It's been two years since Microsoft released Vista, and I still don't like it. I have two desktops and a laptop; they all run on XP. When I replace my laptop, I'm sure I'll replace Vista and install XP Pro in its place.
Along with error messages, system crashes and blue screens of death, let's add spam to the list of things you don't want to see on your computer. Aside from it being a tasty luncheon meat, spam is the unwanted 90 billion junk e-mails we all get in our inboxes daily.
The cold and flu season has yet to hit, but there is an outbreak among us spreading worse than a cold through a middle school. There is an old virus with a new name and it is looking for your computer.
There are some great programs on the market to help keep your computer in working order. Some cost up to $30, yet many do not. Surprisingly so, these inexpensive or free programs work just as well as the costly ones.
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?
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 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.