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PC

MIRACLES,

INC.

           

March 2009

PC Miracles Connection

Issue 26

What’s Inside
What’s
Inside
What’s Inside
Good Luck Happens

Good Luck Happens

When Preparedness Meets Opportunity

As luck would have it, Smart Sally and Lucky Larry were born minutes apart on St. Patrick’s Day in Luck, WI to first generation Irish immigrants. In a hurry to meet his fate, Larry burst forth without warning, causing Dr. Lecher (busy eyeing Nurse Nancy’s numerous notables) to fumble the catch. Orderly Oscar, thinking of Sunday’s game- winning touchdown, dove across the room and caught Larry inches before a potentially fatal floor impact. Everyone applauded and

owner of the largest manufacturing company in the state and a victim of identity theft, found with great embarrassment that his credit card was canceled. Seizing the opportunity, Lucky Larry paid for the man’s groceries and was rewarded with a massive contract from not only John’s company but all of John’s business associates.

Both Lucky Larry and Smart Sally understood that the data used and generated

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in their businesses was their most important asset. They both bought good computers and servers, and paid someone to set them up and connect them to each other and the Internet. Lucky Larry used his neighbor’s son who was a wiz with computers and worked for peanuts. The network seemed to work well with the

Oscar, resisting the temptation to spike the baby, did a quick end-zone dance and gently laid Larry in his mother’s arms. Smiling at her newborn, she named him Lucky Larry.

Next door, Sally was taking a more cautious approach. Moments

arms. Smiling at her newborn, she named him Lucky Larry. Next door, Sally was taking a
before she emerged, the lights went out and the backup generator failed to kick in.

before she emerged, the lights went out and the backup generator failed to kick in. Seeing the room was pitch black, she stopped her delivery and alerted the doctor to her pending arrival with adorable baby noises, which helped him locate and expertly deliver her. The lights came back on, and her mom declared to the astonished

occasional lock ups and blue screens of death that everyone has come to expect from Microsoft products. Lucky Larry felt lucky indeed as his employees never had to restart their computers more than once a day and coordinated their coffee breaks with the restarts, the loading of programs and the printing of documents. He noticed during the last few months that the number and length of breaks were increasing, but it was better than having them sit and stare at the “please wait…” message on the computer screen. He put a big screen TV in the break room, which helped his employees relieve their frustrations by watching Oprah and Dr. Phil. This proved to Lucky Larry to be a great investment.

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onlookers that she was naming her Smart Sally. Lucky Larry skated through college as a
onlookers that she was naming her Smart Sally. Lucky Larry skated through college as a

onlookers that she was naming her Smart Sally.

Lucky Larry skated through college as a party animal while Smart Sally studied hard and entered the business world with straight A’s. They opened accounting firms next door to each other with Smart Sally growing her business through good marketing and sound business practices. Lucky Larry found fortune at the grocery store where John, the

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Smart Sally took a different approach. She contracted with a respected IT consulting company that handled her installation and provided her with managed services to keep the network running like new. Overhearing Lucky Larry bragging about how

seeking advice. What he heard chilled him to the bone. The wiz kid had trained an employee, which Larry fired two months ago, to exchange a tape each day with one from a pile of tapes on top of the server. Larry felt a migraine coming on. His luck had finally run out. He called his clients and explained that the fire and subsequent loss of their data wasn’t his fault. Larry heard words he’d never heard before coming across the phone and was told to expect a call from their lawyers.

little he paid for the installation and upkeep of his network, Smart Sally wondered if she was spending her money wisely. It had been a year since the computer network was installed and she had never experienced a lock up or needed to restart her

computers or servers.

She wasn’t sure what the blue

Smart Sally prayed for better news as she called her IT consultant. What they told her sounded too good to be true. They had been doing an off site backup each night and all her data was safe and ready to be restored. What’s more they offered to arrange overnight delivery of a server and workstations. By using disk images stored off site they could quickly configure the new machines and have her company back up and running within 48 hours. They also offered to fax her insurance company detailed descriptions and replacement cost of all the equipment destroyed. Sally called her clients to advise them that there would be a slight delay, but they would have payroll processed within 48 hours and the W2’s and 1099’s would go out on schedule despite the devastating fire. Sally received a call later that day from Lucky Larry’s unlucky clients who heard she was already back in business. They transferred their accounts to her immediately. Smart Sally couldn’t believe how lucky she was.

screen of death was because she had never seen one. It puzzled her during power outages that shouts and curses could be heard coming from Lucky Larry’s office while her employees calmly continued to work. Though her employees didn’t know much about Oprah or Dr. Phil, they seemed happy with their job and the tools she had provided that made their jobs stress free. She was proud of how productive her employees were and how quickly they completed their assignments. Her network worked as good as new, and her employees could easily handle more

work if she only had more clients. That night luck proved to be a fickle lady. As they slept, fire raged through the buildings where Lucky Larry and Smart Sally had their offices. Nothing was left standing but a solitary staircase to nowhere. Larry, Sally and their employees, all with tears in their eyes, stared in disbelief at the devastation. What were they going to do? What were their clients going to do? Today was payday; W2’s and 1099’s

were due next week. in smoke, as were the

All the clients’ records were up computers, servers and the

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precious data they contained.

Lucky Larry called his neighbor’s son at college

 

Meet Our Longest Standing Client in our 15 Years of Thanks Celebration!

Gumro & Associates is our March winner for “Longest Standing Client” in our “15 Years of Thanks” celebration. Gumro & Associates, an award-winning strategic consulting and logistics management company, has been a client of PC Miracles for 12 years. PC Miracles has handled their needs locally, across the country and internationally and during this time they’ve moved their headquarters three times. Jim Gumro and Dan, founder and president of PC Miracles, have become friends over the years. Gumro & Assoc. is currently using our Effort Free IT Platinum service to manage their Headquarters and Datacenter server infrastructure. Gumro &

(Pictured, Jim Gumro with his clock award & plaque commemorating his company being featured on the front cover of a logistics trade magazine)

his clock award & plaque commemorating his company being featured on the front cover of a

Associates is delighted with the great service PC Miracles gives them and we will make sure that continues for another 12 years.

 

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Outlook E-Mail Signatures Protect You From Lawsuits

 

Beware The Ides of March

Do you hate typing your name and contact information at the end of each e-mail you create? Would you like to include

If you believe in lucky numbers

legal disclaimers to help protect you and your company? Then use an Outlook “signature” to automate the insertion of this in- formation.

Here’s how… On the Tools menu, click Options. Then click the Mail Format tab. Then click the Signatures button. Click the New button and give your signature a name when

prompted and click would like to have ap- in the box and click Fin- it. Be sure the name of ated appears in the box ti- Messages: and Signa- Forwards: and ton. You can test the

Messages: and Signa- Forwards: and ton. You can test the Next. Type the text you pear

Next. Type the text you pear at the end of each email ished. That’s all there is to the signature you just cre- tled Signature For New ture For Replies and click the OK but- signature by

May, July, and
May, July, and

May, July, and

and dangerous days, remember that the Ides of March are upon us.

————— It was the 15th of March on the Roman calendar when Julius

Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. There were also Ides on the 15th of

October, but for

hundreds of years after Caesar's death, Romans avoided going into business, getting married, or entering any other venture on

March 15. It became associated

creating a new email message. The signature you created should automatically appear at the end of your email message.

Once you have successfully created this basic e-mail sig- nature, you can experiment with adding company logos, color and custom fonts to the signature. For more MS Office features, go to http://office.microsoft.com. For more on email disclaim- ers, go to http://www.emaildisclaimers.com.

with disaster. ————— About nine percent of Americans

are still superstitious about days

like Friday the

show that businesses lose money on that day.

13th. Statistics

Here is a template for a disclaimer message.

Be sure to

 

—————

have your lawyer approve your disclaimer prior to use.

DISCLAIMER: This e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information which is proprietary,

privileged, confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclo- sure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify Your Name at Your Company immediately (by replying to this message or by sending an email to Your Email or by calling Your Phone Number) and permanently delete this message and any attach- ments. Thank you.

China, which is thought to be a lucky number.

Continental Airlines uses the number eight when advertising in

   

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”

 

Bret Harte, American Writer

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Monthly Contest May the luck of the Irish be with you! I’d Love To Hear From

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In celebration of our new Monthly Contest we are giving away a 2GB USB Flash drive to the lucky winner. Submit your answers at our website www.pcmiracles.com/contest or by email to info@pcmiracles.com. Check your answers in next month’s issue.

Our rules are simple:

One winner each month.

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Contest closes on the last day of the month.

Entries are judged by correctness, date and time received.

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Midnights and Noons

1. "Round About Midnight" is widely recognized as one of the greatest jazz albums of all time. The album was released in 1957 by what jazz trumpeter? a-Miles Davis, b-Johnny Parker, c-Neal Hefti, d-Arturo Sandoval.

2. Which U.S. state is nicknamed "Land of the Midnight Sun"? a- Hawaii, b-Montana, c-Maine, d-Alaska.

3. Who played Amy, the new Quaker wife of Marshall Will Kane, in the 1952 movie western High Noon? a-Jean Simmons, b-Grace Kelly, c-Barbara Rush, d-Janet Leigh.

4. Midnight blue has been an official Crayola color since 1958. Prior to 1958, the same color went by what other name? a- Persian blue, b-Prussian blue, c-Powder blue, d-Columbia blue.