TechPherson is owned and operated by Jon Lightner, a Kansas native, residing in McPherson, KS.
I came from the humble beginnings of the 80186 and a Tandy 1000, and eventually upgrading to a Cyrix MMX desktop built out of a line-feed paper box and a Goldstar GS520. I realize that some of you may have no idea what either of those are, but its fun to talk about. It also unfortunately for my “vanity,” shows my age.
What this means for you is that I have a depth of knowledge in the realm of computing that extends back nearly two decades. Long gone are the days of dial-up modems, losing the connection to your old-timey internet-gaming the moment your mom or dad picked up the phone to call Aunty Em, and waiting 18 hours to download the .mp3 “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” which you had to restart when your mom or dad picked up the phone to call Aunty Em. Kids these days have no idea how good they have it.
Times have changed in the technology sector. According to Moore’s Law, the number of transistors in an integrated circuit is expected to double once every two years. Over the last few years there has been a point of debate that Moore’s Law has come to the point of slowing down, but Quantum Computing rests just over the horizon to keep Moore’s Law alive in spirit, with Q-Bits getting teleported a-la Beam-Me-Up-Scotty. It is entirely probable that within the next hundred years, humanity could achieve faster than light communications through Quantum Entanglement. This is quite an incredible jump from the punch cards used in decades past as far back as 60 years ago (and still used today in some places).
Today, we have such immersion in data, streaming data, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Facebook, Google+ (kidding), Reddit, Facetime, video phone calls, voice over IP, the ability to download an entire Blu-Ray DVD in mere moments on the right connection, and an entire world of information literally at our finger tips where we still spend most of that time with this amazing technology staring at funny cats and cat related things.
With the world in technology evolving as it is, there are other concerns to take into consideration such as Foreign Operators attempting to steal our personal data or identities or money or all of the above at every turn. Unfortunately, so many of us are susceptible to such attacks, though for the most part many of these are easy to avoid with the right piece of technology in the right place.
I have worked for major corporations, including Tyson, Wal-Mart, Tek-Systems, Charter Communications, TDS Telecom to name a few within the tech realm in one way or another be it contract or direct hire. Both the greatest and most terrible factor of the technology realm is that it is constantly changing, constantly upgrading, constantly pushing to new horizons. Speaking as someone involved in the field, it is sometimes difficult for even me to keep up with, though some things have a tendency to stay the same.
There’s plenty of good stories about my time in the field, and easily just as many nightmares to go with them. I can candidly state that you don’t know stress until a single glitch somewhere has knocked an entire city offline along with Fire, Police, and Hospitals, followed by a total systemic failure requiring some 10,000 lines of configuration to have to be not just invented on the spot, but entered manually as fast as your aching hands are capable of typing.
On the reverse side of the spectrum, there’s the elation you feel when you have managed to save the ultrasound photos of a woman’s child from her laptop after she miscarried. Or saving a med student’s doctoral thesis from a coffee spill with sparks. From that perspective and within topic, it isn’t just about saving a computer, or fixing a computer. It is more about saving someone’s data, memories, financial information, and parts of their lives.
There are still going to be system crashes. Still going to be component failures, connectivity issues, a printer that doesn’t think it has ink anymore despite being ‘completely full,’ and situations like that is where I hopefully come into the picture for you. If you’ll have me, I would love to be your local technician.