I've been fixing computers and doing system updates for home and business computer users in Atlanta on Macs, PCs & Linux devices of all kinds. I build and maintain Wired and WiFi networks in the Midtown, Poncey/Highlands, 5-Points, Grant Park, Lake Claire & Buckhead neighborhoods for over two decades. Fixing your computers is what I do.
I started down this path, first as a residential building contractor and carpenter back in the 80's. I wanted to be able to do my own architectural and engineering drawings to submit for permits, so I taught myself CAD (computer-aided design) on a PC and then learned basic programming skills and how to fix my first-ever computer, an Apple IIC in 1987 (that I still have and still works). I bought a series of Windows PCs at that time because Macs were just too expensive and not as compatible with my business needs.
In 2000 I completed a 4-month intensive course as an MCSE (Microsoft Solutions Systems Engineer) at Georgia State University. I bring this training and over 20 years of work experience including Desktop Publishing for a dive magazine, HTML/CSS Web Design & Wordpress websites as well as Digital Photo Editing & Print Production. It was at this time I bought my first Mac, a clone, a Power Computer Power Tower 166 that I still have and still works! I add all these skills to my work fixing, updating and consulting on computers and networks here in Atlanta in my computer repair business in the 30306 area.
If you want to get the most out of today's powerful gadgets you need someone who works with them every day. This is what I do. I keep up with the newest devices, faster and bigger SSD and M.2 NVME drives, and question if RAM and upgrading your GPU or a newer OS with more features and/or stability is the way to keep your device fast and relevant. That daily experience makes me the IT professional you might just need.
I have lived, worked and volunteered in the Virginia-Highlands community of Atlanta, GA since 1982. We bought a house here in 1986 and the majority of my work is still right here in Va/Hi for neighbors and friends from Buckhead to the Zoo!
If you want to get the most out of today's complex and powerful devices you almost have to be a techie. But that's why I'm here. I diagnose and fix computers. I also can help you update your computer to be as fast or as powerful as it can be.
To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.
– Paul R. Ehrlich
N eighborhood IT Guy is a pretty good description of what I do every day. I advise individuals, families, small & large businesses, Churches, schools, doctor's offices, and design & photo studios on how to get the most out of their digital devices. I consult on computer applications, software, hardware and services. I do physical repairs on most models of PC and Mac computing systems, laptops and desktops. I specialize in upgrading older Macs and PCs with fast SSD storage, adding RAM and operating system upgrades. There is no better upgrade than going from a slow spinning hard drive to a fast solid-state drive. It's like getting a new computer for under $400.
Computers are pretty robust, but accidents happen and Murphy rules. Drinks get spilled, laptops get dropped, hard drives die, displays crack and sometimes your computer just tanks mysteriously. If you have a virus I can remove it. If you've stumbled onto Ransomeware, I can defeat it and get your computer back without paying the ransom. If your computer is slow I can make it faster. Or if it's time to move on from that Compaq Deskpro 386 or Apple IIc, I can help you find a worthy upgrade, while shedding a tear for old silicone that is past its prime. So get a grep, we can always fsck it back into shape, so su me if I need to chroot a new path out of PC jail!
The way things are these days, being able to remotely work applies to tech support as well. Not every problem can be solved remotely. Many require hands-on repairs and upgrades. But where appropriate I can take control of your device, watch and advise and demonstrate and repair software issues without physical access which is often faster and cheaper than on-site repairs.
Neighborhood IT Guy.
Many jobs have set pricing, such as hard drive upgrades or replacement, system backups & updates and memory upgrades. It's often dependent on the type of device and the difficulty of accessing internal parts. Some upgrades require a near-complete disassembly to add a new device or part or repair an internal component, such as the logic board, I/O board or adding or upgrading an SSD in some newer iMacs.
Before I start you will know your pricing wherever possible and if there's a change you will also know that and approve the change before I continue working on your device. Job-based pricing keeps costs lower by ignoring the time it takes on some projects in case there's a problem and focuses on the task and not the time. My focus is always on the best job possible for a fair price.
One of the best things you can do for an aging computer is to replace the Hard Disk Drive with a new fast SSD (Solid State Drive). The video below shows you how much faster your "new" old Mac will boot with an SSD installed in it.This demo is for Macs, but Windows PCs, laptops, desktops and All-In-Ones can also benefit from the speed, reliability, impact resistance, heat-reduction and low power consumption of a Solid State Drive. To learn more about how SSDs can improve your system's performance, take a look at "Hard Disk Drive (HDD) vs Solid State Drive (SSD): What’s the Diff?"
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Atlanta, GA 30306
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