DIY

Ask Jack Wallen your DIY IT questions

If you're an IT pro in a small business or a mom-and-pop shop with a tech question, DIY IT Guy blogger Jack Wallen might be able to help. Here's what you need to know about submitting questions to Jack.

We're introducing a new feature called "Ask Jack" to the DIY IT Guy blog to encourage TechRepublic members to send me their DIY IT questions. Here's what you need to know about submitting your questions and what you can expect from me.

Submission guidelines

  • The question should be related to the DIY IT Guy blog. I would like to receive questions about tasks that need to have solutions that are cheap, free, or outside the norm. Also, make sure your question is specific (no "teach me Linux" requests, please) and succinct.
  • Please include "Ask Jack" in the subject of your email. I get tons of email every day asking questions regarding Linux, open source, and many other topics; I try my best to answer those questions, but I cannot get to all of them. If I see "Ask Jack" in the subject, the email will go into a special folder that I will check on a regular basis. This does not mean I am going to ignore all other email -- it just ensures I know the email relates to the DIY blog, and I will treat it with urgency.
  • Send your question to jack wallen at gmail dot com.

Setting expectations about answers

  • I will do my best to answer all member questions either in a DIY IT Guy post or as a sidebar to another, related article in the same blog; however, I won't guarantee that every question will be answered. If your question isn't answered within a reasonable amount of time, please resend your question to me.
  • A question's validity and urgency will be based on my discretion. This means that I will be responsible for deciding which questions are answered.

Send me your questions

Thank you to all of you DIYers out there. The world is a better place because of people like you. I look forward to hearing from you.

About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

9 comments
Lil ndn
Lil ndn

Jack, what'd be the best way and how to make a partition in Window 7 x64 for a spot to install Linux...Never did either, so any insight welcome...Lil_ndn

pam wolfenden
pam wolfenden

I am so sick of windows xp, what is windows 7 like? What is the cloud? If you could explain the difference to me i would appreciate it. Thanks

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

If you do it for me, I didn't do it myself. :( :p

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I wish you the best of luck with this one Jack. ;) Col

bob.mccarty
bob.mccarty

oops sorry, i should have emailed question to ask jack. please feel free to delete this accidental comment.

bob.mccarty
bob.mccarty

i installed vmware player (freeware) and then used it to install Linux Mint 9 Xfce version. The VMWare player will create a virtual drive that can be dynamically expanded. It works great. The VMWare player can be down loaded from the VMWare web site. The also have some prepackage Linux virtual appliance that one can download without having to install anything. I also used Virtual Box which is a freeware virtual machine and installed Ubuntu Linux. It also installs to virtual partitions which means that you do not have to create a new partion on your hard drive. I think I like VMWare better, because I could not figure out how to use the whole screen with Virtual Box.

bob.mccarty
bob.mccarty

the cloud is online stuff like Google Docs. There are others that you can find with an online search engine. One cool one is writer which mimics an old style black screen terminal where you can create documents and that are stored on the website. There are many "Cloud" services such as photograph storage sites, backup data sites, etc. In a word, the "Cloud" is in cyber space and not on your computer. As Windows 7 is great if you have a newer computer. Also, some of your software, and some of your peripheral hardware like scanners, printers and such may not work on Windows 7. My HP Scanjet 4300C would not work on Windows 7. Microsoft provides a compatibility software program that will check your current machine and hardware for compatibility problems. Good Luck.

Lil ndn
Lil ndn

I had thought about doing the virtual set-up a couple of years ago, when Ubuntu took off like wildfire and seemingly, everyone was playing with it in a virtual set-up...don't know why I didn't think about going that way now...Thanks.