Music from Tim Malugin

Update!
my new album is now available to purchase on Amazon, Apple Music or listen on Spotify

Hi y’all!  Just wanted to add a new post to my website letting you know that I am working on new music and should have some songs ready to post to my music site at http://mecomputerservices.com//tims-music-pages before long.  Right now I have some of my older songs available for purchase.  Help me out by purchasing a song or two to help me out with my recording cost.  I also have some of my albums available if you never did get one.  Every little bit helps.

Which Is Your Favorite – Capitol or Parlophone “Rubber Soul”?

The Beatles have been one of my favorite bands for a long time, but recently I have been listening to them almost exclusively. Everyone who is a Beatles fan has their own favorite song or album. I have been thinking about that and have decided that my favorite album is the Capitol version of Rubber Soul. The feel, the acoustic vibe & the selection of songs are in my opinion second to none. Why you ask?

First of all, the feel of the album is upbeat and easy going. The Beatles had rocked the world with a new sound and flavor that has not then, nor will ever be duplicated again. In my opinion, the band was saying that there was more to them than some mop headed, screaming rock & roll band. This was the turning point in my opinion and there would be no Sgt. Pepper if not for Rubber Soul. Observe the differences in the British & American versions:

Parlophone (U.K.)
1. Drive My Car
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
3. You Won’t See Me
4. Nowhere Man
5. Think For Yourself
6. The Word
7. Michelle
8. What Goes On
9. Girl
10. I’m Looking Through You
11. In My Live
12. Wait
13. If I Needed Someone
14. Run For Your Life

Capitol (U.S)
1. I’ve Just Seen a Face
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
3. You Won’t See Me
4. Think For Yourself
5. The Word
6. Michelle
7. It’s Only Love
8. Girl
9. I’m Looking Through You
10. In My Life
11. Wait
12. Run For Your Life

I know that The Beatles intent was the Parlophone version, and that they were unhappy about what Capitol was doing by mixing and arranging the songs in an American way and by changing the song order (less tracks and a different configuration), but adding “I’ve Just Seen a Face” & “It’s Only Love” from Parlophone’s Help! LP & deleting “Drive My Car”, “Nowhere Man”, “What Goes On” & “If I Needed Someone” from it’s Parophone counterpart I think was a stroke of genius and kept the flow mellow.
I am a fan of acoustic music, and most of my favorite songs are recorded that way. These songs are not hidden behind electric guitars and orchestral arrangements and the vocals are clear and powerful. The false start on “I’m Looking Through You” gives the impression that you are in the room with Paul as he is recording the track. John’s sucking in of breath on “Girl” is just downright cool. Not every song on the album is acoustic, but it’s predominately so.

“I’ve Just Seen a Face” is a perfect way to begin the album. It is upbeat and fun and sets the tone for what’s to come. It just seems to fit with the majority of the songs on Rubber Soul and I think it was a great addition. “In My Life” is probably one of the greatest songs ever written and has been covered by some of the greatest performers. George’s contribution, “Think for Yourself” gives pause for thought and showcases his ability to write something other than a love song. There is a definite lean towards folk rock on the American version of Rubber Soul and I think that’s what gives it its appeal.

Overall, Rubber Soul is a must have for any Beatles fan. In my opinion, it’s the best Beatles studio album ever. Capitol may have irritated the Beatles with their changes, but this time, they were the ones who got it right.

Star Trek Colors and what they mean to ME Computer Services

I want to take the opportunity to discuss the colors of the Star Trek universe, The Original Series Universe that is, and what those colors signified on the show and what they mean in my business, Malugin Enterprises Computer Services.

01 Star Trek Colors

 

 

The original Star Trek Colors were…

GREEN/GOLD

Command and helm personnel wear Green/Gold.  Captain Kirk, Sulu & Chekov wore these uniforms and were responsible for the command and navigation of the ship.  When wearing the Gold of MECS, our focus is on the following:

  • Training and instruction
  • Discussion with owners/staff members on systems/upgrades needed to improve business
  • Remote Access Troubleshooting & Repair
  • Internet Connections Problems
  • Wired & Wireless Networking – PC or Mac

As Captain Kirk traveled the galaxy exploring strange new worlds, I too am constantly exploring strange new systems and trying to navigate my way through, helping those systems run at peak performance with limited down time.  Training & instruction are hallmarks of successful leadership, and I hope to assist leaders with doing just that in their business/organization.  Information is critical and internet functionality insures the latest information to leaders and staff.  GOLD is considered priceless, and so is what gold represents for our clients at MECS.

BLUE

Science and Medical Personnel wear blue. That was the color of Spock & Dr. McCoy.  Their responsibilities included analyzing data and health of the ship and crew.  When in blue, I assist with the following:

  • Data Backup & Duplication
  • Virus scans and removal
  • Spyware/Adware/Malware protection and removal

Spock was a master of data, and was able to pinpoint exactly how long it would take to do a task, how far it was to the nearest planet,  or if Starfleet had ever encountered a species and if so, how to approach/handle them.  In this same way we try to anticipate what problems a client might encounter and be ahead of those problems by securing data and by providing backup assistance, virus, spyware, adware and malware protection.

Dr. McCoy took care of the health of the crew, and ME Computer Services helps clients who have not kept their systems updated get rid of those bugs that creep in and attack their machines causing them downtime.  ME Computer Services continuing mission is to seek out new life and new civilizations that encroach on businesses and come up with solutions to those encroachments so those businesses won’t end up with the BLUES.

RED

Operations, Engineering, Security Personnel & Communications wear red.  Scotty & Uhura wore this color along with all the security officers on the ship.  Their responsibilities including ship performance, communications and security of the ship.  When in red our focus is on the following:

  • Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  • Set-up & Installation of PC’s/Servers
  • Software upgrades
  • Securing computers/password protection and setting user rights
  • Printers Issues
  • Sluggish PC’s
  • Computer Crashes
  • Hardware installations including; Graphics/Video Cards, Hard Drives, Fans & Heatsinks, Laptop Screens, Network Cards, memory & Power Supplies
  • Temporary File Removal
  • Driver Updates
  • Email Issues
  • Registry Cleaning

Scotty was always called upon to keep the ship running at tip top shape, and expected to complete mission critical task in record time.  There was always an emergency and Scotty always seemed to have the answer.  My hope is that Scotty was following in my footsteps, and that he will look to me as an inspiration when he does all his great work in the future (ha! Ha!).

Uhura was the main communications officer and it was her job to keep communications open at all times.  We depend on our email/phone systems more than ever today and it is our goal to assist clients with doing just the same job as Uhura.

Remember how security was always known in the original series for not making it back from the planet (someone from security seemed to always die in the original series)?  We to are willing to sacrifice our time to come up with solutions that will assist our clients with securing their systems from outside/inside attack of their personal data. To boldly go where no man has gone before… so we don’t lose our cool and end up seeing RED.

Remember, in the infamous words of Spock, Live long and prosper (with Malugin Enterprises Computer Services we help your business, “Live long and prosper”.

Tim Malugin

Owner – Malugin Enterprises Computer Services

Business… The Star Trek Way

Space, The Final Frontier…

Malugin Enterprises Computer Services would like to share a great blog article with you.  Please visit http://www.youngupstarts.com/2009/06/10/the-star-trek-guide-to-entrepreneurship/ for an interesting take on entrepreneurship, the Star Trek way!

 

Backup Solutions

Do you feel safe with your data backup solution?  If not, please allow ME Computer Services the opportunity to speak with you about possible solutions.  Whether you need redundant offsite backup or not, we can help you feel safe about your data and it’s future.

Backups are configurable to automatically back up your critical data to an external data center.  The user may also select any locally attached drive to retain images at no additional cost.  There are several products to choose from dependent on need.  All come with a 30 day no risk trial period and email reports on your backup success/failure.  Let ME Computer Services help you feel safe when it comes to your mission critical data.

Taking Care of Your PC

There are different options to choose when it comes to taking care of your computer, but two of the more obvious are;  do it yourself or let a professional take care of it for you.  If you are tech savvy, then the later choice seems reasonable.  But if the thought of digging into your computer scares the living daylights out of you, then seek a professional.

Show your computer that you really care!

You can stay on top of it yourself and do all the critical updates, keep your protection software up to date, delete unnecessary files & keep your hard drive defragmented.  That is just a mere sample of some of the necessary things you should be constantly doing to get the most out of your investment.  Some may argue that doing these things does not really help the speed or reliability of your computer, but it has been my experience that most of the time doing these simple things dramatically increases the life span of a computer.  Learning how to do these things are not difficult (if you have the knack for it), but if you want to eliminate the stress and headache of keeping up with it, then seek the help of a professional.

Let ME Computer Services be that professional that gives you in the infamous words of  The Eagles, that  “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” that your machine is protected and healthy.  That way you can rest assured that your computer will not fail you in critical times when you need it most.

What type of protection do I need?

There are so many options when it comes to securing you computer that it can seem overwhelming. There are anti-virus, spyware, adware and malware programs as well as all-in-one solutions. How can you deturmine which to choose?

Many of the major providers have all-in-one solutions available. As a rule, these handle a majority of issues that may arise if they are being updated regularly.  However, infection can occur even though you have protection.  The reason is based on several factors including what websites you visit, what email attachments you open (you should only open attachments from trusted sources, and even then, you may get bit) and getting infected in between updates.

There are other software options that you can download/purchase that can help clean these infections once you have them.  There are so many options available that some research may be needed to find what will work for your particular issue.  If you are not comfortable with/or would like help solving issues like these, please give ME a call/text/email and I will be glad to help you get your PC up and running at full capacity again.

tim

Remote Access of Your Computer & Files

Have you ever been visiting with a friend, been out on a job site, or even been at home and wanted to get that file you left on your computer at work.  There are lots of different options available now to help you accomplish this task.  I want to talk about a few including remote access websites, and file sharing sites.

There are many proprietary computer software packages for remote control, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing and file transfer between computers. Some of them include ShowMyPC www.showmypc.com, LogMeIn  www.logmein.com & TeamViewer www.teamviewer.com.  You install these programs on your machines and it allow those machines to communicate with one another with an interface that looks like you are sittin

g right in front of the machine that your are remotely accessing.  With ShowMyPC you must have someone on the PC your are trying to remotely control to generate a password that they give you in order for you to connect (when using the free service).  LogMeIn and TeamViewer will allow you to create a password you can enter from the device you are connecting from to access the machine remotely (with the free service) & Team Viewer even has an app for Android and iPhone.  There are many more options available with the paid services including copying files from one location to the other.

As an alternative for remotely accessing your computer, Web-based file hosting services such as Drop Box www.dropbox.com, uses cloud storage to give the ability to store and share files and folders wit
h others across the Internet using file synchronization, and web-based secure digital file delivery companies such as YouSendIt www.yousendit.com allows secure sending, receiving and tracking of files on demand and uses FTP as an alternative to emailing large attachments.  SugarSync www.sugarsync.com is a service that actively syncs files across computers and other devices and gives you the ability to backup, access, sync and share all of your documents, photos, music and movies and allows the capability of accessing these files from an iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop, or any other device.

If you need help with these or any other pc issues remember ME, ME Computer Services that is…

How to Delete Temporary Internet Files

Every time you view a website, no matter which browser you use, cache (a component that transparently stores data so that future requests for that data can be served faster) files are created in temporary folders on the local computer’s hard disk, so the next time the user visits the cached website, only changed content needs to be downloaded from the Internet; the unchanged data is available in the cache.

This cached data remains on the computer’s hard drive until it is deleted. Therefore, if you want to delete this data, you must know how and where this data is located so that you can accomplish this task. The following is a list of some of the more popular browsers and how to delete these files.

Using The Program to Delete Cache Files (any operating system)

Firefox – 1. Open Mozilla Firefox. 2. To do a quick clear choose Tools and then Clear Recent History. 3. To do a more tailored clear choose Tools, Options, Privacy, Settings and choose what you want to clear there. Then click OK and then OK.

Google Chrome – 1. Open Google Chrome, 2. Click on the Wrench , 3. On the left side of the screen choose Under The Hood, 4. Click Clear Browsing Data, 5. Choose what you want to delete.

Internet Explorer – 1. Open Internet Explorer, 2. Use the pull down Tools or click the Tools Icon and choose Internet Options, 4. Under the General Tab click the Delete button under Browsing History and put a checkmark in the Delete browsing history on exit.

Safari – While in the Safari browser, click on Edit, choose Reset Safari, and then choose the items you want to reset. Currently there is no way to access the actual files when using Safari.

You can also manually clear all cache data by accessing the folder where this data is stored and highlighting and deleting. It is suggested that this should only be done if you have a expert knowledge of these operating systems. Here is where that data is stored:

Location of Cache Files in Windows XP

Firefox – C:Documents and Settings[User Name]Application DataMozillaFirefoxProfiles (it is not suggested to delete files from this directory because all your tweaks will be deleted as well. Use the steps in #1 above to delete cache files)

Google Chrome – C:Documents and Settings [User Name]Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultCache

Internet Explorer – C:Documents and Settings[User Name]Local SettingsTemporary Internet Files

Safari – See Safari instructions above.

 

Location of Cache Files in Windows Vista

Firefox – C: Users (User Name) AppData Local Mozilla Firefox Profiles (it is not suggested to delete files from this directory because all your tweaks will be deleted as well. Use the steps in #1 above to delete cache files)

Google Chrome – C:Users(User Name) AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultCache

Internet Explorer – C:Users(User Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files

Safari – See Safari instructions above.

Location of Cache Files in Windows 7

Firefox – C:Documents and Settings[User Name]Application DataMozillaFirefoxProfiles (it is not suggested to delete files from this directory because all your tweaks will be deleted as well. Use the steps in #1 above to delete cache files)

Google Chrome – C:Users(User Name) AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultCache

Internet Explorer – C:Users(User Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files

Safari – See Safari instructions above.

The Benefits of Defragging

Defragging a ComputerSometimes you may notice that your computer is having a hard time. You can even hear the hard drive grinding as is searches for the file you want to open. The probable culprit is fragmentation of your hard drive. Simply put, fragmentation is the splitting up of a file into multiple locations on the hard drive. Maybe it is a file that you have been using for a while (such as a monthly report) and there are a lot of files opened between the time that you opened it last and now. When you opened it last month, it was saved in the first available space on the hard drive at the end of the drive. But only the added data is saved there. The rest of the file remains in its previous locations (remember, it does the same thing each time), so if you are not defragmenting your hard drive at all, think of how many different places on your hard drive that a piece of that file exists. Now multiply that by all the files you have on your computer (music, pictures, and documents) not to mentions all the operating systems files needed for your computer to operate. Do you see the problem?

What a defragmenter does is takes all of those files (where it can, sometimes certain operating systems files cannot be moved) and puts them back together in one place on the hard drive. Depending on the last time you defragged, this can be a long or short operation. Also, you must take under consideration how much data is on your hard drive. It is required to have at least 15% free space in order to defrag a system and the more data you have on the system, the slower the process to defrag that system. On another of my blogs I will discuss how to free up space on your system to make it run more efficiently and that will also help you with the defragmenting process.

If your operating system is Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, there is a built in defragmenter that you can use. You can access it by clicking on the start button, choosing All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter. In Windows Vista and 7, it runs behind the scenes and only lets you know when it is completed. There is also third party software that you can purchase that will allow you to see how defragmented you system is with a graphical interface and some will even defrag those system files that the free built in software will not let you defrag such as

Diskeeper . There are also more powerful free defrag software with graphical interface for download such as Defraggler.

You can minimize your defrag software on your screen and continue to work without interfering with defragmenter (but the files you have open will not be defragmented), but it is best to do it at lunch time or when you are going to be away from your computer for an hour or so. The more you defrag your system, the faster it will finish. I suggest defragging at least once a week. That way, when you open your file, that file is accessed more quickly and efficiently because it is easier to find.

If you are uncomfortable with doing these types of operation on your computer, feel free to give us a call at Malugin Enterprises Computer Services @ 615-653-2138 and we will be happy to assist you with this or any other computer needs that you may have.

Helping your computer and your business live long and prosper!

Tim