Category: Advice

Inside Your Computer

“How does a computer work? The critical components of a computer are the peripherals (including the mouse), the input/output subsystem (which controls what and how much information comes in and out), and the central processing unit (the brains), as well as human-written programs and memory. Bettina Bair walks us through the steps your computer takes […]

Gateway NV5207u / MS2274 Repair

—-UPDATE BELOW: Repair successful—- I have a repair issue that I am currently looking for a solution. Any tips, hints, or recommendations will be appreciated. A Gateway NV5207u / MS2274 has recently come into my possession. It does not turn on when I press the power button (on the right side of the screen hinge). […]

80/20 Rule of Computer Repairs

Every occupation or industry has an 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle). 80% of your sales come from 20% of your customers. 80% of your profits come from 20% of the time you spend. 80% of the injuries or accidents are caused by 20% of the hazards. For computer repairs, 80% of the time is spent finding […]

Hard Drive Prices

You may have noticed this past holiday season that hard drive prices seemed a little bit higher than normal (ok waaaay higher than normal). There was a flood in Thailand in October that wiped out factories that make some of the parts for drives. The supply of drives dwindled and prices were raised. The good […]

The Holidays Are Upon Us…

Black Friday started on November first. Cyber Monday is all week long. After-Thanksgiving sales are all over the place. Christmas Eve sales will be starting soon. Please do not feel pressured into buying stuff you don’t need. Put an item in your cart, save it, come back the next day and see if you still […]

Programming Kommentare

/* The following paragraph has a intro and a little explanation of what the post is about.*/ So I’m at Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls, WI, with my wife and two of our friends. I overheard some guys talking about leaving comments in a a different language. Obviously, a different language is any language !English (for […]

IP Addresses

DISCLAIMER: Mind my audience. They are not nerds, so I don’t need to hear from other nerds about octets, range classes, IPv6, history, etc. This is not the origin story of IP addresses, this is a down-to-earth explanation about what an IP address means to a home user. Step off. I’m sure you’ve heard of […]

Launch Party!

Hey everyone, thanks for making the Skillet Enterprises weekend launch party a success! It was a ton of fun! For 52 nonstop hours, we had bikini girls, muscle guys, good drinks, good food, great music, and tons of free stuff was given away. We even had some celebrities show up (shout outs to Mike Tyson, […]