Rolling Up My Sleeves Again

As some of you know, I work in the tech support industry, so that last thing I want to do is repair computers when I get home.  However, it seems that I may have to do just that.  So after doing some digging on my PS3 issue, it appears that the solution to my problem is a technique called reflow soldering.  It’s not a very complicated process, but a process that takes some time.

Doing this myself will only cost about $60 in supplies and a couple of hours of my time, instead of the $150 plus shipping charge to send it to Sony and wait 6-8 weeks.  Sometimes I just want stuff to work….but with that kind of time and price disparity, I’m going back in with my sleeves rolled up.

Vacuum Your Computer

So I learned a valuble lesson today.  Vacuum your computer.  You don’t have to spend money on cans of compressed air, and, you don’t end up with dust and other crap floating around in the air.  We had to do some work on a PC today, still working on it now actually, and the thing was full of dust.

And what do you do when your computer is full of dust?  You get a can of compressed air and blow it out.  Well, until today, that is what I thought as well.  Angie stops me as I am about to start with the can of air, and tells me to get the vacuum and vacuum our the computer.  Now, this sounded silly to me, but hey, I’m always willing to try new stuff, you never know what you are going to learn.

The lesson that I learned is that vacuuming out your computer does just as a good, if not a better job than a can of compressed air.  And since I have a vacuum cleaner at home, no more buying cans of compressed air.  the one caveat, make sure you have a soft brush head for your vacuum.

Wow….the shit you learn at work.

Another Tech Company Down For The Count

I saw an article this morning about NVIDIA’s GeForce GTS 450 being a beast of a graphics card, for not a lot of money.  I’m soon to be building a new PC and thought I would give it a look.  There is one company out there that stands above the rest in terms of customer service and quality of their products.  BFGTech.

They make video cards, power supplies, and a host of other components.  To my surprise, their web site is down, but that is not what bothered me.  They are no longer listed on tigerdirect.com as a vendor.  So I do some searching, and find a lot of posts online about people being upset that the company is going out of business.  But there is no one siting any concrete info on the reason why BFG Tech is going out of business.  One of the things that made BFG Tech such a good company to buy from was their lifetime warranty.  There were limits to the warranty based on why your product failed, but out of too many years of PC building to count, I have only had 1 piece of BFGTech’s tech fail on me.

This is truly a sad day for PC builders everywhere.  Now I need to find a new video card vendor to deal with.  DAMN.  And I so liked BFG Tech