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Oh, Microsoft…Why Do We Trust You?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2008 in Tech Fixes | 0 comments

Dear Mr. Gates Ballmer; I understand that I am supposed to update Windows when you ask me to. I also understand that you cannot possibly make sure that all updates work with all systems. But why, in the name of all that is holy, does your own product break your own product? I’m referring, of course, to the fact that I’ve had four different...

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Microsoft Gets Rich…$49.95 at a Time

Posted by on Apr 15, 2008 in General, Tech Fixes | 0 comments

A lot of my clients are small firms or individuals. Often times, when they need a piece of software installed, they have me buy it, install it, and charge them for my cost. This works most of the time….except for this new “auto renewal” policy for Antivirus/Antispyware software. Don’t get me wrong; I am fully behind making it as...

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all….

Posted by on Feb 11, 2008 in Tech Fixes | 0 comments

I have done a lot of things in my IT life (including things I am not proud of), but this little problem took the cake. I have a client who has a Dell OptiPlex 745.  For the past couple of months, when he would restart his machine, it would sometimes fail on start up.  Right after the Windows XP splash screen (and before the “Applying computer...

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Why I hate HP (sometimes)

Posted by on Aug 1, 2007 in General, Tech Fixes | 1 comment

Ok. I started to write this post a month ago. And then, my beloved Mac, crashed (the little seen “Gray Screen of Death“). And then life intervened. So…here I go again. Why I hate HP (sometimes) I have a client, and that client had a Dell Multi-Function Printer (MFP). And, this printer jammed. A lot. Especially when printing...

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Thanks, Microsoft…I think.

Posted by on May 4, 2007 in Tech Fixes | 0 comments

I don’t know what it is about the water in Redmond these days, but there seems to be something rotten in Denmark. In the past month, I’ve had at least a dozen machines that have all exhibited the same problem. It starts with a “svchost.exe” error, and quickly leads to machine instability and freezes. As it turns out, 100% of the...

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