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Some Very Important Acknowledgements

 I feel very grateful to my friends of the past. I now run a small business serving libraries thanks to some great people whom I shall mention briefly here. (This COULD be a long post, as memories flood back, but I will try to summarize my love and admiration for these people.) My friend Wayne Myers , who owned the successful "The Other Book Store" in Mystic Connecticut in the 1970s and 80s taught me to love books. In the 1980s he created a business, Bit Systems, Inc., and hired me as a programmer to develop software to manage bookstores. He was a true giant of a man and taught me so much about the world. In 2005, my first (and only) child was born and I was trying desperately to be responsible and provide for my family. I had recently lost my job at a fairly large food corporation and was feeling rather low and worthless. When Ron Faria invited me for an interview, concerning a programming position in his library service business I jumped at the opportunity. He was a great

Building my business.

 I am looking at myself carefully, in my late 50s. The life expectancy for a U.S. male is 76. I would like to stay active in this business until I am 70. Then who knows. I had a late-in-life child, now 17. She loves traveling, so we will probably be visiting some libraries and a few conferences together this year. I am hoping she'll want to be involved with libraries and maybe keep HPCS alive. So what are my goals for this year and the next few? A stronger sales effort, advertising, conferences, and R&D. I am open to your suggestions.

A wonderful happy 2023

Hey all! We are still here. Covid was bad for business, but hopefully, 2023 will be much better. We have been doing lots of R&D and hope to demonstrate some cool new self-checkout features. We are so grateful to our long-term customers. If you need anything at all drop me a line. bill@hpcslib.com. I do respond seven days a week. May your 2023 be filled with happiness.
Dear visitors. Bill Potter here, owner of HPCS Library Services. I hope you are okay. It's been a bad year for everyone, but especially for libraries. But I am confident about the future. So we are soliciting outside help. We have had to increase prices a bit to improve the incentive for helpers to join with us in selling software and improving it. I would like to introduce a new marketing partner. Library Supply Solutions in Rochester New York will be helping us get out the word about our feature-rich mature self-checkout software. The executives at that business, Dean Eveleigh and Gary Sloan are so kind and helpful! Please visit them at www.libraryss.com. Phone 844-644-5720. They made me feel so comfortable, it is obvious that they really care about people. Best wishes, and hope to see you soon. Bill Potter

What's new at HPCS Library Services?

Bill here. Wanted to let you know what we're doing to help our valued customers. Easier: We're rewriting our software to be easier for customers to manage. Earlier versions of the software required administrator privileges. And the user account control needed to be disabled. Our current version will only require administrator privileges for installation. Updates to the executable files will be optional and may prompt for administrator login. R&D: We are trying to implement new hardware. For example we are trying to add EMV (credit card chip) compliant payment systems. This is encrypted end to end. This eliminates the ability for computer viruses or keyboard listeners from intercepting patron card data. Even our own software will not have access to it. Security: We purchased a code signing certificate. This expensive bit of software is for your protection. When you download a software installer (.msi file) from our website, you can view it's properties and see t

Haiku (5,7,5)

Liberry: In the library Happy people reading books Smiling in their nooks Daughter: Time is growing short What will you do with life? I love you, Your Dad. Brain: How are you my brain? Lately you have been a pain. Please pass the coffee.

Letter to a young person. Reposted.

You are a smart person.  You know this. You also have ambitions and talents that can be readily trained and developed for your future. But you probably don't know quite how your desires and talents will fit into the "real world". From what I've seen, I think the following steps are the ways to succeed and be happy in your career life: 1 - find out what sparks your interests, what motivates you to actually DO things on your own! 2 - look to the world and see how that talent/interest/passion was/is/or could be used 3 - get the credentials or training that field requires as entry requirements 4 - pursue your interest/field with a passion! 5 - if what you're doing becomes tedious, boring, uninspiring - go to step 1 and start over A study of self-made millionaires was made to find out what they most had in common.  The millionaires were both well educated and poorly educated, wealthy and poor initially, from inspiring and uninspiring familie