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Chuck H.

General Computer Assistance, Website Design, and Yes, Volleyball Too!

Port Byron, IL (61275)

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I've spent 30 years in various business roles. I have utilized technology all along the way and am adept in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). I have designed, created and maintained websites and know what works and what doesn't.

Whether you need just a little help setting up a new program, getting your email to work like YOU want it to or are totally lost in "technology-ville", I am certain I can help you.

I love helping people and enjoy seeing the look on someones face when they finally "get" something they have been struggling with. It's rewarding and fun whether it's in the office or on the volleyball court.

Have a child who likes volleyball but could use a little help with their skills? I've worked with lots of young people to help improve not only their confidence in their ability but also to correct their mechanics and individual skills. Passing, serving, spiking and blocking all have their own techniques and most young players are not taught these important skills. Instead the focus is often on the team aspect and it's up to the individual players to figure things out on their own. I have had the pleasure of working with Olympic Gold Medalist Pat Powers at many of his clinics and subscribe to his teaching methods.


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Chuck’s subjects

Computer:
General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Web Design
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Corporate Training:
General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Web Design

General Computer

I got the computer bug back in the early 1980s. Over the years I've seen a lot of PCs come and go and I can put my experience to work for you. If you need general computer help whether, it's software or hardware, get in touch and let me help.

The early days of PCs saw an explosion of companies getting into the Personal Computer business. My first PC was a Timex/Sinclair and it had a membrane keyboard and came with no display screen or storage device - more like a calculator by today's standards.

There were clever marketing and ad campaigns. The Charlie Chaplin character used by IBM - Bill Cosby was pitching Texas Instruments PCs and Commodore was just coming on the scene. Nobody had heard of Windows yet, nor CD or DVD drives. Most PCs didn't even have hard drives. 5 1/4 inch floppy disk drives were the norm in those days - single was good; dual drives were great.

After my Timex I moved on to a Commodore 64 (color!) and then to various PCs and a Compaq portable PC. I remember buying a 20 megabyte hard drive to install on a PC. It cost $575 for the drive, the controller card and cables and it took me a day to get it installed and working.

Microsoft Outlook

I have used Microsoft Outlook both personally and professionally for over 10 years and I believe my experience will help you get the most out of the program.

Outlook is an email client and many people use Outlook only for email. Those people are missing out on some great features, such as email filters and rules which allow certain things to happen depending on criteria you set. For example, you could set a rule that automatically moves your email to a custom folder if the sender is someone you have specified. I like to use the signature feature to set up a custom email signature. Many organizations require a standardized signature for all of their employees and this feature is used to comply with that requirement.

Outlook also has a great calendar application, allowing multiple calendars, scheduling and notification of events you have added to your calendars. It's also very easy to apply recurrence to events so you only have to enter the information once and then set it up to repeat at specific intervals. As a personal example - I have used Outlook's calendar to set up a rotation schedule for on-call personnel. I had 7 people who were scheduled to be on call for a week at a time. I created a new calendar and named it "On Call". Then I added an event for each person in the rotation being sure to check "all day event" and set the correct start and end date. Then I went back through the rotation and added a recurrence for each person every 8 weeks and set the recurrence to continue for a year. Then I printed the calendar in month format for the year and used that as the schedule.

Outlook also had a great contact list you can use for something as simple as a name and phone number, or add complete contact details. You have the ability to categorize your contact which can be useful especially if you accumulate a large number of contacts.

Best of all, Outlook comes with Microsoft Office. The home version ships with Outlook Express which is a limited version but still a great tool.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows... the ubiquitous computer operating system has revolutionized the way we interact with computers. I am well equipped to tutor on this system having been involved with it since its inception.

I remember when Microsoft introduced their Windows operating system in 1985. I hated it. I was a DOS guy and didn't see any need for this new graphical interface that needed another piece of hardware to operate - a mouse. That's right, computers didn't always have a mouse. Plus the original Windows version was horribly slow - the software was ahead of the hardware - consuming big chunks of memory.

Fast forward 26 years and several versions of Windows, and it's a whole new experience. Windows 7 is fast, intuitive and for the most part, pretty stable. Windows provides not only the code that makes the computer operate but includes many valuable utilities as well all wrapped into the Windows shell.

Windows allows users to customize the desktop to their liking. One of the things I prefer in setting up a desktop is to keep the screen as uncluttered as possible. I divide programs into 3 categories - programs I use all the time, programs I use frequently and programs used less frequently. I try and keep programs I use all the time stored on the task bar. Not only are they handy, but you only need to click the icon once to start the program. The second tier of programs I "pin" to the start menu. They are convenient to access and you can get to them even with multiple windows open. The rest of the programs I leave alone and access through the start menu by clicking all programs. This system works well and makes for an efficient setup.

Volleyball

Volleyball is a sport that can be played beginning at a young age and enjoyed for a lifetime. The 2 main variations of the sport are Indoor and Beach.

Typically the Indoor game is played with 6 players on a team whereas the Beach variant is played with only 2 players per side. Many variations of each version are played (2 person, 3 person, 4 person and 6 person - male, female or co-ed).

Predominantly a girls' sport, (at least in this area) players typically take up the sport around the age of 12 and play in a combination of school and club teams.

In many areas, quality coaches for these beginning programs are difficult to find and the beginners suffer as a result. Rather than being taught proper mechanics and ball control techniques, the focus is often more geared towards team bonding and other social issues.

My focus is on the fundamentals of the proper arm swing and mechanics. This helps to prevent injury. It also is designed to improve a players' ability to jump higher and hit harder and be a better all around player.

Ask any college level coach what they are looking for in a player... chances are they will say, "How high can they jump and how hard can they hit the ball?". Some of that ability is genetics but big improvements can come from correct techniques.

Web Design

Website design is part science and part artistic design. It's not always easy to blend the best of both worlds but that's what every website designed strives for.

Step 1 is determining the purpose of the site. Will it be a simple web presence - a bit like sticking a business card on a bulletin board with a thumb-tack - will it be a dynamic site with content that changes regularly, or maybe even a shopping site that allows users to make purchases via credit cards or PayPal.

Once the purpose of the site is known we can decide what programming language suits the site. HTML, PHP, MySQL, and Javascript all might come into play depending on the needs. More often than not a combination of scripts or languages are employed to yield the desired results.

A recent site I created was designed for a local building contractor and needed to be able to show off some of his work. HTML, PHP and Javascript are all used together to do that on this site.

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