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Helping Hand

March 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

One of the things that bring me great pleasure is helping my friends with social media and building websites.


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For the past month I’ve been helping my friend, Bonnie D’lizarraga build her website. The preceding link will bring you to her site.  There were a number of things we had to do.  Bonnie already had a domain name so that was one thing we didn’t have to do.



We went to her Host site and made changes to her DNS settings:
--Creating an “A” record with her host.
--Creating a CName record with her host.


Once those changes were made, we returned to the website where her site was placed:
--Pointing her domain name with the website service she used.


Sometimes it can take up to twenty four hours for the DNS settings to take effect.  However, Bonnie’s new site came up immediately.  Since I’m using the same service to host my site, I’ve been able to get Bonnie up and running fairly quickly.  And she won’t have to contact tech support at her service for minor tweaks she isn’t sure about.  There is still more to do.  But at least she has a platform now to share her photography in a professional manner.  


As I said above, it’s one of my favorite things to do.  I have a number of social media/computer clients that I help on a regular basis.  Before I was hired at the Madison Library, I DID have a client base of well over a hundred clients.
I built a few computers for people.
I mostly did troubleshooting on Windows PCs both software and hardware.


So I’ve always had my hands in the “tech” sector.  One of the things I promised myself when I bought my first computer, was that I didn’t want to be the person who became a pest to a tech guy.  I initially found that’s the impression that I created.  In all likelihood, it wasn’t the case.  However I decided to take it upon myself to learn all I could.  I opened the case and looked at all the cards that were inserted.  
When I needed a new internal modem, I installed it.
When I wanted more ram, I installed it.
When I wanted a new sound card, you guessed it, I installed it.


I felt much better about myself after doing all these things.  It gave me a sense of satisfaction that I didn’t need anyone else to help me.  I got to the point where people were coming to me.


Even in the early days of the Internet when you needed to know HTML, I was building websites for friends and clients.  Learning that code has helped me even to this day, because even though most sites are now template based, it is still helpful to know HTML.  There are some cases where I still use it. 


To this day, I use the knowledge I picked up in the early 1990s to help others.  Everything is connected.  From building computers to replacing cards in my own computer, to editing software and learning HTML.  All these tools I’ve picked up along the way has made me more confident when it comes to helping others.



In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.





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