Dr. Mercury’s PC Tips

The internet. What a great thing it is! If you happen to be an infovore there is no better place to spend your time (free and otherwise). If you happen to be an infovore of the tech-geek type then the web is a gold mine of resources.

Exhibit number one is the esteemed Dr. Mercury. Herewith a snippet of his CV:

Since I started writing a daily online journal just a wee bit ahead of today’s bloggers, I really don’t consider myself in the same category. Nor do I write daily anymore. When you hear me referring to bloggers in the third person (the bloggers, rather then we bloggers), that’s why. In all honesty, I consider them to be late-comers to the ball. All they did was put a cute name on something I and others had been doing for a decade.
For years I ran the aforementioned very popular BBS, located right in the heart of Silicon Valley. While the average BBS at the time might have had 500 files online, I had 8,000. While the average BBS might have broken the files down into ten categories (“Tools”, “Music”, etc), I broke it down into 224. While the average BBS was done in plain black & white text, I employed 16-color ANSI menus, one of the first BBS’s on the planet to do so. I also wrote a 60,000 word tutorial in fluent Laypersonspeak for the computer which was widely regarded (downloaded 10,000 times from CompuServe in the first 24 hours) because it bridged the gap between us budding computer idiots and the awful technical-y manual that came with the computer.

Then the Web arrived.
Seeing the writing on the wall, I was building my first web site when the web was one month old and “blogging” by posting links and descriptions to the very few web sites out there at the time. An early Glenn Reynolds, if you will. I’d have links to these new things called “search engines” in one corner of the page, and colleges like Stanford that were slowly getting parts of their libraries online would be in another corner. This was a time when the Web was just a black screen with white text, and you’d dance around the page using only the arrow keys. A link would be a little box of ‘reverse video’ (black text on white) and when you got there via the arrow keys, you’d hit the Enter key and off you’d go to the next page.

I’d say he’s long since made his bones, and if he’s willing to share wisdom, well then I’ll have a sip. and here is the list of topics he will be expounding on……

Search Engine Tips
File Structure
System Backup
Windows Tweaks
Browser Tips & Local Home Page

Cool ToolsIntro to Hardware
Intro to Software
Peripheral Devices
Keyboard Familiarity

Should You Upgrade? (hardware & software)
Hardware Troubleshooting
Software Troubleshooting
The SendTo Feature
Virtual Drives

Multimedia Files Overview
Pictures
Audio
Video
Spreadsheets/Databases
Word Processing/Desktop Publishing
Web & Blog Site Construction
The Dreaded Test

So if you are a user, but not an understander, go forth and get ye some knowledge. What he has to say is worth the few minutes of your time……….