Computer problems? I know a man who can!

A couple of weeks ago my brilliant mac computer finally almost died on me and it was frustrating because it never lets me down . . . . .

. . . . and I was always of the policy if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. . . . but you need to be prepared (scouting taught me that) . . .

. . . and when all else fails I knew it would be OK because I know a man who can. . . .

As a business owner . . . . people trust my man who can design expertise . . . . and I get to work for a lot of people who are the man who can at other stuff which is a handy back up plan when you need help.

We all like to have shiny and new and the very latest thing  . . . . .  and apple have been doing their operating system download upgrades for free for quite a long time . . . .

. . . but when you are working for yourself and you rely on your computer its your own personal man who can for producing those jobs for those important clients . . . .

. . . . . then getting the latest operating system and risking potential software clashes and glitches and then regretting the whole lot just seemed like too much of a risk to take . . . .

. . . .  and everytime you look on a forum you can always find somebody full of regret wishing they had not done it . . . . .

. . . . looking for a man who can to tell them how to sort it out . . . .

. . . . .  complaining that they can’t go back . . . . . .  moaning that this isn’t working  . . . . the printer isn’t working . . . . .  it can’t see the fonts anymore.

Many readers of this won’t even be aware . . . . .  but the version of software that I use is not readily supported anymore . . . . .

. . . . . the expected way for professionals to go is on the cloud . . . .
. . . . are you fed up with that terminology yet?

. . . . but if I had to rent my software on a monthly subscription then all my prices would have to go up which isn’t good for you guys.

The version of software I use is like a brilliant . . . .  reliable . . . .  functional man who can . . . .

it does everything that I need it to do so I can create some fantastic graphic designs for all your websites . . . . .  business cards and logo designs.

. . . . and  a surprising number of big businesses are still using the software I do – coz they paid for it already and its their man who can too thanks. . . . .

So I carry on with what is ultimately old software and everybody’s happy . . . . .

. . . . . my work horse of a computer, the reliable professional Apple iMac keeps giving after 8 years of brilliant work

. . . . .  but it’s brain got a little bit tired and was so full up of information that it was getting significantly slower.

You may remember if you are a regular reader of my blog that I did upgrade the RAM  a while ago and this helped quite a lot.

This was really easy to DIY.

RAM is the random access memory  . . . . . which is kind of like the stuff that you’re holding in your hands while you’re doing something.

. . . . . . but the ROM read-only memory,  the actual storage . . . .  which is kinda like the stuff you put in the drawer when you finish doing something . . . .

. . . . . . well that was getting full.

There was no space in the drawer anymore . . . .  so I finally had to admit that I was going to get a bigger cupboard so to speak.

The way forward was to have a new hard drive  . . . . . bigger  . . . . . faster . . . .  better.

One of the SSD versions . . .SOLID STATE DRIVE – no moving parts very reliable apparently.

So the next question was if I was upgrading the hard disc wasn’t that a good time to upgrade the software as well? . . .

. . . . . it kind of made sense  . . . . . but I wasn’t sure . . . . .  I looked online to try and find  a man who can tell me  . . . .

. . . . lots of people complaining that it hasn’t worked they were in trouble they wish they hadn’t done it blah blah blah

. . . . . .  but then almost an equal balance of people saying if you did a proper backup and if you did an absolute clean install then it was working fine  . . . .

so the quandary . . . .  what to do?

I’m not a computer man who can  . . . . .  I’m a brilliant man who can graphic design (well woman anyway)

I’m a pretty good operator . . . .  I can get into the back end of the computer . . . . .  I know where stuff goes and how to jiggle software files around  . . . .

. . . . . but beyond that  . . . . . the circuit boards  . . . . . the colour cards  . . . . . the memory chips . . .  that’s not me

but that’s OK because I know a man who can

. . . . . . so I dropped an email to my favourite PC clinic in Wolverhampton to see what he had to say . . . .

. . . .  no problem yes I can sort all that . . . .  yes I can do all that.

. . . My man who can fixes PC’s for his job . . . . and phones android and apple tablets . . . macbooks . . . laptops . . .iphones. . .ipads

He’s not an iMac specialist . . . . but no matter because . . . . . .there again he’s got a really good man who can  who is . . . . .

. . . . . .  so I had the benefit of two heads being better than one and some fantastic advice.

So, said my man who can  . . . I need 48 hours for the work to be done. . . . .

. . . . .  but then comes the panic . . . . . .  I’ve got lots of design work to do . . . . .  but I’ve got a computer that’s being really slow and frustrating. . . but then I’ve got to take 3 days off while the work is done.

It was all arranged and the man who can promised me a fantastic low price . . . . .

. . . . . .which seemed a bit beyond belief for Mac components but he assured me that he buys in bulk so gets good prices . . . . .
. . . . OK trust the man who can.

. . . . .Oops . . . . then he checked the specification of my Mac and oh dear his fantastic price started creeping a bit higher. . . .

. . . . . .  it wasn’t really much of a surprise to me because I know you get what you pay for and I know Mac is much better than PC . . . . .

Mostly everyone in the design industry has a Mac and like I said it’s done eight years of service and the only thing that’s happened is it’s brain is full . . . .

. . . . .  so it’s still being my reliable man who can.

. . . . . I know that Mac components are more than PC components but he was a bit shocked.

Anyway it needed to be done and I trust my man who can implicitly so I drove over on a Friday to Wolverhampton to drop it off.

. . . . . the weekend was relaxing because I had no computer to distract me . . . .

. . . . .  but distracting because I had no computer to distract me.

. . . . . .  full of anxiousness and concern and worry.

The Mac man who can had advised that Apple OS Yosemite was the most stable recent operating system and that would be fine . . . .

. . . . . the man who can assured me that it was going to work with all my CS6 Adobe software I might just have to update a couple of things online. . . .

. . . . . . I was a little bit anxious about reinstalling printer drivers and backup drivers and whether fonts we’re going to work  . . . . . .

. . . . . . and how I was going to reinstall all my photos in iPhoto and the movies in iMovie excetera excetera excetera . . . . .

But you know what . . . . .  it couldn’t have gone smoother for me . . . . because I didn’t do it . . .

it wasn’t a walk in the park for the man who can apparently,  and things didn’t go absolutely perfectly smoothly but hey . . . . .

Whatever does?. . . . . .  that’s the challenge . . . . . that’s exactly why you don’t DIY

I get stressed when I’m doing logo designs   – read about the design journey here

. . . . . so he should get stressed when he’s fixing computers. . . . .
. . . . . .  but we experts all get there in the end.

if it was all too easy there would be no feeling of achievement . . . . .

. . . . . .  if anybody could do it he would not be the man who can . . . . . . so why would I pay him.

why would you pay me?

it’s all about an expert job by an expert person . . . . .  knowing that man who can. . .

and the best bit . . . . . my man who can forgot to mention that he had some super wizard software that just transfers everything off your original hard disc onto the new hard disc  . . . . .

. . . . . so in actual fact updating my photos on my movies . . . . .  well the software just did it itself. . . .

. . . . no font issues . . . . no printer driver issues . . . the OS said something about updates needed but I just clicked yes and the software just did it.

Imac-upgraded by a man that can

I couldn’t have asked for it to be more straightforward.

There has been the odd silly little glitch and the learning curve of having to get used to the new updates in the operating system . . .

. . . you know the kind of thing . . .

bit looking different. . . layout changes . . but generally when you get it you like it more . . .

so the man who can has done his thing and it’s working fine.
. . . . . it kinda doesn’t feel faster but I know it must be because what it isn’t doing is driving me mad being  . . . . . . . . . . . sooooooooooo   sloooooooooooow.

I’m like MacDonalds now . . . I’m lovin it!

it’s all smiles on the other side  . . . .

so thanks a lot Pete you’re a really friendly guy . . . .  you’ve got a different sense of humour but we get on ok  . . . . . and you certainly are the man who can having sorted my iMac for me.

Hopefully I’ll get another 8 years out of it

So if you need a problem solving . . . . don’t try to DIY . . . .  just find  a man who can  . . . .  then go and see them.

and particularly if you need your computer upgrading, repairing , recovering, reviving then this man is the man who can:  PC Clinic Midlands                website        and facebook page

This blog is created and written entirely by Linda Wild

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Thanks for reading.

Linda 

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