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    SLCentralArticlesArticles May 9th, 2021 - 9:28 PM EST
    A Guru's World #17: Be A Better Tech
    Author: JonnyGURU
    Date Posted: February 16th, 2001

    Be A Better Tech

    Click Here for previous A Guru's World columns.

    First, I’m going to go ahead and feed you people all of the stuff you would expect to hear from a disgruntled tech like myself.

    No, assembling computers is not as easy as assembling, say, a short wave radio. There are fitment problems, there are compatibility problems, and there are common sense problems. I can build a Revell model of the General Lee. Want me to put together the Kompressor on your daddy’s Mercedes SLK?

    Just because you are an electrician doesn’t mean you can build a PC. If you are an electrician and have never built a PC, then the only faith I’m going to have in you is you telling me how the power supply converts AC to DC.

    I know that most people are ignorant. I know that people, all people, are born ignorant. And the ones that are stupid versus the ones that are just ignorant are stupid because they refuse to admit when they are ignorant.

    Now that I’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to drop a needle on the old Baz Luhrmann record “Sunscreen” as you read the following.

    So you want to be a PC tech? So you want to be a better PC tech?

    To be a better tech, you will need to learn to think outside of the box.

    I have a motto. I didn't copy it out of a book or translate it from ancient scrolls. It's a motto based on years of beating my head up against large, hard walls.


    "I have not seen everything and anything is possible."

    This rule applies to many facets of life. If I come home and I find the cat walking on the ceiling, then I can apply my motto. If I'm working on a PC and BOTH the CPU is dead and the video card is flaky in the same unit, then I can apply my motto. If the T1 is down because a three toed sloth climbed up the pole out back, then I can apply my motto.

    The "I have not seen everything" part of this motto actually stuck with me years ago when I was managing a bicycle shop in little ol' Vero Beach, Florida. We were looking for a new bike mechanic and ironically that same month, in a popular bicycle magazine, there was an article on how one should go about getting a job at their local bicycle shop. I can still picture the photo from the article in my head of a teenager begging on his knees, dressed in full BMX leathers, for a job from a guy holding a wrench, wearing an apron. Classic.

    The article said, "Do not go into the shop and claim to know everything about bicycles."

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