Category Archives: Apple

Which Web Browser Should I Use?

As most computer users know we use a Web Browser such as Internet Explorer (IE) IE to visit Websites and explore the Internet.

We also use these Web Browsers to search, predominately Google and Bing.

IE comes built-in with Windows Computers. In fact there are two instances of IE on Windows 8 Machines!

The Safari Web Browser comes standard on Macs, iPhones & iPads.

Google Chrome is used as the default on the Android Operating System.

They all perform the same function, although each looks slightly different. Additionally, Settings for each Browser are in slightly different areas. One of the settings that most users change is that of their Home Page. This is the page that you are taken to each time you open your Browser.

So which Browser is best?

I have found that Google Chrome is generally the fastest and most stable. Other Browsers that I use and set up on customer systems are Mozilla Firefox and some times Opera. There are in addition to these many additional Web Browsers, many of which are based on the architecture of the above Browsers.

It is my view that irrespective on what Web Browser comes with your system another Browser should always be downloaded and installed.

It should be noted that some websites simply do not work in certain Web Browsers. Others may work, but display slowly, or a Website looks completely different when visited in different Browsers.

Favourite Websites (Bookmarks in Firefox) can be transferred between Browsers.

One area of confusion for some users is that Google Chrome is a Web Browser and Searching using Google is an ability that can be actioned via any Web Browser.Google Chrome Safari firefox


I Need a New Computer

In recent times GJ’s Computer Services has had a number of customers requiring a new computer. As these things go the first question we are asked once a new computer is required is should I buy a Mac, or a PC?

As a business offering technology support we are agnostic as to which platform best suits customers. Both with our input and advice together with customers seeking information from other sources, many are deciding upon, for the first time, purchasing a Mac (Laptop or Desktop).

Our view is whatever is likely to work best for the customer. If you are coming from a Windows (PC) background you need to be aware that the two systems work slightly differently, for example, the minimise, maximise and close window icons are at the top left of the open window on a Mac rather than on the right on a PC. These and other slight differences should take the majority of users little time to get used to.

At the end of the day many, if not most, home users are using the Computer to send and receive emails, Browse the Internet, Communicate via Skype and Write Documents.

It is important to note that if you are migrating from a Windows PC to a Mac that some applications may not even exist for the Apple Operating System. Others, taking for example Dragon Dictation, you will need to purchase the Mac version. Users can run Windows on a Mac, and if this is something you are considering, or require please contact us.

On average Macs cost more than Windows Computers. Many people like the fact that with the iMac the Computer and Monitor is all in one. It is somewhat surprising that many computer users are not aware that this form factor also exists with Windows computers.

GJ’s Computer Services can purchase Apple Hardware and Software on your behalf. Generally, we recommend upgrading the base model specifications that are offered, including faster processors and additional memory. We also recommend purchasing Apple Care (extended warranty) and registering for OnetoOne lessons (if you are new to Apple Computers).

For those whom are getting a new computer replacing the aged Windows XP, it is likely that you will have to learn new Windows skills as Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8/8.1 is vastly different to XP, with even the Desktop being different enough that some may struggle in navigating around. We are still able to source Windows 8 Downgrade to Windows 7 machines, or Custom Built Windows 7 computers. However, these are becoming rarer. If you are looking to buy a Windows machine retail only Windows 8 is available.

At the end of the day if any computer system is set up and installed properly and according to the users particular method taken into consideration as well as having a proper lesson(s) and basically ‘playing around’ anyone can be comfortable in using any system.