A collection of columns by Mike Smothers, president of Smothers Computer Services in Ahwatukee Foothills.

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So it is the "most wonderful time of the year" and everyone is trying to make their Christmas gift-giving dollar go as far as it can go, mysel…

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I love autumn in Arizona. As Emily Bronte once wrote, "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree" (you guys thought I was…

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A longtime client e-mailed me to ask if I recommended having a certain program run on a scheduled basis. The program happened to be a registry…

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I normally like to inject some humor into this column but, occasionally, there are topics that need to be discussed that are very serious. Suc…

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When my wife and I were first dating about 11 years ago, I was like any other guy in my efforts to impress her with my superior knowledge of e…

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I was reminiscing the other day about my high school days and how things have changed since those glorious times. We didn’t have computers, e-…

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These days everyone seems to be divulging some deeply held secrets from their past; some events hidden from the public eye for fear the revela…

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I need to apologize to the guy in the cool looking blue Mustang convertible at the corner of Piedmont and 48th streets the other day. I truly …

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It has been my experience that parakeets, and many birds for that matter, resist change. Give them a new toy, and they will get up in the fart…

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I received a call the other day that went something like this; “Hi Mike? Do you guys do exorcisms?”

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The beginning of a new year is a very special time of reflection on where you are headed and what progress has been made toward reaching your …

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There are some computer issues we see repeatedly when repairing computers for our clients. Some are quite common, as in files that will not op…

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I have just returned from working on my first Windows 7 computer and I have one word for my experience; WOW! But, I am not one of those Techno…

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There are two guys everyone should know and trust: your car mechanic and your computer guy. Both of these people can take you to the cleaners …

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I love summers in Phoenix, I truly do.  When the thermometer starts to rise, the roads are less crowded, greens fees are back to "normal", sho…

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While sitting in my office pondering the meaning of life, I had some random thoughts about how our lives have been changed by the computer.

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While sitting in my office pondering the meaning of life, I had some random thoughts about how our lives have been changed by the computer.

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The other day I was talking to one of our more philosophical clients and he said, "You know Mike, what takes a lifetime to compile can be dest…

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February is upon us and it is time for spring cleaning to rid us of the trash that has accumulated over time and made it tough to get in the garage.

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Now that your Christmas tree has been recycled, you have had your neighbor over to help hook up your newest electronic gismo and the out-of-to…

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Since the digital camera first became available to consumers in the mid-1990s, they have been used to record pictures of everything from the f…

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The other day I saw an amusing bumper sticker that read: "As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing."

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The Pessimists Club subscribes to the notion that if you plan to fail, you surely will. I would like to add, that if you fail to plan, your fa…

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