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DIY Computer Repairs

I come from a time, as many who live at the Heads do, when most blokes (and some ladies) did their own car repairs.

DIY Computer repairsHours spent lying on cold concrete floors battling with unyielding bolts, swearing and covered in grease and dirt. Fixing the Holden or Ford us gave much satisfaction and the money (sometimes) saved helped the family budget. Once chips – silicon ones, not the dead remnants of lunch at the beach – found their way into cars, things changed. Using a strobe light to set the timing and tinkering with carburettors soon became impossible when they were replaced by electronic ignition and fuel injection and we had to rely on workshops with the right gear to do the specialised work for us. Continue reading

A Teenager-Proof PC?

by Andy Turner
Coastal Computers & Design

I’ve been there – brought up two teenage sons through the (admittedly early) computer years and had the same frustrations with them mucking up the family computer. Reading them the riot act about ‘not going to those kind of websites or else’ etc worked for a while, but they soon get into the sneaky stage where they’ll look you in the eye and say “NO Dad, I didn’t do that – honest” Yeah sure. I must have left my tools out in the rain too… Continue reading

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