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People that are willing to share their knowledge or learning experience. Knowledge may not be personal. How we learn can be personal.


Share what is new to you or may be useful to another person. Clarify content that helped you learn.

This wiki was started with at least two goals. As the content grows and the clock ticks, the goal posts will move. Do not be afraid of adding or editing content. The worst thing that can happen is: You, or someone else, may need to recover content from an older version of a page. This wiki retains history of a document. Undoing an edit is not hard.


On a page in this wiki is where. Create content that makes this a better “START HERE”.


When the iron is hot. Writing something down during a learning experience will reinforce the experience.


Technology has a lot of details. Help this wiki become a better “START HERE”.

I know I forget details. The devil is in the details. The details may not live in this wiki, but putting a “pointer” in this wiki, to the details, may help your neighbor. The start page identifies some of the original reasons for this wiki:

1) Encourage community participation.

2) Gather knowledge in a system that has a functional search.

3) Demonstrate that this “Open Source” tool, can be a component of a “friendly” place to share knowledge.

Here are some more:

Goals for the content of this wiki

I frequently find things on the internet that do not include the Who, What, Where, When and Why of a subject. There are times when one of the 5 W's may not be required to make the information valuable. If When is important to a page of this wiki, you can use the Old Revisions button on the side of this page and see When this page was edited.

My English teachers stressed the importance of Who, What, Where, When, Why as relates to journalism. When this wiki links to a place on the internet, one or more of the 5 W's may be missing in the linked content.

Good journalism usually includes the answers to Who?, What?, Where?, When?, Why?

Changing the order to Why, Who, When, What, Where

Why: More than one reason. 1st… The web content of the Computer Club web site is not easy to search. My first attempt to search the content of the Security SIG produced almost nothing. 2nd… I have been around long enough to know people in our community have given their time and energy to share a lot of knowledge. Capturing knowledge in a place that provides better search capabilities is a goal of this wiki. 3rd… A wiki is designed to encourage community contributors. One intent of this wiki is to reduce the time requirement of individual volunteers, by providing a tool that allows many people to contribute. Getting more members of the community educated about “how to use a wiki” will be a challenge.

Who: In a perfect world, this wiki would allow anybody to create or edit content. Perfection is hard to achieve, so you will have to register, with this wiki, to be allowed to edit or create content.

When: Some knowledge gets obsolete. Each page of this wiki has history. A reader can choose to view the history of the page. Please note the “clock symbol” on the right side of this page. If you hover the cursor over the clock symbol you should see “Old Revisions”. If you click on the clock symbol, there will be evidence that this page has evolved. I know some of the knowledge that will be referenced from this wiki is unlikely to contain dates that identify the age of the information.

What: This wiki uses dokuwiki which requires understanding the concept of namespace and page name. The concept of namespace and page name is demonstrated by the name of this page. This page is in the namespace of freqentlyaskedquestions and the page name is whyhavethiswiki.

Where: This wiki is a where , from the perspective of information on the internet. The content of this wiki will reference other material. It is important for the reader to recognize when this wiki leads you to another “where” on the internet. As a reader you need to know that the content of this wiki is only as reliable as the creators and editors. If you find information you need to “trust”, remember to “trust but verify”.


Dona Rowe, 2022/11/28 21:27

I am not a member of computer Club. However, I have a new monitor for my desktop/tower computer. I would gladly pay a member to install the new monitor. If I must become a member, I can do that as well. Thanks, DRowe

Phillip Lahman, 2022/11/28 00:00, 2022/11/29 01:02


  Please read this: [[computerclub:helpcenter]].   The short version...   Join the club, sign up for help, then show up and sign the release.   Then one of the Help Center volunteers can/will help.
Duane Grimme, 2022/04/21 00:38

Need help updating IPad. Do I need to schedule a time? Thanks DuaneG

Phillip Lahman, 2022/04/21 01:07


Jerry Kovacs, 2019/11/18 12:41

Buying laptop to replace desktop. Two questions: 1) What is best (easiest) way of transferring data to new computer? 2) What do I do with old desktop? Assume I need to delete, destroy or somehow get rid of data and passwords on it.

Thank you, Jerry

phillip, 2019/11/18 13:13, 2019/11/18 13:24

Jerry, Easiest way to transfer data? It depends… How much data do you have? If you do not do backups or use the cloud (onedrive, google drive, icloud ) to backup data, using the network, in your home, or a “thumb drive” may be the right choice. Having a “second copy” of data that is important to you is a good practice. The cost (dollars) and time needed to have a second copy are considerations. The first question: How much data do you have might enable a zero cost(dollar wise), better, long term choice. Using cloud storage solutions can be semi-free for less than 15 Gigabytes of data (Google). If you do not want your stuff in the cloud, thumb drives will do. Choosing to use neither of the options above would involve configuring the “network sharing” feature on both computers so that you can copy files from/to either computer. If you need help the “Help Center” will help. Bring both devices (just the chassis of the desktop) to the Help Center. If you prefer doing it on your own, use the internet to learn about “Windows Network File Sharing”.

Franklin D Moore, 2019/11/08 20:36

Have computer that is having a bios problem and error on boot. It tells me I need to update bios but am not able to get it to work with any utility that I have found. Is ASUS MB with EZ in setup but it gives me not compatible bios id when I attempt to use it. AMI bios, and computer with Windows 10 OS on it. This may be my problem, as the bios was for Vista I believe. There is a new bios that I downloaded from ASUS website. Have it on thumb drive.

phillip, 2019/11/08 21:33

Franklin, Your issue is a first. Should I assume it is an ASUS computer and you have the model number and/or details about the motherboard. Sometimes updating BIOS requires booting from a thumb drive, sometimes it involves running an executable from Windows. Can you enter BIOS configuration? Sometimes the BIOS has a feature that allows updating the BIOS. How old is the computer? Have you confirmed the CMOS battery is OK? The Help Center is open Tuesday afternoon from 12 to 3 PM.

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