Geeksquad rates list

I believe many computer repair technicians have ideas about what the geek squad charge for computer repair services or are unsure. I created this simple table which shows what services they do, and charge for. Everything is taken directly from their website.

Some services are missing like DC-Jack repairs, laptop LCD repairs, motherboard replacements and OS re-installs. I think many of the advanced repairs the geek squad scares off the repair by telling the customer that the computer repair is not worth the fix and up sells a new laptop or desktop.

Phone quote online In store In home
Virus & Spyware Removal X X 149.99 199.99 299.99
Backup and online storage X 69.99 X X X
Computer Training X 49.99 X X 149.99
Computer Tuneup X 49.99 X 99.99 X
Data Recovery X X X Starting 59.99 X
Email setup X X Setup: 49.99 Troubleshoot: 69.99 X X
Hardware install (MEM-MP3-printer- etc) X X X 49.99 X
Hardware Repair X X X Price Varies X
Phone Quote Online In Store In Home
In home PC Hookup X X X X 149.99
Setup of Mobile Broadband X X X 29.99 X
Printer Setup 149.99 49.99 X X X
Printer Trouble shooting X 69.99 X X 149.99
installing antivirus and security software. X X X 69.99 X
Socail Media training X 49.99 X X 149.99
Phone Quote Online In Store In Home
Software Install X 49.99 X 29.99 129.99
Technology Consultation X X X X 99.99
Wireless Networking X X X X 99.99

Hot Air rework Soldering Station *2nd Update*

After finding a great rate on a hot air rework station. (around $120 shipped) I have been amazed at how much easier doing most de-soldering jobs has become. Soldering two pieces of metal together is relatively a simple task. The trouble starts when  you need to de-solder components from a PCB board that have many leeds. You can melt two or three of the leeds and still the component is held firmly onto the PCB.  However if you use hot air. All of the components leeds could melt at the same time and the component can be removed quickly without the removal of the original solder.

I have noticed that it has been difficult to hold the Hot air station handle, grasp the component and keep the motherboard in the same place. I tried to find flexible piping but nothing i found was strong enough to hold the handle in place. While in storage I found a clamping desk light. I purchased this light years ago from staples. Its the kind that has a long arm and springs. It also has a terrible magnification glass and a standard light bulb  in the “head”. I have no idea where to find another. I think it cost $20 Dollars.

So as you may have guessed I took of the lighted “head” and attached the handle and hot air nozzle to the station. For my model I had to remove one of the springs to balance the weight difference. Now my hot air station is truly hands free and it leaves me with the ability to hold the motherboard in place and grab the component with some pliers at the same time. Click on the pictures to see more details.

Edward Bunker

I enjoy biographies and life stories. Mainly because I am also a huge fan of a true stories and non-fiction. I believe If your going to take the time to read a story and step into a world. It is more exciting to know it happened here, in world your living in. However I have made at least one exception.

One of my favorite authors is the late Edward Bunker. Edward Bunker was a fiction writer.  Edward Bunker wrote fictional stories based on true events in his life and the lives of people around him. Therefore even though the story is a fictional tale. It contains amazing gritty realism that is genuine and honest. Edward was “state raised” . He started his criminal career very early and was in and out of foster care and homes for troubled kids.   He eventually graduated from Juvenile halls  to prisons. Edward was the youngest person to be sentenced to San Quentin at seventeen years old.

Some of his best work is his memoir. It is titled: Education of a Felon. It is the criminal life story of the writer before he sold his first novel. He wrote his first published novel on a toilet in San Quentin. He sold his blood for postage and smuggled the manuscript for the novel “No Beast So Fierce” out of San Quentin

That novel was also re-written into a screenplay for the movie “Straight Time” staring Dustin Hauffman. The novel was so well received that Edward Bunker was released from prison and had a brief cameo in the movie with Dustin Hauffman. Edward Bunker also helped Dustin Haufman prepare for his role.

Edward Bunker has played parts in several movies with big names a few happen to be Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” and the popular at the time “Tango and Cash”. Edward also worked on Heat as prison technical adviser with Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Kevin Gage and Dennis Haysbert. He taught them how to think, react and walk like ex-prison convicts.

Edward is the author of many popular books “Animal Factory”,  “Little Boy Blue”, “Dog Eat Dog”, Stark and No Beast So Fierce. Edward died in 2005 due to complications during surgery. He left behind a wife and young boy.

Ive never heard this confirmed but I believe the movie 16 blocks has a major tribute to Edward Bunker in it. In the movie the main character  is a criminal testifying against many high profile  police officers. The officers are trying to kill him during his escort from jail to court.  One officer refused to allow this convict be killed by his fellow officers. The escort struggled between giving up the convict or believing that the convict can truly change. The convict did change his life, proving people can change. Edward bunker changed  just like the character who shared his name. coincidence? I believe it was a tribute.

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