-=PCTechTalk=- Re: First Experience With The Geek Squad

George... you are a Scot!!!  Lets swap, you come take a holiday here in 
sunny Brazil and I go stay in Scotland which is my favourite 
country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lil
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Imrie" <g.imrie@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 4:43 PM
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: First Experience With The Geek Squad


> Ann
>
> Just be careful, girl--you might just GET what you wish for!!! (VBG) I 
> could
> do with a holiday outta this place..........
>
> For the record, we are located in southwest Scotland (not exactly handy 
> for
> all you US based residents, I know), about 120 miles north of the
> Scotland/England border. For those of you who have GoogleEarth, try 
> dialling
> in 55:21'09:66N 4:38'33.93W and you should be looking right at our humble
> abode. We were gifted this place not long after our marriage from the old
> farmer who I'd been working for when he retired. I've since had a fair bit
> of work done to this place to get it converted for my use (given that I'm
> now in a chair).
>
> As to the suggestion of putting together a list of active techs on the 
> list,
> I'm up for it. In fact,  I reckon it would be a good idea: it's a fair bet
> that we have a wide range of speciality disciplines among the membership,
> and it could be useful to have such a list to hand. Information like that 
> is
> NEVER wasted--it's only a matter of time before someone somewhere needs
> something esoteric, and having this sort of resource on hand would be a
> great idea.
>
> Best as Ever
> -----Original Message-----
> From: pctechtalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:pctechtalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ann Roberts
> Sent: 03 May 2008 11:43
> To: pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: First Experience With The Geek Squad
>
> Where do you live, George?  I surely never get any kind of help like that
> from anyone on service calls...want to move next door to me?
>
> As an aside to Gman...we got all my files safely off the drive, I ordered 
> a
> external hard case, they had the power supply in wrong and I blew the ding
> busted thing when I put the drive in it...whoop de doo...It was not the 
> one
> you suggested as the man who helped me get the files off picked out one 
> from
> geeks.com.  It slipped right in with no problem so had no reason to 
> believe
> it was not meant to go in that way...Today, I will take the hard drive out
> of an old computer and try it again....I keep them for spare parts.
>
> Good morning to all.
> Ann
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "George Imrie" <g.imrie@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 2:29 AM
> Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: First Experience With The Geek Squad
>
>
>> Gman/SirT
>>
>> I couldn't agree more. Back in the day (when I was fit and able to do so)
> I
>> ran a small software-based IT Consultancy. The number of times I was able
> to
>> rescue folks systems and get them back up and working at no cost (simply
> by
>> recycling and reusing material they already had) was unbelievable--but
> you'd
>> have thought that I was performing some sort of miracle. As to the
>> licensing, I found that most of the bigger companies were perfectly
> willing
>> to relicence already existing customers on new equipment without any
>> problem, so long as they could understand exactly WHY the licence was
> being
>> relifed.
>> In one particularly notable incident, I travelled about 250 miles in
>> response to a panic midnight phone call. When I got there, I found that
> the
>> client's three year old son had been "helping" daddy and had 
>> inadvertantly
>> wiped the licence details for a particularly sensitive database. I
>> reinstalled the application and then phoned the company concerned to
>> reinstate his licence details. The company not only relifed his
>> installation, but then in the course of the conversation asked me how
> often
>> this sort of work was necessary. When I replied that I had never been
>> busier, I was placed onto their "preferred" retailer lists and rec'd
> install
>> discs for their complete range of software through the post. When the
>> client's company heard what had been done, I was then also put on 
>> contract
>> with them as their company troubleshooter.
>> If I tell you that, some 18 years later, I'm still in contact with both
>> companies and now get any/all problems referred to me for actioning (even
>> tho through illhealth I can no longer do the job myself), it shows what 
>> is
>> possible. And by the way, the software company placed me on monthly
> retainer
>> at that time, and have continued the contract by default ever since. One
> of
>> the best telephone calls I've ever received!!!
>> So yes, sometimes working for no perceieved reward can have unintentional
>> consequences.
>>
>> Geo. Imrie
>>
>>
>
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