Welcome to our new updated website. Come on in and nudge around. You will find the latest Apple products and services that TBI Computer has to offer.
TBI has been in Westport 20 years, no kidding! We love to share our passion for Apple’s awesome products with you. We hope you will find our enthusiasm for all things Apple reflected in our website.
TBI is an Apple Authorized Service Provider recently selected by Apple as a Premium Service Provider. Our certified technicians will work diligently to diagnose and repair your Apple products.
We plan to keep you updated with the latest news regarding Apple, it’s products and our services. We hope you will find the information here helpful and informative. We welcome your suggestions.
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FROM THE BLOG
Your Computer: The Essential Components
Posted on November 29, 2013
by Chris Place, Computer Technician, TBI Computer
Most everyone can tell you what a keyboard is, or a mouse. But what about some of the more obscure parts of your computer? While we techs may take it for granted, not everyone out there is familiar with the hidden innards of computers. Here’s a brief run down on a few of the less obvious ones.
The processor, commonly called the CPU, is the brain of the computer. The processor is a small microchip packed with millions, or even billions, of transistors. It’s the single most important part of any computer; without it, absolutely nothing would function. The CPU can get very, very hot – so hot it would damage itself quickly if not for a handy invention called a heatsink. A heatsink is a specially designed bit of metal that rests atop the processor, pulling away the heat so that it can be safely dissipated.
Main Logic Board
If the CPU is the brain, the logic board (also called the MLB or motherboard) is the body. The processor is set into the logic board – in fact, in some recent computers the two components cannot be separated! In addition, every single component of your computer passes through the logic board at some point. Without a logic board, you’d have a bunch of components with no way to talk to each other, and a damaged logic board can cause a very wide range of problems ranging from things like components not working to your computer no longer turning on.
The type of electricity coming out of your wall sockets is AC, but nearly everything in a computer needs DC electricity, so a converter is needed. On laptops like the MacBook Pro, that handy white MagSafe adapter contains this converter. One desktops like an iMac, however, the job is done by a large circuit board known as the power supply. If the power supply were damaged, the computer may not turn on or stay on.
RAM & The Hard Drive
Most people have heard of these two, but the difference between them isn’t always obvious. That they’re both called ‘memory’ can further confuse the issue.
The hard drive is where your data is stored. Think of it like a filing cabinet where you tuck everything away. The hard drive holds your music, movies, and documents. It also holds the OS (operating system) files that your computer needs to run, as well as your programs. Just like a full filing cabinet, once you can’t fit any more in you’ve either got to get a bigger one, or get rid of some of the old stuff. Thankfully, getting a new hard drive is much less of a hassle than a new filing cabinet!
If the hard drive is your filing cabinet, the RAM is the top of your work desk. You need space to get your work done, and so does your computer. Whenever you run a program, a bit of the RAM work desk is devoted to that program, and some programs use up more space than others. When a program is closed, it frees up the space it was using on the work bench. If you start running low on available RAM, your computer slows down, as it needs to keep making space by swapping out some of the clutter, much like your productivity would drop if your desk was covered in heaps of paperwork! Once more, we can be thankful that upgrading the amount of RAM you have is far easier than getting yourself a new work bench!
There are many, many more components to a computer – they’re wonderfully complex machines with so many parts to them. We hope this quick primer has been of help to you, but nothing beats a good informative chat with a friendly technician, so never be afraid to ask questions!
Happy Thanksgiving and get organized with the Tap Forms app.
Posted on November 22, 2013
Thanksgiving Day is almost here!
Memories of past Thanksgivings, the anticipation of family gatherings, the traditional turkey dinner and pumpkin pie fill me with gratitude that I have been so blessed. This year I again look forward to the big day although I don’t cook any more and the family is dispersed around the globe. Yet there is still the anticipation.
I hope you all share the anticipation of Thanksgiving and are looking forward to getting together with friends and family. I wish you all the best for a Happy Thanksgiving Day and extend my gratitude to all of you that have helped to make TBI Computer a successful venture.
Could you use some help in keeping track of those Thanksgiving recipes or the names and addresses of friends and family for the holiday card list? We have been using Bento for many of these tasks but we were sad to learn that FileMaker has discontinued the development of Bento.
The challenge now is to find a new way to keep up with our organization of information, both personal and business. There is hope on the horizon. The App Store has a solution (of course). Search for Tap Forms. It’s gotten great reviews and even FileMaker has gotten behind it! Tap Forms has an iPhone and iPad version as well. We don’t have first hand knowledge of this product at the moment, but we will before the end of this year. So Bento users, don’t despair. You can continue to stay organized in 2014 and beyond.
TBI Computer is hosting a Food Drive!
Posted on November 15, 2013
Our local food banks need our help! Due to the poor economy, donations to food banks in Connecticut are down significantly. The tough part is that more people are relying on the Connecticut Food Bank’s ser vices than ever before. Let’s do our par t to help our neighbors, friends and family today!
52 Post Road West
We will be collecting donations through
December 31st, 2013
Non-Perishable Food Items Needed:
Canned vegetables & fruits, pasta sauce
Canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni & cheese)
Canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
Pasta, rice, low sugar cereals Peanut butter Baby formula & baby foods (check expiration dates)
Holiday foods during the holiday season (cranberry sauce, dry stuffing mix, cake mixes & frosting, etc.)
Instant mixes like potatoes, gravies and sauces
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon) that do not require refrigeration before opening.
100% fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
Sugar-free, low sodium, & salt-free items
Additional Items Needed:
Shampoo • Deodorant • Soap • Toilet Paper • Toothpaste • Feminine Hygiene Products • Laundry Detergent • Cleaning Supplies • Paper Towels • Baby Shampoo • Baby Diapers Baby Wipes • Baby Lotion
Thank you in advance for anything you can donate!
Posted on May 10, 2013
Mother’s Day Special!
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That’s a value of over $85.00! See you Soon!
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