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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!!

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)

Technology and the 2012 Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics are in full swing! The games began on July 27, just 3 days ago. In keeping with the advances in technology, there will be things happening this time that have never taken place before. For example – for the first time ever, every single event and sport will be broadcast live (streamed) over the internet.

Check out these facts from NBC:

What is new and different about NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London?

NBCUniversal will provide 5,535 hours of coverage for the 2012 London Olympics across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, two specialty channels, and the first-ever 3D platform, an unprecedented level that surpasses the coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by nearly 2,000 hours. NBC will broadcast 272.5 hours of coverage, the most ever for an Olympic broadcast network, largely attributable to an increase in daytime coverage, and NBC Sports Network will serve as home to U.S. team sports with 292.5 hours of total coverage including 257.7 hours of original programming – the most-ever for an Olympic cable network.

NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event and sport for the first time ever. In all, the site will live stream more than 3,500 total programming hours, including the awarding of all 302 medals.

How much of the coverage will be live?

NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event and sport for the first time ever. In all, the site will live stream more than 3,500 total programming hours, including the awarding of all 302 medals. By comparison, NBCOlympics.com live streamed 25 sports and 2,200 hours for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Why are the Olympics so important to NBC?

The “Olympic Halo Effect” bolsters the entire NBCUniversal television group, including news, entertainment and late night. To deliver the same number of gross household impressions NBC delivered during the 17 days of its primetime Beijing Olympics coverage, one network would have to own the rights and broadcast the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Golden Globes, the AFC Division playoffs, the NFC Championship Game and six games of the World Series all within a 17-day span.

What was the fee paid by NBC to have the rights to broadcast the Olympics this year?

The rights fee for London was $1.181 billion.

Will the Olympics be broadcast in HD?

All Olympic venues will broadcast in high definition. High definition coverage will be available on NBC‘s HD affiliates.

Important information if you want to watch the live streaming on the internet – you must get this set up in advance here.  You need to select your local TV provider, and verify your user name and password with your provider.  Don’t worry, the site will walk you through that process pretty easily.

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