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Article: Plumber, electrician... digitician?

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Plumber, electrician... digitician?
As homes get more wired, a new trade emerges

For many tech-savvy households, the services of these itinerant professionals have become indispensable in an era when expectations of what technology can do are rising and the machinery has become too complex for the average person to manage. They can remove a carpet of dog hair from any hard drive vent, one of numerous computer-related tasks awaiting them in the American home. They restore old computers, set up new ones, network multiple home computers, install and smooth out programs, organize tangles of cables, debug, kill viruses, train, even customize computers to fit the quirks of any family configuration.
"While Dell might help me with my computer, and the cable company might help me with my cable modem, there's no one who does it all," said Paul Osterman, a professor who studies work in the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "It may be the beginning of a profession. It's being driven not by your computer, but your home network in the house and the increasing complexity -- it's creating a need for this."

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Another day's work for Gosselin, an employee of Geek Housecalls and one man in the burgeoning army of overqualified, unemployed, or free-spirited computer technicians being deployed to front porches around the country. Gosselin is a Harvard MBA-turned-computer nerd laid off from his prior full-time job. This new breed of tradesman can solve the technical problems of increasingly wired homes with PCs, laptops, personal digital assistants, BlackBerrys, DVD players, cable, faxes, printers, cellphones, and the wireless web.

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First they whine, until when people surrounding them move on. Then, they look into their packages and voila new idea.
A little bit off topic, I have heard several auto mechanics saying if they don't know electronics or computer, they are limitted themselves without new potential customers.
I know there is a franchise called computer troubleshooter. If you think that technical is your expertise, may think about have your own business. The franchisee cost is still low now. But it is very promsising. You could check with the enterpreneur dot com for detail. The reason I remember that because I have seen so many executives slam the phones down when they heard the other end speaking with indian accent; so, open the franchise may be your competitive edge.
[ March 02, 2004: Message edited by: Matt Cao ]
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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