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Five tips for laptop users

The most common issues I find when asked to troubleshoot computer problems for laptop owners can be avoided by following these simple tips.

  1. Don't drink sticky stuff while on the computer.  A spill of plain water, black coffee, or sometimes even diet soda may not ruin your laptop.  But if the keyboard or inner workings are gummed up by milk, sugar or high fructose corn syrup you will most likely need to buy a new machine.
  2. Plug the power brick into the wall before plugging in the laptop.  A power surge is unlikely but will destroy the innards in a hurry.
  3. Clean out the air vents regularly.  Blast them with canned air.  And remember Glade is not canned air.  Your laptop will be pushing up daisies as well as smelling like them.
  4. Carry the laptop in your crooked arm protected like a baby.  Most drops happen when you are carrying it in one hand dropped by your side.  A little sweat on your grip and its laptop hash on the floor.
  5. Keep antivirus up-to-date and regularly scan with anti malware prgrams and the virus program.  If you use your laptop on public networks you will eventually get exposed.  Only you can prevent infections.


Life Coaching: What it is and isn't

Coaching is getting a bad reputation due to the many reality TV shows that feature screaming matches between those seeking help and the coaches that are supposed to be helping them.  Coaching should not be about being molded into coach's image nor should it be a humiliating or demeaning experience.  It should be about positive feedback and nurturing skills.

True coaching involves getting to know the person wanting coached.  Taking the time to understand what they want the outcome to be.  They might want new skills or be better able to communicate or better understand why they act how they do.  The coach has the job of helping them achieve their goals.  The coach does not have the job of making them feel unskilled or worthless.

A coach provides feedback: honest, open, timely, and geared to change.  The coach cannot do this if they are not open to actively listening to their client.  Coaching is not about “My way or the highway" like you see on TV.  It is about "Is there a better way to accomplish your way."  I believe that if I were the coach this would never have happened: Amy's Baking Company crashes and burns on Facebook after Kitchen Nightmares show.  More caring listening and less berating just might have helped them achieve their dream but it woiuld not have acheived Chef Ramsey's dream of higher ratings.