Computer Consulting 101 Hiring Tips (Part 1 of 2)

Written by Joshua Feinberg

Does your business needrepparttar services of a computer consulting firm? Before you rush out and hirerepparttar 141287 first techie or slick-salesperson that knocks on your door, be sure to consider these favorite Computer Consulting 101 hiring tips for screening and interviewing local computer consulting firms. In this first in a two-part series, we’ll lookrepparttar 141288 root ofrepparttar 141289 problem, as well asrepparttar 141290 four most basic criteria that you’ll need to ask about when searching for computer consulting vendors.

Computer Consulting 101 Preventative Medicine

Many small business owners have a tough time knowing how to deal with difficult computer consultants. However, if you're able to uncover potential problems atrepparttar 141291 start of your computer consultant/client relationship, you can avoid many of these unpleasant issues altogether.

Root ofrepparttar 141292 Problem

While most entrepreneurs and small business managers know exactly what to ask when it comes to hiring for internal staff positions, hiring a computer consulting firm can be more difficult.

So on top of dealing withrepparttar 141293 myriad legal issues surrounding how you retainrepparttar 141294 services of contractors (best advice: consult with your attorney), as opposed to hiring employees on your payroll, you'll need to know how to askrepparttar 141295 "right" questions. Don't makerepparttar 141296 ultra-common common mistake of focusing onrepparttar 141297 wrong things. Use these Computer Consulting 101 Hiring Tips as your checklist for doing your homework before you sign onrepparttar 141298 dotted line.

Part-time or Full-time Computer Consulting

Do you have a "day job"? Are you moonlighting?

Solo Practitioner or True Computer Consulting Business

What do you mean byrepparttar 141299 "we"? Are there any other people who work at your company?

Are they employees or contractors? What are their names, specialties and backgrounds? How long have they been withrepparttar 141300 company? Will they be involved with this account? (Tip: The more pointed questions you ask,repparttar 141301 more you’ll flush outrepparttar 141302 B.S. and hyperbole.)

This Page Cannot Be Displayed – What to do When Your Internet Breaks

Written by Kevin Souter

The DNS (Domain Name System) servers are what your computer uses to figure out where to go onrepparttar internet. means absolutely nothing to your machine. It’s only withrepparttar 141226 help ofrepparttar 141227 DNS servers that your computer can figure out what address that domain name correlates to.

There are several methods of hijackingrepparttar 141228 DNS entries on your PC. The most common, and easiest way to do it is to add false entries into your computers HOSTS file. We’ll cover how to empty that out first:

The HOSTS file is located in a couple of different locations, depending on your Windows version. In Windows XP it is located at C:WINDOWSsystem32driversetchosts (no extension). In Windows 98/ME it is at C:Windowshosts (also no extension).

Open it up with notepad. The contents ofrepparttar 141229 file should look like this:

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.


# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.


# This file containsrepparttar 141230 mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each

# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should

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