Introducing Tech GarageWritten by Administrator
Our Mission: "To remove the barriers impeding the responsible and effective use of technology in the local community".
Our mission hasn't changed. We're still hard at it, fixing your technology problems and doing our best to educate the people of Ozark County how to get the most from their electronic slaves. What I wrote last year remains on point: Let's face it the world isn't getting simpler, and the promise of our modern industrial age to make life's burdens easier through technology often leaves us disappointed and with unexpected burdens. But technology is nothing more than a tool, a means to an end like a shovel or a rake. Just like the automobile in its early days, technology has the potential of being a very helpful tool when used properly.
Introductory Computer CourseWritten by Administrator
Tech Garage no longer has an office located in the Bull Shoals Lake Center on Highway 160 in Theodosia, but if you're interested in Computer Instruction or tutoring, or if you're having computer problems call (417) 712-4124 to enroll or inquire. Motechman still offers his services on your premises. He also offers computer maintenance on an annual basis. Customers of such services include Theodosia Family Medical Clinic and the Ozark County Volunteer Library in Gainesville. Other customers include The Treasure Gallery and Garrison's DX station.
Depending on interest expressed, the courses will be given when enough people want the course, with the maximum being 12 due to space limitations. The style of the class will be casual, and include a combination of lecture and interactive presentation on a large screen. Students are welcome to bring their own laptop (not required) which is encouraged.
Each student will be given a 20+ page course booklet and a CD full of useful software like (Open Office) to take with them. The course outline and table of contents for the course booklet are listed below. As you can see it covers alot of material.
The cost of the course will be $30 in advance or $35 the day of the class. The Basic Computer Instruction Course is designed for Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7 and Windows 8).
To sign up for the course or to get additional information not
covered here, give us a call at (417) 712-4124.
Section I: Basic Computer Concepts
- To understand the basic concepts of computer hardware and software
Section II: Operating System Fundamentals
- Learn about basic desktop and operating system features
- Learn how to resize, move and manage your application windows
- Learn how to use cut, copy and paste and the clipboard
- Learn how to copy files using Windows Explorer
- Learn how to use the Task Manager when trouble arises
Section III: Applications
- Learn about basic Internet tools and how to download files
- Learn how to use your computer to organize your ________
- Provide a limited overview of Microsoft Office
- Offer limited personalized instruction for specific programs
Appendix: Terminology and Definitions
- To become familiar with computer jargon and geek speak!
Do You Need a New Computer?Written by Mobile Tech Guy
Whether you're a computer expert or you only turn your tired old PC on twice a month, at some point you'll be faced with the challenge of buying a new system. In the past it often made sense to just upgrade parts of it, but that's not likely the case today. Several of our customers ask us if they should upgrade or replace their computer. There is no fast answer to that question, as it depends on a number of factors. Here we examine a few of them to help you make your decision.
Is Your Wireless Network Secure?Written by Mobile Tech Guy
Typically when CenturyLink installs a wireless router it is setup to allow anyone to connect to your wireless network, but is that secure? There are several things to consider in answering that question. First, how far away from your nearest neighbor or the road are you? If the distance is more than say 300 feet you probably don't need to worry about others connecting to your wireless network.