Your computer and your car have a lot in common. Whether large or small, used for long periods of time or not, both can enhance your life and both should continue to serve you season after season. The key to making this happen, however, is proper care and maintenance.

The number of miles you drive triggers car maintenance activities such as tire rotations and oil and filter changes. Scheduled maintenance ensures a well-functioning engine, a smooth and safe ride, and a longer life for your tires.

Likewise, your computer requires regular maintenance. You don’t accrue mileage on your computer, but there is a way to schedule computer maintenance. Simply look at what you should do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Following such a calendar both keeps your files safe and your computer secure, as well as operating at its optimum speed.

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The Senses — Something that Internet Shopping can’t Provide

“It’s an olfactory archive,” Shapero said, holding a book to her nose and inhaling deeply. “It’s a smell that’s disappearing from this city.”

That’s how Annie Shapero, a vocal student and fragrance reviewer described Frank Music Company, the last classical sheet music store in New York City. After eighty years in business, it will close on Friday. Why? Because of the Internet.

“To be replaced by something so inferior – it’s such an insult,” Rogers said. “But if you appeal to people’s lowest instincts, like we’re going to give you this score for nothing, it’s basically saying it has no value.”

What Rogers said is another discussion. What struck me though was the important role the senses play when making a purchase. When I buy something in a brick and mortar store I can feel it, I can smell it, and I can see what it really looks like. I don’t want to knock any online sellers, but the truth is that every time I’ve bought something online, I’ve been disappointed. I need the sensory element to make good decisions.

Smell a rose. Touch quality fabric. Take a look at the picture of an item on the Internet and then go in a store and sense it. You’ll sense the difference.

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No More Excuses

Today a friend of mine did something that many people might have thought was impossible and in doing so has shown just how much excuses are keeping people from moving ahead. He got a full-time job with benefits.

Wow (in a deflated tone) some people may be saying. But there’s more He did it as a man of a certain age. Yes, he’s not in his 20s, 30s, or 40s. He is over 50 and got a job.

Now a jeanie didn’t appear and grant him the wish of exchanging the independent contractor life with that of an employee (with benefits). The path was filled with hard work, perseverance, faith, and excuses. But he didn’t let the excuses get in the way.

No more, “I’m to old,” excuse.

No more, “There aren’t any jobs in my field, ” excuse.

No more, ” There aren’t any jobs in my geographical location,” excuse.

No more, “I don’t have the skills,” excuse.

No more whatever excuses you’ve been using.

If you dream it, you can do it.

I read somewhere that “We are all put into the world to do great things and lead great lives.”

Stop letting you excuses keep you from your great life.





Local Blogger Success : Tatiana Aquino from Style with a HINT of Mint

Almost everyone I know dreams of it, but procrastination keeps them from it. What am I talking about? Shipping.

“I don’t have time to do it.”

“It’s not good enough.”

“What’s the point. Nobody can make money these days.”

All words spoken by procrastinators. Instead of making excuses, just do it, like Tatiana Aquino has done. Sure she didn’t implement her idea from one day to the next. It took planning and testing to come up with a product that was good enough to ship. But she has shipped.

She may make changes along the way. What company doesn’t. People I know who had the first iPhone say that it was far inferior to what we have today. The same is true of some Microsoft products. And Samsung is famous for throwing stuff out there, seeing how it works, and then making the appropriate adjustments.

But back to Tatiana. She may not be a household name, yet, but shipping has gotten her a step closer to the front door.

Support an entrepreneur. Check out her blog, follow it if you like what you see, and spread the word to others you think might like it. Tatiana thanks you.

Creativity in Business — Dell

“Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.” – Robert E. Franken, Human Motivation

And Dell has indeed come up with alternatives and ideas that are useful in solving problems for users and the company itself.

Biggest creative alternative: Broke up with Wall Street (went private)

Creative ideas: Dell XPS 13 (notebook), Dell Venue 8 7000 Tablet. Received seven Consumer Electronic Show (CES) awards for PC and tablet products.

And all of this from a company that was losing market share in the PC world in 2013.

The XPS 13 is without a doubt one of the most innovative products to come out of Dell in recent memory and it offers a glimpse into what the “New Dell” has been up to over the past year since they’ve gone private and their 2013 strategy change. The company is really pushing the envelope of what is possible with current technologies and is managing to do so with very high quality materials and build quality, enabling them to compete with the likes of Apple for premium consumer products.

Dell Hits Home Runs at CES 2015, Patrick Moorhead,