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Monday, June 30, 2008

That Does Not Compute!!

Do you remember that famous TV series called 'Lost in Space'.

There would be few who wouldn't remember the Jupiter II lost in space with the Robinson Family, Dr Zachary Smith, Major Don West and, of course, the Robot.

The Robots catch cry was "Danger, Danger Will Robinson" when trouble was lurking or "That does not compute" when something was not logical.

The phrase "That does not compute" springs to mind more often than not as I deal with Family, Friends and Customers with their computers, VCR's and other electronic equipment.

What doesn't compute is why you pay so much to use so little of the power of a device such as a modern day computer. You are paying $1500 - $2000 for a device to play games.

Now come on ... hands up all those people who bought a computer for their kids to play games ... OK ... there's one ... two ... three ... yes there's quite a few.

Now your saying to yourself "Well what else would I do with it because I don't run a business" and therein lies my point. You don't have to be running a business to get the most out of your computer ...

OR

.... why NOT run a part time business and try and get some of that investment back.

Here is a list of personal/business uses for your 'toy' -

1. Build a Catalogue/Index of your favorite recipes

2. Research and build your family tree

3. Search the Internet for any sort of information

4. Create your own family or Business web site

5. Use it to run design software for quilts (this is a use one of my friends uses it for). There are tons of software programs out there that allow you to design almost anything.

6. Catalogue your collection of whatever you collect (stamps, comics, figurines, books, toy cars etc)

7. Shop online

8. Buy Goods like cars, white goods, furniture.

9. Sending and receiving email

10. Keep a list of personal and business contacts

11. Let your kids research their homework on the internet

12. Do an online course of study

13. Complete a degree or Diploma

14. Book Airline tickets, accomodation, holidays

15. Plan your holiday or trip online

16. Buy and sell goods through an online auction i.e. ebay

17. View and Buy a house

18. Design your own dream home

19. Put an inexpensive web camera on your PC and have a video conference

20. Do Video editing

21. Create Video tutorials of your favorite subject

22. Research your favorite pastime/hobby

23. Send a protest to your politcal representative

24. Scan, edit and store your photos

25. Write a book

26. Write your family history

27. Submit your tax returns electronically

28. Do your banking online

29. Pay your bills online

30. OK, I'll concede ... play some games as well!

This list is just off the top of my head ...

.... you can use your computer for any imaginable task e.g. In the not too distant future your computer will run your house for you.

The one thing that stops you from doing any or all of these things now is a lack of the basic understanding/knowledge of your computer. Sure your reading this article so that means you can receive email or browse the web but what happens if they don't work any more? Do you have enough basic knowledge to rectify the simple problems or would you rather wait for your computer to be 'fixed' by the local technician?

More than 80% of most computer problems could be resolved with just some basic computer know-how. I have known people to go without a computer for a few days only to find a cord was loose on their mouse.

Your first task after buying a computer should be to learn about the basics of your computer. There are online courses, college courses and tutors available to help you do just that.

So take the initiative and get the most out of your computer otherwise you are wasting your time money and 'That does not compute!'