How to … fix a computer

When your computer fails, it’s like being returned instantly to the 70s. Post Offices, record players and board games become important again.You then have three options: the first is to buy a new computer; the second is to embrace a preindustrial lifestyle; the third is to attempt to fix it. Of the three the last is the most expensive, most stressful and least likely to succeed.

The most effective way to fix a computer is to restart it. This is the technical equivalent of a detox weekend. It’s important to switch the power right off, and that doesn’t mean pushing only the button on the front, it means shutting down the power to the whole street.

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