Technibble Needs Your Help

I am always trying to improve Technibble for you, the reader. Something that I felt needed a little work was the Technibble news section. I want to post less general tech news that you can get anywhere and post more technician related news.

For example, the release of Apples new iPad is general tech news which you can hear about anywhere. However, the discovery of a bug that makes the iPad delete critical system files would be good information for technicians since we may see it onsite and be asked to fix it.

The problem is finding this kind of news and I ask for the help of the general Technibble community to help me find it by sending in links. I have made it super easy for anyone to submit news that they think other technicians would be interested in. All you have to do is press two buttons once its setup. The great thing about this is that while you are sending tips in that you do know about, other technicians are sending in tips that you wouldn’t have known about, increasing everyones knowledge. So its win-win all around.

Let me show you how to set it up and how to use it. Be sure to fullscreen it so you can see whats happening:

So, you would surf your usual tech news sites as you always do but when you hit something that you think computer technicians would like to know, press the “Submit to TN” button in your bookmark and that lets us know about it. You can also use this tool to send in Repair Tool of the Week suggestions or other tools we should look at.



Bryce Whitty

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Bryce Whitty
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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (20)

  • Eric says:

    In other words, “I need content for my website, please submit some for me, there aren’t enough paid reviews I can do to pay for my mortgage”

  • Renee says:

    To Eric: LOL!!!!!!

    I have a blog on my computer site that I update with useful computer-related info for my readers already.

    I think, for Technibble, we need news that would be useful for us in our jobs and businesses as techs. News about the IPAD and the possible bugs will eventually be news that everyone will hear about. If you’re looking for content, it shouldn’t just be any kind of news, Bryce. Again, it should be specific to our jobs as technicians – i.e: Geeks Onsite has a contract with Sam’s Club to provide service to their customers…although it’s old news but it’s news that would affect us as techs – that’s my two cents.

  • Bryce W says:

    Eric, having content isn’t the issue. If you look back a month or so you can see Lee used to post once or twice a day. I can send 1 email and have him back doing that again but what I am aiming for is greater quality news and less quantity. The problem is finding news that is more for technicians and less general tech news, hence this post. Any site can post general tech news, I want to focus the lens and post technician news.

    As for paid reviews, it is the complete opposite. I purposely throttle them. In the past month I have had 3 companies want me to do a review for them and I said no to all of them. Their products were either not targeted at technicians (more for the average joe that needs a 1 click tool) or it was total crap and I’d never write about them anyway.

    Also, lets say all 3 were really good and worth posting about. I would still throttle them so the weeks content isn’t just ads. I have seen other sites that I used to enjoy go down that path and it got annoying, so I don’t want to do it myself.

    Last but not least, I have my own knowledge that I learned from my own experiences, things I have been told by my friends and things I have read from the usual sites I visit. I want to make use of other peoples knowledge, learn from their experiences, hear things their friends told them and read about things from the sites that they visit and I dont. Its all about expanding the Technibble knowledge pool for the benefit of all the readers.

  • This is a good idea. Not a whole lot of sites have information like you trying to add to this site. If I have any ideas, I will send it your way. Otherwise, I look forward to this type of news.

  • rich says:

    I think that you do a great job here Mr. Whitty.
    Adding more technical stories is a good thing. No one can know everything so why not ask for more input. It helps everyone.
    This site is my favorite tech site. You run it like something you would like to see when you go to someone else’s site. Nothing in your face but everything just a click away.
    I appreciate what you do.
    Rich

  • bobaloub says:

    are they going to post everything we submit?

    I think the most important things would be like security updates for windows & other software.

    But I’ll have to say at least you computer techs share your knowledge (I started out fixing tvs and about 5 years ago we got into computers).

    When I got started in the tv business I found it to be very cut throat, no one wants to share their knowledge with you.

  • Jeff says:

    Speaking of defective iPads, I stumbled upon a video showing how well they blend: http://www.blendtec.com/willitblend/videos.aspx?type=unsafe&video=ipad

  • Daniel says:

    I think that this is great. I love reading and learning about resources that would help me to grow as a technician. I would also share as I come across great articles and information. Thanks.

  • Bryce W says:

    bobaloub, I wont be posting everything. Just things I think would be interesting to Technicians. Im sure there will be some articles that will be just “meh” or someone with a commercial interest in what they are posting. Those wont be posted.

    However, in the few hours that this post has been up some people have already submitted some absolute technician gold. I’ll be posting them in the next few days

  • MyTechLife says:

    I use Twitter for my news sources. Can we send you stuff via Twitter? That way we don’t have to be sitting at a computer to submit ideas.

  • Thats a good idea. It’s nice to stay informed.

  • I think it’s a good idea. It can only make technibble even better.

  • max says:

    It’s a damn good idea.

    So suck that, naysayers and other suspicious respondents…what’s the matter with you?!!

  • Renee says:

    Max,

    I’m not sure who you were referring your comments to but the other comments in addition to mine were not from naysayers or suspicious respondents….except for the very first one. My two cents mentioned about making sure what we share and report would be a help to us as technicians. “Newsworthy’ items will be become public knowledge eventually, that’s all. As I’ve acknowledged repeatingly on other threads, posts and forums, I am very grateful for Bryce’s hard work on this site and it’s the best site I’ve come across. I subscribe to it and I’m on here at least 3-5 times a day.

    Bryce: I just bookmarked a link to your Computer Repair Tools – excellent, excellent, excellent resource!!! Thank You!

  • Luther says:

    Personally I’m willing to help Technibble as much as I can, it’s an excellent resource for us all and I think Bryce has done a fantastic job of running the site.

  • Steve says:

    Hey I am a damn good tech…. been in the biz for 15 years or so …and most of the cool software or tech stuff I learned off sites like this. So … even if technibble is running out of ideas…big deal… he’s probably running his own tech business like most of us. And like one post says..you cant know everything. So if I see something people can use… I will submit. Just show credits lol.

  • Internet Age says:

    Leveraging your audience to help populate your blog with content is an awesome idea. There are bound to be some real pearls surfacing from this effort. Count me in, I’ll be only too happy to help and participate.

  • Scott says:

    Hey I am a new, up and coming tech. Been working on them for a while but only for family and friends, and really love this site.

    Can some of you post what other sites you find interesting that you get your tech news from?