There are many things that can cause a computer to slow down over time. If you have an older computer that still uses mechanical drives (versus solid state drives) you may need to defragment your drive. Solid state drives do not require defragmentation--in fact, it is recommended that you never defragment them.  You may also have a lot of "garbage" files clogging up your system--temporary, cache, or log files can generally be deleted. There are free programs out there that will do this for you quickly and easily. One of the best free programs is CCleaner (Crap Cleaner). If none of this helps, then check your Power Profile settings.

Windows 10 has "power profiles" that will reduce the speed of your computer, and its performance, when it decides that you don't need to be running at full speed. As an example, my 3.5gHz processor was running at 800 mHz because of this setting! My Power Plan was set to "Power Saver", how it got set there is anybody's guess, but I suspect that Microsoft automatically set it there during one of their many updates. After I changed it to High Performance my system was running at full speed again, and performance improved dramatically during directory accesses and file transfers.  A simple setting, but it can cause a big drop in performance--check it first!

(Note: This tip was written for Windows 10, but may be applicable to other operating systems as well.)

What A 2-Year Old Can Teach You about Sales

If there's anyone who knows how to get what they want with a fairly high success rate--it's a 2-year old! So what can a 2-year old teach you about sales?


You'll often get your desired result just by "being loud" --make sure your message is heard often, and by people who are in a position to take the action you desire them to take.  Whether it's changing your diaper, or buying your product--make sure you're heard!

2) If you want a cookie, ask for it!

If you want the sale--ask for it!

3) Threaten to throw a tantrum if you don't get your way!

Okay, so not exactly that! But do make them fear the consequences of their inaction. Limited time offer, special bonuses for quick action, and so on.

4) Don't bite other people, they may bite you back!

Be polite--even if you don't get the sale.

5} Sometimes you have to share to get what you want.

If you know someone who might benefit from your prospect's products or services--share, it will help you build your relationship with them.

6) Play often, but make sure you get enough naps.

Take time to enjoy life outside of work, and be sure to get enough sleep. You can't sell if you're tired and depressed.

7) If you know the person's name--use it!

2-year olds, and babies, know that calling specifically for "mommy" or "daddy" is more effective than bawling their heads off. Know the person you are dealing with.  Are they the "decision-maker" or not? It makes more sense to "bawl" at the decision-maker, than their underling.

8) If you have to do something you don't like to do--find a way to make it fun--bring your toys!

Doing paperwork is boring, listening to music makes it more tolerable.

9) You have to put up with some pain, or inconveniences, before you can get the lollipop--but it's worth it!

Copyright 2014 John M. Hanevy



Harry didn't understand it, it made absolutely no sense. One day he was relaxing peacefully in his cabin by the lake without a care in the world, the next he was halfway around the world with no clue how he got there, or why. All he knew was he felt a sharp smack on the back of his skull, and then nothing until he woke up. Harry didn't do drugs, wasn't a gambler, and had no enemies--at least none that he knew of. So, why? Harry didn't know for sure, but he had his suspicions.



This section of the blog is for anyone who would like to try their hand at writing. I will start the story off, then leave an "opening" where others, or myself, can add to the story. The idea is to keep the story going "forever" by always leaving room for someone else to add to the story. The following illustrates the process for those not familiar with "never-ending" stories.


As an example:

Once upon a time, there was...

the next writer would add to it (as an example):

a little girl who had magical powers. She could... :

the next writer would describe one or more of her powers, and then leave another "opening" so that the story can continue.

If it looks like the story is "ended"-- no one is participating any longer--a new thread will be started, and a new story will begin.


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