Here are some topics we may include on either the free or "subscription" sites:
-- Computer Basics (build vs. buy)
-- Installing computer systems (Windows® or Linux)
-- Partitioning and data organization
-- Data backup and recovery suggestions (software recommendations)
-- Browser and E-mail clients to use
-- Office Suites: Microsoft® vs.OpenOffice.org
-- Additional Software for fun and function
-- Security needs and software for the best protection
-- Firewalls (do I need one?)
-- Themes (What is a theme anyway)
-- Cool websites to visit
-- Best sites to go to for downloading
-- Some sites to watch out for (viruses/spyware)
-- Install Videos
-- Install screenshots
-- File Downloads
The list above isn't complete and may not include all the topics/services offered and we reserve the right to modify this at any time!)
Some of the topics will be discussed on the free sites and others will be reserved for the subscription sites.
Personal Thoughts & Tips:
We believe IF you decide to purchase a computer system with Windows® as the operating system, you SHOULD receive a physical CD or DVD allowing an easier re-install WHEN the need arises! This is NOT the case anymore...hardware manufacturers either have a "restore" partition (I have had 2 systems that this DID NOT WORK ON) or they give you their special OEM disk (that will ONLY work if there are not significant hardware changes...so, if your motherboard goes or you want a bigger main hard drive...say goodbye to your OS...it is licensed to the hard drive or the motherboard...once a major upgrade of hardware takes place, the OS won't work anymore & the manufacturer WILL tell you this when you call to complain! Linux doesn't operate this way...new hardware, no sweat...simply re-install for FREE FREE FREE FREE (ok, so there IS time involved).
I had to learn how to fix my systems because I just could not afford $80/hour to have someone else do it for me...next, I need to learn how to build laptops! I can try to teach you what 10 years has taught me so you can save on your computer costs unless you feel comfortable taking your system to someone else & paying to have it fixed. We are NOT saying you will never have to take it in and spend money to have it repaired, we just know that sometimes YOU can fix it relatively easily and why should someone get $80 for 15-20 minutes of work...are YOU paid that much an hour in your job?
Tip for New system Owners: If your OS (operating system) is based on the Windows® Platform...remember to create a set of "Rescue" disks from your "Rescue Partition"...if my daughter-in-law had done this with her HP® desktop...she might have been able to restore her system...we were not able to restore her system after upgrading to a larger HD (Hard Drive). also, make sure you have a backup method in place & perform regular backups...I have lost data because my auto backup was off & a week later...wham...lost partition (this was a brand new TB hard drive & it failed after one month)...lesson...do regular backups or be ok loosing data.
Also, be aware of ANYONE offering you a seriously discounted Windows® OS disk online or in person...chances are they are one of these Manufacturer OEM system specific disks that will not validate for you as they were not licensed to your hardware. You must be able to validate your install to be legal...also, make sure you receive a COA label with the code to validate...no COA, not legal! (again, this is not an issue with Linux; but, not everyone is ready to try it yet...only YOU can evaluate which Operating System (OS) YOU feel most comfortable using and meets YOUR needs.