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Poll: Who maintains the computer where you do most of your work?
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xxxInterlangue
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Other Apr 24, 2011

Until not so very long ago, I had my own personal geek (for free).
Now that he moved away, I must look for someone else (whom I will pay)


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Teresa Borges
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For my part Apr 24, 2011

I am among the very low percentage of those who pay someone for this service...

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Ashutosh Mitra  Identity Verified
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me too... Apr 24, 2011

Teresa Borges wrote:

I am among the very low percentage of those who pay someone for this service...


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Pay someone Apr 24, 2011

Other than the most basic stuff like updating and backing up, I get someone who actually knows what they are doing, i. e. a professional.

I don't do my own maintenance on my scooters either, not since Vespas went all 21st century. Plumbing, electrical maintenance/repairs and dentistry fall into the same category. I don't think I'd fancy trying to set a broken limb or administer my own hepatic chemoembolization either, come to think of it...

BTW, in case anyone's interested, the aforementioned treatment over the past couple of years appears to have worked and I've been taken off the transplant list, so it looks like the world will have to put up with my presence for a wee while longer. Heartfelt thanks go to all the people keeping others alive and shipshape on a daily basis against all odds at La Fe (public healthcare) hospital, Valencia, Spain.

[Edited at 2011-04-24 09:41 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Doing my own Apr 24, 2011

Thus far I've been able to solve all problems that arose. Hopefully, it will stay this way.

Regular maintenance, e.g. defragmentation, cache cleaning etc, are done while I'm reading my emails. It takes but a few mouse clicks to start the programs.

To all ProZians who celebrate it: Have yourselves a Happy Easter!


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amurati
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Based on my experience from the field of IT Apr 24, 2011

I do maintain my computer at all the time no matter what issue is there except hardware issues (that is not my field)

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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Peru
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I have a guru in my household Apr 24, 2011

... and he's my husband

He really solves incredible things that I would not otherwise know are happening. I always say things like: "The computer turned crazy and started doing this or that, etc." But he says it's always something one does and doesn't realize. Antivirus updates and backups perform automatically (because he has programmed everything). The wonders of being married to a PC professional

Happy Easter as well!! I am heading now to a delicious brunch with my large family.


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B D Finch  Identity Verified
France
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Computers need maintenance ....???!!! Apr 24, 2011

Ooooh dear! That could be why mine has just required a visit to the local repair shop. Gulp!



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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Spent 14 years doing upkeep on other people's computers Apr 24, 2011

I worked in IT for about 14 years before going full-time as a translator. So I do my own maintenance.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Do my own Apr 24, 2011

maintenance, is pretty much straight forward, it is (as always) just the time that is a problem.

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Maintenance? Apr 24, 2011

B D Finch wrote:

Ooooh dear! That could be why mine has just required a visit to the local repair shop. Gulp!





I switch mine on, turn it off, yell at it frequently, hit it occasionally (is there a law against that yet?) - I don't know of anything else one can do except take them to the dump and throw them as far as possible.


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Elizabeth Joy Pitt de Morales  Identity Verified
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My guru... Apr 24, 2011

my husband.

On-demand, knowledgeable and free.

What more could I ask for?


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Are we talking about troubleshooting? Apr 25, 2011

Maintenance, as I see it, would be putting files in places where they can be found, making sure they are backed up, and installing and updating software. Printers have moving parts, so that's more like maintenance. They require new cartridges and paper jams need to be cleared. I do all of the above.

But when it comes to those glitches when everything stops working, I can sometimes back my way out of them, but often I have to call on my wonderful tech.


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Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Me Apr 25, 2011

I can assemble a computer and connect it to another computer.
Put an operation system on the hard disk as well as office and other programmes.
It is a pain in the .ss, when one computer breaks down. Loss of time repairing it.


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