Competition for tech repair in Guelph is fierce. The work flow of late has been slow, and the days long and fruitless. Thankfully an old regular brought in a job to break up the monotony, and a rather involved one at that. A few of the keys on the keyboard of his MacBook Air A1466 have been less than fully responsive, which is an annoying thing in a keyboard. Cleaning
On this beautiful, sun-shiney spring day a kind-eyed lady came in with an unusual request. “I make honey,” she informed me. “Well, I guess technically the bees make the honey. Anyway, I need a small fan that I can put into a honey box I made from an old meat smoking box that I have at home. Someone told me a computer fan would be perfect. Do you have any?”
My Afghani buddy Noor has a grandchild who was a little rough with their cheap little Samsung Galaxy Tab A Android tablet when trying to plug it in to charge. The result? A badly buggered USB port, which renders the device useless. “Can you fix?” he asked me one night during one of our regular Afghani dinner parties. “I can try,” I answered. “How much?” “Usually $90,” I told him.
Had to pop into downtown to do some business stuff this morning, so I decided to pop in on the good folks over at Wyndham Arts Supplies to pick up some useful little tools. Thankfully someone popped in with this solid little Dell laptop with a dilapidated hard disk drive. No important data. Essentially a task in computer repair 101 – replace a hard drive and install an operating system.
The hardest part about being in independent computer repair is that the entire industry is geared against your success. A recent right-to-repair bill, introduced by one of the few remaining provincial Liberal MPs, was voted down recently. This goes against the entire premise behind my business. If you do not have a right to repair your computers and smartphones, how can you get into Do-It-Yourself repairs? People often spend hundreds
Nothing much to say about today. A dear old customer came in a bought a long USB-C cable. Only $5. She’d bought one a few weeks ago for a friend. “It was a big hit!” She informed me. “And it’s a great deal. I’ll take another!” It’s always nice to see a familiar face with simple needs. Makes the workday so much better, even when there’s not much else going
Folks often ask me how to clean their laptops. Those who don’t often end up with laptops that looks kinda like this poor little Sony Vaio from the Vista era. White laptops, like white clothing, may look great when clean, but sure do show the dirt. So how does one clean their dirty, dirty laptop? All you need is some multi-purpose cleaner, a paint brush or tooth brush, a lint-free