I am going to add a new category today that needs your participation to thrive. I often am approached both at and outside work to come up with solutions to a person’s individual technology needs. These requests can be as simple as “How do I make my iPod do this?” to “I am planning on creating an online form for my small business and I need to access my email all the time. How do I accomplish this?”
This isn’t the situation where you say “I can tell you for fifty an hour.” It’s more of a satisfaction of someone knowing they can count on me than anything else. I have decided to add a category for these one-time, quick suggestions.
This is where you the reader, can make a small content contribution that will be greatly appreciated. I will begin posting scenerios, some of them made up but thoughtfully crafted. I don’t want this site turned into a help forum and as IT admins, I know we have a tendency to eat our young (a.k.a. RTFM, “Google it yourself”, etc.) when it comes to asking for advice, so I want to keep this fun, not to create a shortcut to an answer. I will be taking your suggestions for topics at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a scenerio is up, the comments section is for your suggestions, questions, or discussion. I myself will be posting comments to these, as I don’t want to play “supreme overlord” in this process. Your comments can be as simple or complex as you want. Spend all their money. Spend their retirement.
Just remember that as with all things in life, there is a catch: Mikey just implemented digg-style ranking on the comments. (Oh, you are quite welcome 😉 ) This will push the best comments to the top and focus on the most effective solutions. If a majority of the voters want to go cheap on the solution, so be it. If there is a consensus that Ubuntu has the best options, that bird is going to fly. If Windows Media Center (I know) is the best solution, let them eat cake. What I am looking for is the best as determined by our expert panel, the readers.
Well, I will see how this goes. I am going to come up with the first few scenerios and see what happens. Please try to avoid making this an advertisement (Akismet is watching and Akismet loves you). I will handle problems as they arise with this decision, but I will also maintain order. Personal attacks against other posters are off limits. Vote the comment down if you have a problem with it. Lert’s make this fun.