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Through the Keyhole - May 2022


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MAY 2022
Through the Keyhole
Take a break from your day...

Not your typical company OR newsletter
"A cruise port for sure but when you arrive you either walk up, take a funicular or ride a donkey to get to the town.  They say these people stole their food from their neighbors but I don't buy it.  The food is too good. "

Can you guess the location?

Happy Birthday TURNkey!
26 years ago I started TURNkey Network Systems, Inc. with two friends from Purdue University.  From the looks of the picture above, I was very serious to be working on the first product we ever sold.  It was called the POP2000 and it was essentially a UNIX server for POP/SMTP mail. We sold it to school districts in the early days of email hosting in 1996.  I remember buying the two desktop computers from Circuit City and paying roughly $3500 for them.  That was a LOT of money. I also remember our first customer was Antioch Community High School and how excited I was to have a customer.  A. Single. Customer.

Although TURNkey has changed considerably from its initial days, the goal has always been to provide world class solutions and service to our customers so they can stay focused on their business. 

When I think about the technology that has emerged since this company was started, I am amazed.  In the beginning, we used Windows 95 machines and US Robotics modems to connect to the internet.  Those were the days of "You've got mail" and AOL.  Every once in a while I run into someone who still has an AOL email address.  Makes me smile at the early days of going online.  It is funny to think about how pictures and graphics would draw themselves in line by line almost like a dot matrix printer. I remember thinking that email will never catch on and that online shopping will never replace going to the mall.  I am grateful to have been so wildly wrong but I kind of miss the old days where people were more interactive and less connected to the internet.

We have seen so many different operating systems and technologies that it has been a minefield at times to navigate.  Through the years TURNkey has seen many talented people pass through its doors.  Both customers and employees have contributed to what TURNkey is today and what it is becoming.  I want to thank everyone for allowing all of us to make a living here.  I am very grateful to know that it really does take a village and that we have a very strong team here that is always growing.  Thank you to our customers. Many have been around for decades.  That says something and makes me smile.  Happy Birthday TURNkey! Cheers to many more years to come! 

Here are some more pictures from the beginning.  Pictured here are David Lecinski and Mike Fulton who began this journey with me.
Clown hair.
If you have been to the office, you have seen this sign.

Founded April 24, 1996

Microsoft increases prices

Believe it or not, M365 has been around for more than a decade and has announced price increases across the board citing increased value they provide.

On March 1, 2022, we will update our list pricing for the following commercial products: Microsoft 365 Business Basic (from $5 to $6 per user), Microsoft 365 Business Premium (from $20 to $22), Office 365 E1 (from $8 to $10), Office 365 E3 (from $20 to $23), Office 365 E5 (from $35 to $38), and Microsoft 365 E3 (from $32 to $36). These increases will apply globally with local market adjustments for certain regions. There are no changes to pricing for education and consumer products at this time.

As leaders around the world look to empower their people for a more flexible, hybrid world of work, it’s clear that every organization will need a new operating model across people, places, and processes. We’re committed to building on the value we’ve delivered over the past decade to continuously provide innovation that helps our customers succeed and thrive today and well into the future.

official article here


Guess the Location Game

Last month the winner of the guess the location game was Mark Herr who guessed the right answer.  I appreciate all of the participation.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!
ANSWER: Warsaw, Poland
"This city produces more than 15% of its national income being its capital city and political center.  Having a population close to 2 million, it is also known as the 'Paris of the North' or the 'Phoenix City'. The city was razed to the ground by WWII and rebuilt under communism.  Today, they are Nationalists with a strong stance against immigration of foreigners...until now."

The capital of both the Mazovia province and of Poland itself, this is a truly extraordinary city. Situated right in the heart of Europe, at the intersection of Europe’s east-west and north-south transport routes, Warsaw is major economic, academic, cultural and tourist hub with a dazzling array of historical sites and tourist attractions that captivates everyone who visits. 

A City Worth Discovering 

Warsaw is the epitome of a dynamic European metropolis, its trademarks – besides a rich history – being its open-minded residents, the River Vistula and exceptional cuisine. The Polish capital is a city that is constantly changing, to be discovered anew with every successive visit. And, trust us, you will come back… 

Old Town: The Beating Heart of Warsaw 

There’s no better place to start your tour of Warsaw than the spectacular Old Town, whose history goes back 700 years. And it will feel as though the buildings are ancient as well, even though the truth, however mind boggling it is to comprehend, is that this incredible part of Warsaw was reconstructed after it was completely destroyed during World War II on – wait for it - the basis of paintings by Canaletto. It was recreated with such attention to detail that it is rightly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the Old Town is a beguiling, charmingly cosy area with a unique atmosphere and original architectural details, which becomes especially enchanting after nightfall. The Old Town Square is its lifeblood, packed in summer with outdoor cafés and people strolling around, making it one of capital’s most popular spots. A statue of the Warsaw Mermaid, the city’s symbol, stands proudly in the centre. It may well be the only mermaid wielding a sword and shield you’ll ever see. Eleven tenement buildings around the Square are occupied by the Museum of Warsaw, where collections of historical artefacts tell the incredible story of the city and its residents. Another historical treasure trove is found in the nearby Gothic St. John’s Cathedral, with tombs of the last Dukes of Mazovia, plaques in memory of Polish patriots and statesmen, and the Chapel of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, often referred to as “Primate of the Millennium”. 

Along the Royal Route 

Warsaw was the seat of Polish rulers for centuries, as evidenced by impressive historical buildings lining the well-known Royal Route: The Presidential Palace, the Ministry of Culture and Art, the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Warsaw as well as elegant former royal residences. Among these is the stunning Baroque Royal Castle, the official residence of Polish kings from the 16th Century onwards, where you can see royal insignia and thrones as well as paintings by famous artists, including Rembrandt, Canaletto and Matejko. The nearby Sigismund Column is Poland’s most famous monument and a favourite meeting place of Warsovians and tourists alike. Another royal residence on the Royal Route is the chic, classical Palace on the Water in Royal Łazienki Park. If you visit its lavish interiors, do check out the paintings from the collection of Poland’s last king, Stanisław Poniatowski. Free piano concerts take place at the Fryderyk Chopin monument in the park every Sunday in summer, which draw in people from near and far. The Royal Route ends at the former residence of King Jan III Sobieski in Wilanów. In this vivid yellow Baroque palace surrounded by spacious gardens, richly decorated and furnished chambers show how the palace’s successive wealthy owners lived and how they upheld the memory of the king who famously won the Battle of Vienna. Interestingly, this was one of the only buildings not damaged during the war. 

Tracing Recent History 

The phenomenal Palace of Culture and Science, built in an Art Deco-meets-Stalinism style, stands in the very heart of Warsaw and has become a modern icon of the city. Towering over 230 metres into the sky, it is visible from practically every corner of the capital, and houses a theatre, cinema, museums, cafés and the main Tourist Information Point. An unbeatable panorama of Warsaw can be viewed from the observation deck on the 30th floor, including some spectacular new skyscrapers and both banks of the River Vistula. After World War II, this socialist-realism style of architecture was applied to most newly built monuments, public buildings and even entire districts. Examples of this include the MDM hotel near around Konstytucji Square and the Muranów estate, built on the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto. 

A tourist route running through the historical Jewish district will take you to the über-modern multimedia POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Umschlagplatz (where the Germans transported Warsaw’s Jews to the Treblinka concentration camp), a fragment of the wall separating the ghetto from the “Aryan side”, and plaques in the pavement marking where the ghetto boundary used to be. The eventful and dramatic history of the city can also be experienced at the interactive Warsaw Rising Museum. It documents the 63-day heroic struggle of Warsovians against the occupying forces during World War II. The tragic events of 1944 changed the Polish capital in every possible way forever and heavily influenced its present-day character.  

Flavors of Warsaw 

Among its many titles, Warsaw is also the undisputed culinary capital of Poland. Its many bars and restaurants include “milk bars” established back in communist times, as well as Michelin star restaurants. Hala Koszyki and Hala Gwardii are among the trendiest spots nowadays, with dozens of restaurants and bars. Anyone with a sweet tooth is really going to enjoy this city: local bakeries and cafés serve Warsaw’s traditional wuzetka cakes (a yummy chocolate and cream layered combination), Wedel chocolate and natural ice cream. Breakfast markets and food truck rallies as well as the Fine Dining Weekend and Restaurant Week festivals are also quite popular. There is literally an endless list of reasons to visit Warsaw. What are you waiting for?

The bad first then the good ~7 min.
This will make you hungry ~ 9 min.
 ~8 min.
Kids Say the Darndest Things...
This kid is the GOAT! ~43 seconds of joy.
Golf takes longer in Australia.

~ 35 seconds

Beast Drivers are awesome...
 Clearly fake but still fun to watch ~ 3 minutes
Deep Thoughts...

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.

Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision.

Happiness is not having to set the alarm clock.

Getting another set of teeth would be much more useful at 60 than at age 6.

Studies show that if your parents didn't have children there's a high probability you won't either.

If you're not called crazy when you start something new, then you're not thinking big enough.

Only in math problems can you buy 60 cantaloupe melons, and no one asks - "What is wrong with you?"

"I'm 85 and my body is full of aches and pains."  "Well, I'm 85 and I feel like a newborn baby."  "Really?"  "Yep, no teeth, no hair, and I just wet my pants."

When the pool re-opens, due to social distancing rules, there will be no water in lanes 1, 3, and 5.

Tip: Save business cards of people you don't like. If you ever hit a parked car accidentally, just write, "Sorry" on the back and leave it on the windshield.

When I get a headache, I take two aspirin and keep away from children just like the bottle says.

Just once, I want the username and password prompt to say, "Close enough."

Becoming an adult is the dumbest thing I've ever done.

Life is like a helicopter. I don't know how to operate either one.

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food; no atmosphere.

If you see me talking to myself just move along. I'm self-employed.  We're having a meeting.

"Your call is very important to us. Please enjoy this 40-minute flute solo".

I envy people who grow old gracefully. They age like a fine wine.  I'm ageing like milk. Getting sour and chunky.

Does anyone else have a plastic bag full of plastic bags, or is it just me?

I hate it when I can't figure out how to operate the iPad and my tech support guy is asleep. She's 5 and it's past her bedtime.

Today's 3-year-olds can switch on laptops and open their favorite apps. When I was 3, I ate mud.

Tip for a successful marriage: Don't ask your wife when dinner will be ready while she's mowing the lawn.  

Sooo, you drive across town to a gym to walk on a treadmill?

Remember this guy?
Top 10 MJ moments. ~5 minutes

More Stuff...

Restaurant Style Cole Slaw

  • 16 oz. of cabbage (use fresh not bagged)
  • 1 large carrot peeled, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • ⅔ cup creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip™)
  • 3 tablespoons of good olive oil
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)


Step 1 Combine the coleslaw mix and onion in a large bowl.
Step 2 Whisk together the salad dressing, vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and poppy seeds in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Pour dressing mixture over coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.