Covering everything from algebra to physics, the lessons taught on Virtual Nerd include all the dressings of a real-world classroom—teachers, whiteboards, note-taking devices—plus the distinct advantage of pause-and-play learning. The site boasts many useful tools, including the Dynamic Whiteboard, which keeps a running list of notes that students can use to review or to dive even deeper into the subject at hand. Students can also examine symbols and formulas as lessons progress. Virtual Nerd offers two distinct types of learning: month-long instruction and online boot camps. The former includes tutorials and study materials that supplement traditional classroom learning. The latter is intended to present students with a grab bag of study materials, including a customized list of tutorials, practice problems, and quizzes. Regardless of subject matter, all lessons support Virtual Nerd’s mission to provide convenient, interactive learning for a fraction of the cost of hiring a tutor or kidnapping a Teletubby.
Computer Geeks cares for computers both in store and at home. Whether your system needs a sweep for viruses, a physical cleaning, or spyware removal, the experienced techs can accomplish the task. For Internet-connection problems, the team has the ear of both Mediacom and AT&T to help resolve issues.
The St. Louis Cartridge World is one of the region's biggest ink and toner retailers. Roy G. Biv-ify your printer or copier with ink for most major brands, including HP, Dell, Canon, Lexmark, and Epson. Prices range from less than $10 to more than $100, but many cost less than $25. Inkjet cartridges can be refilled an average of four to five times, usually with no wait time, and the Cartridge World experts are happy to field all questions within the bounds of the cartridge universe.
Mike, the Bellman behind Bellman Computer Repair, provides mobile tech support for private clients and small businesses. He conducts quick and efficient visits, undeterred by weather, kids, or pets. His guidelines for clients upon his house calls are pretty simple. "Relax, it's your house," he says on his website. "Remember to smile. I don't scare easy." Mike matches his affable manner with an impressive résumé of technical skills, including 20 years of repairing Apple products, and expert-level knowledge of Windows, and membership in seven warranty organizations who help back his work.
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