New Schrock Innovations Commercial Shows the Importance of PC Maintenance

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  • Written on: March 11th, 2011

This week Schrock Innovations launched a new commercial in Lincoln and Omaha promoting the PC Preventative Maintenance Checkup Sale that is running through March 20th at both Schrock Innovations’ locations.

In the commercial you will see a computer’s processor fan that is almost 50% constricted by dust.

While Schrock does a lot more than a physical cleaning during a Maintenance Checkup, there is no disputing that the 8 hours of work that goes into a checkup is worth the $29.99 sale price!

Contact Schrock Innovations today for more information about the sale.

LB626 Testimony and Senator Haar Smackdown Goes Viral on Drive Time Lincoln With Coby Mach

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  • Written on: March 10th, 2011

On March 9th, Nick Bock of the Five Nines Technology Group and myself both testified in opposition of Nebraska Legislative Bill 626, which was a recycling mandate bill improperly named a job creation bill.

After the conclusion of my testimony Senator Ken Harr asked me how the private sector could solve this problem.  Little did I know that my answer would go viral on Lincoln’s airwaves later that day.

A Potential Free Market E-Waste Solution

Ironically, Nick and I had been discussing the viability of a non-profit 501c3 technology reclamation company that would collect e-waste, refurbish what could be resold and use the revenues from selling it to fund collection points across the state and create jobs.

It was all very back of the envelope and off the cuff, but never the less it was the first thought that popped into my mind when Senator Haar asked the question.  I briefly explained the idea and in conclusion Senator Haar suggested that a bill could be crafted to accomplish that goal.

Senatorial Smackdown?

I responded to Senator Haar that a bill wasn’t required because it could be done with free enterprise.

Yesterday on the way home I was listening to Drive Time Lincoln with Coby Mach and I guess my off-handed comment was more like an unintentional Senatorial smackdown.

Click here to listen to the audio from drive time Lincoln.

What Happens Next?

I know Senator Haar, and we have had discussions in the past on multiple items including the promotion of Wind Energy in Nebraska.  He also knows that I come from a less government more free enterprise position.

I enjoyed testifying and I believe the committee listened to the input that Nick and I provided because the bill will not be prioritized (at Senator Mello’s request) and a roughly 2-year study is being proposed to attempt to formulate some legislation that might have a chance of making it thought the sausage factory.

Nebraska LB626 is a “Job Creation” Bill That Will Do Anything but Create Jobs

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  • Written on: March 9th, 2011

There is going to be a hearing at the Nebraska Capital Building today at 1:30 regarding LB626 the “Electronics Recycling and Job Creation Act.”

This bill, introduced by Nebraska State Senator Heath Mello,  will not create any net jobs, will collect up to $1.5M in taxes from local companies, and will burden individual citizens and businesses alike with new rules and regulations.

What Does LB626 Do?

A few years back a similar bill was introduced in the unicameral that I testified against.  This bill is very similar to that one and I believe it represents a hidden tax on consumers in Nebraska.

Here is a link where you can read LB626.

LB 626 does a lot in a mere 20 pages.  The bill proposes:

  1. If you make your own house brand computers you WILL pay a tax to the state between $1250 and $10,000+ annually
  2. If you do not pay this fee, you are prohibited from selling computers in Nebraska
  3. You are REQUIRED to provide FREE recycling to your customers and you are REQUIRED to pay the cost of recycling collected equipment
  4. If you resell Dell, HP, Gateway or any other national brand that is not participating in the state’s program, you pay the taxes described above
  5. This bill imposes a landfill ban for all consumers and schools and requires recycles to accept goods form consumers and schools at no cost
  6. This bill collects between $1M and 1.5M a year from local manufacturers, and the amounts collected per company operate on a sliding scale. The bill states NE WILL collect $1M – $1.5M annually, regardless of the number of manufacturers. If NE loses manufacturers individual manufacturers pay more.
  7. Although this bill collects ALL of its revenue from Computer manufacturers and recyclers, it promises grants of up to $1M to small towns and villages to demolish old buildings. If the bill collects $1M to $1.5M a year, how can they operate the bureaucracy, grant the million, and “create recycling jobs”?

In my opinion, this bill represents a hidden tax on the Nebraska consumers who patronize our local businesses.

The costs of this bill will be eventually paid by the consumers in Nebraska at a time when Social Security cost of living increases are non-existent, wages in Nebraska are not rising fast enough to keep up with food and energy price inflation, and our state, cities, and counties are running budget deficits.

This is a bill that will reduce consumer choice in Nebraska as businesses choose not to sell PCs in the state, increase the costs of electronic goods, create time and energy burdens on individual citizens, and will kill more jobs than it creates.

The State does not create jobs. Only businesses can do that.

This is a bill that costs EVERYONE involved form the consumer to the manufacturer more money and duplicates many services that the private sector is already providing to consumers at little or no cost.

I know this is VERY short notice, but I will be present to testify against this bill this afternoon in the legislature. Three years ago I was able to kill a similar recycling bill with my testimony, but this is a different scenario. New players and new rules. If there is any possible way you can make it down to the capital today at 1:30 in Room 1525 please make an effort to do so.

 

 

Why Your Computer Needs Preventative Maintenance

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  • Written on: March 8th, 2011

Schrock Innovations will be holding our first Preventative Maintenance Checkup Sale of 2010 starting this weekend, March 12, 2011 through March 20, 2011.

Although we are “officially” launching the sale on this weekend’s Compute This radio show, you are invited to bring your PC in now and beat the inevitable rush!

Last week I was a guest on KMTV Channel 3’s Morning Blend show where we discussed the importance of regular PC maintenance and the upcoming Maintenance Checkup Sale at Schrock Innovations.

What is a PC Maintenance Checkup?

A PC Maintenance Checkup is a complete head-to-toe examination of a computer that takes between 8 and 12 hours of bench time to complete. Our Maintenance Checkup is normally a great deal at its usual price of $70, but for next week only we will be discounting that price to an amazing $29.99.

During a PC Maintenance Checkup our trained technicians will:

  • Scan your computer’s memory (Vital for Vista users)
  • Blow dust and debris out of cooling fans
  • Check fan rotation speeds and cooling effectiveness
  • Ensure your installed Antivirus is effective and updated
  • Test all drives
  • Check hard drive for masked bad sectors
  • Clean computer exterior if needed
  • Repair errors in the Windows Registry
  • Perform an advanced hard drive cleaning
  • Install critical system support software
  • Scan for and removes malware
  • Scan for viruses and Trojans

Try to find anyone anywhere who will work on your computer for 8 hours for only $29.99 and you will understand what a great value this sale is!

How Long Does it Take?

Please BE PATIENT with us during this sale.  We move the computers through as quickly as we possibly can.

Because the PC Maintenance Checkup sale is so popular turn around times can be as long as 4-5 days in some cases.

Please refrain for calling for status checks on where your computer is at in the line because it pulls our technicians away from the repair work they are doing and slows turnaround times for everyone.  We will call you AS SOON as we have any word on your system.

What Do I Need to Bring in?

If you are bringing in a computer tower we only need the tower its self. NO wires or accessories are needed unless you are having problems with them.

If you are bringing in a laptop, please do bring your power cord in with you.

How to Properly Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

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  • Written on: February 11th, 2011

Microsoft has released a new Service Pack (SP1) for Windows 7.  Your computer will automatically attempt to download and install Windows 7 SP1.

About 80% of the time that installation should go just fine.  The other 20% of the time problems that exist on your computer might prevent the Service Pack from installing or could even result in serious problems with your computer.

By taking these simple steps you can increase the odds that your Windows 7 computer will successfully install Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

With that said, if you would rather have a professional technician install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for you, Schrock Innovations can do it for you over the Internet with the Schrock Desk.

The entire installation is a flat-rate $45 cost regardless of the time involved in preparing your computer or getting the Service Pack installed correctly.  If you are interested, contact Schrock Innovations at 866-496-8772 or call our Service Centers in Omaha or Lincoln directly.

How to Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Properly:

This process can take up to three hours to complete.  Please allow enough time to perform all steps.

Step 1:  Preparing your computer

Before you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 you need to prepare your computer.  Your computer needs to be free of any viruses or malware.  Even if you have anti-virus software installed your computer can be infected.

To check your computer I recommend a program called MalwareBytes.  It is a completely free program that will scan your computer and allow you to automatically remove most infections.

To check your computer do the following:

  • Download Malwarebytes (unless you already have it installed on your computer)
  • Double click on the downloaded program to install it
  • Run an update – THIS IS IMPORTANT
  • Perform a Full Scan – not a Quick Scan
  • Remove any infections that are detected
  • Restart your computer

Step 2: Perform Other Windows Updates First

Windows 7 SP1 is a Service Pack.  A Service Pack is made up of enhancements and other previous updates.

Ironically enough, Microsoft releases a Service Stack Update that helps ease the installation of a Service Pack.

Installing this small update first will increase the odds of a successful Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installation.

To install all available Windows Updates, do the following:

  • Left click on Start (the circle in the lower left corner of your screen)
  • Left click on All Programs
  • Left click on Windows Update
  • Left click on Check for Updates in the upper left corner of the window
  • Select all available updates (except Windows 7 Service Pack 1)
  • Download and install the updates
  • Restart your computer
  • Perform a second check for updates to ensure they all installed successfully.  Repeat as needed.

If for any reason any update will not successfully install, your computer may have a problem requiring the assistance of a technician.  If you would like Schrock Innovations to help, we will install the Service Pack for you for a flat rate $45 fee using our Schrock Desk internet-based support service.  Just contact us for an appointment time.

Step 3: Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1

The final step in the process is to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1.  Perform the following steps to download and install the Service Pack:

  • Left click on Start (the circle in the lower left corner of your screen)
  • Left click on All Programs
  • Left click on Windows Update
  • Left click on Check for Updates in the upper left corner of the window
  • Select Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and click on install
  • Allow the process to complete
  • Restart the computer as instructed

If everything went well, your computer should restart with the latest service pack installed.  If for some reason the computer does not restart properly, you might have the opportunity to restore your computer to a previous date.

We can not connect to your computer if it can not get on the Internet.  If you have questions or need help, please feel free to contact our Service Centers anytime.

As you can see, properly installing Windows 7 SP1 can take anywhere from a couple of hours to an entire afternoon depending on the speed and health of your computer.

For only $45 Schrock Innovations can take care of the entire process for you – in  most cases right over the Internet.  We only have 24 appointment slots each day, so please contact our Service Centers to secure your spot before we completely fill up.

Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Final Build Verified – Direct Download

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  • Written on: February 11th, 2011

This morning my staff at Schrock Innovations received the final and official build of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – both the 64-bit and the 32-bit installations.

Schrock will be offering a $45 installation service later today.  This service pack is available on various torrents around the Internet.  Some are legitimate and some are not.  Most are earlier releases relabeled as the final release.

Microsoft will be pushing out the Service Pack on their download website on February 16th and then through Microsoft Update on February 26.

Directly Download the Service Packs From Our Servers

I have uploaded the verified Service Packs to my web server and have made them available for download now.

This will be a direct HTTP download.  No ads, no modifications, no verification codes, just click the link and save the file to your computer.

How to Download the Service Pack Now

NO ONE is doing this online at the moment, so to help keep my bandwidth costs under control I am asking for a $5.00 PayPal donation to obtain the direct one-time download link.

This is NOT a charge for the Service Pack its self.  Service Packs are available FREE from Microsoft if you are willing to wait until the 16th.

To obtain your single-use download link, Click the Donate button below.  You will receive a download link immediately after your purchase.




Your Computer is Vulnerable to the Latest Hack Attack – Unless you Have Norton 360

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  • Written on: February 1st, 2011

Most computer users try to be safe when they are online.  Many people won’t open emails from people they don’t know.  Some only go to websites they know they can trust.

But if you think you are safe online because you are careful, think again.

Microsoft has announced a new security vulnerability was discovered that allows hackers to install malware on any computer from Windows XP up through Windows 7 and all you have to do is visit a website to infect yourself.

This means that you (and 900 million other people) just became a target and all the hackers have to do is get you tto visit an infected website, deliver an infected ad to your computer, or just wait for you to make one fatal typo in your browser’s address bar.

How Can my Computer be Attacked?

With this specific vulnerability an attacker needs to get your browser to load something from an infected website.  Some possible ways your computer could be infected include:

  • You click on a link in an email taking your to the infected website
  • A trusted website displays an advertisement from an infected website
  • You mistakenly type an incorrect URL in your address bar
  • Your visiting crazy Uncle stupidly just goes to the site an infects your computer

Once your computer is attacked it can sit for hours, days or even weeks before exhibiting signs of infection.

What Do I Need to Do to Stay Safe?

It is always a good idea to employ the safe computing practices I listed at the beginning of this article.

The only security software that Schrock Innovations recommends for its customers is Norton 360 because it is literally the only software program that we have installed for our customers that keeps them safe.

In fact, if you are running Norton 360 you don’t have to worry about the vulnerability discussed in this article at all because Norton has already covered it for you.

If you are not running Norton and want to switch to keep your computer safe, Schrock Innovations has Norton 360 on sale through February 6, 2011.

For only $79.99 Schrock will log into your computer over the Schrock Desk remote support service, clean any infections in your computer, install Norton 360 and configure it for only $79.99!

Contact Schrock Innovations to take advantage of this special offer before it runs out!

Compute This Radio Show on KFAB Lands Top Ratings Spot in Omaha

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  • Written on: January 26th, 2011

The most recent radio ratings came in earlier this month and our KFAB Compute This radio show in Omaha Nebraska dominated the competition.

Before we saw the ratings the staff at Clear Channel warned us that typically it takes a couple of ratings periods for a new show to catch on.

With that as a precursor, you can understand why I was thrilled to learn that Schrock Innovations has the #1 rated program in our time slot!

Comparing From Then to Now

Having the #1 show doesn’t mean much if the time slot was #1 before you got there in the first place.  KFAB pulls great ratings – the best in Omaha – so it was important that we check our current results against how the station did in the last ratings period before we came on the air.

In the previous ratings book, KFAB was #2 in our time slot with an average of 23,000 listeners at any given point in time.

After our show aired for a mere 13 weeks, KFAB jumped to #1 in the time slot with an average of 36,000 listeners at any given point in time!  If what they told me is in fact true, we should see these numbers continue to rise in the next book as Compute This! matures in the Omaha radio market.

Thank you Listeners and Callers!

I want to take a moment to thank all of our great listeners and callers that make Compute This what it is on KFAB and on KFOR (where we have held the top ratings in our time slot for 7 consecutive YEARS).  Without you we would not have a show!

Compute This! is a weekly call in show that airs in Lincoln on KFOR 1240 AM at 10:00 AM and on Sunday in Omaha on 1110 KFAB from 7-8 AM.  Both shows are live and listeners can call in to the shows and get help with their computers.

If you have missed Compute This!  you can also download individual shows on Schrock Innovations’ website or you can subscribe to the iTunes podcast.

Schrock Innovations Welcomes Tim Meyer to the Web Development Team

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  • Written on: December 8th, 2010

Schrock Innovations announced today that Tim Meyer has been hired to assist in the development of the company’s growing web services division.

Tim had been working with Schrock for the past several months as a contractor, but earned a permanent position with the organization after demonstrating mastery of a wide range of skills.

“It is really rare to find a single person who can do it all,” Thor Schrock, CEO of Schrock Innovations said.  “Tim can code with the best of them, crack a quick graphic when he needs to and still have time to return calls, assist clients, and keep everything rolling.”

Schrock Innovations is pursuing an intense web development schedule in 2011 that includes items such as:

  • Development of video tutorial products
  • Beta testing a new work flow management system
  • Aggressively pursuing local hosting clients who are being undeserved
  • Increasing the frequency and quality of communications with existing clients
  • Refining Schrock’s existing web design packages to improve service levels

Welcome aboard Tim!  You have a lot of work to do 🙂

Todd Rose Decorative Concrete Honored in Trade Publication

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  • Written on: November 30th, 2010

In 2008 we opened a new Service Center in Lincoln, NE and we needed someone who could work some concrete magic for us.

Todd Rose Decorative Concrete put in a floor, a concrete reception desk and concrete display counters.  These guys did things with concrete that I didn’t even know you could do!

Here’s a mash-up of what they did in one short week:

Today I learned that they also were honored in a trade publication featuring some of their work in Lincoln, Omaha and across the state of Nebraska!

The first time I met Todd he had some big ideas and a lot of motivation to get where he was going. It is amazing that he has been able to accomplish as much as he has with an economy as uncooperative as this one is.

It is a testiment to the kind of man Todd is and the kind of Company he runs. I would strongly recommend Todd Rose Decorative Concrete to any of my friends or business associates!

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