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  • The Dangers of Sedentary Work

    by LaptopMD Posted January 19, 2016 in Newsletter

    Today, it’s rare to find a job that keeps you moving. With all of the sedentary jobs out there, it’s no wonder that more and more workers are experiencing the negative health effects that come with little to no exercise throughout the day.

    The Dangers of Sedentary Work

    At LaptopMD, we’re more than just a laptop and electronic device repair company; we care about your health and we want to share some tips on how you can stay healthy even with a sedentary job.
    Issues Associated With Sedentary Work and How to Combat Them

    1. Head and Neck

    Numbness in the head and neck is a common side effect of sitting for extended periods. Sitting for a long time can also put stress on the vessels of the brain, a problem that can lead to serious detrimental health effects. Not only this, but sitting causes fluid to accumulate within the legs. During the night, this same fluid can flow into the neck, causing breathing issues.

    In order to facilitate healthy blood flow throughout the body, it’s necessary to get up and walk around at least once per hour throughout the day. Simple exercises can help as well. One such exercise is to stand, tilt your chin toward your chest, and roll your head to the right and then to the left, and repeat.

    2. Back and Intestines

    The small of the back and the spine endure a lot of stress when you’re in a sitting position for a prolonged period of time. In fact, approximately 40 percent of individuals who suffer from back conditions have sustained them due to sitting at a desk. Additional studies have shown that extensive sitting increases a person’s risk of developing breast, uterine, and bowel cancer as well.

    Along with getting up and walking around for a few minutes every hour, performing a spinal twist exercise in your chair can be incredibly helpful. To do the exercise, sit in your chair sideways and grip the chair’s top with both of your hands. Pull your body toward the back of the chair and then repeat with the other side.

    3. Legs and Hips

    Spider and varicose veins are another issue that is quite common among those with sedentary jobs. Swelling of the legs can also occur, which can lead to additional problems as well. Extended sitting can also take its toll on your hips, weakening them and even occasionally leading to permanent pain and atrophy of the muscles.

    There are a couple of ways in which you can ensure that you’re taking care of your hips and legs while at work. Along with taking a break and walking once every hour during the work day, you can perform the following exercise. While sitting, put your feet on the floor and roll your feet toward the inside until you feel tightness on the exterior of your feet. Hold the position and then rotate your foot the other way.

    In Summation

    We hope that these strategies and exercises will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle while at work.

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    And don’t forget; if you’re ever in need of some device repair, we at LaptopMD are here to help!

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  • The Infamous nVidia Chipset Issue

    by Arthur Zilbermann Posted February 14, 2012 in Ask a Medic, Computer, Graphics Card
    Question:

    I’ve heard my laptop has a bad nVidia Graphics Chip. What does this mean?

    Answer:

    The images you see on your computer when playing video games, editing photos or movies, or even just surfing the web, are all made possible by your graphics chip. Without it, you can kiss any enjoyable/productive/gainful computer times goodbye. If you notice your screen has been freezing, flickering, showing a bad resolution, or in extreme cases, has gone completely black, you may have a bad graphics chip. The good news is if you have an nVidia chipset issue, you’re not alone. The bad news is that the problem is a difficult one to fix. The graphics chip in question is soldered directly onto the motherboard, the part of your laptop that holds your memory, processor, and all the circuits that make it go. Because of a fault in production, some nVidia based chipsets (especially in Macbooks) tend to overheat and cause the motherboard to warp, ever so slightly, and the chips attached to it to start peeling off. Once this happens, the only real fix is to replace the motherboard. Some laptop manufacturers have actually recognized this issue and are offering warranty service or motherboard replacement free of charge, so contact your manufacturer to find out more. If that’s not an option, we can perform a micro-solder fix on your motherboard that could keep it running for years, or months. Since this is not something we recommend, we currently don’t offer any warranties on these jobs. It’s a last-chance operation, and doesn’t resolve the core issue, making the problem likely to come back.

    As long as you want your laptop to remain functional, it’s important that your graphics chip is in tip-top shape. Fortunately for you, here at Laptop MD+, we wield tiny screwdrivers with unparalleled grace and expertise and can get your motherboard replaced in no time. Learn more about your graphics chip and request a completely free quote here. We’ll get your computer up and running again before you have time to despair!

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  • The Differerence Between SSD and HDD

    Posted November 2, 2011 in Hardware Tips & Tricks
    Problem:

    There's a lot of talk these days about SSD and HDD drives. To the computer tech, the difference may be clear but to the average lay person confusion may be the only thing clear. What's difference between SSD and HDD drives? I'm glad you asked...

    MD+ Diagnosis:

    HDD (Hard Disk Drives) hard drives are traditional hard drives with moving parts, proven to shocks and vibrations which cause can damage, that have been used for decades. SSD (Solid State Drives) hard drives are modern alternatives that are used more in portable devices than normal computers to cut down on weight, save space and maximize performance. SSD drives are commonly found in more compact situations, boot up quicker, and use less battery power. You will find SSD drives in any device that says it runs on 'flash memory' like a smartphone, tablet, or other portable device.

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  • Take A Virtual Tour of LaptopMD+

    by Arthur Zilbermann Posted November 8, 2011 in Water Cooler

    Virtual Tour of LaptopMD+Never been to LaptopMD+ or haven’t stopped by since we last remodeled our offices? Take the LaptopMD+ Virtual Tour and explore our offices interactively. Google stopped by and used their patented street maps technology in our office and the result is a beautiful 360-degree tour of our spacious digs. From our location above Penn Station to your internet browser, check out our offices before you come by!

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  • Laptop MD joins forces with Data Recovery Clinic !

    by Arthur Zilbermann Posted June 7, 2013 in Computer Maintenance, data recovery, hard-drive, LaptopMD+ News, News, Newsletter, Small Business Support, virus

    We are excited to announce that Laptop MD now has joined forces with Data Recovery Clinic.  Steven, the lead technician at Data Recovery Clinic, has been providing emergency data recovery from hard drives and raids of all configurations for over 23 years.

    DRC, established in 1989, attributes their high success rate  due to their cutting edge ATOLA data recovery equipment and highly trained technicians in data recovery. They have successfully recovered data from all over the globe and from all types of media. If your data can be recovered, then they can recover it. If you don’t believe us, just ask: NASA, 3M, Lucent, Pepsi Co, Chicago Stock Exchange, Sandia National Labs, CAGEMA INC, Raytheon, Dell, HP, IBM, Compaq, Norton Utilities, and many, many more whose data they have successfully recovered.

    With their “no-data no-charge payment system”, it’s a win-win for anyone who has been faced with the disastrous failed hard drive, flash card, or memory stick at the most critical moment. Come to Laptop MD and let us battle “Murphy’s Law” for you.

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