Guest Post by Adam Sewell:
Let me introduce myself. My name is Adam Sewell, and I run a technology services business in a small town of 20,000. MyGeek Computer Services has been around for a little over two years now, and I’ve had a hard time making my business known in the community, even though I grew up here. I found that marketing my business using conventional advertising methods was ineffective. Yellow Pages, Google Ads, Facebook ads, and other advertisements just didn’t produce the results that I expected. After about a year of failed marketing attempts, I realized something important. My small town reacts differently to marketing compared to a large city. In this article, I will detail what I did, how I did it, and what proved successful.
Guest Post by Adam Sewell:
I have noticed that 4 fantastic Computer Technician products have recently gone on sale that are well worth getting. In fact, are the deepest discounts I have ever seen these products. Up to 50% OFF!
All four of these products should be no stranger to the Technibble readers as I have talked about them a few times before and they are often mentioned on the Technibble forums.
The products that have recently gone on sale are:
- Fabs Autobackup 4 Tech (use the following coupon code during the checkout process: B2YA8J) – Easily migrate and backup customer data (One of my favorite tech tools) – 40% OFF
- Podnutz’s Laptop Repair Videos – Learn how to fix Laptops – 50% OFF
- Tech Site Builder – Create a website for your Computer Business with ease – 50% OFF
- Linux For The Rest Of Us – Learn the basics of Linux Ubuntu – 50% OFF
I dont know how long these are going to remain on sale so get them while you can. I have written about each of these here on Technibble in the past, a few of them being product reviews. Read on for a little bit more information about these products and the links to my past writeups & reviews about these products. Be sure to use the links above as the links in the writeups and reviews are not the discounted ones.
Any computer repair technician should be able to properly recycle an old customer PC after wiping it effectively. But this shouldn’t be the only course of action to recommend to customers. Perhaps a client is looking to make use of a still-capable system in some other manner. Having a few tricks up your sleeve never hurts, which is why I wanted to show some of the ways which my company FireLogic has internally “recycled” older PCs to fit niche functions for customers. All of the options described below entail free or open-source software, and usually require no further upgrades of the hardware inside of the machine in question. If a hardware upgrade is recommended, I make note of it for you.
Before I go over these 5 neat feats of PC re-purposing, I’d like to tackle how these mini projects serve both the customer and your own business in a positive manner. First off, the customer will fully appreciate that you aren’t pushing new hardware on them to fit newfound needs. Saving customers money is what we need to be mindful of whenever we are consulting on projects. Likewise, this will also help us keep hardware out of the recycling centers and put it to good use.
Guest Post by Ronn Hanley:
I have never refused to answer a direct question from a client, but I have been known to cringe a bit when I’m asked for recommendations about specific computer equipment, software or technology purchases.
It’s a lesson that I’ve learned the hard way through trial and error (mostly error…). If you’re in the process of starting any kind of technology based business or even just helping out a friend, it’s important to realize that choices you make for yourself won’t always match your client’s needs.Read full article...
Guest Post by Micah Lahren:
"I’ll just run DBAN on it and that will be good enough."
Is that really good enough? What if the individual or business in question is required by law to complete an erasure protocol up to a certain level of security? In some countries, including the United States, laws requiring secure erasure of data are also accompanied with a punishment if the protocol is not followed, such as fines of $250,000 and 10 years imprisonment.
Does up-selling to your clients make you feel like a used car salesman? Most Computer Technicians come from a technical background so sales and marketing does not come naturally. Now that you are in business, sales is really something that you cannot avoid if you want to make money. I had heard about these WiseTechnician videos mentioned a few times in my Computer Technician circles that focused on the sales side of the Computer Repair business, and I wanted to check it out not only for myself, but for all of Technibbles readers to see if they are worth purchasing. This is my WiseTechnician review.
The SUPERAntiSpyware competition has come to an end and the winners have been randomly chosen. To make sure it was truely random, I used the lowest comment ID and the highest ID that was still within the entry dates. I went to Random.org and generated 20 random numbers between these two numbers. I then linked the random numbers to the corresponding comment IDs (minus comments that didnt enter the competition but commented on Technibble during this time).Read full article...
Businesses large and small have a busy IT environment to run they are finding that they do not have enough staff to do the job. Companies have to deal with finding the right talent and making sure they are qualified, but then have to deal with that talent leaving, which is basically knowledge that is walking out the door. The result- a long term loss to the bottom line. This is where third party professionals can make a big difference, by offering solutions to companies that don’t want to headache of finding and nurturing IT talent. The benefits go both ways, so a small tech firm will do very well if they can win some managed service contracts. Here is a list of benefits for the customer, so you can recognize and sell the solutions; as well as a list of long-term benefits for your business.
The makers of SUPERAntiSpyware (which is a malware removal product that many technicians use) have provided me with 20 SUPERAntiSpyware Professional licenses to give away to Technibble readers.
If you havent heard of SUPERAntiSpyware, SAS is a security application that detects and removes Spyware, Malware, Rootkits, Trojans, Hijackers and other malicous threats for Windows users. Some of the newer features that are of interest to computer technicians include the “Rescue Scan” where it allows SAS to recoup processing power from CPU hogging malware in order to put more power and resources behind the scanning engine. Some computer technicians are not a fan of SAS while others absolutely swear by it. This competition is for the latter.
We are giving away 20 licenses for the SUPERAntiSpyware Professional Edition (worth $29.95 each!) which includes extra features over the free version such as real-time protection, scheduled scanning and automatic updates.
How To Enter
Leave a comment on this post. You don’t need to register here in order to leave a comment. Just enter your name, email and leave a comment. The winners will be chosen at random on Friday the 22nd (1 week from now).Read full article...
YUMI (which stands for Your Universal Multiboot Installer) is a tool that allows you to install multiple operating systems to a single bootable flash drive. YUMI will automatically create a menu allowing you to choose which operating system you wish to boot into as the system starts. We have featured mutliboot creators in the past but I really like YUMI because it is just so easy to use.
To use YUMI, you simply choose the drive letter of the thumb drive you wish to use, select a distribution you wish to install from the list, tick the “Download the ISO” if you havent done so already, wait for the ISO to download, navigate to the download location of the ISO on your hard drive and press Create. Thats it. To add an additional ISO to the USB drive, just do the steps above again.
Even though the boot menu and the ISOs installed on the USB drive are Linux based, you can still use the same drive to carry your Windows based repair tools since it formats the thumb drive to FAT32 – which is readable by Windows. However, I suggest you don’t move any of the files YUMI placed since it may upset the software installed on it.
Another reason I like this software, especially for us Computer Technicians is the selection of ISOs you can install on it. As you would expect, the usual suspects like Linux Ubuntu, Mint and Puppy are included. However, YUMI features a lot of distributions specifically intended for computer repair such as:
Computer Technicians and System admins across the internet are hearing more and more about the Cryptolocker threat. If you havent heard about it, Cryptolocker is a nasty piece of ransomware that will seek out certain files on computers, attached drives and networks and encrypt them. Once it has finished encrypting …read more...