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Thanksgiving Reflections

Legendary coach John Wooden said, “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”
While thankfulness should be expressed every single day of our lives, I’d like to take this Thanksgiving holiday to share a few things for which I’m thankful.
My parents.  My parents, Steve and Elaine, provide so much support and encouragement.  They graciously understand my busy schedule and long work hours.  They help in times of need – especially in projects around my house.  I don’t tell them enough, but I’m truly grateful for all they do.
My staff.  Mark, Christian and Cai are outstanding employees.
  • Mark does a fantastic job handling our in-shop service.  He’s great at documenting our processes and procedures.  He’s constantly looking to improve how we operate and serve our clients.
  • I can count on Christian for anything and everything.  He’s quickly become my right-hand man in the year he’s been with us.  He possesses a strong desire to learn and excels in everything he does.
  • Cai is my go-to creative person.  Whether it’s composing our monthly print newsletter or shooting and editing a video, he always makes it look appealing.  He’s also a tremendous help in completing administrative tasks.
My clients.  It’s cliché, but without my clients, I obviously wouldn’t be in business.  But my clients mean so much more to me.
I’m truly blessed to serve the best clients any business could have.  My clients value the work we do, understand we have their interests and needs at heart, and know that we will do our best to assist them with all their technology needs.  I thank them for allowing us to serve them.
Many people – maybe even you – get up every morning dreading to go to work.  I wake up excited to see how I meet the needs of our clients.  I’m thankful every day for that opportunity.
Pike Publishing.  Six years ago, I reached out to Andrea Preston, former editor of the South Gibson Star-Times, to inquire if they would be interested in allowing me to write this tech column to provide practical, useful advice to their readers.
I’ve received hundreds of thank-yous and compliments from readers like yourself saying how beneficial these articles are.
It would be easy for the South Gibson Star-Times and the Petersburg Press-Dispatch to publish a nationally syndicated tech column.  Instead, they know and value contributions from local businesses and experts to meet the needs of their readers.
I’m deeply grateful for their allowing me the privilege to appear in their paper every other week.
What are you thankful for?
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
I encourage you this Thanksgiving week to take five minutes alone and write a list of everything you’re thankful for.  It’ll give you a renewed, refreshed perspective on life.
And I’d challenge you to go the extra mile – thank the people who make a difference in your life.  Pick up the phone, write a letter, or send a text.  You’ll give them something to be thankful for as well.


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Why Microsoft Is Forced to Backtrack on Windows 10

You need to read today’s column if:

You use a computer with Windows 10,
Your Internet provider is Sit-Co, HughesNet, or WildBlue,
You own a Brother printer and use Windows 10, or
You have an older computer that you need to upgrade.

At the end of September, I sounded the alarm for all PC owners thinking about buying a new desktop or laptop with Windows 7 for their home or business to do so before the end of October.

Microsoft issued a decree to all computer manufacturers requiring them to stop selling PCs with the stable, easy-to-use Windows 7 on October 31, 2016. All new computers would be preinstalled with the horrible Windows 10.

A major outcry – fueled by numerous and serious problems with Windows 10 – apparently forced the tech giant to change its edict just prior to the end of October.

What evils prompted the change?

Here’s a small sample of what my clients using Windows 10 have experienced:

Horrendously slow Internet that’s worse than dial-up, especially if your provider is Sit-Co, HughesNet or WildBlue.

Several clients who use wireless or satellite-based Internet complain it takes forever to view websites on their Windows 10 computers. Sometimes they cannot even connect.

Sit-Co technical support, with whom I have a close working relationship, reports the problem is the forced downloading of Windows 10 updates. The size and number of the updates clogs up the Internet pipe, resulting in frustratingly slow speeds.

Unfortunately, this issue is out of the control of these providers.

Losing the ability to print or scan, especially on the Brother brand of printers.

Two of our small business clients use a Brother all-in-one printer/scanner/copier. After a recently involuntarily installed Windows update, neither could print or scan to the device – disrupting their business operations.

In one case, the problem reoccurred one week after I had originally fixed it.

Unfortunately, there’s no documented permanent solution to prevent it from happening again.

The New Windows 7 Deadline – With A Catch

These and a large number of other annoying, serious glitches with the Windows 10 operating system created a tidal wave of discontent.

Surprisingly, Microsoft listened to the uproar and gave in to the push to keep Windows 7 alive on new PCs.

With less than 9 business days left before the end of October, Microsoft quietly extended the date allowing PC manufacturers to preinstall Windows 7 on new computers to October 31, 2017.

But they mandated a price increase on all computers with Windows 7. Yet another attempt to strong-arm consumers into the problem-infested Windows 10 operating system.

I’ve said it again and again – stay away from Windows 10. Unless you’re a sadist who loves constantly dealing with computer problems.

If you have an older computer, especially one running Windows XP or Windows Vista, I beg you to not wait much longer to purchase a new computer. One with Windows 7. (Which, by the way, are not available to buy at the big box stores.)

Microsoft could change its fickle mind at any time. You might then be stuck with only Windows 10.

If you already have Windows 10 on your computer, you may have some options available to alleviate potential problems. Each situation is different, so I would recommend speaking with a trusted computer advisor who knows and understands Windows 10.