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I offer both traditional and innovative services for individuals and small businesses in various areas of information technology: Website design, free operating systems and software, custom photography and video, journalism about your business, history, your ideas and products. Tutoring and technical support available for most IT matters. Significant savings may be realized using free and open-source software. Custom desktop computers built from components to save you money, and ways to get your business noticed online.

Open Source Software

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    Ubuntu is an open-source Linux-based operating system, very mature and user-friendly. Hardware drivers and free software repositories are built-in.

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    The Firefox Web Browser is a faster, more secure, and fully customizable way to surf the web. Much more secure than Internet Explorer.

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    A personal publishing / blogging platform - requires installation on a server running PHP and MySQL.

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    A mature, world-renowned free office suite including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

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    A photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.

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    The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor - requires the "LAME" plugin in "plugins & libraries" to work with mp3 files.

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    VLC Media Player

    A free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

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    An Open Source vector graphics editor, similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics format.

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Web Design

Make your presence known on the web with a custom website, or upgrade your old site. Many levels available, from very low cost to professional. If you do not have a hosting service or domain name, I can assist you in setting up a plan. My emphasis is on helping you, I can provide a starter site and the knowledge you need to maintain your own presence, or perform ongoing periodic updates. My personal skills include photography and writing. I can provide a rich experience for your site visitors using photographs of your business and products, write-ups on your company, people, and offerings, as well as site marketing to make your business more visible on the web.

Software & Hardware

For software in small businesses, I can help you beat the high costs. If you have multiple computers, I can get you started with a Linux-based operating system to avoid multiple Windows licensing costs. If you prefer Windows, I can show you how to install and use the many free productivity applications to fit your needs. If you need small office networking, I can provide or assist in the installation of routers and wiring. If you need computers, I can purchase and assemble quality desktop units at less than the cost of store-bought commercial units.

Custom Software

I also specialize in custom software, including setting up internal office servers and databases. If you need a custom database and a web-based site which includes the ability to allow your users to access and update your information from on or off-site, I can set that up for you in a secure manner in a very reasonable amount of time. My specialty is in PHP and MySQL, but also have experience with Visual Studio C# Windows applications and web .NET applications programming, as well as Linux-based python and earlier languages.

Overview of Services

  • Web design, site hosting assistance, website maintenance, optimizing, re-design and content management
  • Custom photography and video, photo editing, negative / slide scanning, custom photo art effects
  • Textual content for your site: products / people / history, as well as document preparation
  • Assistance with domain registration / web presence / ads, plug-ins, forums, blogs, content management systems and related backend databases
  • Operating system setup, configuraton, troubleshooting, reinstallation for both Windows and Linux
  • Assistance choosing and purchasing desktop hardware, performing assembly & upgrades
  • Networking installation and support (LAN / Internet / Wireless)
  • Server setup assistance: Web, FTP, Databases, etc., hosted remotely or on-site
  • Remote connectivity / administration and terminal servers / secure log-in interfaces
  • Choosing application packages (office / productivity, graphics, development, online services)
  • Technical support and documentation of your policies, procedures and services
  • Tutoring on hardware / software / operating system setup and usage / troubleshooting
  • Custom PHP / MySQL web and database server programming / client interfaces and interactive web-based forms
  • Digital imaging, including household / business inventory photos archived to CD
  • Physical on-site detailed financial inventories performed for businesses, producing custom reports
  • Assistance with other peripherals (scanners, printers, webcams, projectors, etc.)
  • Installation of security systems, cameras, and related computer interfaces
  • PC optimizing, cleaning, software/virus/spyware removal, system backups and hard drive replacements