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Old 12-29-2007, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Eastport, Maine
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I will be moving to Maine as a retired math/science high school teacher, but I wouldn't mind teaching again in a local district. I am currently the Computer Network Specialist for our school. I am technically already retired, but have to work for health insurance as I am a few years away from Medicare/SSI. Early retirement without health care is dangerous for us late 50's people. If I found a job in Maine with healthcare, I would move to Eastport as soon as I could tie up loose ends here in Florida. No Child Left Behind is most likely going away, nobody is impressed with it anymore. I keep remembering a comment that an Eastporter made to me, "take early retirement, move up here to Eastport, be poor with the rest of us, and live life they way it should be."

I do computer repair, network installations, and webpage design (MenME is much better at that than I am) and have experience with radio/television transmitters. Do you think there is a market for a small computer related business in the area?
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:06 AM
 
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I do computer repair, network installations, and webpage design (MenME is much better at that than I am) and have experience with radio/television transmitters. Do you think there is a market for a small computer related business in the area?
I am frequently asked by patrons for the name of a tech to do work on their computer.
It is estimated that 66% of households in the US have at least one computer and this number is growing, so I believe this specialty would be in desire.

Newpage Corp. in Rumford will have another round of hiring soon. Here is the link and it would probably be wise to personally call H&R at the Rumford mill.
www.NewPageCorp.com.

Last edited by 7th generation; 12-29-2007 at 10:20 AM.. Reason: added papermill info.
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:09 AM
 
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I will be moving to Maine as a retired math/science high school teacher, but I wouldn't mind teaching again in a local district. I am currently the Computer Network Specialist for our school. I am technically already retired, but have to work for health insurance as I am a few years away from Medicare/SSI. Early retirement without health care is dangerous for us late 50's people. If I found a job in Maine with healthcare, I would move to Eastport as soon as I could tie up loose ends here in Florida. No Child Left Behind is most likely going away, nobody is impressed with it anymore. I keep remembering a comment that an Eastporter made to me, "take early retirement, move up here to Eastport, be poor with the rest of us, and live life they way it should be."

I do computer repair, network installations, and webpage design (MenME is much better at that than I am) and have experience with radio/television transmitters. Do you think there is a market for a small computer related business in the area?
if you were nearby now, id call you, my desktop needs a "computer physical" beyond defragmenting, and clearing out the caches and temp files,
im sure there are services around, but i hesitate to call for a couple reasons, first, i have a busy schedule,,difficult to be home during the day, when theyd like to come over,,id want someone i can trust, to come in,,look it over and leave me a bill...id leave a list of dofficulties im having with it,,
second, i hesitate,,because i dont want to call a place, and listen to thier technical jargon, i know nothing about, invite them over for a look,,and it'll cost me mega-bucks an hour....
so yes, i believe if there was a trusting service available, it would be successful,,,

even setting up maintenance schedules,,say once a quarter,,,come in and evaluate my computer,,,id pay for that,,
this,,would eliminate the "just in case" hugely expensive warranties, (plans) they love to stick ya with.

i'll give ya one example,,of what i mean,,say i pressed ctrl/alt/delete at the same time,,,to see what programs are running,,,i can see many,,dont have a clue which ones i exactly need,,or the ones that are junking up my puter,,,
and beyond that,,,im hesitant to buy alot of anti-spyware, programs,,,
i have a couple free download ones,,lavasoft and adaware,,,but have resisted buying anything,,,
and you can take onelook at my puter and tell me,,what shouldnt be on here,,and perhaps what should,,thatd be valuable!
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Eastport, Maine
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I don't have to be in Maine to give your computer a once over physical. There is a program that I can use to login to your computer at your house. A virtual tech. I use it all the time. Yes, there are lots of programs that are running that really slow a machine down, and especially cause it to freeze up when certain things are happening. That is usually the indication that you need a "deep cleaning" to remove all the junk.
That is exactly the type of work I want to do. Not full time, but in my time. Since most people work during the day, I would certainly accommodate them by making an evening house call. In fact I do that now for all my friends. I worked last night on a friends cell phone to get text messages back that had been erased. We got 35 text messages back. We got the data off the SIM card that is in most phones today.

It really irritates me when I get a package that I must be home to sign for. I have to take off work and just sit around waiting for UPS/FEDEX.

You are wise not to spend money on a maintenance agreement. First of all it's not the computer that is important, it is the data. If you make your living with your computer, all your business, finances, customer list, billing accounts, etc., is probably on that computer, and a data loss is cata$trophic! Retrieving data is the first thing a tech should do. The rest is just plug in the part and load it up again.

Thanks for the encouragement!
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:58 AM
 
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I don't have to be in Maine to give your computer a once over physical. There is a program that I can use to login to your computer at your house. A virtual tech. I use it all the time. Yes, there are lots of programs that are running that really slow a machine down, and especially cause it to freeze up when certain things are happening. That is usually the indication that you need a "deep cleaning" to remove all the junk.
That is exactly the type of work I want to do. Not full time, but in my time. Since most people work during the day, I would certainly accommodate them by making an evening house call. In fact I do that now for all my friends. I worked last night on a friends cell phone to get text messages back that had been erased. We got 35 text messages back. We got the data off the SIM card that is in most phones today.

It really irritates me when I get a package that I must be home to sign for. I have to take off work and just sit around waiting for UPS/FEDEX.

You are wise not to spend money on a maintenance agreement. First of all it's not the computer that is important, it is the data. If you make your living with your computer, all your business, finances, customer list, billing accounts, etc., is probably on that computer, and a data loss is cata$trophic! Retrieving data is the first thing a tech should do. The rest is just plug in the part and load it up again.

Thanks for the encouragement!
ok then,,,come monday anytime during the day, ill leave the house unlocked.
my desktop pc is three days away from being a target for my 12 gauge shotgun,,,,i cant even sign onto aol,,wont read the aol access numbers,,and i get an error code of 4.17 winspy

(help yourself to the crown royal if you'd like,,but only after you worked on my pc)
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Florida&Eastport
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Thank you Fly...I love this thread...thank you MBM...it is exactly what Danny needed to get off the ground with tech support...I have a feeling I am moving to Eastport soon... yeeeeeeessssssss...thank you Jesus.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Eastport, Maine
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Winspy is a very useful, but potentially dangerous program, especially the error 417. I would uninstall Winspy and then run your malware programs, such as spybot, adaware, etc., whatever you have on the computer.

Danger Will Robinson: Winspy is a completely transparent key logger program. It can record every keystroke on your computer, including passwords that appear as *********. If you installed it, then you are probably okay, but if it was installed from a link or web page, I would definitely take the program off.

For spybots, and malware I recommend Spybot. You can lock the registry of your computer. Lock the registry, and you eliminate 90% of your Windows problems. Locking will keep the computer from ever installing a program from the internet. Then get rid of IE. I always tell people to get the Firefox browser. It is immune to most of the problems you get from the internet. Symantec Antivirus is the best available. It isn't cheap, but you get updates once every few days, sometimes daily. The annual renewal is worth it's weight in gold. For less than the cost of a single service call you can be protected for a whole year. There are a number of simple (honest, I promise) that you can do to protect your computer.

Crown is just fine! I have a two drink minimum before I work on your computer, so I won't pull my shotgun out and have to buy you a new one.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:28 AM
 
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Winspy is a very useful, but potentially dangerous program, especially the error 417. I would uninstall Winspy and then run your malware programs, such as spybot, adaware, etc., whatever you have on the computer.

Danger Will Robinson: Winspy is a completely transparent key logger program. It can record every keystroke on your computer, including passwords that appear as *********. If you installed it, then you are probably okay, but if it was installed from a link or web page, I would definitely take the program off.

For spybots, and malware I recommend Spybot. You can lock the registry of your computer. Lock the registry, and you eliminate 90% of your Windows problems. Locking will keep the computer from ever installing a program from the internet. Then get rid of IE. I always tell people to get the Firefox browser. It is immune to most of the problems you get from the internet. Symantec Antivirus is the best available. It isn't cheap, but you get updates once every few days, sometimes daily. The annual renewal is worth it's weight in gold. For less than the cost of a single service call you can be protected for a whole year. There are a number of simple (honest, I promise) that you can do to protect your computer.

Crown is just fine! I have a two drink minimum before I work on your computer, so I won't pull my shotgun out and have to buy you a new one.

a two drink minimum? then i wanna be the first appointment of the day!!

thanx for the tech tips!!
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Old 12-29-2007, 12:23 PM
 
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For spybots, and malware I recommend Spybot. You can lock the registry of your computer. Lock the registry, and you eliminate 90% of your Windows problems. Locking will keep the computer from ever installing a program from the internet. Then get rid of IE. I always tell people to get the Firefox browser. It is immune to most of the problems you get from the internet. Symantec Antivirus is the best available. It isn't cheap, but you get updates once every few days, sometimes daily. The annual renewal is worth it's weight in gold. For less than the cost of a single service call you can be protected for a whole year. There are a number of simple (honest, I promise) that you can do to protect your computer.
I agree, Spybot is great.

However, I have tried Firefox on both my previous computer and this one. Locks them up like a rock and I can't do much of anything. I go back to IE and they run beautifully. I think I'm one of the few people who never has a problem with IE (knocking on wood immediately).
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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I agree completely with all you say... I have gotten OUT of the tech support business, which I kind of slid into sideways as a result of clients for my graphic design/marketing business asking questions. I do a lot of office calls to meet with them... and things would come up that were SO quick and easy to fix... and one thing led to another! But I do not like doing it and so I am now concentrating on what I love: designing and hosting web sites, and designing just about anything else a client might need "in print or on screen" as I say...

Like you, I can work "virtually" with clients anywhere... even doing print projects. In fact most of my print files have been delivered electronically for several years (except for one this month when I had to send a CD...) and would love to get a foothold up there before I arrive as well. I had not necessarily planned to stay in this business full time, but I love doing it... besides being a job, it makes me feel good to help other businesses succeed...

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Winspy is a very useful, but potentially dangerous program, especially the error 417. I would uninstall Winspy and then run your malware programs, such as spybot, adaware, etc., whatever you have on the computer.

Danger Will Robinson: Winspy is a completely transparent key logger program. It can record every keystroke on your computer, including passwords that appear as *********. If you installed it, then you are probably okay, but if it was installed from a link or web page, I would definitely take the program off.

For spybots, and malware I recommend Spybot. You can lock the registry of your computer. Lock the registry, and you eliminate 90% of your Windows problems. Locking will keep the computer from ever installing a program from the internet. Then get rid of IE. I always tell people to get the Firefox browser. It is immune to most of the problems you get from the internet. Symantec Antivirus is the best available. It isn't cheap, but you get updates once every few days, sometimes daily. The annual renewal is worth it's weight in gold. For less than the cost of a single service call you can be protected for a whole year. There are a number of simple (honest, I promise) that you can do to protect your computer.

Crown is just fine! I have a two drink minimum before I work on your computer, so I won't pull my shotgun out and have to buy you a new one.
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