Ask the Readers: Will You be Repairing Computers for Family and Friends During the Holidays?

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By Akemi Iwaya on November 24th, 2010

The times for family gathering together during the holidays are almost here. What we would like to know this week is if you will be spending part of your holiday time working on computer repairs for family and friends.


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Each year during the holidays most of us get called on by family and/or friends to clean up malware, repair unstable operating systems, perform upgrades, and/or install operating systems. For some of us that may only be a matter of working on our parents’ computer or it could be the oddball occasion when something messed up and we are the only ones who know how to prevent a large computer shop repair bill.

Then there are times when it feels like everyone saves their computer problems up for when we visit and it can be a bit overwhelming…especially when it could take up most of your off-time just to fix everything. Then there are the ones that all of us absolutely dread…the person (or people) who always have the same computer problems every time you visit and no matter how much you try to help or teach them things never change. It is enough to give you a major headache just thinking about it…

Each of us has had to decide what is an acceptable amount for helping out and what totally crosses the line. If you are lucky, then you are rarely called on to help out or if you do help the amount of work is small (therefore not eating up your precious off-time). Maybe you have decided that you will only work on certain people’s computers for a set amount of time. Or perhaps you have become so frustrated that you refuse to do any work at all and tell everyone to take their computers to a repair shop.

Needless to say we all have at least one horror story to share concerning holiday computer repair adventures. This week we want to know if you will be working on computers for your family and friends. Have a good story that you would like to share with your fellow commenters? Let us know in the comments!

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/24/10
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