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here should be some info about "us"

i hope it's ok if i start ;-)

about:andreas ¶ 

I want to start an offensive in Germany to get the idea of repair, saving ressources and give a "no-go" to planned obsolescence". It will be great if some of the german users (like Markus...) can contact me so that we can concentrate our efforts for going to a better future! http://erhaltungsgesellschaft.de is "my child" and I want to start there with a german wiki for repair-tips and hints in all possible parts like cars, electronic, etc.

about:markus ¶ 

so, here comes a little bit about me ;-)

i try to fix almost everything that comes between my fingers. i work mostly on cell phones and saeco coffee makers. from time to time i fix notebooks with bga problems. but there is another thing i work on at the moment, i bought a real bakery oven a few weeks ago and now where having some fun in the neigbourhood (and some jobs to do at company parties and so on)

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i fix many things for free, but not for everone - i have a few customers (cell phone and computer stores) - they surely have to pay - except for my ex boss at the nokia store - i worked there 8 yrs ago and if i need anything - i'll get it from him (great source for spare parts - let's not forget - most stuff i'm doing is component level repair and some sparparts are simply not on the "market")

i can't compete with the social engagement of other members.

i live in weisendorf, we don't have those extreme social problems here - but i'll try to teach others how to use a computer the right way (not just for chatting and so called social networks). but as always - i have way to little time to do all the stuff i want to do...

markus

ps: if you can't get enough of that picture - click here for a larger version: CLICK

pps: btw - i bought the bakery oven on ebay for around 50$ - replaced a fuse for a few cent and it works great

about:rj713 ¶ 

I try to repair/rebuild at least one computer per quarter to give to a child who can't afford one. mayer has offered to help me in that endeavor.

Just delivered a rebuilt iMac G4 to the local Y kids computer lab. Trying to decide what next.

Well it turns out next is a project is a MDD G4. I have maxed the memory and added a USB 2 card. The unit checks out well and has been given to the Y kids computer lab--helps more kids for the buck.

My new primary will be a 2.4 GHZ Mini starting with 4 GB of ram but in time I will max the ram to 8 GB. I am saving my Thinkpad T 42 as a backup computer.

Update--The T42 will be given to a child after all. I just purchased a Pismo for my backup--always did like working on those.

The T-42 has been delivered to a child--working on some upgrades to my Pismo now.

That Pismo and a G4 DVI have gone to children and another Pismo will go in a week or so. I'll have to back off for a while to build up funds again.

OK I've picked up a IBM desktop for a good price and have just finished going through it and installed Mint Linux. Unit will go with a new keyboard/mouse and a copy of Mint Linux to a child when school starts in the fall.

Picked up a decent G4 iMac for $40 and a MDD G4 for $80 for my next projects for children.

The iMac and a G4 MDD are going to children this week.

I delivered my Powermac G5 to a local home for unwed mothers to be used to help train them in useful job skills. Purchased another Pismo for my backup machine.

about:nick ¶ 

"If it ends up on my desk, I'm fixing it, or reusing the parts for something else"

I am a freelance computer technician and as a favor(right now, more favors), and i can approve or deny a job as i choose, due to how I work on it, and I just do this for extra money as i need it

I started learning computer repair on junk computers when I was younger, and the more I did, the more it helped and the more it grew on me and became part of my life

it all started from the Beyblades(remember those?) when they jammed a lot, I knew how to fix them, I even knew how to fix the launchers too, and knew how the gears were internally, that was just the beginning

Then i also got into computers over time after Beyblade died off, from having to work with Windows 98 first edition and the disaster that was constantly crashing from the issues that was, and in the process, learned quite a bit about the hardware inside

I kept getting into computers ever since, as it shows here on iFixit, I know as much as a certified tech does, and I'm not even certified in computers, but I do plan on getting certified since the horror story of a computer shop screwing up a system I secured, and how mad I was when I seen the issues it had

My main computers are a MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Early 2009 running Mac OS X 10.6.8, Dell inspiron 530s running XP, due to get Windows 7 when I am ready to dump XP, which will be soon since end of support is near

My backup systems are a Dimension 5150 with 4GB RAM, 80GB HD, nVidia GeForce 9500GT, Windows XP, and I don't plan on getting Windows 7 for this due to the potential speed issues with the Pentium 4 on Windows 7 since Vista had issues on the Pentium 4 processor, so this will get Linux in the near future when I feel like battling it out with the nVidia video card since it's new enough to be a pill for Linux(2009 card), and just like the HP dual core, this stays till it fails and/or is obsolete beyond use

My 2nd backup is a HP media center PC with 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD(250 SATA stock, gone when found), ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics, Athlon 64 X2 3800+ running Linux, and this will not get Windows 7 due to use of DDR RAM, SATA1, so this is going to be a Linux PC for whatever useful life it has left before it fails or becomes obsolete

I chose the 530s for 7 because it's perfect out from the beginning with 4GB RAM, Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz, 80GB HDD(had 500GB when told about it)... HD could be bumped up, but I have to get around to finding a cheap 1TB HD soon

car repair experience ¶ 

I don't know much about cars, but I know enough to do the maintenance myself(except tire replacement), and even a few parts that are not maintaining the car to a point

my thoughts on A+ certs ¶ 

As of a recent incident I got into dealing with a old computer I got into, it got messed up in many ways because this tech isn't too good and would never pass a A+ test and isn't worth trying for him, I have changed my take on A+ certs

I am all for them because I have heard many horror stories of bad techs, but never really experienced one before, tough I'm the second person, I still got to experience it, and all because this tech didn't know, I ended up having to fix ALL of these mistakes and replace parts a good tech would know to give back, or other ways to deal with it, and some parts are critical that aren't there; it doesn't take a lot to sway my opinion on something in some cases

Basically I am all for the A+ certs now because of all of this