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Updated: 09/10/13    
     
THE BOTTLE OF WINE

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.

As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.

With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.

'What's in the bag?' asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, 'It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband.'

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two.  Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said:

'Good trade.....'  
   
     

 

"Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.  The presidency is less an office than a performance."

   President Harry Truman
   (1884 - 1972)

 

     
       
Think you have command over your body?  Try this....while sitting down, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it.    
 
 
 

 

       
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.        
               
         

 

    

Destin Richter, Aventure Technology, Tribal Software, Tribal Court, Tribal Court Software, Computer Software Services, Microsoft Access Database Design, Satellite Internet Connection,  Native American Tribes, Pueblos Indians, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Computer Help, Software Help, Computer Support, Software Support, Computer Services, Access Training, Telephone Support, Computer Guru
Latest Update - 7/28/08

   
 

Seasons Greetings! 

I put out a letter once in awhile to bring you an update on a variety of issues. The format is designed to highlight just some key issues, and avoid bogging you down with technical matters. Some of the free software mentioned here can be found at www.tribal-software.com under Downloads.  Feel free to forward this letter to anyone who could use the information.

Phone Changes & Billing InformationóSanta Fe callers can still use 466-6125; my cell phone is Albuquerque based and long distance to Santa Fe (505-450-9300).  Alternatively, you can use the toll-free number at 866-945-2211. To keep billing costs low, consider having me remote into your computer to save on transit time and costs. Also, some remote work may take place out of state and get billed by our Nevada office to avoid the cost of local state sales taxes.

Remote AccessóIt is now our standard method for computer support, and Iíve a simple way for you to set this up if you are interested. This feature can be enabled on any system and will also allow you to access your computer if you are traveling away from home. The product itself is free and can be setup with or without my help.

Antivirus and Anti-Spyware SoftwareóCheck with me at least once a year so you donít pay out money unnecessarily for Norton, McAfee, etc., as I am usually able to find excellent products that cost nothing. If it is time to update your antivirus software, or if your trial-ware on a new computer is expiring, email me for a free download and save yourself the typical annual subscription. This goes for anti-spyware software too. Consider running a manual scan every few months just in case your virus checkerís automatic schedule gets bumped for some reason. Virus and spyware attacks can be expensive, and your periodic attention on this will save you money and time.

Image ResizingóMany of you have mastered the art of downsizing your images. There are free products to do this both for Windows XP and Windows Vista; contact me if you need one, or go to the Downloads section of this website.  Donít be among those who unknowingly send 10 megabyte images over email; itís a skill that takes less than 5 minutes to learn.

Surge SuppressionóPurchasing a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for $50 is excellent insurance against power surges and blackouts. These are usually more robust than a simple surge arrest power strip. Most office stores will carry them, and you donít need to install the software that comes with it Ė just plug in your computer, monitor, modem and/or router, and youíre done. Donít plug in printers and other non-essential devices as they can drain the battery unnecessarily.

Buying a new computer? As of this letter, the minimum specs to shop for include 2GB (gigabytes) of RAM (but aim for 3 or 4 if you can), a 160GB hard drive, a 2GHz Intel Core2Duo processor and a 512MB video card. Get the best processor you can afford to lengthen the life of your system, but donít feel compelled to pay a premium for the latest and greatest. Usually the best values are a notch or three down from the top. Plan on spending between $900 and $1,200 for a new system with these specs.

Two MonitorsóThe time has come for many of you to consider getting two monitors, 19Ē or above. Most video cards have dual DVI outputs (ask for that) which let you plug in two monitors at once. Your Windows desktop will span across the two side-by-side monitors.  Multitasking becomes easier as you donít have to keep minimizing and maximizing your various windows. Highly recommended if you are seeking optimum working efficiency.

Email BackupóMany of you already have a backup process. If not, do get in touch with me. Itís a painful process to lose valuable data. However, many backups are not catching email and addresses automatically and need to be configured depending on the email client you use (Outlook, Outlook Express, Microsoft Mail, Thunderbird, etc.). Put this on your checklist the next time your computer person comes by.

Windows VistaóAt this point, it wonít be easy to get an XP system anymore unless you buy an XP CD on Ebay or elsewhere. Microsoft has stopped all XP sales and only a few computer manufacturers will sell systems with XP on it. Vista runs about 30% slower than XP, so youíll need a pretty robust machine to keep it running fast. All in all, Vista isnít so bad once you learn the nuances.

MagicJack Ė There is a pretty amazing little hardware device that can give you a working phone number for only $20 a year with free long distance calls to the U.S. and Canada. The MagicJack is slightly larger than a small box of matches, plugs into a USB port, and has a phone jack on the other end to plug in any standard phone. You get a local phone number with it (in major cities at this point) and can make all the long-distance calls you want. Itís an excellent way to replace a second phone line, add a fax line or just have a portable number to complement the minutes you might be putting on your more expensive cell number. It requires a running computer and broadband internet connection to work.  Go to www.magicjack.com for info or send an email to me with questions.


On a personal note, life remains pretty exciting with challenges on many fronts, business and recreational travel here and abroad, experiments with raw food diets and other such ventures.  Dina is wrapping up massage training with the Scherer Institute of Natural Healing, and Iím benefitting from all the ďpracticeĒ she needs to do.  Student massages at Schererís range from $20 to $35 if you are in the mood.

May you continue to enjoy a fulfilling 2008 and create worthy challenges in your experience as a human being on this amazing planet! 

Destin Richter
Aventure Technology, Inc.

505-450-9300 Albuquerque Cell
866-945-2211 Toll-Free

richter@newmexico.com

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