Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

10 things to add $10,000 to your income by Fall

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Summer is here. It’s not like when you were a kid though. You don’t all of a sudden have nothing to do for months (well, except teachers for the most part). You have work or a business to attend to and probably children. Well, here’s a list I’ve compiled that should help most of you use summer to change your life for the better. I’ve helped many people change jobs or get promoted and it usually seems a least a ten thousand dollar increase. Some of the steps may seem very mundane but believe me, you’ll reap the benefits soon and into the future.
1) See what others are making and doing

Look on the internet (not at work) for job sites like monster, careerbuilder, or dice and see what people in the job you want to do are making. Looking for the jobs paying the most and the job descriptions and see what you need to learn or even better if you need to apply. Also, go to google and search for resumes. In the google search bar you can type in a phrase like: “resume ceo filetype:doc” This will return resumes of people all over doing that job and what they’re doing or have done in Word format. See what you need to do and do it.

2) Learn how to use 1 new application

For every profession there is at least 1 program you could learn to use that really would make you a star. Presentation software (Powerpoint, etc.) can help you look great leading meetings. IT guys might substitute application with programming language (ie PHP, Ruby). Upper level staff and financial people might want to learn SAP or Peoplesoft because many big companies use them.

3) Be seen at summer parties

You don’t need to lose 30lbs or be the talk of the town but you do need to be seen. Most opportunities don’t come from what you know but who you know. So meet some new people and just talk and get their info.

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eMachines or Voss water?

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

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A week ago I neglected writing posts because I was at a funeral in Texas and stayed the week in a small city outside Houston. As is the case in my local family I have the same situation with my family all over. Computer guys are an anomaly. I really like it even though it does cause problems at times (i.e. my post “I don’t have a spare anything“). I found myself going from house to house looking at people’s computers and doing electrical work. Seeing as how most of the city seems to be related to me I did do a lot of meeting people as well as solving problems with my dad as tour guide extraordinaire.

A problem that I’ve been seeing over and over again is the eMachine. I used to think that a computer is a computer. It didn’t really as long as you got the basic parts right but I’ve got to say that I’ve definitely proved myself wrong. I was working on a cousin’s computer in Texas and it just had the weirdest problems. I found, with no surprise, that it was once again an eMachine. No sooner had I gotten home than two other people called me with problems and their computers were eMachines as well. The usual problem seemed to be a need to replace the motherboard. This is a fairly innocuous part of a computer even though it shouldn’t be overlooked in a really fast and reliable computer when you’re building one for yourself.

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Tip: Backup and encrypt

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I thought about all the people in New Orleans after Katrina that lost all their information. Well, here’s what you can do for yourself today. If you’ve got a scanner and a CD or DVD writer you should scan in all your important document and photos if you like. Then copy them to a folder on your computer. Here’s where the magic starts.

Truecrypt (www.truecrypt.org) is a program that will make all the information unreadable even to the best hacker. Read the instructions and create a truecrypt file the size of your CD or DVD . Once you give that file a password you can copy it to the disk and you’re all set.

You can give the disk to your family, friends, or even put it in a safe deposit box. Without the password. NO ONE can open that disk.

P.S.: It works on Windows and Linux but I don’t know of a solution for the Mac yet. I’ll keep you posted if you’re interested.

Tip: Don’t use Internet Explorer again!

Friday, May 25th, 2007

I’m not a Microsoft basher but I’m giving you a tip that everyone should know that will save you so many problems. STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER!

Mozilla Firefox is a free web browser that will keep out a lot of the crap that flows around the Internet and will eventually slow down your computer. If you’re using the Internet (which you are right now) then you have no excuse. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Of course don’t forget to use an anti-virus, adware removal tool, and update often… or use Linux or a Mac computer. That conversations for another day though.