I've been an IT professional since the mid-1970s... well over 30 years experience in nearly all things computer (and even more generally, technology) related. Experience on pretty much everything from mainframes down to desktops. Nearly every known OS, new or old, current or discontinued (though I'm currently primarily a Windows user).
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Though I'm very strong in all versions of Windows (and even the Mac OS to some degree, but mostly in Windows), it's an inescapable fact that simply because I'm kind of an old guy (in my 50s) who has been doing this sort of work my entire professional life, I'm inordinately expert in DOS (old MS-DOS, PC-DOS, DR-DOS) and in the Windows command line, generally... and by that, I mean in pretty much all versions of Windows. I, for example, remember using Windows version 1.0... when most who are even my age or older can only remember using Windows version 3.x. I've noticed that many younger folks who've only known Windows as an OS can (not always, mind you, but often can) be a little weak on the DOS-like command line. Whenever that's the case, I can certainly be perhaps more helpful than many others... particularly in batch file writing. My old days of writing really long, complex, inordinately useful batch files are legendary! Sometimes I look back on them and say to myself, "I wrote that? Wow."
One thing I've noticed in my consulting work is that I really thrive resolving issues that others have failed to resolve (not that I'm so good that I can *always* figure out what they couldn't). I like (and am good at) going where others have failed and figuring it out. That doesn't mean I know everything. It just means that I've seen and done so much that sometimes there are little nuggets of useful information tucked away in my aging brain which sometimes surprise even me; and which may, nevertheless, be exactly what is needed to fix the problem. For everything else, I have excellent research skills, terrific manuals and refernce books at my disposal to which I refer when I'm confused (and for which I paid a ton of money), and I have people who work for me who really *do* know everything, and will help me when even I'm stumped.
I also, because of my experience, have a good idea about maybe the best ways to do things... what is and isn't really useful, what can be turned off or just ignored (so that maybe Windows can be sped-up a bit), and what may better be done in another way so that it's faster or smoother or more elegant. I'm, I admit, strongly opinionated about what is and isn't... well... let's just say "stupid" about the way(s) that either Microsoft, or its many users, do things; and I'm both unhesitant and unapologetic about blurting out that someone or something is just plain wrong... or at least, in my opinion, wrong-headed. Many others on the Internet are that way, too, of course... but at least I have three decades of experience to back-up the things that I blurt out!
So, I can be really helpful... and am interested in so being... especially if the entity needing help is a not-for-profit organization which does work that I respect and/or support. In fact, as I enter my fifth decade of life, I'm changing my life and circling back to a call to ministry that I pushed away as a youth. As part of my ministry, I give away technical services to worthy charities. I have the gift of technical expertise, and I want to now use it to help budget-strapped non-profits to achieve their technology goals. So if you're asking questions here on behalf of a worthy non-profit, then by all means ask me!
Of course, I'll help others, too... but I'm just sayin'. [grin]