Troubles with Tech? 3 Places to Get Help

by @AnnieDaylon

shutterstock_127171886 I knew nothing about tech three years ago. (See former Technology Woes post.) I have learned a lot, but every now and then, tech woes build and I still long to put my computer out of its misery. Something I’ve noticed while attending online conferences is that I’m not alone: tech issues are common. Something I’ve learned from webinar presenters is that you (calmly) work through the problem.

Sometimes, however, you can’t fix the problems yourself. What follows is a list of three sites where you can get help. I have used only the first of the three but have heard good things about the others.

1) Odesk : “What Kind of Work Can I Get Done?”
“Anything you can do on a computer—from graphic design to software development—can be done on oDesk. Our freelancers can tackle a wide range of projects: Big or small, Short or ongoing,
Individual or team-based.”

I have used Odesk twice, both times successfully. Once you post your job, you will receive applicants and you communicate with them before hiring.  Fees of freelancers range from $4/hr to $50/hr. Note: Posting a Job is FREE.
 

2) Elance  “Hire a talented Freelancer” 
“We’ll help you find and hire the perfect Freelancer, making it easy to grow your business even faster.”

I signed up for Elance for the work I am having done currently, but found a suitable candidate on Odesk first. With Elance, as with Odesk, posting a job is FREE.

3) Fiverr    “What do you need done? Find it on Fiverr”

I am actually waiting for something to crop up to use this one. Apparently, the motto is “anything for five bucks.” Yes, they have a “programming and tech” section. I know  someone who had his email signature designed there (Yes, $5.) I also know someone who hired a violinist to accompany a vocal/ piano arrangement. (Can’t beat $5 for that!)

 

Caveat Emptor: Exercise caution in hiring for tech as in all things. The first time I hired from Odesk, I hit it out of the park. This time, I communicated with three freelancers before I found the right fit. (Thank you to Edward Unger for all his hard work!)

If you have any suggestions for tech help, please share in comments below. Many thanks!

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Pick of the Twitter: March, 2015

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Looking for writing/marketing/tech tips? Here are my Top Twitter picks for March, 2015:

  1.  How are short stories evaluated for publication or awards? by @JodieRennerEd via @KMWEiland

  2. 5 Ways Pinterest Can Help Authors  @IndiAuthorALLI via @K8Tilton

  3. Top Ten Things You Need to Know About the Writing Life  by @JamesScottBell via @thecreativepenn

  4. How to make pictures behave in WordPress  @BakerviewConsul via @sugarbeatbc  @christinenolfi (Love this one!)

  5. Great Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary by Maria Popova @penguinrandom @brainpicker

  6. Blogs Vs. Newsletters: What’s the Diff? by Jim Devitt

  7. Tips on writing an e-book series by Nikki Moore via @WomenWriters

  8. The Complete Italicization Guide  @write_practice

  9. The Benefits of Hybrid Publishing by Melissa Donovan @WritingForward

  10. Build your audience WHILE writing your book! -Jason Wiser, The Author Hangout! @bkmkting

  11. 21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors by Heather Hart

  12. 10 SIMPLE, CLEVER TIPS for Computer, Web, Smartphone & Camera Users.  by columinist David Pogue @Pogue (Great Tips! Love this!)

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Technology Woes (aka ‘Oh Me nerves, You Got Me Drove’)

by @AnnieDaylon

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Have technology problems ever frayed your nerves? Welcome to my world!

Last week I was struggling to get images on my blog. No luck. I managed to publish a post and then I took the CPU to Express Computers for full diagnostic and general clean up. Of course, the computer worked perfectly at the shop. So, I took my baby home where, sadly, nothing worked.

I consulted with the my website host, with Word Press, with a highly knowledgeable tech friend. But, in this day and age of Febreeze anti-clogging technology and Mazda sky-active technology and Energizer power-seal technology and Nikon android technology and Nivea Dry-Q technology and Frog Tape Paint-Block Technology and Ford Eco-boost technology, there seemed to be no answer to my technology woes. I was ready to throw in the towel, make that a whole roll of towels, specifically, Bounty (with trap-and-lock technology.)

Desperate, I took the CPU back to Express Computers. As soon as they connected it to their monitor, the images appeared. Magic! I mentioned how impressed I was with the speed of their system in comparison to the slow rate of mine. Instantly, they asked who my service provider was and if I had taken advantage of upgrades. (Oops! Had the system for six years; no upgrades.) Apparently, if your system is running too slowly, the internet tries for a while to complete your command, gives up, times out, and moves on to something else. Express Computers suggested that I go to my provider and ask for a new router. I did. No extra cost. Problem solved.

So, what’s your take-away from my experience?

Well, is your computer slowing down? Are your images disappearing? Before you spend a half-hour waiting to connect with your host and another half-hour in an online chat, before you troll for hours through Word Press support forums, before you use up a wonderful friend’s valuable time, before you start deactivating and reactivating plugins, before you do any of this… check for upgrades. The problem can be as simple as a new router or a new cable. (Express Computers in Chilliwack, BC, gave me a new cable, just in case. Gotta love that kind of service!)

In short, look for the simplest solution. A philosophy for technology… and life.

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