OCTANE will offer classes on PCtroubleshooting and repair

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By The Staff

The Oldham County Technology Advancement Network will be offering intermediate level computer classes at the Adult Education center in Crestwood beginning Feb. 2. The five evening classes are designed for individuals who want to know more about computer hardware, software, networks and technical support, especially those who may be reponsible for maintaining computers and networks in small offices and quick course. 

The class is useful for anyone who wants a look under the hood as to how things work with computers, telecommunications and the internet. The class is taught in a state of the art computer lab with hands-on experience by local professionals in the information technology field.

The five evening classes meet 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 2, 4, 9, 11 and 16, in the computer lab at the arts center in Crestwood and cover the following topics:

• Computer hardware and repair: hardware basics, memory/CPU requirments, hard drives, printers; purchasing/upgrading systems; capacity planning; supporting Windows XP/Vista;

• Networks and wiring: connecting computers; cabling, wireless; network protocols, Ethernet; TCP/IP; routers, switches and hubs; setting up file and print sharing; setting up email accounts;

• Internet connections: connecting to the Internet; high speed access; T-1, DSL, cable, satellite; firewalls; webmail; web searching tips; web site development; Internet mail, web hosting;

• Security: preventing and detecting viruses, worms, spam, spyware, hacking phishing, identity theft; firewalls; cookies; recovery from attacks; physical controls; and

• Servers: central file, pring and fax servers; network operating systems, Microsoft, Linux; Small Business Server; Outlook Exchange, remote access, web hosting, licensing; support issues.

The course costs $75 for the five sessions, which includes a textbook and tool kit. To register, contact: Suzette Ertel, program manager, Oldham County Adult & Community Program, 7105 Floydsburg Road, Crestwood, Ky., 40014, or call 241-6018 or e-mail suzette.ertel@oldham.kyschools.us.  

Make checks payable to OCTANE. 

OCTANE is a non-profit organization of local technology professionals to promote the advancement of technology and science in the workforce and communities of Oldham County.

For information about OCTANE or the class, call Don Helton at 243-9998, or e-mail donhelton@earthlink.net.