Computers and the Geek -
have been in the computer/IT business for better than 15 years now and
having been there have learned a lot about the industry and business. We
have come a long way in just 20 short years, but as with anything that
becomes readily available to the average person the fleecing starts. Computers
and software are no exception. As a matter of fact it is an excellent example.
Today computers are quite affordable, that is until one walks out the door
of the store. After that one is on their own. Unless of course there's
more money to be had after the initial purchase. What you are not told
and what is not mentioned until it becomes a problem is how to keep your
investment running good and costs minimal.
computer service companies make a living performing services for their
clients and customers. This is a good thing and creates jobs and expands
an industry. However, what most folks are unaware of is there are simple
tasks and practices that can minmize the need to have a system serviced
leaving the real cash outlay to when it is truly needed. Everything man
made fails, and in an "I'm not going to pay a lot for that muffler" world
we depend more and more heavily on imports that are manufactured with more
focus on price point and quantity than quality and longevity. Components
fail, power surges happen, and even user choices take their toll.
objective in providing the help I do is to minimize the overall cost and
to educate the average user. I have done this for many friends and family,
and they have told me I should make this help available. You would be surprised
to find out how just a few simple practices can keep a system working as
it should and also protect your investment and sometimes even your privacy
as well as identity. I prefer to work one on one with people and provide
them with only what they need. Whether is is just instructing someone on
how to maintain their system or upgrading to a larger hard drive or more.
My philosophy is it is better to spend that "service" money on things other
than what could have been avoided by knowing and employing a few procedures.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I also prefer to go that
extra step to insure all is being done that can be when service is unavoidable.