OK, another hobby I have that’s related to ‘surfing’ is doing SEO on some clients’ sites and I have to say I was one of the MANY who were recently spanked by the latest Google update, (Penguin).
Now I’m off to try to clean things up and thought I’d document my journey and see if anyone wants to chime in with their own perspective…
Today I’m going to get rid of reciprocal linking to sites that are not even close the the genre of my clients’ sites… stay tuned.
I’ll admit I’m no computer geek but I will say I’m a die hard Mac lover and user and only have one PC to run my business apps on.
So last night at like 11pm I walk in to see my PC with a bunch of gobbly-gook on a black screen and see it’s stuck in an endless reboot… I have absolutely no idea what’s wrong or what to do! My stomach knots up , my head feels tight and I start to panic… just moments ago I was kicking back in front of the TV watching a Pot Limit Omaha tourney at the World Series of Poker that we had Tivo-ed earlier in the week – not a care in the world, talking about our upcoming fly-fishing trip to Mammoth next week and now THIS!
I jump on my trusty Mac and Google away only to learn that my Windows Automatic Update, (which is supposed to keep my PC up-to-date and safe), had downloaded and installed XP Service Pack 3… apparently, (and well know and documented by Microsoft), there is a BIG problem with SP3 and AMD processors! This problem causes PC’s using AMD processors to get stuck in endless reboot, (among other things).
Fortunately I found a terrific blog by an amazing and brilliant guy named Jesper that has a fix for this SP3 and AMD problem. I followed his advice and was back up in a few minutes!
In my search to find out what was wrong with my computer I read pages and pages of posts from poor souls like me who suddenly found their PC no able to boot up with many losing literally years worth of data – it made me sick and deepened my hatred of Microsoft… how in the heck could they release this piece of doo-doo Service Pack knowing it would screw up thousands of machines?!?!?