Thanks goes to all of you for giving ProBIRT a successful start. My original plan was to invite a few technicians to view PROBIRT and comment on the site before it was fully announced to the general technician community. As you can see that plan didn't work because in less than one month we already have over 250 technicians from around the world regularly viewing the site. All the comments received from technicians so far have been encouraging and very positive.
Several techs have made some very good suggestions for changes and additions to the site. These, along with some additional features, will be added over the next few months. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment. Probirt.com is YOUR site. The more feedback I receive from you, the better it can become.
Some Site Tips
You do not need to keep that convoluted, randomly generated password you received when you registered. Change it to something that is easier to remember:
1. Click on "My Profile" in the upper right hand box.
2. Verify your username and password.
3. This will take you to a form where you can change your password and update your profile.
Please realize that if you registered and did not use your first name followed by your last name as your memberID, your registration was activated as visitor status with read-only access. So if you signed up as TheSaxGuy and canít figure out how to add an article, tip, event, or post in the forum, etc., thatís because these features are disabled for visitor status.
If you missed the memberships page before you registered and would like to change your MemberID to enable posting privileges, email me and Iíll change it over for you.
The Travel Channel
If you get the Travel Channel, you might be interested in some upcoming episodes of ďJohn Ratzenbergerís ĎMade in AmericaíĒ. He will be visiting Steinway, Gibson Guitars, and Remo Drums in February episodes. There was also an episode that featured Conn-Selmer at the Bach plant. Iím sure this will come back as a re-run. See the calendar pages on ProBIRT for further info.
Work begins shortly on streaming videos. Videos will be taken in the shop of whoever is being taped (where possible); itís easier and less expensive for me to come to you and tape than for you to lug all your tools and equipment (and possibly forget something important) to me. Travel plans are being made for the April 2005 video tour! If you are willing to be video taped (donít worry, edits are possible) please contact me and let me know what topics you are comfortable covering. Please donít force me to make all the videos of myselfÖ.I will put you all to sleep!!! If there is a specific repair or procedure you would like to see, let me know. Requests will go at the top of the list.
There are times when I may not have access to my beloved computer and will need someone to step in to assist in administrative duties. If you are interested in helping with this or just have extra time you donít know what to do with, please contact me .
Live Online Clinics
There are several different ways that online clinics can be set up. I will be testing out some of these in the coming months. I need about 10 people with various operating systems and configurations. If you would like to be a part of the testing process, please contact me and let me know what operating system (Windows 98, 2000, XP, Mac OSX, etc.) and what browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, etc.) and browser version you are running.
Thanks for reading,