As I turned my computer on recently, I was greeted by that omnipresent Microsoft logo. Half a minute later I was still staring at it. Nothing else happened and I realized that was all I was going to see.
Whether you're working on a text document or a digital image, chances are eventually you are going to print them. Every printer is different, although basically the same. Most computer users don't go beyond clicking the print button, but there are many options if you look a bit deeper.
Remember how much fun it used to be to drag your stocking feet across a rug and then touch your little brother, shocking him until he screamed for your mother? Or how about being surprised by that same shock when you reached for the light switch?
The convenience of a laptop is obvious, and due to its small stature, it's also easy to upgrade and even clean.
Search engines are not just for searching anymore. Back in the day they were a simple device for finding things on the Internet. Sure, they still do that. But today's search engines are on steroids in comparison.
I have not addressed Vista, the current and latest Microsoft operating system in this column mainly because I don't like it. (Hey - my ball, my rules.)
Computers are like cars. We replace them every five years, they both take us places, they are fast and they crash.
I got up from my computer last weekend to do some cleanup around the house and yard. I was arranging bikes, mowers and piles of empty boxes when it came to me. I realized I had as much garbage in my computer as I had in my garage. There were things I never used in both places and it was time for spring cleaning.
Even when I was living in a cave back on Crete in 1973, I was always trying to find a better way to do things. I built a door of bamboo to keep the weather out. I devised an indoor fireplace that wouldn't fill my cave with smoke. Over the course of a week I dragged a huge rock across the beach because it had a large flat surface that would become my table. Who knew then, when I was making bamboo wind chimes, that I would emerge from my cave and 30 years later become a computer technician ...
My wife and I are both in business for ourselves. My dad had his own business, as did both of my grandfathers. So I was always taught the concept of customer service. It's not so much as the customer is always right, my dad would tell me, but that you should make every attempt to try to accommodate the customer.
Finally, I found an operating system that I like. It's dependable, doesn't crash and is easy enough to use that even my 13-year-old finds no problems in it.
Picture this. You line up your shot and frame it in your viewer, taking careful aim. You hold your breath and gently squeeze. You could be shooting a gun or a picture. Taking the shot with either is similar. With a camera, try not to jerk the shutter release, which results in a blurred picture. Although taking pictures may have changed with the digital age, the basics remain the same.