Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What Does the TUTOR use?

Plugging in...

Hardware and software fans gather round. Here's the skinny on what you would find in the Tutor's office:

Dell Optiplex 745 Desktop PC, Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 2 GB RAM (12/2006)
Dell UltraSharp 1707FP flat screen monitor (12/2006)
Windows XP Professional, service pack 2
Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard (8/2005)
Logitech Mouse
Linksys WRT54GS Wireless Router (9/2005)
HP Laserjet 4050 T printer w/ wireless jet card (9/1999)
Epson Stylus C62 inkjet printer (1/2006 gift)
HP Scanjet ADF (11/1999)
Sandisk Digital Media Card Reader (5/2004)
Maxtor One Touch backup unit (2/2008)
Canon Powershot G2 Digital Camera (10/2002
iPod Nano 8GB (2/2007, gift)
iPod Shuffle (12/2007, gift)
iPod iTouch 8GB (5/2009, gift)
iPod wall and car chargers (4/2008)
Multiple flash drives: 512MB - 6GB sizes
Verizon DSL Internet Service (12/2003)
Dell Latitude D600 laptop (6/2005 on loan from Salem State College)

AVG Antivirus 8.5 (free version)
ZoneAlarm Firewall 8.0.298 (free version)
Roboform form filling/password tracking software 6.9.94
Browsers: Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3.0.11, Chrome
Microsoft Office 97, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007
Outlook 2003 and Thunderbird email programs

The Tutor won't bore you with the spare parts cabinet. Notice how OLD some of the hardware is... it's not broken so it hasn't been replaced.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, does it still work, and is it turned on?


Where Does the Money GO?

Plugging in...

Being savvy consumers, the Tutor's clientele should be aware of exactly where their money goes once they have called, seen and paid the Tutor for services rendered.

The breakdown follows for one hour of the Tutor's time:

Returning phone calls and responding to emails
Research and Education
Round Trip Transportation of Tutor to Client
Parking and tolls (if required)
Solutions to the client's current list of questions and/or concerns
Use of Tutor's tools (CD, DVD, flash drives, utility software, etc.)
Transportation maintenance
Maintaining the Tutor's home office
Monthly charitable donation through www.kiva.org
If classroom training, handouts and lab materials
Profit (maybe!)

You knew the Tutor didn't just cash the check and pocket all the proceeds, right? It's not as easy as the Tutor makes it look!

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on?