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Bryce W
03-02-2006, 09:23 AM
I am looking for some suggestions to do some articles about. What sort of problems do you see alot in computer repairs? (wether you know how to fix it or not). What is something you've always wanted to know? This can be either computer technical problems based, industry based, employment based etc..?

Suggestions?

a1whs.com
03-06-2006, 09:14 PM
Most common problem is spyware, most people go to porn and other chinesse based sites which are most of the time infected with trojans and due to lack of peoples knowledge they end up getting doomed. So instead of making repair article making prevention articles would help.

Bryce W
04-27-2006, 01:54 AM
Any other article suggestions? Because I do computer repair for a business I take it for granted that people know certain things. So if there is anything you would like to know about starting or running a pc business let me know.

Also, if there are any technical articles you want me to write (such as how to remove... how to fix etc..) please let me know as well.

TechPro
08-10-2006, 07:16 AM
What about an article on Maintenance contracts, how to get them and how to construct the document itself?

Bryce W
08-11-2006, 04:52 PM
Good suggestion. Ill look into it.

TechPro
09-30-2006, 07:50 AM
You could do an article on building a home lab for testing and learning new software and hardware.

Maybe about using VMware player, or a few computers and a switch.

:)

TorontoRepair
03-18-2007, 08:03 PM
Maybe you should do an article on recycling computers and parts. Or an article on the effects of computer/electronic wastes (toxicity) on the global ecosystem.
"People do not realize the danger of things they can't see!"

I think technibbles should try to educate some of its visitors on the hazard of disposing inappropriately of computer/electronic equipments!

I personally offer free or discounted services for environmentally oriented projects!
www.alliancewww.com (http://alliancewww.com)

Bryce W
03-27-2007, 02:17 AM
A computer recycling article has been written and posted. Thanks for the suggestion Toronto Repair.

Keep them coming!

Mac
06-14-2007, 12:21 AM
How about interviews with hackers or malware authors in general. Ask questions about the latest exploits & start up methods. You could get deep into discussions about their code & tools etc etc.
It makes sense because most of my jobs generally include something security related weather it be virus scanner recommendations or infections. Just think for every discovered virus, trojan, root kit or whatever there’s probably a hundred more of the same which are modified & undetected.
You will get a lot of hits from Google searches im sure. Maybe even raise a little more add sense revenue.

AnotherTechGuy
07-15-2007, 06:59 AM
I have been using this little tool/App it has come in handy in my shop to serve the techs in the field. I am always adding tools and apps to my Flash Drive and I keep a copy of the Flash Drive on my shop PC so the techs can log into it if thy may need a certain tool or app or upload something from a customers PC.
Also can be used from a link from your current web site and setup an open area on it for your customers can download free opensource software----drive your customers to your site

HFS ~ Http File Server Version 2.1d - build #088
http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/?f=wn

I think this is worth an Article

cchagnon
07-17-2007, 11:06 AM
I read a while back there was going to be a section or article on the paperwork used in running a repair business. Billing, contracts, etc. If so where are they?

Pc Fixed Right
03-13-2008, 02:04 AM
I am looking for some suggestions to do some articles about. What sort of problems do you see alot in computer repairs? (wether you know how to fix it or not). What is something you've always wanted to know? This can be either computer technical problems based, industry based, employment based etc..?

Suggestions?

I would like to suggest an iPod section :D

ServingOnlineSeniors
03-13-2008, 03:51 AM
Hi Bryce.....I wish I would have been a member 6 years ago when I opened my business! I took for granite that I knew everything to provide great, fast service to my customers and my wife, my son and I worked extremely hard to provide 24 - 48 hour turn-around, getting 10-15 computers a day and running 20 "bays" for repairs. If I would have read something as simple as your article on slipstreaming a master XP disc 3 years ago, I could probably retire now! During our 6 month "SnowBird" season, we will average 15 computers a day. Of those, 10 will be backed up and restored. With what you "touched" on, you have cut our bench time to 1/4 of what is was. We have DSL, no cable available and with XP and Media Center slip-streamed with SP3, Anti-Virus, Anti-spyware, etc loaded, we no longer have several hours of updates. THANKS! With that said, the Forums I read danced around what everyone used and programs, etc but never told me exactly what it was! I really felt stupid as the other members talked as if this is a simple solution I should have known about. More in depth articles about this and how they are used would be great! (Still trying to figure out how to incorporate driver packs!) I humbled.....thanks again!!

juiceman39
06-14-2008, 03:11 AM
Bryce, Any help with hidden reg entries and how to find them, read them etc.. Is their a program that will show them all. I believe they are all over 255 characters, RegQuery tells you some things. A program called "Starter" supposedly shows them but the program has no documentation or help files.
Also your site is great, you go above and beyond to help.

Bryce W
06-15-2008, 05:12 AM
Hi Bryce.....I wish I would have been a member 6 years ago when I opened my business! I took for granite that I knew everything to provide great, fast service to my customers and my wife, my son and I worked extremely hard to provide 24 - 48 hour turn-around, getting 10-15 computers a day and running 20 "bays" for repairs. If I would have read something as simple as your article on slipstreaming a master XP disc 3 years ago, I could probably retire now! During our 6 month "SnowBird" season, we will average 15 computers a day. Of those, 10 will be backed up and restored. With what you "touched" on, you have cut our bench time to 1/4 of what is was. We have DSL, no cable available and with XP and Media Center slip-streamed with SP3, Anti-Virus, Anti-spyware, etc loaded, we no longer have several hours of updates. THANKS! With that said, the Forums I read danced around what everyone used and programs, etc but never told me exactly what it was! I really felt stupid as the other members talked as if this is a simple solution I should have known about. More in depth articles about this and how they are used would be great! (Still trying to figure out how to incorporate driver packs!) I humbled.....thanks again!!
Thanks, Im really really glad I can help. Hearing this sort of thing makes what I do very rewarding for me.

Bryce, Any help with hidden reg entries and how to find them, read them etc.. Is their a program that will show them all. I believe they are all over 255 characters, RegQuery tells you some things. A program called "Starter" supposedly shows them but the program has no documentation or help files.
Also your site is great, you go above and beyond to help.
Ill look into it. Ive done little with it myself other than some Rootkit cleaners which uncover hidden registries. I'll see what I can uncover.

Jake
07-02-2008, 01:02 PM
My Girlfriend is in the market for a new laptop and i was wondering if there are any Free Wi-FI hotspots in her area. How About a how to.. Make A Wi-Fi Rage increasing Adapter for a laptop, Plugging in via USB.

Blues
07-02-2008, 06:59 PM
My Girlfriend is in the market for a new laptop and i was wondering if there are any Free Wi-FI hotspots in her area. How About a how to.. Make A Wi-Fi Rage increasing Adapter for a laptop, Plugging in via USB.
So you want Bryce's old how to make a Cantena article? Didn't you have one long ago Bryce before you had Technibble?

i2omani
08-13-2008, 07:32 AM
Bryce,
I just thought to let you know.... You are the best man? my knowledge increased since i joined your forum and i appreciate every effort you are making.

GOD BLESS YOU

bagellad
09-08-2008, 05:14 AM
Would love an article to hear what you find out on the phone before making the drive to the customers house, if you qoute prices... find out whats wrong.. etc. Do you got a price list sitting right next to your phone? I want phone information!!! What if you are forwarding to your cell and a customer calls while in the middle of a job?

Skyhooker
09-08-2008, 03:07 PM
Hi, Bryce,

I'll have to think about what topics I'd like to see in the articles, but is there a list, perhaps organized by date, of all of your articles? I'm pretty new here (couple weeks), but I haven't been able to find such a list, and I wouldn't want to suggest something that's been covered (and would love to just scroll through the list to search).

Thanks more than I can say for the work you (and your contributors) do for this site! I'm just in the process of starting my repair business, and I this is like having an online mentor!


Skyhooker

Nextora
11-09-2008, 10:29 AM
I am not sure if this has already been done but what about an article on help desk software? I have used Track-IT and Autotask and I feel that having some type of help desk software can really help a IT consulting/repair business in many ways.

Don
01-04-2009, 03:34 AM
What processes are essential or are needed on computers that come with OEM software for Dells, HPs, etc. Every housecall I go on, I notice different processes running which are used by the manufacturer's software. If anyone knows of a list of Processes and Startup Entries used by Dell, HP, and other various manufacturers I would greatly appreciate a link or other information you may have.

I attached a list of Services for Vista and it has details about whether they are safe to disable or not for anyone interested. You can also download the list from TechRepublic. I am unable to post the link since I am new to Technibble.

ifelloutofatree
02-23-2009, 09:57 AM
Dual booting how to articles - dual booting xp and vista - best order to install them etc. dual booting linux and windows - etc.....

purple_minion
02-23-2009, 09:39 PM
Dual booting how to articles - dual booting xp and vista - best order to install them etc. dual booting linux and windows - etc.....

Frankly this is very simple, you install windows first, because xp doesn't play nice, either on a separate partition or drive, then install the linux distro on another partition or drive. It will write it's boot loader and have an entry to boot windows when you power on. I haven't had an issue in recent memory, and all my test subjects I make them a dual boot just in case.

That said I would like to see something along the lines of how to degeekify the issues to customers who don't have a clue. I try but always seem to go way to high over people's heads. I also wonder about the phone issues, how do you take calls in the middle of an onsite job if you're a solo business. Maybe something on the customer service issues you deal with day to day... or better yet walk us through a typical day, how do you plan it/organize it. Thoughts on cloud computing and whether everyone will be out of a job? Perhaps thoughts on encryption and customer data during backups, especially business clients.

Slightly off topic I'd like to see some analysis in the blog section, how does this news affect us, any issues or problems with the news not being accurate or what your experience with that issue is. I don't believe you write those but it would be nice.

All in all very glad to have found this place, very informative.

purple_minion
02-23-2009, 10:40 PM
Another thought would be typical business callout's/needs. What do small business's have you come out and do, how to prepare for it, what things you need to know/have experience in. I've often wondered.

Borris
02-27-2009, 11:37 PM
I am looking for some suggestions to do some articles about. What sort of problems do you see alot in computer repairs? (wether you know how to fix it or not). What is something you've always wanted to know? This can be either computer technical problems based, industry based, employment based etc..?

Suggestions?

Hi

What about some article on

the best way to implement windows updates on a network with 3rd party software as well as troubleshooting Microsoft update conflicts?

as well as selecting the right PSU size for a PC's

or a article on cost effective network endpoint security.

and how to test a UPS.

Please !!!!!

I need the INFO :D

CPCR
06-25-2009, 10:48 AM
Here is one we could all probably use, a list of Laptops that have had factory recalls and the reasons, just had an HP dv2036ea in and informed the client that it may be eligible for recall.

We coud also have a common fault list for specific models.

leighayn
09-21-2009, 01:14 AM
I don't know about anybody else, but a small dictionary that explains computer acronyms and terms so that when I try to explain to someone "Why" they can then go look it up, and I don't have to see that glazed over eye look. Just a thought.

Mushin
10-31-2009, 05:06 AM
Ok here is an area that effects the industry as a whole.... Utilizing tools in such a way that they do not violate the EULA or Terms of Use.

There are many software programs out there that people use to fix computers but they really do not have the rights to use them in a for profit business because the EULA prohibits this type of use.

How does this impact the industry as a whole. How does it degrade the competitive advantage of a service company that has secure the proper licenseing. How can having the proper licensing be a competitive advantage even though it means higher overheard costs?

This could be a big topic and multi part article.

techsavvy
11-01-2009, 06:16 PM
Hello Bryce,

Love your site, your the greatest.

anyways i am reading everywhere about cloud computing and that everything is going to end up in the Cloud. If this is true (which it looks like it is) than all people and small to mid size businesses will have "dumb terminals" "netbooks" and "Nettops"to run there software. If so than we are going out of business. and i am starting to have doubts aout my own bussiness that i started out a few month ago and maybe get a job in a IT Dept. in some big business.
from what i see programming will likely stay afloat

I would like to know if you could write an article about this and hear your opinion and from all the other techs from this site.

thanks a mill.
Techsavvy:D

drewm
11-02-2009, 01:09 AM
This isn't a specific request exactly, but I could really do with more articles in the "Selling Your Services" section. I feel this is sometimes overlooked by professionals (not by this site necessarily, but in general). Maybe a couple more articles would be beneficial. I know more insight would be beneficial to me at least.

kdyer
02-23-2010, 12:02 AM
I think the biggest problem in the world of Tech Support is most people are not creative enough to think outside the box. That is, how do you troubleshoot? What if something doesn't work? Do you back up and try something else? What things have been tried? What were the circumstances that lead up to the issue? As a Technician, are you dealing with the problem or are you going off on "tangents?" Some people need a "recipe card" and a recipe card may work for a lot of situations, but you need to also throw out the recipe card and fly on your own too. Lastly, where do you draw the line? Being a super hero is great, but sometimes it is easier to cut the cord and start fresh!

Thanks,

Kent

Methical
03-08-2010, 06:53 AM
I think there needs to be another detailed article (w/ pics and examples) on the different types of Windows install media (OEM, retail, Volume) and the different serials. I still don't think its sinking in with everyone. The same questions is still popping up.

onetech4all
03-08-2010, 05:56 PM
Maybe a video section, hardware software polls ( you might have this), learning how to sell a service or product, industry salaries, wireless security, OS hardening to stop malware infections(Windows, Linux, Mac) (we should not ignore the last two OSes), stuff about industry certs and degrees, VoIP, telephone systems setups troubleshooting, printer repair (I'd love this section).

I know these things you can google for.

kmeyntz
09-23-2010, 04:55 AM
I think a good article that would help a lot of people to save time, is to do an article on universal imaging solutions and stuff like WAIK, sysprep. I think this is a good skill to know and will allow many of our techs to save time on the repetitive work and to be able to focus more on real problems.

How often do you spend a couple of hours working on a system and the end of the day is coming and your client going to be around to pick up the system and you need to format and reinstall the system?

For us corporate background techies this might be something we already have in place in our shop but is something that a lot may not be aware of.

16k_zx81
02-09-2011, 04:26 AM
Agree. (kmeyntz (http://www.technibble.com/forums/member.php?u=10225)) Something about hardware-independent OS imaging w driverpacks and servicepacks preinstalled would be really useful.

iisjman07
02-09-2011, 05:01 PM
I think a good article that would help a lot of people to save time, is to do an article on universal imaging solutions and stuff like WAIK, sysprep.

I think this also sounds like an excellent idea. I tried doing something like it a long time ago but starting from level 1 made with no experience made it very difficult. I know it wouldn't be easy, but it would be one kick-arse article

ATTech
02-09-2011, 05:08 PM
I think this also sounds like an excellent idea. I tried doing something like it a long time ago but starting from level 1 made with no experience made it very difficult. I know it wouldn't be easy, but it would be one kick-arse article

I wrote up an article about it that is in the Wiki. I haven't written any step-by-step instructions, just an overview of the issues and the software. If I can find the time, I'll do a step-by-step.

iisjman07
02-09-2011, 05:33 PM
Is the wiki working/up yet? When I tried to view my post count on the wiki I got this http://i52.tinypic.com/2h3t1xd.jpg

ATTech
02-09-2011, 05:36 PM
Is the wiki working/up yet? When I tried to view my post count on the wiki I got this http://www.nfc-pichost.com/images/yli7507lvu0qc1pc8fj.jpg
It's in progress, I don't think Bryce has opened up to any but a select few people that are writing articles and helping set it up.

iisjman07
02-09-2011, 05:46 PM
Ah, that'll be why then. Thanks for the info, sorry for the off topic. Just FYI I'd be happy to help with anything I can that needs doing, if you need an extra pair of hands

jenniferm
07-22-2011, 12:28 PM
How about an article on how important it is to buy original OS or even software. I am having problems with Clients who want pirated copies and expect more features. That is impossible and illegal. I am losing most of the business because I dont do anything such as this.