Initially, HelpUS was a website designed to share some of the information I gathered and created to teach computer courses at Southern Oregon State College before there were any official courses on repairing or upgrading computers. Over the years, the 'speed' of computers have changed a bit, floppy discs have disappeared, USB has become the interface standard, operating systems upgraded, and custom computers are less common. But the logic used for trouble shooting, the methodology for upgrading and buying, and the reality of how computers work are unchanged (just faster and cheaper).
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Every once in a while there were be a variety of emails, help us this... or help us that. Most of the serious ones I've tried to respond to or pass on to someone I thought might be able to actually help... at least provide information, a suggested path or means, in which to move to the next step.
DIY (Do it YourSelf) is awesome when you have the knowledge, ability, skill, tools, time... and yes, the money, TO DO IT OVER a few times if you didn't get it right the first time (or ten).
Point being, understanding your limits is key to EXPANDING them safely and effectively. It shouldn't prevent your learning, but rather give you guidelines, goals, and hope. Everyone started from nothing. It's the dedication of learning, trying, adapting, and improving that help separate people. YOU CAN DO IT!
~ Terry Mercer, HelpUS.com
Technology has truly exploded!
70's - I experienced the power of networking, from the computer lab at RCC.
80's - BBS's (Bulletin Board Systems) were huge in the nerd world.
90's - The World Wide Web became public, and the dawn of the internet exploded.
2000's - Mobile devices got smart.
By 2010 video across the internet went mainstream (though it really had existed for nearly 30 years, now everyone could do it). That "Streaming" technology birthed YouTube and NetFlix, Hulu, and Amazon Movies. Blockbuster's and Hollywood Video died, and even Redbox is struggling as more people learn of Kodi.
Around 2015, most populated areas and smart phones have 'high speed' internet connections, for flawless video streaming, real-time video conferencing among family members, or for business. Oh, and super fast downloading.
2017 - Droid and Apple apps control the phone & tablet market, with Google is working to control the binary world wide web, way past just searching. More applications are going 'Cloud base' and 'license verification' every 30 days, or they auto-matically turn off (all with the false claim it will somehow help stop sharing, hacking, and cracking). But the reality is, if a human can think of it... another human will think of a way around it... it's ultimately just time and money.
In an age of man that has more mis-information and 'entertainment' we need to learn WHO we can trust, HOW to do quick and effective fact checking ourselves, and WHERE to go for questions we can't readily find the answers to.
It would be nice if HELPus.com could become some type of 'information resource' or have some altruistic self-funding method of helping others. Maybe it should become a 501-C(3) Non-Profit? After all, it's purposefully shied away from all conventional advertising, other than sponsorship mentions, for decades. Maybe that is something we should look into further?!
I'm curious what the next big phase will be. There is unlimited storage ability out there in the cloud world, but most choke the upload speed with bit throttles, to a point only the truly dedicated can really afford the time to actually use it. You can access your data from anywhere there is internet... but with a user name and password, so can anyone else. Data Security will become more important, as more data is stored in 'the cloud.'
Through the 90's time this domain, HelpUS.com received Millions of Hits each a month, tens of thousands of unique visitors nearly every day. However, in 1999, I was in a bad car accident, had walked away from a multi-million dollar computer company I helped build, and ceased doing the regular updates to the site. Basically, thinking I'd retired from the computer world, the 'Tips, Tricks, and Traps' posts ceased. I was up to my eye balls in getting well, and learning about Nutrition... so I could help MD's Choice.
On July 19th, 2017, I installed a 'stats counter' on the domain again, just to see how many people were still using this website, and the information still on it (despite it not being updated since 99). For the months of Aug, Sept, and most of Oct 2017, even with the outdated information, this domain is getting almost 1,000 unique visitors a week, and over 20,000 hits a month. Those numbers promoted me to take the time to do some updates.
These are the raw stats, automatically generated by the server software, good or bad, for WebToolsLab...they show a clear, and regular, amount of traffic to this domain gets every day, every week, and every month. HelpUS.com was primarily for information, technical support reduction, regarding computers - hardware and software, with regular updates from 1993 to 1999. During that time, it was one of the top 'go to' and 'how to' computer oriented websites open to the public for information regarding current upgrade, repair, and trouble shooting.
It was a small business hub for information about tools of the trade, software, work sheets, and advice that had already been sorted through, tried, and proven to work more often than not. I've kept a lot of that old information under the computer tab.
I'll be updating some of the information, as time allows. I've added links to some FREE eBooks, some Nutritional links to JointsReport.com, and VetSupplements, as well as a link to the Photography Blog..
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Computers (Hardware & Business and Production Software), Cameras, Marketing, Nutrition, Scuba Diving, Exotic Birds...
Remembers computers & cameras, seldom ever faces or dates.
Still Photography, Editor, Business Management, ex-General Contractor, Marketing, Appointment Maker
Chief of Memory, Names & Faces, and those pesky dates Terry neglects.
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