Ok, really quick, I have been playing around with idea for a long time and
finally started to try and do something about it.
There are a handful of people in the group that I would like to hear the
thoughts and opinions from, so instead of trying to email you all, I figured
I would post it here.
If you wouldn't mind, Tom L., Roy, Wabbit, Nate, or who ever else, look at
this and let me hear it. Please just keep in mind that it is a work in
progress. Mac, Budd, you are exempt! <g> Thanks all
larry, several years ago i worked for a friend building and repairing
pc's. he just could not compete with the compusa's, costco's, etc.
for a while we lived off of repairs, but some took so long to fix that
we couldn't charge for our time.
my son has his own business working on pc's now. he only does it
during the summer when he is home from school, but he services
everything but macs. he does all of the os, including linux (sp?) and
is pretty good at it. he just gets jobs by word of mouth but he could
easily stay busy all of the time. the price of computers has come so
low though that people don't want to pay much for repairs. he doesn't
get rich but he does make some spending money. a lot of people expect
him to come to their house, work a couple hours getting their system
back together and want to give him $15 for it. hope it works out for
you though. he had a web site set up too, but found that everyone
that needed computer help were much likely to just call him than to go
to the website.
Though I know I will not get rich soully from this, I hope I can!! <BG>
I have thought about this for a long time and I know it will not likely
allow me to never work for some one else, but the additional income will be
welcome. One thing I have working to my advantage (I hope) is that the
closest big box store like you mentioned is over an hour (driving) away AND
that we only have about 5 other "ma and pa" stores in town. So, I am only
really competing with them (for the most part).
Thanks for your wishes and all. If you (or your son) have suggestions,
please fell free to shoot them this way!
It looks like a good start! If I may, I'd suggest you rename the main page
to index.htm(l) or default.htm(l). This is because all web browsers will
look for one of those names if you just give
"http://members.cox.net/komputershoppe /" as the URL. Also, not all web
browsers are happy with spaces in filenames: "KS Main.htm" won't work with
some older browsers.
Another technique is to use framesets, which will allow you to have a menu.
It will make it so you don't have to update *every* previous page when you
make an addition... just add the new page and update the menu. That will be
very handy if you have LOTS of content.
Right now, I am only hosting it on my cox.net account so I can get it up and
running. Once I get off the deck, I hope to move it to a normal server and
it will loose the members.cox.net part of the url. Thanks for the info.
Roy, if you keep the link, there will be updates to it inthe next few days,
including the info you mentioned. I would like to hear your thoughts then,
Not too many places here in town, maybe half a dozen and some of them really
SUCK! I can only think of one that does house calls, so, that might be my
edge. We'll see.
Maybe if you wore a pink bunny suit while making the housecall????? <VBG>
The only thing I can add is that I didn't see your phone number on the site
but maybe I just missed it. "contact us" just went straight to an e-mail.
Maybe an map to your store might be nice.
Suddenly, without warning, azwiley1 exclaimed (11-Oct-06 11:12 AM):
Some comments from a webmaster (http://jodi.ws ) and a fellow technician:
Your code doesn't validate (23 errors). Check out
http://validator.w3.org to do a validation check and see what the errors
are. Good news is, your css does validate!@
In Firefox, "At Larry's..." follows directly after the blue bar, rather
than on the next line. Need a <br /> in there or something...
I'd suggest getting rid of the blue bars, or finding some narrower ones.
Ditch the animation on your header and the bar. Always use animation
sparingly, if at all - it's often distracting and annoying. At a
glance, I'd guess you're a coder rather than a designer? I don't see
anything in your source that says if you're using a tool to develop the
I see a clock in your source, but I don't see it on your pages. Have
you just not called it yet?
to the disabled, cutting out a possibly large number of possible
Buttons, too, can be done nicely using css. See my site.
Make your menus consistent throughout the site. Which means, make sure
they're exactly the same on every page. I'm seeing menus that are
moving around a bit, different on each page.
I'd suggest using a more usual font (you're using Trebuchet MS, which
many of us may not have). I'd suggest Arial, or Verdana.
Now, I realize it's under construction, but since I don't know if you
know what's broke and what's not: tools.htm, "contact us" is using the
graphic, and repeated as a simple button. Neither works. And "home" is
broken on some (all?) pages. "payments" takes me to raw .asp code.
Good luck with your business. I've considered doing it a couple of
times,and actually *have* done housecalls, but decided it was too much
of a hassle. These days, I'd be worried that I'd get sued if the
customer thought I'd screwed the computer up. I'd add something to
legal that says that data loss isn't covered by your warranty - the
customer should be responsible for backing up their data before you work
on the computer, unless they're paying you the full price to do it for
them. Make them sign something that says "I backed up my data, and/or I
won't hold Larry responsible if I'm lying and I lose everything 'cause I
can't be arsed to back it up or run a virus scanner". Or something like
I'm not really as jaded as all that, but I think I'll stick to fixing
computers at work :)
You might go visit alt.www.webmaster - lots of good talent there, and
Anyway, sorry for so many comments!
Suddenly, without warning, azwiley1 exclaimed (13-Oct-06 1:07 AM):
Ah, Ok. If you do happen to go visit a.w.webmasters, be prepared for
lots of scorn if you mention FrontPage.
I use FP2003 myself at work, it's not as bad as the previous versions,
but I still have to spend a lot of time in the code making sure the
site's the way I want it.
Oh,and if you use Firefox, there's a great extension called the Web
Developer Toolbar, it's awesome. It's what I used to check validation,
and some other stuff.
I use FP and love it....
It's not the best writer/editer out there and it has some weird quirks, (like
anything from Micro$oft), but the management and reports really help me keep
large sites organized...
I especially like the ability to delete a file from my computer and know that it
will be deleted from the web, as opposed to spending time on the web looking for
old pictures and junk..
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