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We live in an age of the high-powered long-life battery-powered portable device. But it seems that the limitations of the nickel-based batteries that were prevalent in the early '90s still apply to the more modern lithium ion and lithium polymer technologies we use today.

Battery technology may not have changed much in the last couple decades, but common knowledge is even worse.

Here are the most common battery myths we hear at PC Pitstop Port Macquarie.

Myth #1: Leaving your devices plugged in will "overcharge" them

FALSE. Most chargers are smart enough to momentarily stop charging once the device is fully charged. Manufacturers want their batteries to last as long as possible and therefore go to long lengths to design and employ very smart charging systems that even cycle the batteries to make them last longer. 

Leaving the device plugged in like this every single night can have an impact on the lifespan of the battery, but the act of leaving it plugged in isn't as damaging as some people make it out to be.

Manufacturers do recommend you "exercise" the battery every month or so by letting it fully drain before charging it back up again - but really thats about it.

 

Myth #2: You should always let the battery drain completely before recharging

FALSE. Today's Batteries never truly fully discharge. Even when you see 0/Zero percent or evern dead, your laptop or smartphone's battery would still be sitting around 5-10 percent charge. This is why when you press the button to turn it on you still get the message to charge the battery.

If you choose to follow the myth anyway and allow your device to go "dead" everyday, it will reduce the batteries effectiveness over time.

So: top off charge more often to prolong the battery life of your electronics, and stop letting your laptop or smartphone die every day.

Myth #3: Always fully charge your device before its first use

FALSE. But to be fair - it doesn't really matter or hurt anything to fully charge your device's battery before you use it, and it doent't hurt anything either if you miss this step.

So why do manufacturers sometimes tell you to do it? Fully charging the battery before using a device is to kick-start what's known as a "calibration process." This helps the device learn how the individual battery behaves (pretty smart!). Most batteries are self-calibrating, so it's still an unnecessary step.

Myth #4: Store your batteries in the refrigerator

FALSE. DO NOT STORE YOUR BATTERIES IN THE REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER. This is not only bad but dangerous. Extreme temperatures - hot or cold and especially for long periods of time - are not good for any type of battery.

Remember, a battery is a collection of chemicals that store energy. Doing something that upsets those chemicals will have dangerous consequences.

To maximize shelf life, Energizer suggests storing "batteries at normal room temperatures (20 degrees C to 25 degrees C) with moderate humidity levels (35 to 65 percent RH)." This should provide a shelf life of five to 10 years for your standard, cylindrical alkaline cells and 10 to 15 years for cylindrical lithium batteries.

Interesting fact: if you're wondering why your smartphone battery isn't performing as well after just a year or two, that's because the more you use a battery, the less efficient it becomes - batteries have a limit to the amount of times they can be charged (refered to as charging cycles). This charging cycles vary from battery to battery.

 

Battery prices have come down and down over the past 24 months. A laptop battery that used to cost $220 is now arount the $95 mark.

PC Pitstop recommends you replace your laptop battery every 24 - 36 months depending on use to get the best possible use out of it.

Our team order in your replacement (or additional if you want extended use - think airport or long haul flight) and have it delivered to the store usually within 24 - 36 hours.

We wish we could keep in store every battery from every model of device ever manufactured - but to keep the prices low and stock fresh - we order in overnight.

Need a new battery for your device? Drop into the store and the team will identify and quote you on spot -
10 Bellbowrie Street Port Macquarie - Phone - 02 65 841 551.

 

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PC Pitstop has outgrown another location! So we packed up everything and moved just 400 Meters around the corner from our old store to our brand new location at 2/10 Bellbowrie Street Port Macquarie.

We needed more room - twice as much in fact and our lovely customers needed more room to park - the solution - this brand new state of the art facility with easy street and pitstop parking. 

The team loves the new location - bigger check-in bench, workshop space for 24 devices to be reapired at once, conference and training facilities, boadroom, dedicated staff relaxation room, kitcken, fully ducted air conditioning and state of the art alarm and video survelance facilities.

The upgrades will see PC Pitstop porpelled into the next 10 years of service. We not only invested in the businesses future growth - but that of the communities. We love doing business in Port Macquarie and our team love having a comfortable place to work! Thank you for all of your support in the past and we look forward to seeing you in the new store soon! Come say hi!!

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Calling all those with cracked phone screens, smashed tablets, dead iphone batteries and any other smart device annoyance! Stop putting up with it and risking greater damage to you and the phone and get in to PC Pitstop today pronto!

Tristan our star iphone, galaxy, ipad, tablet and other small device repairer is back from holidays and ready to rock. Keep him busy!

First in, First Served! On duty 9-5 weekdays.

Most repairs completed same day if dropped in before 2pm and parts available.

 

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PC Pitstop iphone and smartphone repairs

PC Pitstop iPhone Repairs    Smart Device Repairs

Dropped or damaged your

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or Samsung Device? 
Most repairs same day!

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PC Pitstop Computer Repairs

PC Pitstop Workshop Repairs   Workshop Repairs


We locate the issues & 

determine the best way
to fix them. Most repairs
completed within 24 hours

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PC Pitstop Computer Tune-ups 

PC Pitstop Computer Tune Ups   Computer Tuneups


Over time you will notice your 

computer slowing down. Time
to book your computer for its
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PC Pitstop provide reliable

small business solutions so
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exceptional customer service!

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 PC Pitstop Virus and Spyware Removal

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Most computers are home
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information stealing bugs.
Stay protected & up to date.

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Learn the Lingo :: Computing Acronyms

i3, i5, i7: Newer types of Intel Processors, i5 is Dual Core, i7 is Quad Core
ADSL: Home broadband through the phone line, currently the fastest way to access the internet
ADSL2+: A faster version of ADSL
AGP: Accelerated Graphics Port, connection on older motherboards for graphics cards
Blu Ray Drive: Will burn and play CDs and DVDs will only play Blu Ray Discs
Blu Ray Writer: Will burn and play CDs, DVDs and Blu Ray Discs
CPU: Central Processing Unit or Processor, comes in two brands either Intel or AMD. Known as the "brain" of the computer, essential for computer to run. More often than not faster processor = faster computer.
CD Writer: Will burn and play CDs not DVDs
DDR1 DDR2 DDR3: Various types of RAM (memory)
Dual Core/Quad Core: Different types of processor, Quad core mainly used by gamers/ hardcore users.
DVD Reader/CD Burner:
Will play DVDs and burn CDs
DVD Writer: Will burn and play DVDs and CDs
DVI: A higher quality computer to monitor connection, wider than VGA plugs and often white in colour
Ethernet: Cable used to connect computer to a network or modem for broadband
GB: Gigabyte, unit of measurement for hard drive or RAM size, 1GB = 1024MB
HDD: Hard Drive Disk or Hard Drive, used to store data on a computer, size measured in gigabytes or terabytes
HDMI: High Definition Multimedia Interface, the newest kind of computer to monitor cable, High definition quality, also carries audio, is usually used to plug a computer into Plasma or LCD screens and is used in Game Consoles and Blu Ray players
IDE or PATA: Older connection on motherboards for connecting hard drives or disc drives, wide flat ribbon cable
Mb: Megabyte, unit of measurement for hard drive or RAM size
MB:
Motherboard, the main part of a computer which all other parts plug into, often the most expensive part of a computer to replace
PCI: Connection on motherboard for connection Sound Cards, USB cards, dial up modems etc
PCI Express: Connection on motherboard for Video Cards
PCIMIA or ExpressCard Slot: Slot on the side of laptops for connecting an expansion card, usually wireless or extra USB ports
RAM: Random Access Memory, necessary for computer to function More often than not more RAM = more speed; comes in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB etc
SATA: Newer connection on motherboards for connecting hard drives and DVD or Blu Ray Drives
Serial/Parallel: Older connection for printers, modems etc
SSD: Solid State Hard Drive, newest type of HDD. Contains no moving parts which avoids many of the problems of standard HDDs and runs at faster speeds
TB: Terabyte, unit of measurement for Hard Drive size, 1TB = 1024GB
USB: Universal Serial Bus, used to connect devices such as iPods, Cameras, Printers, Keyboards etc. to computers, is either USB 1.0 (older computers), USB 2.0 (modern computers) or USB 3.0 (newest computers)
VGA or D-SUB: The most basic plug for connecting a computer to a monitor, the two plugs are often blue coloured
Video Card/Graphics Card: Used to send the signal from the computer to the monitor, can be either part of the motherboard or a separate card, the more powerful the video card the more graphics intensive games you can play, plus improved performance from CADD, Video Editing and Photo Editing programs
Wireless (Wi-Fi): Used to connect computers to a modem for broadband
Wireless Broadband: Internet for people on the go using mobile phone signals and networks e.g. Telstra/Optus sticks, mobile phones or other devices

Plus there are thousands more!
We try to SPEEK NO GEEK but if your PC Pitstop Trained Technician uses language you don’t quite understand, just ask him to explain the lingo and he’ll happily talk you through it!


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Apple iPhone 5s vs 5c: which model should you buy?

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How safe is your phone and other devices?

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ARE YOU DOING THESE?

Put a password on your phone and a PIN on your SIM card.
Do not rely on the default factory settings. Using a password and PIN will stop thieves getting access to your phone or using the SIM in another phone to make calls. All phones have security settings so familiarise yourself with them and turn them on.

Setup your device to automatically lock. If your phone has not been used for a few minutes, it should automatically lock and require a password or PIN to reactivate.

Encrypt your data. Some phones allow you to encrypt your data, sometimes using third-party software. Encryption secures your data if your phone is lost or stolen.

Consider installing security software from a reputable provider. Anti-virus, anti-theft, anti-malware and firewall software is available for some mobile phone operating systems.

Stay with reputable websites and mobile applications (apps). Always keep an eye on your commonly used websites' addresses and make sure you are not redirected or diverted to other websites. When using any financial mobile applications, such as mobile banking, make sure to only use applications supplied by your financial institution.

Be careful when allowing third party unsigned applications to access your personal information. This includes access to your location. Always read permission requests before installing new apps or app upgrades, looking for unusual requests or pleas for money.

Do not click on unsolicited or unexpected links. Even when they appear to be from friends.

Check your phone bill for unusual data charges or premium rate calls. Contact your service provider immediately if you discover any unusual calls or data usage on your bill.

Check for updates to your phone's operating system regularly. Install them as soon as they are available.

Be smart with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. When connecting to the internet using Wi-Fi, try to use an encrypted network that requires a password. Avoid online banking or financial transactions in busy public areas and over unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Ensure that passers-by can't watch what you are typing (known as shoulder-surfing). Turn Bluetooth off when you aren't using it.

Back up your data regularly. Set up your phone so that it backs up your data when you sync it, or back it up to a separate memory card.

If you decide to recycle your phone, make sure you delete all your personal information first. Most phones have an option to reset to factory settings. Remember to remove or wipe any inserted memory cards.

To assist you in case of your mobile theft or loss, ask your provider or manufacturer whether it has services such as mobile tracking and the ability to remotely wipe your information stored on the phone.

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Live outside the Greater Port Macquarie Region and need your iPhone, iPad or other device repaired?
Send it to us, we'll fix it and send it back like new!

HERE'S WHAT DO TO:

1. Call ((02) 65 841 551) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. PC Pitstop with the answers to these Prior Device Repair Questions. This allows us to keep you informed at every step of your repair, ensure all necessary parts are in stock and ready for your items arrival and,most importantly, avoid a Return-Without-Repair. Items receievd without these answers will be placed at the end of the queue and may be further delayed if correct parts are unavialable.

2. Carefully wrap and package your device in a padded mailer like the one below. Send it to: PC Pitstop, Shop 13, 4 Bay St, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444. Be sure to add your return address on the reverse and we recommend paying a little extra at the post office for insurance and tracking. We accept no responsibility for items lost or further damaged in transit.

3. We'll call you as soon as your parcel arrives, get it fixed and send it back to you - padded, insured and tracked for $10 + $Repair. Now that's easy!

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PC Pitstop repair computers of all makes and models - laptops, desktops, MACs and all your small devices.
Get it done faster at PC Pitstop, simply call or pop in to your nearest store with your enquiries.

Tune Up/Clean Up $90+

Basic Virus Removal $90+ Data Recovery $90+
PC Pitstop will get your computer running back up to speed. Our removal process is thorough! No Bugs go unnoticed. Don't lose precious data with our 99% recovery success rate!
Workshop Assessment $59 Data Transfer $130+ Onsite Support $99+ p/hr

We locate the issues & determine the best way to fix them!

Transferring systems? Keep all your old files! We come to you! Great for home & business setups & more!
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iPhone iPod iPad SMART PHONE REPAIRS & PRICES

If its cracked, its dangerous! Those cracks contain microscopic shards of glass that once enter the skin are nearly impossible to get out. Stop using your cracked iPhone and get it fixed fast by PC Pitstop's Trained Technicians today!

iPhone 3G & 3GS Glass $90 iPhone 3G & 3GS LCD $90
   
iPhone 3G & 3GS Glass & LCD $130 iPhone 4 &4S Glass & Digitizer $179
   
iPhone 4 & 4S Colour Conversion $200 iPhone 5 Digitizer & LCD $250
   
iPod Touch 4th Gen $100 iPad 2,3,4 Digitizer Replacement $250
   
iPad 2,3,4 LCD & Digitizer $320 iPad Mini Digitizer Replacement $250
   
Samsung Galaxy S3 LCD & Digitizer $250 Samsung Galaxy S4 LCD & Digitizer
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We also repair iPads & others, please contact us to enquire about other iPod & other gadget repairs.

We also repair iPad screens!

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HERE'S WHAT DO TO:

1. Call ((02) 65 841 551) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. PC Pitstop with the answers to these Prior Device Repair Questions. This allows us to keep you informed at every step of your repair, ensure all necessary parts are in stock and ready for your items arrival and,most importantly, avoid a Return-Without-Repair. Items receievd without these answers will be placed at the end of the queue and may be further delayed if correct parts are unavialable.

2. Carefully wrap and package your device in a padded mailer like the one below. Send it to: PC Pitstop, Shop 13, 4 Bay St, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444. Be sure to add your return address on the reverse and we recommend paying a little extra at the post office for insurance and tracking. We accept no responsibility for items lost or further damaged in transit.

3. We'll call you as soon as your parcel arrives, get it fixed and send it back to you - padded, insured and tracked for $10 + $Repair. Now that's easy!

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For those of you not shopping and not watching the cricket...here's some good news from LifeHacker:
 

Planhacker: The Best No-Contract Phone Deal For Each Australian Mobile Phone Network

Not only does signing up to a contract for a phone leave you stuck with the same network and handset for a full two years, it can often result in less data and call allowances than if you take a no-contract prepaid or month-by-month deal. We’ve eliminated the also-rans and come up with one clear recommendation for the best value no-contract deal on each of Australia’s main mobile networks.

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We ran a basic version of this list back in September, which made it clear that it’s a topic that interests people but that we needed to offer more detail. So this is an expanded and up-to-date version of that guide.

The Rules

These are the criteria we applied when selecting plans:

    • The plan had to be a no-contract deal, which means either a classic prepaid arrangement which you recharge every month or a month-to-month deal you can cancel at any time. It also couldn’t be tied into buying another service.
    • It had to offer a decent allowance for Australian calling, SMS and data.
    • It had to be priced at under $50 a month.
    • Ideally, the plan would offer 4G access, but we didn’t make that a compulsory requirement (since 4G phones will also end up on 3G some of the time).
    • We made one selection for each of Australia’s active networks: Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Coverage varies, so which network suits you depends on where you live (and travel). We’re not aiming to list every prepaid plan from every MVNO provider here.

If you need a really large amount of data, or are focused on being able to call overseas numbers, or only want to spend $20 a month, you’ll need to do more research and choose a different plan. However, if you’re paying $70 a month for a contract deal, you should crunch the numbers carefully. An outright buy and a no-contract plan is could well be cheaper when you factor in data allowances, which are typically very low on cheaper contract plans.

Telstra

Telstra’s broad 4G coverage means it’s a very popular choice, but it also charges a serious premium for data, which makes it difficult to find a plan that offers any reasonable amount of data. As we’ve noted before, this can be done via the Encore Cap deal — but it’s a confusing plan that requires careful explanation.

Here’s how you can use the Encore Cap deal to get a decent calling and data allowance:

  • Buy the $50 recharge. This includes $950 worth of calling and texting credits for Australian numbers, and the ability to make free calls and texts between 6pm and 6am. While not as good as an unlimited deal, for calling and texting purposes, this should be more than adequate for most people. (And if you do use all the credit, you won’t be stung with excess charges; you’ll just have to recharge again.)
  • The problem with this plan on the face of it is that it only includes 800MB of data, which isn’t a lot. However, there is an option to add extra data without spending any extra money. Here’s how
  • As well as $950 for call credits, the $50 recharge also includes $50 of “recharge credit”, which you can spend on other services (such as dialling international or premium numbers). The important point here is that you can spend that credit to buy a $49 Browse Plus Pack, which adds 3GB of data to the 800MB you already have.

When we’ve written about this plan before, many people have misunderstood and assumed you have to spend $99 a month ($50 for the cap and $49 for the Browse Plus Pack). That’s not how it works. That extra data can be paid for with the “recharge credit” which you are assigned when you spend the first $50.

Yes, that’s a slightly fiddly arrangement. In particular, you have to ‘buy’ a new browse pack (via your mobile our computer) each month and can’t automate the process. Nonetheless, it’s easily the best-value deal on the Telstra network.

Optus

Our favourite plan here is Amaysim Unlimited . For $39.90 a month, you score unlimited calls and texts to Australian numbers and 4GB of data from a reliable, well-established provider. (It’s also a lot less fiddly than the Telstra arrangement described above while offering more value.)

The one minor caveat is that Amaysim doesn’t currently offer 4G (and isn’t in a rush to do so. If 4G is essential, then the best choice is probably Optus’ $2 Day plan. That costs $60 a month if you use it every day (which puts it out of full contention given our criteria here), but you get unlimited calls and texts in Australia and as much as 15GB of data. Check out our detailed writeup if that’s of interest.

Vodafone

Vodafone’s best option uses a similar approach to that described for Telstra above, though it’s a little less generous. If you purchase the $49 Flexi Cap, you receive 3GB of data and $350 of “flexible credit”. (You also have $650 of credit for calling Vodafone numbers, but that’s not particularly useful for most purposes).

One of the thing you can spend that “flexible credit” on is additional data packs. $8 scores you 350MB of data, and there’s no apparent limit on how many you can add, so this is a useful way of expanding your data allowance. However, there are no free calls or texts on this plan, so you need to balance what you spend on data with what you’ll need to spend on basic communications each month.

 

PS. THE PLUG :: If you're one of those poor suckers (we've all been there!) who've dropped your phone or device over Chrissy, better come get it fixed! Call Tristan, 99% of the time he'll have it ready for you in less than 3hrs. #WINNING

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This is one very damaged (run-over?) iPhone:

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Wouldn't expect to ever get data back of that thing right?

 

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He did!

Most data recoveries take a day or 2 at PC Pitstop. Really, really damaged device recoveries like this one can be sent away like this one and are done in a week with a 99% success rate.

Awesome news for this customer.

Precious family photos SAVED!

Tristan...you're kinda amazing.

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Ok, ok. You're a CHAMPION!  ;)

Come and see him for yourself!

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Cracked your iDevice and totally bummed?

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Don't want to send it back to Apple and wait 10+ days for it's return?

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You need to make a pitstop at PC Pitstop. BUT WHY?

1. PC Pitstop is THE FASTEST! - Most devices repaired within 24hrs.

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2. Reliable QUALITY Parts are GUARENTEED - Used in a clean environment with care, precision and every precaution.

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CALL IN AND TALK TO TRISTAN ABOUT YOUR SMART DEVICE REPAIR OPTIONS TODAY!

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Best Tech Tip: "Ask the experts. No question is a silly question except for those not asked. Ask before action sometimes saves so much stress and mess!" 

 

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HANDS UP WHO HAD A HECTIC 2012?!
Heck yes.
Here's to 2013 and it's promise of sunny goal-exceeding adventures!

 

But before we discount the year that was so fast, we're going to indulge in a little self-assessment. Are you in?
Naww, thanks, that's why we love you guys!

Port Macquarie Superstore - This year we moved PC Pitstop Lake Cathie into PC Pitstop Port Macquarie to create one big superstore. We rearranged, redocorated and created a massive new workshop to get your job done faster! It's been a great success and the best decision we made all year. Thank you to all our amazing loyal clients who have followed us here and stuck by us - onwards and upwards for all of us!

Brand Redesign - Along with the love we revamped our brand - clean, easier to navigate website complete with blog and newsletter; spiffy new business cards; and a stella magazine chock full of great info and a full list of products and services. Thanks to Mel at Pitstop Design for her vision and creativity!

New Services - Pitstop Design and PC Pitstop's Better Business Support, and PC Pitstop Online Backup were built this year, ready to explode in 2013. Both sprung from feedback from customers and both fully support out One Stop Shop mantra. Winning!

New Additions to Team PC Pitstop - Welcoming young-gun technical specialist Josh Skinner and design and photographer extraordinaire Melissa Little was a great choice in 2012. What an impression they have made in 12mths! We love you guys!

Awards - We were proud as punch to again be finalists for the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce Business Awards this year, in the Embracing Technology and Excellence in Business categories! We also won a suprise award from our wonderful RTO, Novaskill, for Excellence in Training Support and our star tech, Tristan Piper, won an Encouragement Award for his training efforts this year too. We share our awards with you as we learn and grow from everything we do!

Big Brand Reseller - 2012 was the year of making things offical for PC Pitstop. We are now certified resellers of the following: Dell Business Support, HP, Gigabyte, Intel Technology and Google Apps. Phew! This is just another reason why we are the most trusted IT company on the Mid North Coast!

 

And here's some of what we've got planned for you this year:

Franchise Opportunities - PC Pitstop has been preparing all year for the massive undertaking that is franchising in order to bring our trustworhty and super fast service to many more locations across Australia. You can expect to see the results of all the planning come to fruition in late 2013. Enquire now if you've got what it takes!

Pitstop Design Growth - PC Pitstop's sister company Pitstop Design has had an impressive first year in business despite only having a one room, one desk office! 2013 will see the web and graphic design business release and promote it's new Book Services and Website Maintenance Packages as well move to a bigger, brighter fully staffed locale. Here's to better business with creative design!

Windows 8 Lessons - That cool new interface has got many dazzled and many more confused. Never fear, we're onto it, busily preparing lesson plans to guide you through and help you leverage the technology to make your life easier. Watch this space for upcoming detials of how to book!

iPhone 5 Repairs - Got a new phone for Christmas? iPhone 5 or otherwise, we have the techie for you - come on down and talk to Tristan for the fastest small device repairs in Port Macquarie!

e-Book Downloads - with Working with Word, Facebook and Skype eBooks already online you can expect heaps more where they came from, including a guide to using your iPad and how to use Windows 8. Watch this space as they are released.

Computer Manual and Service Planners - every new computer from PC Pitstop will come with a detailed manual and service planner to keep it running in optimal condition and to answer all your new computer questions. We're expecting these back from the printer in March.

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NAME: Tristan

EXPERTISE: iDevice, small device, game console repairs

HIS BEST ADVICE: Don't wait to get those cracked device screens repaired. The fragments of glass are super tiny and can be extremely painful and hard to remove it they get under the skin. How many times are you swiping that device with your finger or putting it to your ear? Ouch!
But not only is it dangerous to you and your family, but also harmful to the device itself. Often, chips, cracks and missing pieces allows dust and moisture into your device - leading to further failed sensative parts, which can up the cost of repair dramatically, or worse, render the device irrepariable!

THE PITCH: Challenge me with your broken device - iPod, iPhone, iPad, or otherwise! Come see me for a quick quote today!

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