Mike Thoene

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FixIt Computer Repair Goes Advertising, and also wants to say Thanks!

by on Jan.27, 2010, under Blog

Alright, well since this is a small business I figure it is time to really get the word out to all of the people who need their computers repaired and they don’t know who to call. I am going to be starting my first ever true ad campaign this weekend!

When I say this weekend, I mean mainly because it is going to be a once a week deal in my local Church’s bulletin! My parents and friends all thought that it was a great place to start out, and since my budget is really low starting with something such as that really is a great place to start!

So thank you to all my current customers for giving me the courage to pursue a dream, and thank you to all of my friends and family who have supported me through the madness that is starting a business. You have all been great!

FixIt Repair Church AdThat is the ad that everyone should look for! If you see it in the bulletin and you are here, that is awesome! Thank you so much for visiting! I can’t wait to help you out as much as I can!

I have a few shoutouts, as cliche as this might be, just because I feel like there are a few people I should thank for getting me moving.

My Parents

My parents have been with me all my life, obviously, and they have helped me through everything possible. They have always supported me and told me that I could literally do anything I wanted as long as I put my mind to it, and as cliche as that is, it’s true. Thanks Mom and Dad, you guys really got me where I am today!

My Sisters

My two sisters have always been worried about me. Anything I do, there they are around the corner worrying about something that I might have done wrong. They have always led me in the right path and have never done anything to stop me from where I am going. I have always trusted them and been as close to them as possible, thanks guys. See you soon!


The name above might seem a little bit weird, but that is because it is a link to my buddy Brian’s blog, who I have known since elementary school has been a great help through everything. He is majoring at Bryant University as a Business Major, and his knowledge about the business side of things really opened my doors. He pretty much got me started as soon as I got my A+ Certification, and he has always told me to keep working at what I am doing and I will one day have an extremely solid business. Thanks Bri, you mean a lot to me.

My Girlfriend

Okay okay, all of you people out there hating on the girlfriend.. I have been with mine for 3 years now and she has always been the one to tell me to “Go do it!” or “Get to work!” or even “Get to class you bum!” She has really been the only one to yell at me to get me moving, and never stressed me about anything either, which is a rare combination I think. Thanks a hun for keeping me going, I won’t stop, promise.

And to everyone I didn’t mention, thank you, too. You have all been so great to me. So my first advertisement is dedicated to you all! Thanks and keep having a great 2010!!

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Microsoft has released a boat load of updates..

by on Jan.26, 2010, under Technology

Thanks to ars technica for this piece. It is great that Microsoft is pumping out a lot of updates. They are really pretty nice and fix a lot of issues and stability problems. Thanks again to ars technica, such a great source for this type of work! One day, I want to be on their caliber.

Monday night, Microsoft released a slew of updates for Windows, the majority of which were targeted for the latest versions of the client and server operating systems. None of these are security updates: this wasn’t Patch Tuesday and Microsoft is not yet ready to address the 17-year-old Windows flaw. The most important update is just like the first stability and reliability update for the OSes, but smaller: Windows 7 32-bit (1.2MB), Windows 7 64-bit (1.7MB), Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit (1.7MB), and Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium (2.1MB).

The patch resolves issues that affect some computers that use the Error Reporting service or Microsoft Customer Support Services. Microsoft plans to regularly release Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 stability and reliability updates, and this one builds on those that preceded it, adding the following fixes:

  • Keyboard function keys or keyboard shortcuts, such as mute or calculator, may not work correctly
  • The notification icon for an application may be moved or lost when the executable application is update
  • On a computer that is running Windows 7, you configure the Screen Saver Settings to display the logon screen on resume. Additionally, you configure the computer to go to sleep. However, the computer may not go to sleep after the screen saver starts. Instead, a black screen is displayed. This problem causes the operating system to stop responding. You must restart the computer by holding down the power button.

If you’re experiencing the issues described, you can download the updates from the Microsoft Download Center. Otherwise you can just wait till they trickle down via Windows Update—or until Service Pack 1 arrives.

The next update is for an issue that occurs in a very specific scenario: your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 computer has an NVIDIA USB Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI) chipset, at least 4GB of RAM, and while performing general I/O operations on an external USB device, such as copying data from the computer, either your computer stops responding or the copy operation stops abruptly. The fix is available for Windows 7 32-bit (449KB) and Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit (516KB). Microsoft plans on including this update in SP1.

Microsoft also released updated versions of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 32-bit (104.1MB), Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 64-bit (142.0MB), Windows Server 2008 Itanium (32.2MB), Windows 7 32-bit (28.9MB), Windows 64-bit (93.8MB), Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit (93.8MB), and Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium (16.3MB). The tool was originally released in September 2009 to resolve certain conditions that could cause installing updates and other software not to work. Typically you do not have to manually run this tool (it is offered automatically through Windows Update to computers that have a condition that the tool could resolve). It runs a one-time scan for inconsistencies that might prevent future servicing operations and usually takes less than 15 minutes (though it has been known to appear as if it’s stopped at 60 percent when run from Windows Update).

The Windows NT Backup Restore Utility has also been updated for Windows 7 32-bit (599KB), Windows 7 64-bit (669KB), Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit (669KB), and Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium (1000KB). The tool was originally released in November 2009 and notably no longer included Removable Storage Manager (RSM), used for restoring backups from tape devices. Microsoft has no plans to include this update in SP1.

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Save your window position for dual-screen monitors

by on Jan.26, 2010, under Technology

Dual ScreenSometimes you just might have a rogue window that just will never seem to open on the window you want it to, no matter where you close it or open it from or whatever your case may be. There really is a simple fix to this problem, it usually involves just one extra key stroke and you should be set! Here’s how:

  1. Open up your program or document. It will open in the wrong window, that’s fine for now.
  2. Move the window to the position you want it. You will need to “de-maximize” the window in order to move it.
  3. Hold down the SHIFT Key, and close the window using the X on the top right.
  4. That’s it!

Nice and simple! That shift key pretty much solves your problem in this situation. There are only two real reasons why this would happen, you either moved the program there once a while ago and it just decided to save itself over there, or you loaded up a full screen game that changed the resolution of the monitors and that shoved it over there.

Small annoyances like this are usually easily fixable, just gotta know where to look and how to get it done!

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How important your printer really is, for your business

by on Jan.26, 2010, under Hardware, Technology

Lately, a good friend of mine has been having printer problems on top of printer problems on top of printer problems. It is actually quite the mystery, something with the memory transfer between computer and printer. It is amazing, because after all of the upgrades that the computer has undergone, and all of the fixes that have been applied and tested, the problem has alluded us.

Old PrinterThat, however, is not the point of this small tidbit of information. Thankfully, for both you and I. This is more about the importance of said printer, and how vital it is for your business, no matter how large and no matter how small. The printer is definitely one of the best things for your business to have, be it to scan, to copy, to fax, or even to do what it’s name dictates, print! It is stunning to think of all the things that the printer will be able to do in just a few short years.

These days, most printers come as “All In Ones”, which basically do the four tasks I previously mentioned. These fours tasks are getting seeminlgy basic, seemingly repetitive as each day goes by. We are looking into the future every day, scanning and copying at the same time, scanning printing and faxing at the same time, many many multiple tasks. I am not a think tank, nor am I very creative in terms of the future, so I really don’t have many ideas of my own. Darn.

This all in one pocket knife of techonology is brilliant, and also quite complicated. To be compeltely honest, it is my bane. Printers are just about the one thing that have always tried to get away from my intelligence, and at some point in our chase, it got away from me. I have never quite mastered printing or how a printer fully works, that’s why I stick with more internal hardware and software.. but that’s another show.

If a printer doesn’t seem to want to work, the very first thing I would say is shut it off. Let it cool its’ jets, let it relax, let the power that is stored up inside this dangerous machine dissipate into our atmosphere, because that might be all that it needs, a little time to meditate; so to speak. That has solved certain problems throughout my grind of the computer world a few times, but was never the ultimate solution, sadly. You need to then look up exactly what your error what might be, it can be just about anything; from a paper jam, to a memory error..such as mine.

All In One PritnerIf there is no documented reason as to why your problem seems to be coming up, try to narrow it down to when exactly it is happening, such as whenever you are saving a document, or whenever you are scanning a document to a PDF, whatever the case may be, you need to try to keep your reasons down. If you get to vague, and come up with too many possible solutions, the only answer to your worst problem would be some aspirin of some sort, to cure that blaring headache you are building up.

It is best to keep trying, though.

If your one method fails, go on to the next. If that method falls through, go on to the next again; just remember to take your time and maybe even a break every now and then, because again, that aspirin wont get you through woods, just over the next ridge. When you are running through the woods, take a minute to stop and look at your compass, it will save your printers life.

But who knows, maybe you can’t save it’s life! Scrap it. Printers are a dime a dozen, so replacing a printer normally isn’t too difficult of a thing to do. Just make sure you get one that is of pretty decent quality, and also make sure that it can do what you want it to. And by that I mean color quality and also quantity of pages printed.

Printer InkPrinters can come in a some what simpler form as well as all in one printers, they come as, well, printers. These printers can either be simple such as black and white only (which is rare), or a few types of color printers. If you look deeper, you start seeing that the ink cartridges are different. There are tons of them! And they are normally the most expensive part of the printer, most of the times you can buy an entire new printer cheaper than the ink for the printer. You can get inks that have all the colors in them, Cyan Magenta Yellow and Black (CMYK), or you can get the type of ink that has each one seperated. It really depends on your choice when it comes down to it, sometimes the “All In One” inks are easier to install, so if you just dont care and plan on printing everything in color, go for those. If not, aim for the later, you might save yourself a buck or two…not much though.

All in all, printers are printers. Sure you might be able to do all sort of different things with printers, and they shouldn’t really be called printers any more, but who knows what to call them besides that. I sure don’t. I hope you have a good friend sitting next to you, waiting to be aligned, waiting to be fed some paper, waiting to do it’s job. Take care of that friend, because when you want to run through the forest, you might not have any aspirin in your pocket.

<3 Mike

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Mices, meeses, moosies, mooses – What are the kinds of mice you can use.. today?

by on Jan.25, 2010, under Technology

There are hundreds of different mice to purchase, especially if you happen to be searching through NewEgg. 395, to be exact. That number is going up and down almost every day with new technologies, and older technologies being wiped off the map. New things are normally better, but sometimes it might just be best to stick with what you know. I am going to give you a quick run down through a few of the different options you can chose.

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