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March 23, 2013

Local expert tackles tech troubles

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With smartphones, tablets, laptops and display computers available for a reasonable price, most people are dependent upon their information device.

Trong said he has not been adversely affected by the downturn in the economy because he services computers, both old and new.

“A man came in here with a 20-year-old computer and I was able to fix it,” Trong said. “It had value to him because he was using a specialized database program that you can’t get anymore.”

Although the price of computers has declined over the years as the market has become competitive and technology has improved, Trong said he does not think the modern computer has the same life expectancy as the older models.

Trong, a Cooperstown native, started his business out of his home in 1999. He said he has been interested in computers ever since high school. He went into the automotive repair business after he graduated.

He said working on the computers in cars was always a fascinating part of his job.

The year he decided to go into the computer business was the year of the Y2K scare. Y2K, an acronym for year 2000, referred to speculation by many analysis that computers — many of which had been programmed to record the date of entries using the last two digits of the year — would not recognize the year 2000.

Trong created a test to see if computers would make a smooth transition.

“I did some research to test computers,” Trong said. “I found that some failed to make the switch, but were able to be upgraded, some failed without the ability to be upgraded — but most of the computers were able to be upgraded.”

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