME'???? NNNNNNNOOOOOOO! So NO, I am NOT subscribing... I AM UNINSTALLING!! YOU... ARE... A... V-I-R-U-S... YOURSELF NOW!!

I have been promoting you for years and installing you on ever computer I have repaired in my business. Hundreds of people have you becuase of me. How many HATE me now, because of YOU?? Every time your adverting has gotten higher, I have complained. Every time it resulted in MORE advertising! But this is ridiculous AND infuriating! I am now uninstalling you and will tell my customers to do the same AND I will put the same on my website and page.

You have ruined a great product. For a LOT of people."

To HP: "Write the book"??? More like burned it! Turning out the worst machines, more like Packard Bell, than Hewlett Pac...
04/29/2017
HP Business

To HP: "Write the book"??? More like burned it! Turning out the worst machines, more like Packard Bell, than Hewlett Packard! A class action lawsuit for a decade of bad machines and you ignore it like 'the cost of doing [bad] business' and just turn it more and more sh*t. I repair computers and even though you turn out the same # as Dell, i see 5x as many of your junk and always hardware, not software, trouble. I have to bake your mother boards in my oven to revive them, since you went cheap on the... solder! On the solder! What bean counter came up with that idea? ABSOLUTE JUNK! And Chromebooks are useless and cost as much as a cheap PC, but you make more that way, huh? Cheaper crap, more profit. The HP way.

We wrote the book on PC protection. Save up to 46% on select services for HP Chromebooks.

Watch out for the latest idiot Microsoft Windows 10 Update! It tried and failed to install _10_ times on my laptop today...
04/17/2017

Watch out for the latest idiot Microsoft Windows 10 Update! It tried and failed to install _10_ times on my laptop today! Failing every time, but some of the settings in my apps and programs have been totally RESET! GREAT thing to let loose 2 days before tax Day! Idiots. Unfortunately, I don't have a way to stop it yet. Sorry.

Thumbtack has just recognized me as a 'Top Pro' in the area! I'm humbled, but they must have a low bar! lol  But thanks ...
02/03/2017
Top Pro - Thumbtack

Thumbtack has just recognized me as a 'Top Pro' in the area! I'm humbled, but they must have a low bar! lol But thanks Thumbtack, I appreciate it! :-D
https://www.thumbtack.com/top-pro/

Thumbtack and its professionals are passionate about delivering outstanding customer experiences. See what it takes to be a Top Pro on Thumbtack.

01/07/2017

Yes, you can call or text thru FaceBook as well!

12/29/2016

WARNING - CHAIN MAIL HOAX GOING AROUND: There is a hoax going around about "I heard this on the radio, 2 people named 'Davies' being hackers and a 'Pope' video, don't accept friends from them or watch the video, they will find your IP and kill your computer/phone. These are just widespread hoaxes. Don't pass them on. They have been around since _2007_ back when they claimed email, not FB friends, would get you infected and take over your machine. No one can trace your IP from you friending them. Your IP changes usually once a month or more often, depending on your carrier anyways. More importantly, there has been NO radio broadcast about these things. YOU did not hear it on the radio, no one else has either. These are just classic FB chain mail, just like back in the days of REAL mail. Before passing junk like this on, highlight the names and Google or Snope them. They will confirm these are hoax chain mails.

Another massive VHS->DVD project, done in time for Xmas! {phew!}
12/24/2016

Another massive VHS->DVD project, done in time for Xmas! {phew!}

I REPEAT, DO _NOT_ BUY MAC LAPTOPS! What a piece of elegant, unfixable Mac-trash! DESIGNED to be UNrepairable! Even from...
12/18/2016

I REPEAT, DO _NOT_ BUY MAC LAPTOPS! What a piece of elegant, unfixable Mac-trash! DESIGNED to be UNrepairable! Even from just a spill! The batteries (6 blocks across the top) are GLUED in place! Making the keyboard and such INaccessable, without a dangerous heating procedure that can EXPLODE the batteries!! Places like GotInk4U and Best Buy, refuse to service them anymore. Apple wanted to charge $850 to service this unit from a spilled drink. I couldn't save it without the chance of explosion. WHAT A ROTTEN APPLE!

I have been NOT recommending Mac laptops because of their fragile design and incredibly (recently) high breakage rates a...
12/07/2016
Macbook Pro vs Surface Book i7

I have been NOT recommending Mac laptops because of their fragile design and incredibly (recently) high breakage rates and costs. (things reviewers ignore, but 2 Macs have right now, the 'Geniuses' quotes $850 and $750 repairs!! For WATER damage!) But NOW even reviewers are rating Microsoft SURFACEs above Macs, in design, features, power, versatility!! TRUST me, do NOT buy Mac laptops!
http://www.cio.com/article/3147289/tablets/macbook-pro-vs-surface-book-i7.html?idg_eid=c32a809ff159b5c666d0fd1c34b45af4&token=%23tk.CIONLE_nlt_cio_mobile_2016-12-07&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CIO%20Mobile%202016-12-07&utm_term=cio_mobile#tk.CIO_nlt_cio_mobile_2016-12-07

The latest versions of the Surface Book and Macbook Pro both offer top-notch performance at the same price, but which device offers better features and more value?

FRAUD ALERT!  There is a 'Win a Walmart gift card' scam going around!  It says repost/share and you have a chance to win...
12/07/2016
Fraud Alerts

FRAUD ALERT! There is a 'Win a Walmart gift card' scam going around! It says repost/share and you have a chance to win a card. _EXCEPT_ the LINK in the picture is from the country of MALI?? (.ml) If it was REALLY Walmart, it would be from walmart.com, _especially_ NOT from another COUNTRY!! WATCH and LOOK at these things before sharing/reposting, people!
http://corporate.walmart.com/privacy-security/fraud-alerts/

The following fraud and scams are not from Walmart. We are listing them here in an effort to educate you about these activities. If you feel that you have been defrauded, you may want to contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov or at 1-877-FTC-HELP, or the Consumer Fraud Division of...

11/15/2016

WARNING BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPERS: I've noticed a disturbing trend the last 4 months... I'm repairing more NEW machines than OLD! This is a first. Usually, I fix and resuscitate old machines that have worn down, filled up, or been out there long enough to have had an 'accident'. But NOW, I'm fixing BRAND NEW machines that are barely a couple of months old, that are just BADLY designed or are SO pushing the limits of thinness and materials, that THEY ARE FRAGILE JUNK that break with any bending or dropping pressure, that OLD machines would survive!

APPLES even MORE so! The new Mac laptops are so thin, they bond the screen to the shell, so ANY flex of the shell, BREAKS the screen! A regular laptop would just have it screwed in place, so there was some flex room. On Thumbtack, where I get more of my work these days, there have been a rash of Mac only screen breakages and because you have to heat-separate the screen and shell, NO ONE wants to attempt to fix them! So Apple requests on Thumbtack go unanswered and unfixed!

On the PC laptop side, I'm seeing a rash of Lenovo dead systems. (got one right in front of me) Usually HP laptops are the worst, with a class action lawsuit against HP for making crap for years. But Lenovo is pushing too hard, like Apple and their 'cool' laptops and 2-in-1s are dying like crazy for similar reasons. Toshiba and Dell fair better, not pushing the envelope so hard, but still easier to break/worse to fix than older versions.

And other than slightly faster processors (sorry Intel) and fold-over laptop/tablets, that don't really work too well, becuase Windows 10 STILL has WORSE touch screen drivers than Windows _8_, there are NO new features to make a NEW machine WORTH BUYING.

MY RECOMMENDATION IS (self-serving as it is, I admit lol) FIX YOUR OLD MACHINE INSTEAD!

Someone like me can clean your machine; speed it back up AND you KEEP all YOUR files, right where they are! Far better than trying to move them to a new machine that is prone to breakage FAR sooner than your OLD machine. (after I clean/speed up your machine, I even will Xmas Wrap them for whoever! ;-)

What WOULD I buy? Bigger hard drive or more memory. Drives and memory are cheap right now. (NOT the SSD drives! Reliable ones are still in the $300 and up range, do NOT buy cheap SSD drives, you'll regret it with lost data!) Otherwise, maybe external drives to back up your stuff and cheap tablets for media consumption. (they do NOT replace laptops! lol)

Sorry to ruin your Xmas shopping. JUST SAY NO! lol

11/11/2016

Anyone have a Sony Mini DV camera/player I can borrow? I have a customer with tapes to transfer to DVD, but none of my player/cameras will handle digital (vs analog) tapes. Thanks!

PLEASE, _how_ many times do I scream 'NOW you go slow??' as I'm TRYING to get out the door??
11/11/2016

PLEASE, _how_ many times do I scream 'NOW you go slow??' as I'm TRYING to get out the door??

10/31/2016

WARNING: Mac laptops are fragile POS. Their method of bonding the screen and shell together, makes breakage far more eminent than any PC. They DON'T want them serviced, make them cheaper and want you to buy again SOONER. Just today, one day, I saw _3_ Mac laptops on Thumbtack with cracked screens! MANY this week. The most PC laptops with cracked screen I've seen in a day is 2. And PC laptops out-count Mac laptops 9-to-1! So Mac screens are breaking almost _14_ times more often than PC laptops and cost 3-4 times as much! So you're almost 50, _50_ times dumber to buy a Mac!! Stop the carnage and Apple profiteering!

A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau of NH!
10/19/2016

A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau of NH!

10/12/2016

FB WARNING: In addition to Porno Videos, and photos, there is a new hack on Facebook. Between the comments of your friends, it includes a hurtful phrase coming from you. It's very dirty, and it appears that it is you who have written it. You do not see it, but your friends do. This situation can create many misunderstandings. I would like to say to all my contacts, that if something shocking appears, it absolutely does NOT come from me and I would be grateful if you let me know.

10/10/2016

SPAM WARNING: NOT from Amazon! Even businesses get spam emails! But the links were NOT from @amazon.com, just something that LOOKED like it! Be careful, HOVER over the link and see where they point ESPECIALLY _this_ time of year!:
" Amazon Processing Center

Invoice for Missing Pieces
Dear Customer, Missing Pieces

Thank you for your Order with Amazon Processing Center for $5,665.00. Your Order has been processed and we will ship it tomorrow morning. You will receive confirmation to (603) 521-8392. Shipping address: -0, Nashua, NH.

Download Your Order Invoice Available only for Desktop and Laptop computers view.

Missing Pieces, to cancel your order, contact customer service center with order invoice reference number.

Company Profile: Missing Pieces
Amazon Account ID: [email protected]
Billing Phone Number: (603) 521-8392

Amazon Processing Center takes your account security very seriously. Amazon Processing Center will never e-mail you and ask you to disclose or verify your Amazon Processing Center password, credit card, or banking account number. If you receive a suspicious e-mail with a link to update your account information, do not click on the link—instead.

We hope to see you again soon.
ID 3232635"

09/26/2016

NETFLIX EMAIL VIRUS WARNING: And _I_ fell for it! lol Got an email from 'Netflix', 'Validation failed. During a routine check of your account we have failed to validate the billing method' No!! I clicked the button, LUCKILY AVG _stopped_ me there! IF I had done what I tell YOU to do, LOOK at the email address it came from AND hover over the button in the email and seen... NOT Netflix!! So don't YOU fall for it either. lol

"I'm not better at fixing this becuase I'm smarter, but becuase its ALL happened to ME too!"

Do NOT NOT NOT download an Aquarium screensaver!! Not to be sexist here, but they KNOW women LOVE them and THEY ALL HAVE...
09/26/2016
Missing Pieces (603)521-8392 in Nashua, NH 03063 - Computer Repair & FREE Anti-Virus/Spyware/Adware for every PC!

Do NOT NOT NOT download an Aquarium screensaver!! Not to be sexist here, but they KNOW women LOVE them and THEY ALL HAVE VIRUSES! I fix people's computers (Missing Pieces) for a living and they key on what you can't resist!! They go after guys with free 'toolbar helpers' and 'driver updaters' and kids with free video and music 'downloaders'. VIRUSES, VIRUSES, VIRUSES! If you look at your browser's list of search choices and see 'Ask', 'Websearch', 'Conduit' in their names or definitions, you've been conned by something! Also, when you DO download something, DON'T hit 'Run'! CLick 'save' then 'Open folder', right click on the newly downloaded file and click 'Scan with' whatever your anti-virus is. This is a public service announcement by (-:
http://Missing-Pieces.com

Missing Pieces repairs & sets up computer & video systems; creates DVDs, CDs & websites & children's educational toys, Wii videogames & activities, in the Nashua Merrimack New Hampshire area.

RECALL: SAMSUNG NOTE 7 OWNERS!  STOP USING IT!  You've joined Apple in the 'oops' dept.  Gee, my LG Stylo has a pen, but...
09/10/2016
U.S. and Samsung tell Galaxy Note 7 owners: Power down now

RECALL: SAMSUNG NOTE 7 OWNERS! STOP USING IT! You've joined Apple in the 'oops' dept. Gee, my LG Stylo has a pen, but doesn't melt down. And its only $150 (no contract), not $900!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Samsung are urging owners of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 to stop using their phones.

08/31/2016

The problem with 'the Cloud' is you can never predict the weather.

Seriously, don't trust these cloud services. Dropbox just got hacked; others have gone out of business instantly with no recourse; in the end, the user agreements void them of all responsibility; they are just on hard drives like at home... but NOT under your control.

08/26/2016

WARNING: Newest Craigslist Scam! I get a text on my phone with 'You still have it:' and a 'short link' to something with 'CL' (craigslist?) in it. Well _I_ don't know which of my items it is! So I click on it, it opens my phone browser to what looks like a Craigslist Login screen. I put my email address I use in, ALMOST put my password in... and even though the page and the URL LOOK like Craigslist... the url ends in .AU, NOT craigslist.com!

So I use PushBullet, which lets me see/send my text messages from my laptop too. I click the link from there, I use Chrome for these things on my PCs... good idea, since Chrome pops up with THIS IS A PHISHING ATTEMPT - DON'T PUT ANYTHING IN!

It came THAT close to getting ME, a 'seasoned' (salt, pepper, garlic powder) pro!! I have had 98% trouble via the Wild West of Craigslist, this go around. My account almost got hacked here! I think its time to give up on CL, though the same schemes come thru on any unregulated things, like Letgo and Offerup. Even FB selling pages have these trolls too, but at least you need an account on FB. BEWARE!

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