[svlug] Open Source Geek Squad Alternative
alvin at mail.Linux-Consulting.com
Wed Nov 7 13:36:29 PST 2007
> John Conover wrote:
> Bill Kendrick writes:
> > It's not a business, and not in the Silicon Valley, but the
> > Linux Users' Group of Davis (LUGOD) has the "Linux Emergency Relief Team"
> > (LERT, a pun on CERT):
that is a good thing to do .. to learn ... since its volunteer based
however, one can't make a living with volunteering if one doesn't have
the other half with a trust fund to pay for daily hamburgers and beer
and silly gas at $99/barrel
> Linux machines can be remotely administrated, too, (since the system
> was designed to run headless/handless.)
and its also designed to run brainless as is the case when one goes
to see broken machines that needs fixing
> Of course, if there is HW problems or the machine won't boot, there
> would be travel required.
that's when you tell the secretary on the other end of the phone
to stick the removable "bootable usb-stick" in and you should be able
to boot it back to life to remotely fix the problem
and if you're the unlucky, the bios, when shipped by tom-dick-harry-inc
would not be configured to boot off usb-stick
otherwise, traveling to far away countries would not be feasable
to fix hardware problems...
my rule ...
- if you have hardware problems for machines less than 3-5 years,
than you are buying the wrong hardware from the wrong people !!
> There is an opportunity for a biz, there.
definitely ... and do-able ... but its not for the average "me too"
that spends 90% of their time on windoze or fixing email/printer/web problems
too many people can fix windoze email/printer/web server problems
and do it for $10/mon fixed pricing or some randomly $$ amt
volunteers is another class of competitors but they're not really
competitors since they do it for fun, not for a living
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