Personal Note On Computer Skills Essay

2557 Words Oct 31st, 2016 11 Pages
Caltech: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. (250 - 650)

In my home, I am known as the IT department. Whenever anyone in my family needs technical support, they come ask me. My family first noticed my knack for computer skills when we got our first family computer. I would always be playing around with settings and games. One day when the display starting giving artifacts, I knew what the problem was: the computer needed a new graphics card. From that day forward I have been solving problems, building computers, and doing so much more. The simplest issues I fix occur on a bi-weekly basis and usually include fixing the printer, restarting the router, or force quitting an application. However, fixing the printer is not always an easy task. One printer we used to have would absolutely refuse to print or even connect on my dad’s laptop, but would work just fine on my step-mom’s, even though the laptops were identical. After a few minutes of investigation, I determined the printer driver was not properly installed on my dad’s laptop. So I tried to reinstall it, but the driver refused to install; it did not help that it was a MacBook. After a few hours of digging around forums and the internet, I finally discovered a fix: an optional update from Apple. To this day, I am still not sure why printers are so…

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