Category Archives: On the Job

What Hardware Should I Stock?

I was recently asked via email about how I handle stock as a self employed computer technician. You want be able to carry enough stock to be able to do your job, but you don’t want to be holding onto too much because their value can decline so quickly. Here’s …

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An Easy Way to Break Into a Windows User Account

In this article, I am going to show you an easy way to access a Windows user account without knowing the original password. First of all, I know there many other ways to do this such as using a live CD like Ophcrack or something like Knoppix to access the …

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Power Supply Tester

The other day I had a computer come in that appeared to have a dead motherboard. I took out their CPU and RAM and put it in my test PC. The whole system powered up and got into Windows XP with no problems so it seemed the RAM and CPU …

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Computer Killers – Pet Hair, Dust and Cigarette Smoke

As a computer technician, I have seen some pretty interesting computer problems. The majority of problems I encounter in the home market are adware, spyware or connectivity problems and the occasional hardware problem. The hardware problems are usually caused by simple manufacturer fault (as in, it was going to fail …

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A Technicians Look at Google Chrome

Google Chrome

As I am sure some of you have already heard from various technology sites that Googles own browser called “Google Chrome” has just been released. If you havent got it yet, you can grab it here. I wont go really in depth telling you about all its features and how …

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My Onsite Technician Gear

In the past we have had a few articles featuring what you take with you to computer repairs. For this article, I wanted to show you my Technician gear. I have taken two photos of my Technician bag and the parts that I take onsite with a description for each …

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How To Fix The Windows Registry Hive Error

Most techs with a few years of experience under their belt have probably come across the Windows XP corrupted registry hive problem at some point in their career. When it happens, Windows wont start and will present one of these messages: Windows XP could not start because the following file …

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Are You Charging Enough?

Over the course of time the cost of living constantly increases and you also gain more experience doing what you do. Am I Charging Enough? is a question all businesses need to ask themselves every few months to make sure we are keeping our heads above water financially and to …

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Automation with AutoIT Tutorial: Part 2

In part 1 of our Automation with AutoIT tutorial, we showed you how to run silent commands using AutoIT. In this article we are going to show you how to install applications that don’t have any silent install options. If you found the last article hard, don’t be turned off …

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Automation with AutoIT Tutorial: Part 1

In our last “computer repair tool of the week” article we posted about the application called Universal Silent Switch Finder which has the ability to find hidden install switches. The advantage of knowing what these hidden switches are is that it allows you to control the way a piece of …

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