If you are happy with your computer,
you can keep your computer. (For real this time)
If your machine seems fine to you, but the software can't keep up and it no longer updates,
I can hook you up with Lubuntu Linux.
Then you can continue to get updates for years, use Chrome, Netflix, Facebook, email and a whole lot more...
I'm confident that I know Linux as well as anyone around -- I even have my own distribution
so I'm sure I can help you navigate any problems you might have.
Why buy a new machine if you don't have to?
I make housecalls
To help with getting online, setting up the printer,
or just to pick up (if you have trouble getting out)
($10 if you choose not to have me fix the problem --
usually only charge folks who seem to be going into business for themselves...)
Laptop screen replacement
Most screens cost less than $100 total (including shipping and labor.) Just call in with your laptop model number and I can give you a quote.
Pictures, documents, music, old tax PDFs... these are usually more important to people than the machines themselves...
So I take backup very seriously. I can save any data you require, usually even from formatted drives (which happens at the hands of many amateur "computer guys".)
...and for gosh sakes, if you get an FBI warning,
or Microsoft wants you to give them a call -- give me a call first! I guarantee that calling me will save you money and/or aggravation.
Answer lots of questions
I use my cell for busines and am more than happy to help you all I can over the phone... I don't feel a need to nickel-and-dime people for every little thing.
If I help you out you will come back when you need some real work done :-)
I can make Windows 8/10 work well for you, even without a touch screen!
Win8 or 10 have you frustrated or confused? Drop by and bring your machne.... I can add a few things and show you some stuff that will
make your transition much easier!
And if you are thinking of taking the plunge to a new machine with Windows 8, but are worried because you heard things... feel free to stop by and try it out.
I have a demo machine in my workshop with WIN8 on it you can play around with...
Clean Out with backup
is my most common service. Virus, spyware, bad software, other folks "fixing" your machine -- these things tend to
slow down or make machines not work properly much more frequently than real hardware problems. This being the case,
a whole lot of issues are solved by bringing your machine by for a clean-out.
It only costs $30, only takes one day -- and you get your computer back faster than new!
A cleanup takes 24 hours, costs $30 and includes:
Hard drive, memory,
system bus and power supply are tested. If there are any
hardware issues the customer is informed and can decide whether
to fix the machine or pick it up to avoid charges. (Sometimes the hardware DOES go bad,
and sometimes you will opt to fix, but occasionally we have to move on :-(
This is to make sure no
airways are clogged with dust which can cause overheating -- I
clear heatsink and fans, front and rear intakes as well as vents
in power supply. If this is not done your machine can overheat and be damaged.
Save any/all of your
pictures, documents, music files, videos, mail/address book (if
you use Outlook) and anything else you might have downloaded or
saved. I am also capable, using specialized software, to recover
data from formatted drives or drives that have had their
partition tables corrupted/deleted.
After backup, the hard
drive is reformatted (completely cleared) and the original
operating system is re-installed, but without any trial
versions or junk programs that often are bundled with new PCs.
This ensures that there are no
virus or malware present and removes clutter, thus making your
system as fast as it can possibly be.
...with security updates, antivirus and other useful software.
When system is returned
you should not need to install any other software -- I put in
the latest security updates, java, flash plugin, PDF reader,
etc. You recieve an invoice that includes tips to keep your
system running lean and clean in the future -- (becauses I like repeat
customers, but seeing you too often is not good for business :)
You can also call me any time to help you with little problems.
I don't charge for phone support.
My name is Paul Sherman.
I first learned programming
on a UNIVAC (using FORTRAN) in 1979 and began repairing
computers back in the early 90s (486 machines.) Since then I
have cleaned/ installed/ repaired several thousand PCs.
In recent years I have specialized in system cleaning, diagnostics and data backup/recovery.
The hardware-selling part of the business is not very profitable, and truth be told, if someone is selling
you a computer cheaper than a store can, something is likely wrong with it or the software is "hot."
I am thorough, honest, inexpensive, and I make housecalls if you can't get away from your business or you have trouble getting about.
My cellphone is (nearly) always with me, so feel free to call and ask questions. You also might want to give me a holler before dropping
by with a machine, as I am a one-man show and I occasionally have to go out to help someone -- I also tend to wander out into the woods to hike
when I'm feeling up to it and the weather is nice...