PC Surgeries – proving quite popular!

Well now! Since I started holding my free advice surgeries at AES in Keighley (there’s been 2 now), I’ve had plenty of people telling me what a great idea they think it is. And, although there were still empty slots each time, I was still able to help quite a few people with their issues. One laptop cured of its overheating problem, another with a lovely shiny new screen, and yet another one cured of its “cyberflu” 🙂

As a result, I’ve been invited back to hold another 2 events at the Keighley venue before Christmas, and a trial run at the beautiful Glyde House in Bradford City Centre. So I’ve created an events page rather than clog up my blog. You can book onto any of these via Eventbrite, and the links to do so are on the individual event pages. Just click on “Events” in the menu above.

Hope to see you there. And you can, of course, just turn up on the day if you want to. I would recommend calling ahead first, just to make sure there are some appoinments left; not everyone books through Eventbrite.

(Psst. The Bradford venue has a bar. And it’s almost Christmas. Go on; you know you want to 🙂 )

Still using Windows Vista?

If you’re still using a Windows Vista computer, you may or may not be aware that Microsoft stopped supporting it on 11 April this year. That means no more updates, even cruicial ones, and that will leave you exposed to risk even with antivirus programs installed and kept up to date. The Wannacry infection that brought the NHS to its knees earlier this year is a textbook example of this.

If you live in Yorkshire* and would like a FREE** check to see if your PC will upgrade to a newer version or if you’ll have to buy a new one, please contact me if interested, via Twitter or email.

*for a visit in person, the area covered is most of West Yorkshire and areas around the West/North Yorkshire border. However, I may still be able to help you remotely if you live further afield. Please ask.

**the check is completely free whether you decide to upgrade, or buy new, or any other option. It is also not conditional on retaining Techie Fairy to do the work, although of course I would be delighted if you did.

Keighley PC Surgery in September

As it’s been such a very long time since I blogged, I thought I’d come back with a flourish, by announcing the first of (hopefully) many local PC surgeries.

I will be holding the first one at Airedale Enterprise Services on 18 September, from 10am till 3.45pm. There will be half-hour slots available, (either to book in advance or turn up on the day) where you can bring your Windows laptop or desktop PC along for me to take a look at if you’re having problems. If it’s a desktop PC don’t worry; I will have a monitor, mouse and keyboard that should fit almost any machine.

If I can fix your problem in your half hour slot, then that’s it, nothing to pay. If I diagnose a problem that may ..Read the rest, if you like 🙂

Welcome to the seventh circle of (Old Windows) hell

I’ve been saying this for months, despite some people questioning my motives for it, i.e. was I just touting for business. But now it’s official – Microsoft themselves are telling you; ditch Windows XP by the time they stop releasing updates for it on 8 April next year or your computer will melt on the 9th. ..Read the rest, if you like 🙂