New Computer Hardware & Software
Posted: October 19, 2012
As time passed this year, I knew that I would be faced with the challenge of trying to become more technologically literate. Now that we are heading into the last 10 weeks of 2012, time is of the essence to start the learning curve that I promised myself I would do by the end of the calendar year.
This month marks the 24th anniversary as owner of The Bottom Line. Although many other small business owners have become more adept at working on a computer, my office still runs a 2002 version of Adobe Pagemaker and keeps its subscriber list on Q&A Software, which is so outdated that it hasn't been used for nearly 20 years.
When I called the local computer technicians to visit my office so I could show them how I produce this weekly publication, I was glad they didn't break into laughter. Apparently, it's not a common problem anymore to transfer data from pre-1990 software into a useable format on new computer hardware. Fortunately, they looked at my situation as a challenge and were undaunted as they spent a considerable amount of time researching the dilemma.
There are other issues I will face in the next few months. For instance, once I get the new computer hardware and software installed, my office manager, Tammy, and I, will both need to learn how to use the equipment. I'm not worried about Tammy's ability to adapt. But I am a little nervious about my self-imposed constraints on learning how to do new things on a computer.
The intended goal of all of this is to get The Bottom Line completely online. This way, subscribers can either continue receiving the printed version and have access to the online information. Or, they can just get an online subscription. It's obviously not rocket science since just about every other publication in the world is online. But as a guy who only writes and talks for a living, I know I'll have to be patient as I attempt to do something I haven't done in 20 years: Learn something new on a computer.
Then, when all is said and done, I will need to decide how I can best deliver The Bottom Line to its subscribers through the U.S. Postal Service. As the months wind down before the bulk mail processing facility closes in Eau Claire, I will next be challenged with being sure that the newsletter is received in a timely fashion through the mail.
But that problem is still a few weeks away. In the meantime, I just hope the local computer consultants I've hired know what they're getting into.