If you’re working on a machine and your troubleshooting efforts seem to point towards hard drive trouble, HDDScan is a great freeware utility to use when diagnosing hard drive problems. The utility isn’t limited to searching for slow or bad sectors. It can also perform health tests on the drive so you know what its status is. It can also help you change HDD parameters and show S.M.A.R.T. attributes. Check out the full list of features at hddscan.com. Today we’re going to look at scanning your hard drive for bad sectors.Read full article...
Last year, I wrote about my pleasant experiences with the Hurricane canned air replacement. I gave it a fair 3 of 5 star rating for a valiant effort, but it came up short in the form of having a non-replaceable battery and a rather small “effective blowing” timespan of about 10 minutes. As a mobile product you can easily place into your toolbag, it’s a great item.
What’s in a name? A whole lot, in fact. And this very question is one that puzzles computer business owners time and time again. I’ve been asked about it via email from Technibble readers on more than one occasion, so I know it’s something that prospective business owners are thinking heavily about.
With the recent news that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP with the security suite Microsoft Security Essentials, we’re hearing more reports about just how many computers are still running Windows XP, from government computers to machines at educational institutions and corporate enterprises. Those who used MSE will have to switch to something else, or upgrade their operating system.Read full article...
As Techs, we often come across the same issues multiple times, and it’s easy to start guessing and skipping the usual diagnostic methods rather than following a good diagnostic path. It’s easy to become lazy in your methods too, no matter what industry you’re in, so here’s a self evaluation checklist that can help Techs get back on track with diagnostic procedure.
Some of the steps may seem so simple and obvious, but to be frank, some ‘professional’ name brand computer shops skip over them and end up in left field trying to fix a completely unrelated issue when it was just dirty memory contacts or a faulty hard drive.Read full article...
A question I am often asked by Technibble readers is what computer technician product or service should they choose for their business (or to solve a specific problem).
What CRM should they choose? What remote support software should they choose? Our forums also have these questions asked often. The problem is there are a huge amount of choices which can leave people overwhelmed.
I usually recommend a handful of products or services that are popular amongst the Technibble readers and forum members. Instead of just responding to these privately via email or social media, I thought why not post these publicly and help everyone?
So I thought how could I make this really useful? I asked the forum members:
“What are the most important considerations for you when buying a CRM/Remote Support software?”
The forum members responded by saying things like price, integration with other programs, whether it was cloud or self-hosted and upgrade policies were important to them. So I contacted some reader favorites who supplied me with a logo and a little blurb of information about them. I asked them about their prices, what they integrate with, their upgrade polices and a few other questions depending on what type of product or service it was. I then added that information to a “Rolodex style” post and this was the birth of the Technibble Vendors List!
The goal here is to allow you to get the information quickly and straight to the point which makes it easy to compare products and services.
The Technibble Vendor list is by no means complete, and I am open to suggestions on who else you think should be listed there. Of course, they would need to be super-targeted to us computer technicians/business owners. You can suggest other products and services via this link.
So, check out our new Vendors list (link also in our top navigation), you might find something you haven’t seen before. And keep it in mind next time you encounter a problem that could potentially be solved by a product or service.
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I appreciate that many business owners are probably reading on aghast about what sounds completely and utterly unforgivable, but on reflection it has probably been one of my best and liberating decisions to date. By letting go of the people I thought imperative to my business I quickly discovered that they were the ones holding me back professionally and personally. This mass firing has been something that has happened gradually over the course of about 18 months and I now consult directly with business owners which has produced an increase in my profits and the quality of my work life balance.
‘How much should I charge?’ That’s a common question among repair technicians just starting out, and sometimes even veteran technicians will want to revisit their pricing and rate strategy from time to time to re-evaluate their options. Should you charge by the hour, charge flat rates, or charge variable rates?Read full article...
Sooner or later it comes up in a discussion with your clients. ‘How many partners do you have?’ ‘Do you work by yourself?’ ‘Is it just you?’ ‘Are you the only technician behind that logo?’ Some businesses have contracted one man shops in the past and something happened and they got left in the lurch. Tragic accidents happen, health issues appear, life emergencies suddenly pop up without warning.
As a result, some business managers have decided never to do business with one man shops again on that basis. If you’re a one man shop, how do you deal with that ‘prejudice’ toward your services? How can you work towards restoring their confidence and their faith in your capability and dependability as a ‘one man shop’?Read full article...