Recycle Your old Computer, Save a Cat

You might have some old desktops or laptops in a closet and they’re just taking up space. You could take them to the next recycling event in Albany to have them properly disposed, but they don’t offer to recover your old data…

At Digital Depot, we can recover your data for a reasonable fee and we can completely wipe your old hard drive to DOD standards. We can also recycle your old computer by refurbishing and reselling or even by recovering metals for reuse.

Since the owner of Digital Depot spends most of his money on cat food and veterinary bills, you might just be greatly improving the life of a cat as well as freeing up some much needed closet space.

Digital Depot is open between 5:30 PM and midnight Monday through Saturday and can be reached at 229-883-3996 24 hours a day.

But my Computer is 10 Years Old – Will it Run Windows 10?

Dell 1555 Studio Laptop – shipped in 2010

You might be surprised. Some laptops like the above pictured 10 year old Dell Studio can run as fast or faster as many new computers. This one runs exceptionally well. Much of the trick involves removing the useless kitsch that clutters the desktop and slows the machine.

So before you buy a new computer, consider upgrading your old one. The Dell laptop recently upgraded was originally running Windows 7 and was running agonizingly slow. Upgrading it was only $95 labor and $14 for some additional memory. The customer is going to be shocked at the improvements.

Digital Depot is open between 5:30 PM and midnight Monday through Saturday and can be reached at 229-883-3996 24 hours a day.

Do You Want Your Own Website?

If you own a business, it’s essential… and if you don’t, then you might just enjoy the freedom of running your own personal blog with the domain name of your choosing. At Digital Depot we’re always thrilled to get people like you started.

We’ve tried some of the advertised services like Wix, Squarespace, etc. The advertisements make it look like anyone (including fashion models) can design a professional site in minutes. From my experience, they’re all a little confining and awkward. I did actually once create a web site on Wix for a client. We had to do a simple redirect from http://www.albanyqualitycab.com in order to avoid extra fees. If you’re in Albany or Leesburg, try doing a google search for taxi service and you’ll notice that he gets top billing. It really helps your business to have a web site and work with Google to get good results. I don’t currently use Wix.

For those starting out, you may not want to pay a monthly fee for hosting. I’m currently using a free hosting service for my clients and it doesn’t cost anything to use your own domain for the site. At Digital Depot we can help take you all the way from obtaining your domain to operating your site. If you’d like to see a website we created recently just for fun, check out http://airlinesafetyvideo.com. It’s running on a free hosting service that doesn’t even have ads (unlike the free Wix page we created).

Upgrading Vista to Fedora 32 (Linux)

Someone brought in an old HP Media Center PC that was running Vista. After adding more memory and a newer video card, installing Fedora, adding software, and tweaking everything for performance, it’s running very nicely.

So your old PC can become something that will impress the neighbors.

Digital Depot can be reached 24 hours a day at 229-883-3996.

We are in the office every day Monday through Saturday between 6PM and Midnight.

Transform your old Laptop

There are many old laptops that are actually better than some new models. Some of the new ones lack a DVDRW, have a keyboard integrated into the palmrest (makes simple keyboard replacements very expensive), come with a cheap and slow processor, and have very thin and easily breakable screens. Your old laptop may be a real gem and you just don’t know it. Maybe the touchpad doesn’t work.

Before

Touchpads can be replaced.

After

Keyboards can be replaced. Hard drives can be replaced with much faster solid state drives.

10 X Faster

Operating systems can also be upgraded or replaced.

Windows 10
Linux

Keep your old computer!

Digital Depot is open every day but Sunday from 6PM to midnight and can be reached at 229-883-3996 24 hours a day every day.

Power Jack Repairs

A broken power jack – a very common problem

Sometimes, I’ll see several damaged laptop power jacks just in one day. It’s a very common problem and fortunately, it’s usually an economically fixable one. The part is usually inexpensive and occasionally the part also includes the video, usb and RJ45 network interface.

Replacement daughterboard for a Dell laptop

So these things are fixable even when the laptop appears very damaged.

Often, a complete disassembly is required
A freshly installed power jack

So bring your old laptops… the repaired version may be better than many of the new ones available today.

Saying Goodbye to Cable Internet

After more than a decade of cable business service, I’ve walked away. The cost detailed in the latest 3 year contract goes up $20 each year and that was a bit too much. After paying an outrageous monthly fee for the out of contract service, I switched to wireless and cancelled the cable service. I’m currently using a portable WiFi hotspot with unlimited bandwidth (at least I haven’t hit a limit and this business updates a lot of computers via the web). With the use of a network bridge, my wired network works just as before. The phone service here is now Ooma and the web interface is better than the one offered by the previous service. There is one other benefit. I can take the wireless internet anywhere.

portable WiFi hotspot
The service goes with you

Digital Depot is open from 6PM to midnight every day but Sunday.

We can be reached at 229-883-3996

Keep your old Win 7 Computer! The Windows 10 Upgrade is Cheaper than you Think.

Microsoft is encouraging people to buy a new computer with Windows 10, but this is completely unnecessary. Here is what Microsoft says on their website.

And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.

Please don’t take advice from Microsoft! Always call here (Digital Depot: 229-883-3996) first. You’ll go broke taking advice from Microsoft.

If you’re running Windows 7 or 8, we can upgrade it to Windows 10 here for just $95. This includes backing up all of your personal data, recovering activation codes for older versions of Office and other software from the registry, installing and activating Windows 10 with all of the drivers and updates and restoring your personal data. Your computer will run faster because all of the malware and bloatware will go away with the fresh install. We also avoid installing parts of Windows 10 that slow your system. An inexpensive solid-state drive will increase the speed of your old computer dramatically.

What does Microsoft want for just the software for Windows 10 Home: $139.00

for Windows 10 Professional: $199

If you have Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro, you can leave here with a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro without the blinking ads for Candy Crush, Netflix, etc. for just $95. You also won’t have to contend with the manufacturer installed bloatware that you will always find on a new computer. Your computer will just work. Really, Norton Antivirus should only have one option – a big button that just says UNINSTALL.

Never throw away your Windows 7 or 8 computer! Call here first!

Digital Depot can be reached at 229-883-3996 24 hours a day. We are open at 104 East Century Road, Suite H in Leesburg from 5pm to midnight.