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Linux installs to revive older computers and make new computers better!

I believe I am the only person in this area [Rapid City and surrounding] offering an installation of Linux Mint or any other Linux operating system on older [or new] laptop and desktop computers.
Some utilities of Windows 7 are out of date and will no longer be updated. Earlier versions of Windows are out of date completely and are actually dangerous to use because of outdated security. Hackers love to find computers with the Vista operating system still loaded. Below is a list from Microsoft’s website that shows even some releases of Win 10 are not being supported anymore!

Instead of Windows 10 try Linux! Windows is still subject to many threats online and packed full of features that only clog up the works for most people. Linux is clean, free and simple, user-friendly – and very important no advertising!

Linux operating systems are great for computers that have an outdated Windows installed and can no longer upgrade to Win 10 due to the older hardware. It is great for people who have a lot of trouble with malware and scams.

Linux operating systems, like Linux Mint, are distributed for free!

I charge $45 for installation and basic training for the Linux OS,
*AND transfer documents [photos, and other user files]*
*AND include an hour lesson to get familiar with Linux as well as set up the web browser for use with email, Facebook, etc. * All for $45.00.

If after using it, and you’ve already tried my assistance – if you still don’t like it we can put Windows back on the computer. I will charge only $40 to restore your computer back to Windows. *I do not recommend ever putting an older version of Windows back on your computer, but if you really want to revert back, you can or it would be a good time to buy an upgrade license. Did you know if you buy a license for windows 10 – you can use it on your next computer if you need to. Only one at a time, but it is transferable.

Please call with any questions or to set up an appointment to learn more.

I recommend Linux Mint for first time Linux users, it is similar in appearance to Windows, with a start [menu] button, icons and shortcuts. Installing a printer on Windows takes 20 to 40 minutes. Installing on Linux Mint takes 7 minutes. We do have to check and be sure your printer is compatible.

A wonderful feature of Linux is you can try it out without actually changing anything. You can try it to see how it looks and if it will work for you – before you make up your mind.

For more information please call or email me or send me a message on Facebook.

Mia Koenig

Windows 10 version history Date of availability End of service
Windows 10, version 1803 April 30, 2018 November 12, 2019
Windows 10, version 1709 October 17, 2017 April 9, 2019
Windows 10, version 1703 April 5, 2017 October 9, 2018
*******Windows 10, version 1607 August 2, 2016 April 10, 2018
*******Windows 10, version 1511 November 10, 2015 October 10, 2017
*******Windows 10, released July 2015 (version 1507) July 29, 2015

Schedule from the website:


pretending to be YouTube

Here’s a fun attempt at scamming. Do not click – Use web mail – not a mail program such as outlook and laugh at the bad grammar, spelling and other clues that this is a scam. If you do click on any link in these messages – you will not be taken to youtube. Check out the email that shows – “wanadoo?” Lol. That’s not very professional – unless the ‘company’ name is ‘wanadoo.’ It gave me a laugh this morning. youtube

Why did my computer fail?

I’ve been asked many times by customers, “Why did my computer fail?” There are many reasons – first it was built by humans and it’s not designed to last for ever. Just like washing machines, and refrigerators. There are many other reasons, including below. This motherboard became corroded after being used in a humid basement for the summer.

Thoughts for the coming holidays

May my plate have on it, only what I need to survive.
May all being’s plates have on them what is needed to survive.
May my ‘table’ be surrounded only by positive energy coming from
compassionate people whom have let go their anger and attachments.
May I be able to remain in the present, and obtain true wisdom for all
May I be a light for compassion that will spread through all beings.
~Karma Sherab Drolma

There is a reason why they want this.

Sites that want your street address and birth date just to register and post a comment, might as well ask for your first born.

I got a Walmart gift card

Wow! Look at the saving from my last online walmart order! Impressive, isn’t it?


Facebook spoofing email

This email is not from Facebook! Facebook does not send messages like this. One way to tell is to hover your mouse over the links in the email. The web browser will display where the link is taking you. This was going no where near FaceBook. 


I assist and teach people to get done what they want to get done on their computer, tablets, and smartphones. I am a software expert 🙂 I have had my own business doing this and a little production art since 1996. Most of my clients become repeat customers. They call for help with their technology if something is wrong or if they just want help to learn how to do something new.

If someone doesn’t want to or is not able to learn how to do something themselves, [usually because they just don’t have time] I do it for them, sending email, typing, spreadsheets, databases, printing out Christmas lists, even filing papers in files. I have been a contractor for city government and privately owned business to complete special projects including data gathering and report completion.

So many things need to be done or are easier to get done online, on a computer or other device, I help get things completed for people who don’t have a computer of their own. I troubleshoot, can make some repairs, set up simple home networks and fix computers and owners after malware attacks. Most of my clients are older adults, but anyone that needs assistance with any program or issue they have with technology, I can help.

The True Sound of Truth

A devoted meditator, after years concentrating on a particular mantra, had attained enough insight to begin teaching. The student’s humility was far from perfect, but the teachers at the monastery were not worried.

A few years of successful teaching left the meditator with no thoughts about learning from anyone; but upon hearing about a famous hermit living nearby, the opportunity was too exciting to be passed up.

The hermit lived alone on an island at the middle of a lake, so the meditator hired a man with a boat to row across to the island. The meditator was very respectful of the old hermit. As they shared some tea made with herbs the meditator asked him about his spiritual practice. The old man said he had no spiritual practice, except for a mantra which he repeated all the time to himself. The meditator was pleased: the hermit was using the same mantra he used himself — but when the hermit spoke the mantra aloud, the meditator was horrified!

“What’s wrong?” asked the hermit.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m afraid you’ve wasted your whole life! You are pronouncing the mantra incorrectly!”

“Oh, Dear! That is terrible. How should I say it?”

The meditator gave the correct pronunciation, and the old hermit was very grateful, asking to be left alone so he could get started right away. On the way back across the lake the meditator, now confirmed as an accomplished teacher, was pondering the sad fate of the hermit.

“It’s so fortunate that I came along. At least he will have a little time to practice correctly before he dies.”

Just then, the meditator noticed that the boatman was looking quite shocked, and turned to see the hermit standing respectfully on the water, next to the boat.

“Excuse me, please. I hate to bother you, but I’ve forgotten the correct pronunciation again. Would you please repeat it for me?”

“You obviously don’t need it,” stammered the meditator; but the old man persisted in his polite request until the meditator relented and told him again the way he thought the mantra should be pronounced.
The old hermit was saying the mantra very carefully, slowly, over and over, as he walked across the surface of the water back to the island.


How to help your new SSD have the longest life possible

How to help your new SSD have the longest life possible

The Solid State Drives are immune to dropping and wear-and-tear that can crash a hard drive.

SSDs still need care and maintenance.
Flash RAM is the storage technology used by SSDs. Every time you write to flash RAM, it uses up some of its life, and brings closer the day it fails.

One website states that an SSD will last 1.5 to 1.6 million hours. As you can see, MTBF [Mean Time Before Failure] refers to the failure rate of a drive over its expected lifetime. This doesn’t mean a 1.2 million hour MTBF drive will last 1.2 million hours, and a 1.5m MTBF drive will last 1.5 million hours (that’s 136 to 171 years by the way)

In the case of the Intel 335, the 1.2 million hour MTBF means that if the drive is used at an average of 8 hours a day, a population of 1000 SSDs would be expected to have one failure every 150 days, or about twice a year. The Samsung 830 is expected to have one failure every 187.5 days. However not all drives are tested to the same standards.

Still it will take many sessions of ‘writing’ before that happens. If you avoid unnecessary writing, your SSD will probably last until you want to replace it with something better. You can avoid unnecessary writing by turning off these Windows settings.

An extremely fragmented hard drive can slow down a PC, but fragmentation is irrelevant on an SSD. Worse, it writes all over the place. It is best to turn automatic Defragmentation off.

Is a cache-like Windows feature that’s supposed to improve performance. It didn’t really help all that much with hard drives and it actually slows down SSDs as it wears them down.
To disable Superfetch, search and select services.msc. In the resulting Services window, scroll down to and double-click on Superfetch. Pull down the Startup type menu and select Disabled.

When you put a Windows PC into the energy-saving sleep mode, it still uses some electricity. When you hibernate it, you shut down the hardware entirely.
But hibernation also copies everything in RAM to the C: drive–wearing out the SSD just a little bit.
You can simply not hibernate. Or, to be safe, you can disable it. If you’re using Windows 7, follow Microsoft’s instructions. In Windows 8, don’t worry about it; hibernation is disabled by default.

Turn Off Virtual Memory
This can speed up your machine, but may reduce how many programs you can run at once. It may not be needed anymore as SSD’s have improved since they first came out.