Archive for November, 2013

Computer Guru 1, Pomegranate Juice 0!

November 20, 2013

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So a client called (I feel like a private detective when I tell these real life computing stories — “a gorgeous blonde walked into my office carrying a smoking revolver…”), saying that he spilled pomegranate juice all over his Asus tablet, with the result that several hundred important art photos were locked up inside.  Could I save them?

The tablet was in a semi-functional state, having been heavily juiced, and it wasn’t a sure thing.  The ports through which information might be retrieved were all clogged up with sticky juice.  But I said I’d give it a try.  A few hours later I’d devised several methods of rescuing the endangered photos, eventually moving them onto a smart phone and freedom…problem solved!!!

We all felt like a drink after this close call, but not Pomegranate Juice…

FOUR WINDOWS XP TOWERS, COMING UP!!!

November 8, 2013
FOUR XP Systems?!?!?  Mission Impossible...

FOUR XP Systems?  By TONIGHT?!?!?  Mission Impossible…NOT!
(Photo by K. Fox)

I got an unusual request from a client — he needed four computer towers running licensed copies of Windows XP SP3 (long retired by Microsoft), and he needed them in a hurry — by the end of the same day he called.  I agreed, not sure where they all would come from, but hoping and trusting I could manage it.

When I arrived at work, there were sufficient components on hand to build three, and a few hours later another client showed up, bought a new laptop, and traded in his old desktop machine, which became machine #4.  All machines were built and delivered on time, the client is happy, and it’s back to business as usual — selling new and refurbished Apple and Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 desktop and notebook systems, and performing upgrades, repairs, and maintenance on existing systems…

…and, occasionally, pulling a rabbit (or four) out of my hat…