[quote=“dailo13”]For those with computer issues and need an English speaking person to help them out, give me a call. My name is Danny and I ran a repair shop around Los Angeles for about 11 years until I gave it up early last year. I live in Linkou near Taoyuan, but head into Taipei City quite a bit (its boonie out here). If you live between Chungli in the south and Neihu in the north, give me a call. I do have a job here as well as having to take care of my niece some evenings, so my service will not be one of those “30 minutes or its free” deals. My job is pretty slow right now so its not a problem for me to head out during the day. Its evenings that I may have the most trouble with. I am an insomniac so late nights are okay by me.
Let me state some of my views on comptuer repair so I don’t have to go into my little spiel everytime…
Anti-virus is a false idol. Nobody is going to know what kind of code that 12 year kid in Eastern Europe is going to write until he releases it onto the world. The sasser worm many years ago (the one that made your comptuer restart itself every 60 seconds) proved that fast malicious code delivery is very difficult to stop in today’s connected world. The thing that is making your software slow, prone to crashing, or just plain not working is malware or spyware. There is no stopping spyware as it is up to the user to install it in their systems. We all know there are very few free lunches, why shouldn’t it apply in the digital world? That “free” song you just downloaded, the “free” picture of a pantyless celebrity, or the “free” cooking recipe all come with a price. That price is the lack of privacy of all of your digital content in your computer. Your digital life is broadcast out into the world to the highest bidder and you agreed to it by clicking on the link. Anti-virus is not going to stop you from clicking on something, and it may or may not know how to fight the malicious code you just loaded into your computer. The only real way to fix it is to erase everything, good and bad. Reformat is the term and it is usually the quickest and most efficient way to fix ANY software problem. The problem is that one really has to be vigilant with their backups. Documents, pictures, music, favorite websites, or anything you would like to have again on your computer needs to be backed up often. Unforunately, programs such as MS Office or Photoshop cannot be backed up due to the way Windows is designed and the programmers thinking of “Why would you need to backup the program? When you BUY the software, you get the disc and its simple enough for you to stick in a disc and click 3 or 4 buttons.” For the files and content that are created with these programs, Microsoft gives you a free backup utility with most of their operating systems. How many of you knew that, or better yet, use it?
Whew, it doesn’t usually take me as long to say it as it did for me to type it. To make a long spiel short, many times, its much easier to erase everything and start from scratch. Fixing just the particular problem is not as complete (there are always leftovers when taking out malware).
That being said, what I can offer are two options to fix your PC.
- I can come by your home or work, pick up the PC, repair it, and then drop it off to you at your home or work.
- I can come over and diagnose the problem and fix it right then and there. This may take some time. Imagine running a spyware scan that takes 3 hours and I will just be twiddling my thumbs during that time. Also, would take more time if your PC has a Chinese operating system as I cannot read Chinese well enough, yet.
As for costs, I honestly do not know, yet. Just give me a call, tell me your problem and where you live, and I’ll figure something out with you. I am not looking to make this a business, just something to make a few bucks and maybe meet a few expats like myself (I am… yelling at the top of my lungs…Chinese-American). That said, gas, tolls and parking really adds up.
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Dude! :roflmao: You might want to reword your ad a bit. I can’t imagine there are too many people who’d be happy to give you their computer only to have it returned wiped clean!
If other people are a bit like me and barely computer-literate … I mean, even I can back up files, wipe my hard drive and reformat. The point of paying someone to do a repair is to AVOID having to do that!