About TheTechMentor.com

What is the purpose of TheTechMentor.com?

TheTechMentor.com is here to help computer techs and network techs succeed in an ever changing industry.

We have found that much of our content can help people who are not techs and want help to DIY. We're expanding our articles to help owners with their computers, tablets and smartphones in general.

We are not a mega website that writes light lip-service type articles that rank because of their huge overall power. We write in-depth articles to make them as useful as we can.

We have helped computer techs launch and run their very own IT services businesses through our online training course, originally written by Casey (more about him below) who successfully started his own IT Consultancy business himself over 10 years ago. But note we are not running the course at the moment as it is quite time-consuming, and we treat this website as a hobby for interest these days. Please support this website through the (rare) affiliate links as it does cost us money to run.

We also provide information to give guidance to young people just starting out in their careers, when they want to know how to become a computer technician or network installation wizard.

TheTechMentor.com provides technical articles that we pride ourselves on being correct based on our experience or details research.

We note that effectiveness can depend on individual's (and/or their device's) circumstances.

TheTechMentor.com is for the use of computer techs, computer network analysts, IT Consultants, Optic Fiber tech.s and very often owners.

We are TheTechMentor.com:

The main two contributors are Casey (one time IT Business Consultant, now Technical Director at a large US company) and Jeff (semi-retired Engineer of over 26 years and mentor).

Yes, that's right, we are real and experienced people who have families who value their privacy, not made up identities. Hence we won't provide our surnames - just in detail step-by-step guidance.

Read more about each author in the bio below.

Casey (Surname withheld for contractual and professional reasons) has contributed many great articles on thetechmentor.com.

He successfully started his own IT consultancy well over 15 years ago.

While going through this tough yet rewarding experience he found there was a terrible lack of focused support out there for computer techs to start their own IT company.

So he moved towards training and mentoring other computer technicians who want to create a part time or full time income as an IT consultant.

He initially wrote thetechmentor.com courses to help computer technicians start their own IT consulting business (or side business).

Many articles also help the general public save thousands of dollars in professional help by helping them DIY.

He doesn't contribute directly to thetechmentor.com often any more due to leading a full family life and being Technical Director a at major US company (hence the legal requirement for confidentiality).

However his contributions span over 10 years and some have been extremely popular (with so many comments we had to stop accepting more on some, and thousands of shares although it looks fewer after our change to https - we must get around to fixing that!).

Having said this, we work to ensure his work is updated and continues to remain relevant.

Jeff (Surname withheld for family privacy) BE (Bachelor of Engineering). He first learned to program using Fortran 77! Most of you will not have heard of that!

"Ahh, correction; the very first time I wrote a program it was copied from a book from the school's library into the school's only computer at the time (an early Apple Computer), to make a game using ASCII characters to make and control a little skier racing down the ski slope and you had to avoid hitting trees!"

But it goes to show how old he is! (Sorry Jeff!)

An engineer for over 26 years, as he became more experienced, Jeff was required to review other engineers' work and naturally gravitated to teaching and mentoring others.

Jeff grew up and went to college/university before social media could capture it all! Phew!

He'd prefer to keep it that way now too, for his own and family's privacy.

He consciously avoids 'sharenting' too (sharing one's kids photos and life before they determine what they want for themselves).

"I don't feel the need to promote myself after a career of more than 26 years. I've done just fine without a Linkedin profile so far, I don't want to start one now...".

"Having said that, Linked in might be great for networking while starting YOUR own business."

Our focus is to maintain articles varying from in-depth (technical) computer repairs and network fixes, through to helping the general public with a lower technical level of computer, tablet and smartphone help, plus with some reviews thrown in that might help any owner.

We'd love to help more people identify the right software as a service.

We are also computer users and sometimes find our own fixes to our own devices (such as Jeff's own Surface Pro) and when we think it might help someone else and have the time we write an article on 'how to fix' to share them.

What Else?

Outside of work we are both family men. Both fathers of three at last count (LOL)!

We have helped hundreds of thousands of people over the years.

This site started out under different names (URLs) so many articles 'out-age' this particular domain, 'TheTechMentor.com'. If you followed a link and it redirected here then that would be the reason why.

We still want the articles to be up to date and relevant, so we review them when we can.

However, there are many more eyes visiting this website than we two have so if you see something that is not up to date, please tell us via the contact page.

We love comments!

Yes, we do. Or rather we did. Yet it was time-consuming and weighed down our page load time which Google thinks is more important.

So we typically don't show comments anymore.

Come back and read again later to check if your comment was approved, and if anyone solved your question or responded to your comment.

Note: Some articles have been extremely popular.

On articles that already have a large number of comments we might not allow more which repeat things already written.

Please do see the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy! Links to these are in the bottom menu.

In a nutshell 'we' use cookies (by that I mean our advertisers do, as does the software that collectively runs the website), we have ads on most of our free-to-access pages, and also use some affiliate links here and there which help pay for costs. 

Definitely not all links are affiliate; they always aim to be helpful and useful (but if they are useful and to an online store they could be).

We love to keep the free-to-access parts of the site going and we don't accept donations so that is just how it works 'round here, okay?

How can TheTechMentor.com help me?

We offer lots of free resources and articles to help you solve computer and network problems and succeed as a computer tech, network technician, or DIYer (the general public).

Some popular ones are things like how to recover deleted files (that can help everyone!), lists of computer tools and network installation toolkits, just for example.

Getting people out of trouble is also a common theme with how to recover data from deleted/damage hard drives or to recover deleted notes on mobile smart-phones.

By the way, Casey Loves Macs and Jeff currently loves his Microsoft Surface Pro (but also loves his long line of iPhones!).

We don't discriminate on or in tech.

We think you should not either; it might help your computer service business if you can handle a wider range of systems.

It has without doubt been an advantage to us and students to be able to offer support to both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac computer systems.

We also offer free, no strings attached, advice anytime via email if we can at that point in time. You can contact us here.

Can you Help?

You may help us feel good by letting us know in the comments if an article helped you. We really do like this! (Oops, as stated above this has been removed from our site and very many other sites you might have noted - thanks Google!)

You can help us and others by sharing links to our articles on anything you found interesting, good or helpful on our website.

You can help us and others if you place a relevant link to our website on your (or others') websites (eg. forums) if you similarly found it useful, good or helpful. You want these to be do-follow links if you know what that is.

If it forms a noteworthy reference or uses something on this site that states it is required please do provide a do-follow link.

You can help others by adding relevant helpful comments. Do not make 'spammy' comments as we take the time to review and moderate all comments. Phew, this website is a LOT OF WORK! 🙂

So where should I begin?

If you are wanting to learn more about becoming a computer tech, learn to build computer networks, retrieve lost data or whatever, head over to our home page (or click the logo on any article) and our blog and check out our content.

On the right hand side of most articles you can find links to our most recent articles, our most popular articles, and further below that a search bar. You should be able to find it with the right search term!

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