Unpaid Computer/Network Administrator
Well, actually I had a paid contract computer repair job two weeks ago. It was simple: Travel to another town, replace a hard drive, and start the recovery disk. A few days later I got a call to go back and swap out the motherboard. I turned that job down. Another tech accepted. A few days later, I saw another job from another employer: Remove malware and virus. Nope, didn’t take that job either, even after the spend limit was increased. All for a six year old computer!
Computers Left Over From Upgrade
I happened to notice that a local junior was offering used computers for sale, so I got up early (for me) and got in line before the bookstore (where they were being sold) opened. You could buy a maximum of two computers, but only one could be a laptop. So, I scored a Gateway 400vtx and a MPC Client Pro desktop PC.
The mouse and keyboard came with the desktop. An AC adaptor/battery charger came with the laptop. Both had a fresh install of XP Professional, SP3, plus Open Office installed. No monitor came with the desktop. The total? Sixty dollars, plus tax.
I am giving the laptop to my grandson for his birthday, so first thing I did was hook the laptop up to a switch port on my router and downloaded AVG Free anti-virus (my preference, due to familiarity) and set up Windows Update.
After downloading and installing 46 critical updates, it was time to set up wireless, no mini-card available. I tried a Zonet g usb adapter, but it did not want to work with my Netgear N router, plus it was too wide for a thumb drive to be plugged in next to it. I then tried an AirLink 101 Golden 150 Wireless Mini USB adaptor, problem solved! I leave it running so that it is updated. It works upstairs, downstairs, and anywhere in my 1/4 acre yard.
Desktop Updates in a Later Update