If there is anything I can help you with then please get in touch. I am based in Beijing, China. You can reach me by by email for the following services:
Alternatively, call me (Olly) on my mobile phone: +86 18600624883
Tech Support Services
Since my youth I have been building computers and have a strong systems knowledge going back through all versions of Microsoft Windows to MS-DOS. I also have been a Mac user since 2006, so have built up an extensive knowledge of both PCs and Macs. I received my Bachelors degree in Business Information Technology & Multimedia from Gloucestershire University in 1998.
Professionally, I worked at IBM in the UK for two years in 1999, as well as spending over eight years in Beijing working in the IT and Telecoms sectors. After moving here in 2000, I worked for three years doing professional Tech Support at IT Resources, before spending a further three years at I.T. UNITED in project management roles.
I have extensive knowledge of computers, and I am the goto guy amongst my friends for any and every computer problem they encounter! Being a native English speaker, I can help you avoid the pitfalls of dealing with Chinese tech people, as well as avoiding any mis-communication due to language barriers! Please get in touch – whatever your computer problem, I can help!
- Mac / PC Tech Support
- Domestic Call Outs – I’ll come to you!
- Small Office / Home Office Solutions
- Home Networking Solutions (Wired & WiFi)
- System Tune Ups (System Cleanup / System Backup / Reinstall OS)
- Hardware Upgrades (Memory / Hard Disk / CPU etc. upgrades)
- Data Recovery (Disk Failure / Accidental Format / Accidental Delete)
- Virus, Spyware & Malware Removal
- VPN Service Setup (via 12VPN). Access Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+ and other blocked sites from within China! Bypass the Great Firewall! I can help you setup a VPN service on your computer, laptop or mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android etc.)
- Email & Web Hosting. Setup your own domain name for a personalised email address and web hosting. Choose a firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Host your website at www.yourchoiceofname.com
- Printer Setup & Troubleshooting
- File Server, RAID & NAS Setup
- Router, firewall and modem configuration and security
- iPhone & iPad Upgrades / Jailbreaking / Repairs
- Old Hardware Reconditioning. Make an old laptop or desktop PC usable again! I can install a version of Ubuntu linux on the machine that is lightweight and easy to use, and make an old laptop usable again. Ideal for checking email and web surfing.
- HTPC (Home Theatre PC) Consulting. I can provide bespoke PC or Mac based home entertainment solutions and consult on more specialised hardware solutions. throw away all those DVDs and run your entire home entertainment system from a hard disk!
- Native English Speaker. As a native speaker, I speak your language. No Chinese, no problem!
- Chinese Technical Liaison. If the problem is beyond my capabilities, I can also help find someone who can fix it, and liaise with the Chinese repair guy for you.
Restaurant & Bar Consultancy Services
In 2006 I was one of the founding partners of Vineyard Cafe in Beijing. We built the business from scratch and created the concept ourselves. I ran the bar, created the drinks and was in charge of all our online marketing efforts pionerring the use of blogging platforms and online social networks in bar promotion in Beijing. Despite being hidden down a remote hutong, great word of mouth, coupled with a unified online presence generated an exponential growth in foot traffic and we were able to recoup our initial investment within the first year. After two years I sold my shares in the business to the existing partners to move on to new projects.The business continues to run successfully to this day.
In 2008, I co-founded Ginkgo Restaurant & Bar, in the space of the former Room 101 on Andingmennei, Beijing which ran for two years becoming a unique space for live music in Beijing. I ran the business, organising many incredibly successful events. I also developed and ran a strong online blog presence, promoting our events as well as writing and designing a monthly email newsletter. I also developed and installed the FreePOS till system for the bar and restaurant which provided detailed customer order tracking, and greatly simplified tracking of our accounts. The system was used on a daily basis for over two years. My other rules included designing the menus and occasional flyer design. Sadly after two years we were forced to close due to problems with our Chinese partner, and an uncertainty on our lease.
Since 2010 I have worked as a freelance consultant designing and installing POS Till solutions for several bars and restaurants around Beijing. References are available on request.
- Point of Sale (POS) Systems Design & Installation (FreePOS). Bespoke solutions: PC-based system, cash drawers, receipt and kitchen printer installations, multiple till deployment, touch screen displays. I can provide integrated software and hardware solutions tailored to your requirements. A free system demo is available on request. Tried and tested system – used daily for more than two years in my previous venture, and currently running in several venues around Beijing.
- Wireless Hotspot Solutions. Secure login to your venue’s wifi hotspot for your customers. Flexible control over access times and bandwidth usage. Create Free or Pay-Per-Use Hotspots with multi-currency billing. Branded solutions available.
- Jukebox PC / Streaming Music Solutions. Sound system design and consultation. Implement PC-based and/or online music streaming solutions. Control playback via PC or mobile device. Automated playlist generation based on mood or music style. Speaker and amplifier setup. Wireless speaker solutions. Stock music library deployment.
- Online Branding & Promotion. @venuename.com domain registration. Setup @venuename.com email addresses for professional customer communications. Blog setup, hosting solutions and website SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
- Social Media Marketing. Online brand promotion via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Foursquare, TripAdvisor etc. Create community pages, encourage customer engagement and generate repeat business. Professional Email Newsletter Solutions
- Real Estate Photography
- Food Photography
- Travel Photophy
Porfolio coming soon. In the mean time see: http://www.flickr.com/users/saltedlolly/sets