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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Your help is needed once again for a special project.
From Paul Stramer
I have put off writing this post for too long now.
When I started the www.annavonreitz.com website over 2 years ago now, I was using a Dell Dimension E510 running Windows XP professional with service pack 3. When I bought that machine in 2005 it was pretty racy. With 4 GB of Ram and just under 300 Megs of storage we got by very nicely. By today's standards and Windows 10 operating systems it's an antique by any measure.
I am still using that machine to write this letter.
But now, with all this extra work, and the fact that Microsoft has stopped supporting that operating system, which in turn, caused some of the software companies for the programs I am using to stop supporting any upgrades for their programs running on XP, I am faced with several very exasperating problems.
For one thing, there are no more security fixes or upgrades for either functionality or security holes in the XP operating system platform. That means they are no longer writing lines of code to plug holes that hackers use to steal passwords and private information on this machine.
Some of the drivers are out of date and there is no way to update those either.
Also some of the programs I have been using such as Google Chrome will no longer get updates for their browser when they are running on XP.
This not only leaves loopholes that hackers can jump through, but it slows down the operation, and some websites that are running upgraded secure systems can not be reached at all.
I have been running another laptop with Windows 7, which is still supported until 2020, to post the notices to the AWeber email system, because it's one that runs upgraded security. In order to do that I must create the notice and then send it by email to another account that I can get on the Windows 7 machine, then post it to AWeber. There are many other unnecessary steps I am doing because of this problem that cost me lots of time and frustration.
The solution to all these problems is to upgrade to a new primary computer.
Since the work load has doubled in the last 6 months or so, I am now spending between 6 and 10 hours per day on the computer doing this publishing work for Anna, and the website work to keep my online business pages updated. I am also moderating the blog which is getting far more traffic and comments than last year.
I have asked a friend in Salt Lake City to spec out a new machine with the computing power I need to keep this effort going for the next 15 years or so. At least that is how long I expect Microsoft to support Windows 10 judging by how long XP was being supported.
He came up with a design for a custom build that will run the new programs and keep all the drivers and programs updated, and I have added a couple of things to his recommendations, like dual monitors, and a 4 Terabyte external backup hard drive. I have also added dual solid state internal drives with a raid backup system.
I have a fiber optic connection right to my home. Right now I am using that fire hose, to try to fill a teacup.
I would like to have a black hole to work on. In other words the fiber optic connection can run 20 times faster than the computer I am using. With the new machine I won't ever be waiting on the computer, and pages will load from the Internet like they are coming in from my drive instead.
That will increase my productivity by many times, and make it possible to run some new programs that will greatly enhance the effectiveness of this Internet part of our educational effort.
The problem is the cost. The unit I would have built is priced at $2200.
I would greatly appreciate some help with that project, and I have created a special PayPal button just for that project. I am calling it Computer Upgrade Project. Here is the PayPal button.