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Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

August 27, 2015
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Yes ! There are some nice new features in the upgrade.  The desktop experience is more refined, and the search bar is really useful again.  The menus are improved.  You can print to PDF (but not the searchable version).  Windows 10 works really well with tablet/laptop hybrids. But Wait! The final version of Windows 10 […]

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What Kind of Computer Should I Buy?

January 25, 2014
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What kind of computer should I get?  It’s a fairly common question, and there’s a lot of options now! Desktops For hours of heavy keyboard and screen work, nothing yet beats a traditional desktop for the classic office.   The ergonomics are good – big, full sized keyboard, mouse and a large, bright monitor or […]

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IOS 7 Quick Start Guide

September 21, 2013
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Apple released all the latest gadgets recently, but if you own an older iPhone or iPad, you can easily update to the latest software.   Here’s a few tips I found useful to get me started. Swipe up for Controls Swipe upwards from the bottom to get common controls for music, volume and contrast.  There’s also […]

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Windows 8 Cheat Sheet

May 8, 2013
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Help!  I’ve got Windows 8! Okay.   First calm down.   It’s really just Windows 7 with one new thing!    Really! You already know about traditional windows desktops – icons, lists of programs, and updates (!). You know about phones – they have individual ‘apps’ – one for the phone, one for email, one […]

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Complete Lack of Knowledge

March 22, 2013
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Never let complete lack of knowledge prevent you from solving the  Customer’s problem We are often asked to solve problems with computer systems that we have never seen before.  That includes new computers, operating systems, and programs. It turns out it really doesn’t matter.  If you have the right attitude, and the right methodologies, you […]

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Windows 8 Upgrade

January 8, 2013
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This week I upgraded a Windows 7 domain PC to Windows 8. ‘Upgrade’ means that I installed Windows 8 on top of Windows 7 (Compare to ‘Clean Install’  – wipe the machine and start over). ‘Domain’ means this was a business computer, attached to and  managed by a server. Upgrade Perils Upgrade sounds like a […]

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Chief Eating Officer

October 5, 2012
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I often have lunch with many of our Customers.  In fact, it happens so much that my wife has dubbed me the “Chief Eating Officer“! But I’m ok with that. Like many consultants, we started out a decade ago helping out family and friends.  Over the years, more people and businesses discovered us.  But we’ve […]

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Solving Mysteries Without Any Clues

May 15, 2012
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It sometimes seems like ‘Magic’ when you solve a problem that seems difficult at first glance. The real ‘secret’ ? Carefully isolate the reported problem to a smaller and smaller universe until it can only be one thing. When I get a really tough problem, I often pull out a  checklist I made over two […]

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Pressed for Words?

April 24, 2012

One of the most common reactions to my new blog is ‘How can I do that’?    The short answer is ‘WordPress’. The printing press revolutionized the spread of knowledge back in the 15th century, making it possible to create and distribute books en mass. By the 20th century, modern offset printing made it possible to […]

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