I can remember when the personal computers were first “introduced” to the business world. They were touted as being good because they were going to save time and paper. The first version in our office was a word processer that had to spit out a blank page of paper before it typed the document, and then a blank page after the document. I kept asking my boss “would you please explain to me how this is saving paper – we are using three papers to get one typed paper!” My boss just shook his head; he didn’t know the answer to that either! This was before any kind of “official recycling” was done, but we took the waste paper to local day care centers, and they were happy to get the paper for the kids to use for art classes!
When Susi was telling me that she was thinking about buying a swarovski chandelier at lighting55.com I was really surprised. I didn’t think that Susi was the “chandelier type” of person. After all, when I think of chandeliers, I think of the very old-fashioned styles from grand hotels in old movies. When she showed me online what she was talking about, I was surprised to see how contemporary and modern the Swarovski chandeliers were! Now that makes more sense to me!
Earlier today my wife was talking about going grocery shopping, and was making out a shopping list, going through her coupons. By the time she was finished getting it all ready it was after 10 am. I was surprised when she put it all aside and started doing housework. I asked her “aren’t you going grocery shopping now?”
She looked at me like I had five heads! She said “are you nuts? By the time I get to the store now it will be very crowded with people coming home from church and trying to buy their Thanksgiving dinner ingredients! I’m going to wait until after dinner when the stores might not be quite as crowded!”
Well, I guess that makes sense. I just hope that by the time she gets to the store there will be some turkeys left! And I meant the kind that you eat for Thanksgiving!
Over the years my wife and I have been using credit cards to help us to get the things we need and want, with the intention of paying the balance off in full when the bill comes in. Unfortunately, the difficult economy we are in right now is making us rethink how we will be using our credit cards in the future. With kids in college, it is likely that there will be times when we might not be able to pay the balance off in full! Of course we would prefer to not be in that position, but there really is only so much one can do!
I received, as a gift, a No-Hands Can opener that is battery operated. The can opener would open the can, but would not let go of the can’s lid! So I mentioned that problem to the person who gave it to me, and they swapped it out for a new one for me.
This new one will only go around the can’s lid for about an inch, and then stops. It won’t let go of the can lid, so it is stuck on the can. This makes using the thing a challenge! I have put fresh batteries in it twice, hoping that would “fix it” but it didn’t make a difference.
I noticed that there was a sticker on the opener that said the name of the company that made it. I sent an email to the Sharper Image, telling them about this problem, told them that it is apparent that it is defective and to please replace the product.
They replied that they need the receipt in order to do that. I contacted the person who gave it to me, and she said that she threw the receipt away. I have told that to the company; I offered to send them the defective unit and they have ignored my reply.
I’m not used to that kind of poor customer service. I am used to the policies of companies like LL Bean that stand behind their product, receipt or no receipt, the only question being “Is the customer satisfied?”
I will try my best to avoid doing business with that company in the future, as I feel that customer service/satisfaction is very important. There is a sticker on the unit, proving it came from them, I don’t think that they should require any more proof than that.
When Linda was telling me that she was really quite aggravated about how the people at the Turkey Shoots make so much noise that the announcer cannot be heard when she is trying to tell people who won the competitions’ prize, or calling out the door prize information, or making any kind of announcement, I suggested that she think about getting a PA system of some sort. The system we have at work is a great tool to use when we need to be heard, and the cool shure 104-c mic is a great little indoor-out-door hand-held mic that would help them out in any situation they find themselves in.
Guest post by Alicia Myers
We have launched a new business idea and we are very excited about the prospects of this great business plan. One thing is keeping us from moving forward at this point is the lack of a Business loan. Business Loans are a part of starting a business that scares me and we have been doing a lot of research on business loans and have found the very best place to acquire a business loan for our new project. We found a site that has a new type of loan that will work perfect for us, the Fast Business Loan has no closing fees or costs and is nice in that it requires less information and is much quicker than a regular loan for a new business. I can not wait to get our new business off the ground and know that a business loan will get us running.
My niece has been dropping hints left and right about how she wants a new martin cst 000x1ae at guitar center for her high school graduation gift this spring. I’ve been pretending to not hear all of the hints, but I have talked with her parents about it and volunteered to chip in some money to help pay for it. As hard as she’s worked this year to get good grades I don’t mind helping to pay for a nice gift when she graduates.
I’m sorry to say that I am not a computer expert. I’m slowly learning more about computers every day, but there is still a lot to learn! I’ll probably never be as much of an expert as my brother-in-law is. I’ve got other things to occupy my attention and time! And as far as I’m concerned, if there is one expert in the family, then there is no need for another one! In the spirit of “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” my brother-in-law and I have come to a good understanding that we will help each other out as best we can however we can.
My brother-in-law makes his living as the IT support person for several private companies. And he makes pretty good money at it, too. So whenever a computer glitch happens that I can’t figure out with a simple re-start, virus scan, or defrag, I will not hesitate to give him a phone call and ask him to check it out. What is really cool is that he has installed on our computers a remote access software program that allows him to just stay at home and take over my computer from his computer and check out what is wrong, and fix it! I think that is the just about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life!