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The Computer Buzz June 28th, 2007

Nome and Paul Van Middlesworth - owners - The Computer Fact



Angus Mac Tavish and his twenty- year-old Yugo shuddered to a stop in front of our store. Angus struggled to maneuver a huge old CRT monitor out of the backseat. Nome held the door open as he staggered into our store with his burden cursing and muttering under his breath. He was red faced and breathless from the effort. Nome pointed to an open spot on our workbench and Angus put the monitor down. He turned to face Nome. "That computer screen has taken on the look of a bloody Campbell tartan," he sputtered. "I canny see bugger all on it." More than anything in this world, Angus MacTavish hates to spend money. He is always highly agitated when he comes to our store. By the time he comes to us he has exhausted all other means and knows that a repair bill is likely.

Angus muttered as Nome plugged his monitor into one of our test bench computers. "I bought it only six months ago and I expected it to last a bit longer." Angus said sarcastically. Nome looked at manufacturers tag on the back of the monitor. "Did you know it was twelve years old when you bought it. The manufacture date says 1995." Angus waved his arms about "That's exactly my point, only twelve years old, no moving parts and its worn out already." Angus rolled his eyes, "You people in this evil business make a fortune off we working chaps by selling us gadgets that are programmed to fail."

The monitor came on bright and clear. MacTavish gasped. "I'm not paying a cent for the repair. All you did was bounce it about. I probably fixed it myself by bringing it in." MacTavish snatched the monitor and bolted for the door. Nome waited until Angus reached the door. "It won't work when you get it home," she said cheerfully. Angus froze and put the monitor down. Pointing a bony finger at Nome he shrieked "So you've put some dark curse on it have ye lass? The devil take ye". 'No", replied Nome. "The fact that it works here means that the problem is not in your monitor. It's most likely a bad video card inside your computer."

MacTavish staggered backward and moaned. He sat the monitor down slowly, his shoulders sagged and he sighed deeply. "And how much will it cost to fix?"
he asked. Nome said "The video card is $35 plus tax and it will be $30 labor to install it."

MacTavish rubbed his chin slowly. "It seems to me that you place an overly high value on your labor. Sell me the video contraption and I'll put it in myself." MacTavish counted out the exact change with a pained expression and Nome handed him a video card. After he left I asked Nome how she knew what kind of video card to give him. She said "I didn't know but it doesn't make any difference. He'll be back in with his computer tomorrow no matter what I give him" As usual she was right.





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