...stability. Every single product of NgTechnik Design is one of the highest integrity. The most basic of basic system design and component integration premises is that it works, period. No ifs, ands, ors or buts; no exceptions. A proper tool, a highest caliber extension of the user, a true utility, will demonstrate no failure to operate. It is a given aspect of NgTechnik Design, in line with the zero compromises way. Throw whatever you like at it; it means nothing. Expect nothing short of zero downtime. Windows will always start. The sound card will always sound, clean, clear and crisp. The hard drive will always serve. The processor always orchestrating the team without fail. Memory will operate in perfect order. Graphics rendering functions will never fail to be fully compatible with its intended software. This is NgTechnik stability.
...performance. Performance without peer, and without exploitable weaknesses. A given chain will oftentimes contain certain very weak links; in relative speaking terms, 99.9% of prebuilt machines available in the market place are lacking in at least one link. This weak link is always the pitfall of the system. An imbalance in design. It could be too little RAM for its intended use. It could be a severely lacking graphics accelerator on a gaming machine. Finally and most often it is the that the rest of the computer is on a constant waiting line for the hard disk storage subsystem to do its job. There are almost always weak links in the chains of mass production systems; you will not find weak links here. All NgTechnik Systems are given a utilization focus, and all subsystems are designed around that focus, so that used as intended, the machine, will be stronger, faster, more powerful and in all measures superior to any mass production, "equivalent." I strive for no less than this. This is NgTechnik performance.
...aesthetics. It is a style. It is about being noticed, but for the right reasons. It is about being seen, without being obscene. NgTechnik Design dictates that a design, whether flashy or low profile, must be a product of substance. NgTechnik Design should not look like it woke up and got dressed in the dark. It must be neat and tidy; it must be professional. It must not be tacky, or give mixed messages. In order to achieve aesthetic balance and unity in design, every NgTechnik Design has a given theme. The aesthetic theme of a given design must also tie into the functional focus of the design, thus again reducing the possibility of a mixed message. Aesthetic aspects also should strive to symbolize the ways of the person or persons who will be most actively making use of the system. Cold cathodes, LED fans, LED lamps, stylish system enclosures with high quality construction and finishes, fan controllers and even greater variety of, "mods," are often utilized as aesthetic components, and always in a harmony. It's about making a system belonging to someone really look like their machine, and no one else's. This is NgTechnik style.
...ergonomics. It's about feeling natural. It's about being comfortable. An NgTechnik system acts as a tool, a functional extension of the person who will utilize it, much like the infinitely priceless pair of hands that we are born with. My systems absolutely must achieve an ergonomic level that is warm, comfortable, natural and welcomes you. It will not be cold, harsh and lifeless. The parts you touch, the mouse, the keyboard, the system enclosure's controls and the removable/optical media drive controls must have quality feel. Everything must be easy to use, quick access and short reach. Important software related to the system utility focus receives up front icon placement. The keyboard and mouse will always be of the highest caliber; it is your interface. The display must be sharp, bright, color-accurate; it must be eye-pleasing. The system must be pleasing to the ears; it must never drive you nuts from simply being on. Sound dampening drive mounts, sound dampening fan mounting, low-speed/low-noise active cooling, quiet operating optical media drives and hard disk subsystems; these and more are merely an outline of measures taken to guarantee optimum ergonomic characteristics in these machines. My systems are the friendly accomplice to your mission. This is NgTechnik ergonomics.
...a philosophy. This philosophy embodies not simply a style of ergonomic design, but also a way of tackling problems. It is about considering every possible solution to a problem, in a free and open mind method, before making a final choice: the right one. It's about accepting mistakes and then correcting them properly, when the right choice is not initially made. It's about taking no compromises. This philosophy is ever evolving, never static, and it grows and improves itself in a gradual path to perfection. Perfection may not be reachable, but it is always visible, and NgTechnik Design is about being in arm's reach of it. Approaching perfection also implies balance; this balance is the balance of all the necessary attributes within an NgTechnik system. These are the attributes outlined above: stability, performance, aesthetics and ergonomics. To approach perfection, is to achieve the optimum balance of these four attributes, making the fewest possible compromises in all cases. This is NgTechnik Design at its core.
Ng, Master of NgTechnik Design
Where did NgTechnik Design come from, and what happened to NgTech Labs?
NgTechnik Design actually began life as NgTech Labs. Up until December 2003, NgTech Labs has merely acted as an unofficial moniker used to unify systems built by myself, Edward Ng. After completed the Sigma One project, I decided that I have achieved a pinnacle level of system design and construction, and that my long, over ten-year career of personal computer diagnostic and repair has reached a professional level of skill. With this achievement, I have decided to take my skills to the next level, beginning with this professional web site. From here I will launch my new consulting career, and also use this site as a platform from which to demonstrate my abilities from a visual perspective, as well as to provide an easy-access location to give a better understanding to prospective customers an idea of what I am about. My hope is to expand from here, and that I can build a professional career as a personal consultant, or perhaps later launch my own personal computer sales, diagnostics and repair business, with this as its portal. Expect NgTechnik Design to evolve more and more as time passes, and please wish me luck!
Who is Edward Ng?
Edward Ng came to be on January 22nd, 1982, in the Bronx's Lincoln Hospital one cold Friday morning. A bouncing baby boy of a very regular seven pounds, born to Mr. Wing-Hing and Mrs. Margarita Ng, the future story was yet to be told of this American-born Chinese-Dominican boy. Growing up in the Bronx in Castle Hill, attending Holy Family Catholic Elementary, little of true, life-changing importance occurred until age eight. That eighth Christmas, Edward Ng received his first ever personal computer. A blazing Intel 80386SX running at 25MHz and equipped with 2MB of RAM and a massive 80MB hard drive. Attached to it was a Panasonic KX-P1124i 24-pin dot-matrix impact printer and a KFC 14" color VGA monitor. Loaded on it was MS-DOS 5.0 and Microsoft Windows 3.0, with Direct Access 5 as a front-end GUI. Ed marveled at the complexity of DOS, and greatly enjoyed playing "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" with Windows Paintbrush. Learning to play Solitaire frustrated him to no end for a few months.
Before long though, Ed had moved on to MS-DOS 6, experimented with Disk Stacker drive compression, learned to write customized boot floppy disk BATch scripts with full color and extended ASCII, using Central Point PC Tools and Antivirus to strike down viruses and even mastered Solitaire, with Windows for Workgroups 3.11, and its miraculously powerful 32-bit File Access feature! At that point, there was no turning back; Ed had become a full blown PC geek.
Within only a couple years, Edward Ng moved with his family to Scarsdale, an upper-middle class suburban neighborhood just North of Yonkers, which borders the Bronx. Out of the ghetto and into a quiet new home, Ed had even less to, "worry," about and more time to concentrate on honing his PC skills. The timing could not be more perfect, as Ed had gotten onto the PC bandwagon at just the right moment, experiencing the old school in the flesh, and understanding it to the perfect extent from which to truly grasp the ways ahead. The internet came to play very soon, with TCP/IP and Trumpet Winsock. Chicago, or Windows 95 then came to be. The advent of CPUs with integrated FPUs, the Intel and AMD 486 processors, and the development of 3D accelerator cards, like dual Voodoo2 12MB SLI setups came to be, and Ed took every possible chance to play in the light of scientific advancement. That his new home in an apartment building was literally right next door to a small, private PC repair business certainly didn't hurt.
By the time Ed graduated from Edgemont Junior/Senior High School, he had very much done it all for a HS PC techie. Captain of the school's computer club for two years. Editor-In-Chief of the yearbook. New York State Technology In Education Award two years in a row. Where could Ed take his skills to now?
Fast forward to the present. Surprisingly, a dramatically different picture has materialized than expected. Ed graduated in November, 2002 from The Culinary Institute of America, with an Associates in Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts. He is now pursuing a double-major at the College of Westchester (formerly known as Westchester Business Institute) in an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Business Administration--Management and Marketing, and also an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Business Administration--Accounting. Armed with these skills, Ed plans to partner in a new restaurant venture with his father, and then later on open up another business of different nature. In the meantime, Edward seeks to bolster his technology skills by focusing, aside from his studies, on this web site's development as well as building a freelance career in PC consulting and on-site diagnostic and repair.
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