Category: Technology Updates

Buy Straight Talk iPhone 13

Buy Straight Talk iPhone 13

Do you like the color red? If you jump (and I mean now), you might be able to buy Straight Talk iPhone 13 in red before they go out of stock. I emphasize you need to act quickly because Apple iPhone 13 models are hot commodities. And I mean very hot! I bought mine in December from Walmart. Continue reading “Buy Straight Talk iPhone 13”

What Is the WavePad Audio Editor?

I asked my friend the other day what she was using NCH’s WavePad Audio Editor for as I saw it open on her desktop. Her primary usage was to edit the audio files that she created. Do you need help with editing your audio files? Or maybe you want to open and play, record, or trim your video. WavePad Audio Editor is a resource that you want to make sure you add to your tool arsenal if you work with audio at all. Continue reading “What Is the WavePad Audio Editor?”

Be an Outstanding Information Technology Consultant

Be an Outstanding Information Technology Consultant

You can be an outstanding Information Technology Consultant if you have these 6 top qualities. According to PayScale.com, “An Information Technology (IT) Consultant earns median salary of $71,887 per year in the United States.” And, that’s just an average!


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So what if you wanted to become an outstanding IT consultant so you could potentially earn even more salary? What 6 top qualities would you need? Well, let’s take a look. These are not in any special order; they are just what I have researched and think are the most important:


Qualities of an Information Technology Consultant


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It is typical for the majority of information technology consultant positions to require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science or a similar field. Broken down even further, these IT programs usually include coursework in programming, database and networking fundamentals, information security and systems architecture. In addition to having the necessary education, you will want to get hands-on expertise that you possess from work experience.

In order to become an outstanding Information Technology consultant, you will want to stay up-to-date on new technology, trends and certifications. When working with clients, you will need to gain an understanding of the client’s existing IT infrastructure so you can offer up recommendations and solutions that will apply to their company, as well as be able to document new and better ways to streamline processes.

Customer Service Oriented

Let’s face it. You are going to be working with people – along with the technology. That means you are going to need good people skills. You are going to need good communication skills. Yes, that means you are also going to need to be a good listener, ask open-ended questions and get clarification on anything that you might not thoroughly understand – all while providing a comprehensive customer service experience. Don’t forget to keep your client up to date with regular status reports as to progress and/or delays.


Being an outstanding information technology consultant is going to mean your analytical skills will need to be put into play, whether you use the Plan, Do, Check and Act (PDCA) problem solving methodology or some other method. Be persistent in developing the best solution for your client, be meticulous about it, and be able to think outside of the box when coming up with those solutions.


When you have someone work on your car, whom would you prefer – someone that was lackadaisical with a devil may care attitude or someone that greeted you with a smile and an “I can do” attitude? I’m sure you would feel much more comfortable with the “I can do” attitude, wouldn’t you? So will your clients. Give them the reassurance that you have the expertise to take care of them by acting like you know your craft – and of course you do or you wouldn’t be the outstanding IT consultant that you are.


It doesn’t take an Einstein to be organized; it takes working intelligently and efficiently. There are several things consultants can do to stay organized including things like planning your day, practicing good time management techniques and knowing what you’ll need and having it there with you.


When you are either off site or onsite, you are representing your company. You are qualified, trained, practiced and the best at what you do. Provide quality and on-time delivery each time you are working with a client, incorporate the 6 top qualities I’ve mentioned above and you will be the outstanding Information Technology Consultant that you strive to be.

You are a great information technology consultant, but why don’t you consider becoming an outstanding IT consultant by following the qualities above. By doing so, you not only will be able to command a better salary, but you also can rest in the self-assurance that you are the best.


Pam Lokker is a skillful writer and proficient virtual assistant. Borlok Virtual Assistants is the place to get global expert Virtual Assistant services with quality and on-time delivery.

Edited 4/25/2016
Is Blue Host Really a Host and Do They Provide Excellent Service?

Is Blue Host Really a Host and Do They Provide Excellent Service?

Remember when Borlok Virtual Assistants took the leap and decided to migrate to a self-hosting website in order to be better equipped to keep up with the competition and provide services that our clients would like to see? Well, in order to do that, Borlok VA decided to migrate from WordPress.com over to WordPress.org.

This post has been updated 12/18/2014

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Now of course we went through all the fears and trepidations of deciding whether that was really the wise, strategic choice and did lots of research before deciding that it was truly the best course of action. We started out doing our research on WordPress.org and quickly came to realize that they had made the decision much easier for us.

WordPress.org goes out of their way to provide recommendations for hosting companies that will be compatible with their newest version and will meet their minimum requirements. For the well-being of their company, the partners at Borlok VA felt that no decision should be made lightly and took extra time to research each company that was recommended at http://wordpress.org/hosting/.

After examining the five sites they had listed and weighing the pros and cons of each, the partners decided to go with Blue Host. Among the various reasons we chose this company were that they were touted to have excellent customer service; but do they REALLY mean that? I mean, after all, we were going to need support if we got into trouble, right?

Read on my friends. Besides Bluehost (affiliate link) being affordable (something that small businesses with little budget can appreciate), they also have unlimited hosting space, unlimited file transfer, 24/7 support/customer service, and much more. They have a Help system that you really have to see to believe – videos to walk you through steps and well-laid-out documentation to make your life with them easier.

Remember that customer service we went with them for? Borlok VA found themselves in multiple situations where they needed help – and needed it as soon as possible. The method they chose to communicate with Bluehost was their Live Chat feature.  Now I know that many of you will be looking for other reasons as their primary determinant on which self-hosting company to look for, but Borlok Virtual Assistants is totally satisfied with the customer service and services that Bluehost offers.

As a matter of fact, I just had the worst nightmare as far as one of our sites. Someone thought it would be neat to infect our site with bugs, worms, secret coding, you know, some of the yucky things that no business owner wants. Well, Bluehost was super helpful via their Live Chat, and VERY patient. After all, my knowledge only went so far. You could not ask for better customer service.

What is the bottom line for this company in our opinion? If you are looking to upgrade your WordPress.com website to a self-hosted site, then we highly recommend Bluehost. We have not had any negative experiences with them thus far. Therefore, the answer to our title, “Is Blue Host Really a Host and Do They Provide Excellent Service?” is YES.

Update 10/10/2016: We like Bluehost so well that we now have 4 websites with them:


Don’t have a website yet? Bluehost (affiliate link) can help you with that.

Geek Squad – Are They Really Good?

Geek Squad – Are They Really Good?

This article is about what happened to my best friend and I many years ago. We had received enough money so we could upgrade our office equipment. After doing some research, we packed up into the truck and were on our merry way to Best Buy /Geek Squad to purchase a new laptop, a new hard drive, a modem, and a router. The salesman was very helpful – up to a point. We explained that we wanted to network our three computers together and did they know the cost? Continue reading “Geek Squad – Are They Really Good?”

Are You a Night Owl?

Are You a Night Owl?

Are you one that has recently upgraded to digital cable with COX.net or are you thinking about it? Maybe you are someone that either stays up all night because you work all day or you just can’t sleep?  Are you getting wavy lines across your TV, glitches in sound, notifications that there is no data available, or even worse yet the “This station is currently unavailable. Please try again later message?” This happens to every single station?

We are. We are elderly individuals that leave our TV on to sleep – you know, like some people leave the radio on for the sound.  We like to listen to Country Western music softly or even have programs on. Recently, we’ve been experiencing the above problems EVERY NIGHT starting between 11:00 and 12:00 PM Phoenix time. And then, we wouldn’t get our stations back until 8:30 or 9:00 o’clock in the morning. We actually ended up with less stations than what we had before upgrading to digital.

Now, here’s the kicker. Did you know you have to turn your TV off every night? It seems that COX does upgrades to digital EVERY night between 1:00 – 6:00 in the morning; and if you have digital cable, your box won’t get the upgrades. Yeah, that’s what they told us!  And that’s why we don’t get channels – no sound – nada – zilch. You have to put your TV and box to bed, just like you would put your child to bed. Hmph, doesn’t that beat all. So much for technology improvements.

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