here should be some info about "us"
i hope it's ok if i start ;-)
I want to start an offensive in Germany to get the idea of repair, saving resources 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.
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)
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...
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
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.
I am a freelance computer technician right now, but I do plan on getting into dealing with computers on a professional level very soon.
I started to learn how to repair computers on Pentium 4 systems when those were as common as dirt; these days they tend to be harder to find then they were back then, since Intel has stopped producing the Pentium 4 and III years ago but I really don't need a pile of them to work on anymore since I got the idea years ago.
I had realized I was a natural tinkerer when working on Beyblades years ago when I realized they had a tendency to jam up so I learned how to fix the launchers, which seemed to jam a lot more then I care to admit to this very day. After Beyblades went away in my part of the neighborhood, I started to mess with computers more then I did when Beyblades were around since I didn't have to worry about Beyblades anymore. One of my first major experiences with them was Windows 98 First Edition and it's many problems, some of which I would dare say were as bad or even worse then Windows ME ever was. But to be fair nothing will ever outperform Windows ME with the number of bugs. I never found a solution, but it did teach me a lot about them on the service level, and that I was always a "hands on" person since I was about 6. After playing with Windows 98 Second Edition years later, I can confirm Second Edition is far less buggy.
About 4 years ago, I would have said I do not have any certifications yet I know as much as a certified technician does, but as of 2014 I now have one certification to my name. This certification is the PC Pro Certification, and I got this with my TestOut license from my technical school so I gave it a shot since it was technically free to me and I had passed. I didn't score as high as I would have liked but I still feel like I did pretty good.
I am now certified with a PC Pro certification, have a Certificate of Completion from Marchman Technical School however I only posted my certification here, and you can find the certificate of completion on my about page