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I am so glad I called IT Computer Solutions to help solve some softwares issues that had been a problem for months. My only regret is not calling sooner!

Rodney is very professional. He followed up our initial conversation with an email confirming the appointment date and time, and detailing what he expected the cost of the service to be. It was nice to know this upfront. He also called the day of our appointment to let me know when he expected to arrive. Upon arrival, he got right to work helping me get my Microsoft 365 App up and running correctly in
no time. He also updated my data security, checked available storage and cleaned up the hard drive. Rodney even took a look at my cell phone and confirmed that there were some strange glitches (recommended new phone), but even showed me ways to connect my laptop and cell for future backups and storage.

I felt confidant in his technical abilities and knowledge, but appreciate most his patience and kindness as he walked through various steps. Sometimes multiple times, without ever making me feel patronized or like a technological idiot, but instead very encouraging.

I highly recommend IT Computer Solutions as a trustworthy company – well worth the cost. I plan to use them for any future issues. Thank you for excellent service!

Installed Samsung SSD drive

Installed SSD in older Lenovo laptop and optimized system.  Customer was very happy.  See review below.

I am an old guy who has been involved with computers since 1979. Seen a lot of problems in my day, but never found anybody so knowledgeable as Rodney Smith and a very bright young man (Brian, I think) at itComputer Solutions! My machine is a Lenovo laptop about 4 years old that had become so slow, I had decided to buy a new machine. On a lark, I took it to Rodney. He installed a solid state drive, removed some viruses, and lots of junk that had accumulated over the years. My machine is now lightening fast!! itComputer Solutions and Rodney saved me at least $1,000 and more important, the big headache of converting to a new machine. Thanks guys!!

Microsoft Releases Windows 8

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrated the imminent release of the company’s Windows operating system after two years of work.

Windows 8 is the most dramatic overhaul of the personal computer market’s dominant operating system in 17 years.

Microsoft Corp. redesigned it so it will run on increasingly popular tablet computers, as well as PCs. Another version of Windows 8 is being released for smartphones next week.

PCs and tablets running on Windows 8 go on sale Friday. While appearing at an event in New York, Ballmer hailed Windows 8 PCs as the best machines ever made.

More than 1,000 PCs have been certified to run Windows 8. In a departure from its usual software-focused strategy, Microsoft is selling a tablet called Surface that runs on Windows 8.

“We kicked off a new era for Microsoft and a new era for our customers,” Ballmer said.

Windows 8 represents a big risk for Microsoft because Windows 8 looks and operates so much differently than previous versions.

The redesign discards the familiar “start” button and menu that Windows has had since 1995 when users are operating in a desktop mode, a change that critics believe will almost certainly provoke howls of protest. But many reviewers applaud Microsoft for overhauling Windows so it greets users with a mosaic of tiles displaying applications instead of relying on the desktop icons that served as the welcome mat for years.

The new look comes with new controls. This marks the first time Microsoft has made touch-screen control the top priority, though the system can still be navigated with a keyboard and mouse in desktop mode.

The redesign could frustrate many long-time users who had grown accustomed to the old way of doing things and cause them to consider checking out computers made by Apple Inc., which already has been gaining market share in the past few years.

Microsoft’s decision to sell a Windows 8 tablet also threatens to alienate the device makers who license Windows 8 for their desktop PCs, notebook computers and tablets.

It’s a gamble that Microsoft felt it had to take because people are increasingly embracing smartphones and tablets such as Apple’s hot-selling iPad to take care of their computing needs. The shift has contributed to decline in PC sales, hurting Microsoft and the makers of desktop and laptop machines, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc.

—Copyright 2012 Associated Press

HP dv7 Fan Error Message Fixed!

Special thanks to Mr. S of Monroe, North Carolina. He brought in his HP DV7 laptop, when he powered it up he was getting an error message even before Windows loaded stating that the SYSTEM FAN had malfunctioned, and it wouldn’t let him go any further.

Our expert technicains found the fan was indeed good, but a broken piece of plastic debris was stopping the fan from spinning!

And btw, this is the type of repair that the “Geek Squad” wouldn’t handle, they were trying to get him to buy a new laptop even though his was just over a year old!

Thanks again for letting IT Computer Solutions save you time and money!

Olympic Medal Counts: Yahoo Gets Gold, Google Silver & Bing Bronze

Want to know the how various countries are doing in the London 2012 Olympics? For finding out using a major search engine, I give the gold to Yahoo, with Google narrowly missing to earn silver and Bing getting bronze mainly by virtue of being third in a three contestant race.

Ready, Set, Search!

Checking for results today on my phone, I was pretty impressed with Google’s Knowledge Graph box that came up at the top of my results, showing the medals won by various countries. Kazakhstan was ranked seventh? Cool to discover! Plus, I was able to quickly learn this was for winning gold in road cycling and weight-lifting.

But how about Bing? Could it match Google’s performance? My phone brought no similar results back. I decided a more formal test was in order, a competition including Google, Yahoo and Bing. In a search for “olympics,” how well did they show me a medal count and get me to more detailed information about results?

Bing Knows, But Only If You Ask Correctly

It was close, but I have to give the gold to Yahoo. To explain why, let me start with Bing, which took the bronze or third place. In a search for olympics on Bing, I got this:

Bing shows a box in the top right corner, a promotion saying that “Bing has it all” when it comes to the Olympics. But having it all doesn’t extend to actually showing any Olympic results.

If you click on the box, you get to a page explaining how for certain searches, Bing will trigger special Olympics-related answers:

It’s nice to know that if you enter the right terms like “medal count” or “olympic games schedule,” Bing will bring you back answers (Bing also blogged tips about this recently).

But lots of people searching for “olympics” will certainly be interested in results. Why not show those in response for that, rather than only if they use the exact words? After all, Google does.

Google Delivers Medal Count Results

Here’s what you get for a search on olympics at Google:

On the right side, you get an at-a-glance guide to the top five countries by medal count. You can scroll inside the box to see all the other countries that have won awards. Just below the box is a handy schedule:

Click on any of the countries, and you learn more about what exactly they’ve won:

It’s all nicely done. Should you search for “medal count,” you also get results — and directly under the search box, rather than off to the side.

Yahoo Delivers Even More Medal Results

How can Yahoo beat that? I gave Yahoo the gold for making it easier to see the count for more countries in response to your initial search and to see all the countries ranked against each other, at-a-glance.

Here a search for olympics on Yahoo:

Whereas Google only shows you the top five countries in the medal count by default (and Bing only three by default), Yahoo shows nine. There’s room for 10, but for some reason, it cuts off at nine.

Yahoo gets a further edge because unlike Google, there’s a way to click and and get a count for all the winners, such as using the “Complete medal counts by country” link below the results or the main link above them:

Do that, and you get taken to a page at Yahoo listing all the countries in the Olympics with ranked by medal count.

With Google, I’ve looked and looked, but there’s no way to see a full list of counts, unless you want to scroll directly within its Knowledge Graph box and see only five countries shown at the same time. That’s a pain.

Like Google, click on any country in Yahoo’s medal count results, and you get more details about what exactly that country won for. Yahoo also shows a schedule of events directly in the results, which is nice.

Ranking By Golds; Ranking By All Medals

One thing to note. Google ranks countries not according to their total medal count but by those that have won the most gold medals. That’s the same way that the official London 2012 Olympics site ranks things by default on its medal count page.

That page also allows you to resort the rankings by total medal count, gold, silver and bronze combined. When you do that, you get the same rankings that both Bing and Yahoo use.

Source: Jul 30, 2012 at 12:46am ET by Danny Sullivan (SearchEngineLand.com)