How Computers Work

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Sorry if this seems basic, but I was explaining this concept to an associate in an email, and thought it might desire a wider audience.

This seems complicated but it isn’t really.  In order to do something with a computer you need four things:

  • The computing device – the hardware, the physical bit of electronics (computer, laptop, server, tablet, smartphone, baby monitor, and these days television, refrigerator, thermostat)
  • The Operating System – the operating system turns the device on and makes work possible, turns it from a brick into a wicked hot calculating machine. (Yeah, it’s just a calculator, because everything that happens eventually happens to binary numbers.  Computers are a way to turn anything you want to do into a series of mathematical calculations.  Pretty awesome when you think about it.)
    • Most computers run some version of Windows.
    • Or Apple OSX and iOS.
    • Or Linux. Most web servers, and lots of little Internet connected things like routers, switches, wireless access points, thermostats, baby monitors, etc. are running Linux under the hood
    • Or Android (which is sort of Linux-y when you look at it.
  • The applications, also known as Apps or software or programs – all different names for the same thing.  An application will let you use the wicked hot calculator to perform a specific task or group of tasks, without having to know how to do the math, or even that the math is happening.
  • And the network – strictly speaking we don’t NEED a network, the wicked hot calculator can work on its own, but these days we connect our applications to remote services like web sites, email, Office365, DropBox, online banking, Amazon, and so on to infinity.

I’ve been at this a while (20 years) so to me it seems like child’s play.  But then when I am driving my car I really only have the vaguest notions about what is actually happening to make my journey possible.  I just want the journey.  So maybe it isn’t child’s play, maybe it is hard and confusing.  Maybe my explanation helped someone “get it.”  Hope so.

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WyzGuys + CIT = Better Computer Support

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CIT-logoThis post is to inform you of some exciting news:  WyzGuys has become part of Computer Integration Technologies, Inc. (CIT), Inc. a technology solutions organization based in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Over the last few months, I’ve been in discussions with CIT personnel, and have found them to be a solid and reliable IT resource.  Joining CIT was a natural next step in furthering my goal to significantly enhance the services and expertise WyzGuys has offered its clients all along. As many of you may know, my deepest expertise and passion is in cybersecurity and this merger will allow me to focus those efforts within CIT’s cybersecurity service offering.

Bob WeissRest assured, you may continue to work directly with me, receiving the same level of personalized service and attention to detail you’ve enjoyed all along, but now backed by the abundant resources of CIT and the considerable expertise of its over 70 employees, and the additional services and solutions they can offer.

I would like to personally invite you to a CIT open house (lunch, presentation, and tour) on October 28th from 11:30AM-1PM. If attending, please send your RSVP to marketing@cit-net.com with your name, contact information and number of attendees. This gives me the opportunity to introduce CIT and the additional services that I can now offer to you.  If you have any questions or would like to setup a time to meet, please contact me directly at my usual cell phone number 651 387-1668 or via email bob.weiss@cit-net.com.

In addition, I have enclosed CIT’s brochure that provides you with an overview of their services and solutions. Here’s to a bright future of serving you and the needs of your organization better than ever!

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Accept No Substitutes – Insist on the original WyzGuys!!

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The-other-Wise-GuysComputer repair shops come and go, and only the best survive.  We recently saw that a couple of computer techs opened a shop on Highway 36 in Stillwater named Wise Guys Computer Repair LLC.  We visited them and wished them luck.  The similarities of our respective names is unfortunate, mostly for us, since they are new.  Just a note to my long time customers, this is not our shop, and we are not affiliated with these guys in any way.

We started the original WyzGuys in 2001, and grown the business through 2 recessions.  We have the expertise you are looking for, as prices you can afford.

Just continue east on Hwy 36 and turn right into Bayport.  You will still find us working at 355 Second Ave So.  We work out of our home, because that way we can control our costs better, and keep our rates lower.

Call us at 651-705-6360 to schedule an appointment, at our shop or your business or home.

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Computers Keep Getting Smaller

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intel-compute-stickEver thought it would be cool to hook a computer or laptop to your big screen TV so you could surf the web from your couch if you wanted to?  Maybe you have done it as I have.  Well there is a couple of new super tiny form factor computers out:  The Intel Compute Stick Windows BOXSTCK1A32WFCR
and the iView Mini PC Cyber PC.  If you want to read more about these super small computer devices there is an excellent article on Ars Tehnica

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