TeamRampage Services, a.k.a. Steve Palacios, is a small Information Technology services provider specializing in helping organizations adapt to and utilize technology in the furtherance of their goals.
Why are we here, doing what we do? To make the lives of small business owners and entrepreneurs easier and more productive through technology and best practices. Additionally, to promote the reduction of “eWaste”, to make it clear if upgrading is even needed, and to make it easier to properly dispose of that technology.
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A family business that focuses on the little things, no matter how large or small the task. From graphical elements to the “nuts and bolts” of an application. From everyday frustrations of technology to the planning of a complete upgrade to new technology deployments, Team Rampage Services will get you going and keep you going up.
I started out while in college working on a little project called Mobile Companion, which has grown over the years to become an ambitious and exciting venture with various partners. Since then, I have been working on a few small projects here and there and working on side projects to learn new skills. More recently I have had the pleasure of working with the fine folks at Crowning Touch Senior Moving Services, helping to create Auctionease, the software that powers their own special silent auction. Additionally, I have been invited by CompTIA to serve as a Subject Matter Expert in various areas.
Normal office hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific, Monday through Friday, emails are always welcome and given priority. If you would like to know more about us, what we do, or would like to inquire about a project that we might be able to help you with, then let us know!
Why TeamRampage Services?
Why is it that we call ourselves “TeamRampage Services”?
Well, this is a name that my wife and I came up with in 2009. That’s when I started out as a freelance software engineer. Actually, it started out as “TwinRampage” because we have twin daughters. While I was working on my first big project, I needed some help from my wife! After our girls got a little older, I started asking them what they thought of different things I was working on. The projects that I was working on became a team effort, so I decided that “TeamRampage” was more appropriate.
What’s with the “Rampage” part of the name? Well, as any parent can tell you having toddlers around when they play (especially twins) they go on a rampage! At least that’s what the playroom looked like after they’ve been playing! Hence, the name “TeamRampage” is a perfect fit! As the years went on, my family became not only a support system for me and my work, but also became a part of my work.
Now that our son is getting older and started showing interest in electronics, and in ways to help the environment, we’ve decided that I will teach him what I know about electronics repair. And ways that electronics can be responsibly recycled.
A Bit on My Background
I started my journey with electronics when I was around 8 years old. All I had was the curiosity of “how does this thing work”? I would spend my Saturdays learning what I could from my Dad, the library, and my own tinkering. When I was in middle school I started collecting and building PC clone computers. Figuring out how to get the best performance out of the parts I could get my hands on. From there, my learning evolved over time into more of the science behind how computers, and electronics in general, work. Over the years I have built countless computer systems. From simple (and underpowered) desktop machines to full business computing systems and networks.
I’ve fixed broken TVs, VCRs, game consoles, cell and landline phones, tablets, computers, and probably anything else you can think of! I’ve spent over 20 years in the General Aviation repair industry, along with formal training from the U.S. AirForce. This has given me the training and tools to fix things, a skill that I want to pass on to my kids. As my son’s repair skills improve, he’ll be taking a more active role in helping me fix things. We started out with things around the house that needed fixing, moving on to helping my Dad in fixing airplanes, and now with learning to repair and recycle electronics responsibly.
Where We’re at Now
Since I work part-time for the local school district, things will start off slowly. Teaching others about technology is a passion of mine, learning what I can and passing that on to others is what inspired me to get into education. Now, it’s time for me to branch out and share what I’ve learned on a larger scale!
I feel that most of the skills we learn in life are ones that help the world in general and that those skills need to be shared with future generations! This is why I was really happy when my son wanted to learn more about what I do, but there’s only so much that needs to be fixed around our house. So, I’ve started reaching out to friends and family to see what they need help with fixing. But again, this only goes so far.
How You Can Help
Now we want to help our community fix what needs fixing! Responsibly recycle the electronics that need to be recycled. To do this, we need your help! We need things to fix! Computers, laptops, cell phones, the tech that has become an integral part of our lives. Let us fix the tech that’s troubling you so that I can pass on what I’ve learned to the next generation!
On that note, I want to teach more than just my kids – I want to teach anyone who wants to learn! So I’m going to be starting a YouTube channel chronicling the repair and recycling that we do! My son will even be in some of the videos, learning alongside anyone that’s learning with him!