Ramblings and Philosophy

  • Point to Ponder… Form Factor and the Operating System

    Point to Ponder… Form Factor and the Operating System - YouTube thumbnailIn this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer guy talks about how he LOVES OSX on his MacBook Air, but hates it on his brand new iMac. He dislikes OSX on the iMac so much that he used Bootcamp to install Windows 7 on the iMac. How the Form Factor ...
  • Point to Ponder… Inoculate Yourself from Windows 8 By Using Microsoft Volume Licensing

    Point to Ponder… Inoculate Yourself from Windows 8 By Using Microsoft Volume Licensing - YouTube thumbnailIn this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer Guy discusses how you can use Microsoft Volume licensing to inoculate you and your client’s companies form the scourge of Windows 8.
  • Point to Ponder… Windows 8 Review… Why Does Microsoft Hate Us?

    Point to Ponder… Windows 8 Review… Why Does Microsoft Hate Us? - YouTube thumbnailIn this Point to Ponder video Eli the Computer Guy demo’s Windows 8 and explains why he thinks it will be an absolute nightmare for users and consultants.
  • The First Rule of Hack Club is….

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  • The Coffee Equation

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  • What Your Idea is Worth

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  • Power of Poetry

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  • What is the Best

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  • What’s in it for Me?

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  • Just Don’t Lie to Yourself

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  • Perfectionists are Cowards

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  • What Would You Do?

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  • Real TCO

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  • Don’t Count the Money Till it’s in the Bank

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  • Everyone Likes a Nice Tie

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  • Interns and Free Help

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  • Tech Consultant vs. Tech Businessman

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  • Computer Repair Business in 2011

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  • Beware of Carpet Baggers (Edited)

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  • Beware of Carpet Baggers

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  • Employees are like Women

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  • Your Stress Theshold

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  • The Proper Way to Enjoy Spam

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  • Sir… Yes, Sir..!

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  • Business Partnerships

    Business Partnerships - YouTube thumbnailBusiness Partnerships
  • Show Me the Money

    Show Me the Money - YouTube thumbnailShow Me the Money
  • Listening

    Listening - YouTube thumbnailListening
  • Free Labor is too Expensive

    Free Labor is too Expensive - YouTube thumbnailJust because you’re not getting paid doesn’t mean a business doesn’t have to pay for your “free labor”. Too many interns/ volunteers act like they can do whatever they want simply because they are not receiving a pay check. This mentality forced me to stop taking interns while ...
  • Picking Up Dog Poop, and Other Ways to Get Ahead in Your Career

    Picking Up Dog Poop, and Other Ways to Get Ahead in Your Career - YouTube thumbnailToo many employees refuse to stray from their job descriptions. Owners and managers reward and promote those people that make the business run well. I’ll keep someone willing to pickup dog poop in our parking lot over a snotty senior tech any day.
  • Everyman IT’s Request for a Google Chrome Laptop

    Everyman IT’s Request for a Google Chrome Laptop - YouTube thumbnailThis is our video request to try to receive a Google Chrome Laptop for their beta program.
  • Barstool Sales Pitch

    Barstool Sales Pitch - YouTube thumbnailForget the “Elevator Sales Pitch” as a relic of 1950’s New York business. The “Barstool Sales Pitch” is guaranteed to work for almost all small businesses. You literally make money while drinking beer. Can you ask for more..?
  • Embrace Your Mercenary Roots

    Embrace Your Mercenary Roots - YouTube thumbnailThe modern computer technologists hail from a long line of mercenary professionals. We salute to no corporation, agency or institution. We strive for pay, glory and to play with really cool toys. By embracing what we once were we can find our future.
  • A Word on Fear…

    A Word on Fear… - YouTube thumbnailBeing shy and afraid to talk to people is natural, but that instinct will destroy your career. You have to be willing to talk to people, cold call, etc if you want to be successful in business and technology.
  • Easy is in the Eye of the Beholder

    Easy is in the Eye of the Beholder - YouTube thumbnailSimple and easy are words that you should be very careful using. The best plans, and most generous gifts can become a nightmare if the recipient doesn’t know what to do with them.
  • Knocking on Doors

    Knocking on Doors - YouTube thumbnailThis is probably the most important, and useful advice on advertising that Eli can give. The easiest, cheapest and most effective form of advertising that Eli has ever used has been simply going to businesses and giving them a flyer about his product or service. You don’t need ...
  • Don’t Buy Your Own Hype

    Don’t Buy Your Own Hype - YouTube thumbnailHype is a part of business. Putting yourself, your company and your products in the best light possible is a requirement for becoming a successful entrepreneur. But for the love of all that is good NEVER BUY YOUR OWN CRAP! Too many business owners get wrapped up ...
  • Lesson #555 on Why the Computer Repair Business is Dead

    Lesson #555 on Why the Computer Repair Business is Dead - YouTube thumbnailFor our computer lab we bought laptop computers with Dual Core Processors, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB Hard Drives and N Wireless networking for $479 at Best Buy. There were some good laptop computers for only $340. At these prices it almost pointless to pay to fix ...
  • Sales is a Numbers Game

    Sales is a Numbers Game - YouTube thumbnailOne out of every hundred people is going to buy your product. That means if you want ten new clients you’ll have to talk to a thousand people. Understanding that selling is purely a numbers game takes the emotion and feeling of rejection out of the sales equation.
  • Profit is Patriotic

    Profit is Patriotic - YouTube thumbnailGreed is Good’ish… Profit and surplus not only enriches people, but allows for businesses to grow, taxes to be paid and non profits organization to muddle along doing work everyone else has more important things to do. Too many small business people and consultants are scared to make too ...
  • It’s OK to Fire Clients

    It’s OK to Fire Clients - YouTube thumbnailSometimes paying clients just are not worth enough to keep around. Learning how and when to fire clients is an invaluable skill for a small business owner. Just like an employee, or a server, if a client is not helping to grow you business they need to be replaced.
  • You Can Lead a Geezer to Technology, But You Can’t Make Them Drink…

    You Can Lead a Geezer to Technology, But You Can’t Make Them Drink… - YouTube thumbnailThere are people that genuinely believe that the Internet is a fad that will pass, that newspapers are a cornerstone of civilization, and that technology only makes things worse. Trying to change these peoples minds is a waste of time, and they will be nightmare clients. If they ...
  • When to Run and When to Plod

    When to Run and When to Plod - YouTube thumbnailThere are times for genius. There are times to run hard and long and accept nothing less then victory. There are also times to just put one foot in front of the other and do the tedious work that needs to be done. Learning when to run ...
  • The NOW of Our Profession

    The NOW of Our Profession - YouTube thumbnailThe days of making a lot of money just by earning a certification are over. To be successful TODAY you must find new and innovative solutions that provide real value to your clients. Thinking outside of the box is no longer a mental exercise. It has become a ...
  • Now What..?

    Now What..? - YouTube thumbnailYou’ve spent a lot of time and money to get certifications, but you have no real world experience. What do you do now?
  • Be Confident and FIX the Problem

    Be Confident and FIX the Problem - YouTube thumbnailTelling the client the 100% unvarnished truth is not always the best idea. Make them confident in your ability to handle the situation and then FIX the problem. Never leave a client until the problem is fixed, or you have presented them with an actionable option.
  • The Friends and Family Discount

    The Friends and Family Discount - YouTube thumbnailFriends and Family deserve a MASSIVE 0% reduction of their bill. Charging your loved ones they way you charge everyone else really is best for your own sanity and your relationships. Not even your momma understands how stressful and time consuming fixing a computer can be.
  • The Persons in a Role is not the same as the Person

    The Persons in a Role is not the same as the Person - YouTube thumbnailPeople act very differently depending on what role they are playing. The great drinking buddy may be a horrible client. The devoted man of god and family may be a worthless employee…
  • The Metaphor of the Segway vs. the Used Bike

    The Metaphor of the Segway vs. the Used Bike - YouTube thumbnailBoth balance on two wheels, but which one is better for your client?
  • Buy Good Parts

    Buy Good Parts - YouTube thumbnailThe cost of labor and lost opportunities can far exceed the few hundred or thousand dollars you will save by trying to use substandard parts. Always buy high quality parts to ensure that your clients know that when they call you to fix a problem that it will stay ...
  • Keep Your Personal Problems Personal

    Keep Your Personal Problems Personal - YouTube thumbnailThe business realm is not the place to unload your personal problems. If your personal life will interfere with your business life you need to come up with an actionable plan that your business associates understand and agree to.
  • Tell The World What You Want

    Tell The World What You Want - YouTube thumbnailMany times all you need to do to get what you want is to ask. The simple act of asking can bring valuable results that may go above and beyond what you imagined was possible.
  • Upsell or Die

    Upsell or Die - YouTube thumbnailLearning to upsell is THE most important skill any small business owner should have. You can easily turn a $200 service call into a $2000-$10,000 if you’re just willing to to tell your client what other possible products or services you can provide.
  • What is Good Enough?

    What is Good Enough? - YouTube thumbnailWe discuss why trying to do too much, or too good a job can actually be bad.
  • Determining Your Labor Rate

    Determining Your Labor Rate - YouTube thumbnailWe talk about how to decide how much to charge your clients for your labor.
  • Rabbit Hole to Hell

    Rabbit Hole to Hell - YouTube thumbnailRabbit Hole to Hell
  • If You Don’t Have Time to Fix it Right the First Time…

    If You Don’t Have Time to Fix it Right the First Time… - YouTube thumbnailIf You Don't Have Time to Fix it Right the First Time...


















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