There’s a saying that goes:“The best IT engineers, are the ones who know how to use Google”. The world of technology is changing faster than most people can keep up with, and there will come a time, and it happens eventually to everyone, whether you are in IT or not. That you will find a bug, an error, or a problem with a piece of software or hardware. Whether it is on your cell phone, personal computer, or tablet; that you just do not know how to fix. The IT industries best problem solvers of today have found the answer to this riddle, Google.
In the IT industry, it is rare and hard to achieve to find a ‘new’ never been seen before issue, as most of the problems and errors seen today are only re-occurrences of a similar problem that was never truly fixed. Knowing how to use Google, can be an invaluable asset if known how to be used properly. Almost every public company, has a consumer/user forum or blog that has hundreds if not thousands of posts about ‘this piece of software is broken and this happened, and here’s how I fixed it’, or ‘I have this setup and this is not working, but if I do this it works’ posts. Google has done a beautiful job of not only searching and finding those website’s, but cataloging them and providing you with a quick and efficient search engine to find those answers you are looking for. Most people could spend days upon days, searching through forum posts, looking for the right error code or problem that is an exact match to what problem they are having.
There is an easier way!
The key is not very complicated, but is to not search for the ‘problem’, but for the ‘solution’; by adding the keywords of ‘solved’, ‘solution’ or ‘fixed’ into your Google search, you can help to narrow your search to only the solutions of the problem, and not the thousands of similar posts of people saying they have this or that error. Using this ‘solution’ search can help you to knock your search time for an answer down from hours, to minutes. By entering more accurate detail into your search criteria, helps to narrow down your possibility of having a billion search results, to having maybe only several hundred to sort through.