Why I don’t repair Apple products

I’ve been asked a number of times if I repair Apple products, here’s why I don’t.  Although I’m fully capable of taking apart a Mac or iPad I’m not certified to do so and the process to become certified is a long and expensive process.  What difference does that make you say?  I care about my clients and will not do anything to jeopardize that relationship.

Anyone can repair Apple products but you can’t buy Apple replacement parts from Apple unless you’re certified to do so, that means getting inferior 3rd party parts that may or may not last.   After talking with an Apple Representative I found out that if you get your Apple product repaired from an unauthorized repair center who uses 3rd party parts and something goes wrong with your Apple product it not only could void your Apple warranty but Apple may not touch it after that.  There are parts that can easily be replaced yourself like memory, please see Apple for a list of user replaceable parts that you can do yourself for your product.  But anything major like a screen replacement you’re best to get an authorized repair center to do the repairs in order to keep your warranty intact.

If your Apple product is out of warranty then by all means have someone other than Apple repair it as most places will give you some kind of warranty, mostly 30 days sometimes longer.  But think about it, you spent a large sum of money on your Apple product would you not want it repaired and warranted by an authorized repair center that stands behind the replacement.  There are a lot of cheap replacement parts on the market for Apple but it doesn’t mean they’re going to last and they could cause other problems if they break down.

So once again I care about my clients the reason I do not support Apple products.  As my business grows and the need to hire arises then I would look for someone who’s Apple certified so that I could become an authorized repair center so I can service the small number of Apple users. Until then, no I do not service Apple products sorry.

To find the nearest Apple authorized repair center or Apple store go here… https://locate.apple.com/ca/en/

 

For help with you Windows based computer please give Scott’s Computer Emporium a shout.

Personal Safety On The Internet

Take Flight With MeTake Flight, with me                 Guest Blog, by Sherry Main

 Thank you for inviting me back to guest blog Scott. I am always delighted when my writing gets published.

Last month, Scott provided some safety tips for your computer. This month I am writing about personal safety on the internet. As a Crisis Intervention counselor and a caseworker and trainer I was called upon to work with people who were not aware of internet safety. This article is not meant to scare you; rather bring awareness for you and your family.

Children use the internet as a valuable resource for homework, hobbies, social chat and to learn. However, it is very easy to run amok simply by typing in the wrong word or misspelling words. Also, children are curious. They hear a new word at school or from friends and endeavor to find meaning.

There are two key ways to keep your children safe. The first is to place the computer in a central place where you or other family members pass on a regular basis. This way your student has easy access to ask questions and you can see what is on the monitor/screen.

The second important way is to keep open the lines of communication. Tell your children there are predators on the web and tell them what to avoid. You do not need to frighten your children with this, but if you are willing to talk they are willing to ask questions. Meaningful dialogue is important at any age as long as the information is age appropriate.

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafetyforkids/2.2

Protecting Children’s Privacy – A Guide for Parents, Carers and Educators

SecureThoughts.com – Online Safety For Kids: A Parent’s Guide To Protecting Children’s Privacy

This and similar articles can get you started.

Cyber Sex Addiction

 Our fast paced global living has led to estrangement from family and sometimes our partners. We all need to feel loved and wanted. This factor and many others, like abusive relationships, opened the door to cyber sex addictions. And, like any addiction, this can harm you and your family and other relationships. You are not alone and you are not to blame. Understanding and awareness are crucial to getting help.

Creating your own fantasy world is sometimes easier than facing reality. Cyber sex addiction is on the rise as more and more families own multiple computers. In fact, it is so prevalent that public computer spaces have blocked sites; books about cyber sex addiction are in abundance and many community centres’ offer workshops to help people. Almost all women’s shelters send their staff to learn how to help their clients.

I have included some resources for Internet safety. Please feel free to contact me if you need further information. You can message me on Facebook at “Take Flight, with me“.

http://www.cybersexualaddiction.com/

 http://transformedhearts.com/services/free-assessments/

Don’t forget to visit Scott’s Computer Emporium at www.computeremporium.ca and book your appointment for help.