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Do friends and family ask you to fix their computer problems?   [Edit]

Survey period: 7 Jun 2004 to 13 Jun 2004

Many of us are developers, not hardware or third party software specialists. Even so...

Yes, constantly89458.93
Yes, occasionally55436.52
Not any more563.69
No, never130.86

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Joel Holdsworth7-Jun-04 10:57
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I am more than willing to fix any problem with people's computers - often it's bit of a pain but it seems like a nice thing to do for my friends. But there are a few scenarious that I really hate:

1. Monitors set to 60Hz - It amazes me that there are people who leave there computers flickering like this. Luckily within 30sec I can have the it up to a more healthhy 100Hz, and all is well!

2. Chicken and egg situations - Computers that are broken in a way that is really tough to fix. Like when windows has a broken file, but you can only replace it using the web - which of course you can't get to without the file. You can either 1. Drive home, and hope you can get the correct replacment onto CD or 2. Reinstall which takes _ages_

3. Computers that need tidying - This is not so much an annoyance as a time killer. I really am a perfectionist when it comes to computers! I find myself spending hours removing all the spyware, and spending ages downloading the latest patches, usually over a dialup.

4. Large downloads over dialups - And with my luck the ISP will always hang up halfway through or somthing!

But most of all
5. The Rabbit Hole effect - You find a computer, and somone who's not good at maintaining a system long term. You will fix the computer to be the tidyest, most efficient, and best set up computer in the whole town, but you just know that 3-6 months later they'll phone you again because things have fallen into ruins!

Joel Holdsworth

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