Last week we debated a serious aspect of electronics engineering, and the maker lifestyle; Do You Suffer from Tech Support Syndrome? We Have the Answer!
Well, despite what the title said about us having the answer, we now also have your answers! And for those of you (by which I mean us) that don't like Christmas shopping, this is very good news indeed. Read on.
We asked for a list of all those "tech support" duties that friends and family regularly bestow upon you, simply because you're considered to be the technically savvy one among them. All their electronics support needs land squarely in your lap.
Those tasks of tedium and unwanted chores can now be turned into a Christmas present that you can give out to people, and won't cost you a penny.
Below are a list of "Maker Money" coupons that we've created for you to print out (or email) and compile into a "tech support coupon book." Smaller images are included below, with high res versions attached to download for printing.
The recipient can then redeem these coupons as necessity requires and, hopefully, it'll also make them a little more thoughtful when it comes to repairs and advice since there's now a conceptual cap on how many times they can call upon your services.
So as an example, you might build up a coupon book tailored to your personal skill sets. If you've good with printers, you might include five "Printer Problems" coupons in your Maker Money gift book, but only one "Smashed Screen" ticket, since that's a bigger, tougher task. Get the idea? Awesome.
If you think of any others, let us know and we'll try to add them to the list. And don't forget to post some photos of your gifts, and let us see them in action on that black day when someone redeems their coupons!
Merry Maker Christmas!
|Not seeing what you expected to see on a screen? Use this ticket to get your picture to appear.|
|Router reboots, wi-fi password resets, connecting irksome new devices to your wireless interwebs.|
|Attempt to get some ancient software running on a modern device to avoid you having to learn something new.|
|Attempt to get your computer running again after visiting "certain" websites. *Up to one hour, discretion assured.|
|Will attempt to silence, revamp or re-engineer a device that has some manner of annoying affectation.|
eBay Electronics 'Eadaches
|Repair that cheap rubbish you bought online that never worked, instantly stopped working, or arrived broken.|
Power On Appointments
|Will attend your device, at a time of your choosing, and turn its power on for you.|
|Password reset, even though you "definitely" typed it in correctly. Twenty times.|
Replacement Parts Procurement
|Sourcing of correct parts of devices, rather than the unsuitable ones you bought off of eBay because they were cheap.|
|Attempt to fix a problem that you insist is related to a previous repair, even though it isn't.|
|Expert explanations, instructions and directions you're free to refuse, despite having asked for them.|
Persistent Printer Problems
|For all your PC Load Letter lamentations.|
Consultation on Electronics Purchase
|Random items purchased after ignoring your consultation are not covered.|
Smashed Smartphone Screen Replacement
|Lengthy explanations as to how the damage occurred, and how it wasn't your fault, are not necessary. Parts not included.|