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27 November 2017 @ 09:51 pm
Computer realities that we haven't faced in years  
Met with a professional IT guy today.  I showed him our computers and described what we expected for the project and the approximate timeline we were looking at. His feedback was not too encouraging.  He described our computer upgrade as a "big" project due to the number of machines, the way they're scattered throughout the building, and the absolute rat's nest of cords and wires he'd have to sort through as he worked to get everything up and running.  He highly doubted he'd be able to complete the work in the two-day window proposed by the store owners.

Of course, a large-scale project comes with a matching price tag.  He's e-mailing a quote sometime tonight, but based on his hourly rate I really doubt we'll be able to afford him.  He looked at our computers for about two hours today and couldn't get the printer/copier back online, so tomorrow I'm to look into getting replacement routers from AT&T in hopes that this will kick the network back into submission.

I knew the diagnosis for the main overhaul would not be good, but I hoped fixing the relatively small issue of getting the network running would be easy, that I'd overlooked something stupid and this IT man would swoop in and flip a switch and make it all run again.  I guess life can't always be so simple.
 
 
 

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