Best Buy Purchases Schrock Innovations

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  • Written on: April 1st, 2007

Syndicate This I have been hinting around for the past few months that something new is coming, and after FINALLY signing the last of the paperwork this morning, I can confirm publicly that Schrock Innovations has been purchased By Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

Current Schrock customers will be able to bring their computers to Schrock’s Lincoln and Omaha Service Centers for the next few months until the Schrock staff is fully integrated into the Geek Squad. Most employees will be absorbed into the Lincoln Geek Squad location, while Omaha employees will be sent to Kansas City to work in the Best Buy software divisions in supporting roles.

So I know the question I am going to get all day long is why did I sell out? Why would I take an established brand name like Schrock Innovations and sell it to Best Buy. How could I subject my customers to standing in line at a window waiting for a computer repair? What about all of the “Modular” computers that we have out there? Who will support them…

These are all questions that will be answered in the coming few days here on this blog. Why did I sell out? There were two primary reasons. First they knew that Schrock Innovations had a service reputation that exceeded all others in Nebraska, so they offered me a BOATLOAD of money to sell.

Secondly, the Geek Squad assured me that my current customers would be given preference in any circumstance that allowed it. By selling my business to Best Buy and the Geek Squad, I am indirectly helping thousands of people in Nebraska that we currently do not reach by training their staff and managers in proper service techniques.

So I guess there is not much else to say. I will be maintaining this blog as a separate website, so please feel free to direct your personal questions and help requests to me using the comments section below.

Thank you for 8 years of great relationships, fun, and success.

New Shoemoney Linkbait!

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  • Written on: April 1st, 2007

Syndicate This For all of you out there who have blogs, linkbait is when you post something on your blog that is so unbelievable, controversial, or outrageous that people “take the bait” and link to it.

Shoemoney is a top 100 blogger and a national Search Engine Optimization (SEO) rock star. On top of all of that, he is located right here in Lincoln, NE.

When I attempted to view his blog earlier this evening, this is what I saw:

Obviously, Shoemoney is a big fan of ABC’s hit series LOST. Nevertheless, the bait was taken by thousands of bloggers and this April Fools joke is just one more example why Shoemoney is one of the best at what he does! Bravo!

Help! The Scrapers are Coming!

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  • Written on: March 31st, 2007

Syndicate This. You might begin to notice that all of my new posts will be beginning with a link that says “Syndicate This.”

As the readership of my blog increases and it climbs in the rankings and search results, more and more people are taking the content that I write and using it on their own blogs.

Don’t get me wrong, I will gladly allow anyone (well almost anyone) to take any part of this blog and reproduce it on their blog. The only thing I ask is that they shoot me a link back so people know where the content came from.

The honest bloggers out there do this anyway, but the automated content scrappers do not. While the link is ugly, it will get scraped like the rest of my content and credit will be given.

Netflix Has to Be the Most Convient Way to Rent DVDs Without Late Fees

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  • Written on: March 31st, 2007

If you have even been charged a single late fee from a video rental store, you HAVE to try Netflix. My wife and I have been watching movies and TV shows from Netflix for over a year now, and I have to say that Netflix is head an shoulders above anything that Blockbuster or Hollywood Video have to offer.

Since our son Jacob started appreciating the Baby Einstein videos, we have had a non-stop stream of DVDs form Netflix that have taught him everything from sign language to where his nose is. Those videos are a life saver, and Blockbuster doesn’t even carry them.

With Netflix you pay a fixed monthly price (I pay $4.99 a month) and you get to have up to two DVDs at a given time. You can watch them at your leisure, and then simply insert them into the provided paper envelope and drop them in the mail when you are done watching them. They even pay the return postage!

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Schrock Innovations Signs on With TradeBank

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  • Written on: March 31st, 2007

I signed the final paperwork today on a deal that should prove to be very interesting. Schrock Innovations is now accepting the TradeBank card for website development services. TradeBank is a barter system that uses “trade dollars” as a substitute currency so that businesses can trade their services for other services they need.

In many other barter systems, it can be difficult to seal a trade deal because two people need to have products and services which they are each interested in. TradeBank solves that problem with their “trade dollars.” For example, if Schrock Innovations develops a website for a TradeBank client, that client can pay Schrock in “trade dollars” which are deposited into a quasi-cash account just like at a bank.

Within 24 hours of signing on with TradeBank we have inked a deal for one website and have a solid lead on a second one. It is almost like having an online business manager seeking out customers for us!

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Is There a Place to List a “Baby Delay” in Microsoft Project?

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  • Written on: March 30th, 2007

For those of you who have been following the development of our new Maintenance Checkup Home Edition Version 2, you might know that the lead developer on the project, Adam McKee, has been expecting his first daughter any day now.

I just received a phone call that the new database structure for the project might be a couple days late because his 6 pound 2 ounce daughter was just born in Omaha.

Congratulations Adam and Bobbie! Thankfully, Bobbie had the good sense to shut down Adam’s name choice of Optimus Prime for the much more reasonable “Lillian Rose.” We love you Adam, but Optimus?!?!

So for those of you waiting with baited breath (and you know who you are ) for the next big Beta tester update, you might want to find something else to do this weekend, as the update will be delayed until mid week next week. Adam’s got some other structures and systems to figure out in the meantime 😉

The Truck is Home Again!

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  • Written on: March 30th, 2007

I had never realized how much my family depends on having two vehicles available until my truck had to go into the body shop for 10 days and my wife graciously shared her minivan with me.

During the last blizzard (yes the one two days before the 70-degree weather) I chose to drive my truck into the office to complete a computer for a customer who HAD to have the PC back that day so he could leave town.

In retrospect, it was not the wisest choice I have made in a while, but I thought my 4-wheel-drive and good tires would keep me safe and get me where I needed to be. Technically, the truck did great getting me where I needed to go. I managed to make the typically 15-minute drive in just under an hour. I completed the computer and took advantage of the quiet time in the office to catch up on emails and do some blogging and development work.

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Great Learning Opportunity at PMMOL Nebraska Seminar Last Night

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  • Written on: March 29th, 2007

Last night I attended the People Making Money Online Meetup at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln. Jeremy “Shoemoney” Shoemaker was the featured speaker on the subject of Search Engine Optimization and You. Jeremy is a top rated blogger in the field and is extremely knowledgeable on the cutting edge trends in online promotion.

It is rare that you can attend a Shoemoney event for less than $2,000 and a plane ticket to a nice destination, so being able to attend a local event in Lincoln, NE was an opportunity I could not pass up.

A lot of the techniques that Jeremy covered are things that the Schrock Innovations Web Development Team already employs for our website customers, however there were a few new things I learned that can really make a difference in a hard-fought race for a top search engine ranking position.
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Smart Computing Magazine Hits Subscribers – Schrock Article on Spyware Included

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  • Written on: March 27th, 2007

The latest edition of Smart Computing Magazine is hitting subscribers today and my article on how to remove Spyware from your PC got front cover attention this month.

I have a featured article in this month’s Smart Computing magazine on page 39 that tells you in a step-by-step way how to remove malware from your computer using the free programs AdAware and Spybot Search and Destroy.

Smart Computing is a great magazine for people who love their computers but are not geeks. If you are not a subscriber, I would highly recommend you look into it!

New Compute This Show Posted – Sad Story, MCHE Update, and Your Calls

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  • Written on: March 26th, 2007

The latest Compute This show has been posted on our Compute This page.

We had another awesome show on Saturday where we talked about a truly sad story of a little girl who was shunned in an American Girl doll hair salon for bringing in a “fake” doll to have its hair styled.

We also announced that we have released another major update to the beta version of our MCHE software. This new update further reduced the number of false detections and also fixed a number of small glitches that were complicating the update process.

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