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Computers: fix or replace?

A regular part of my job as a computer technician is acting as a grief counselor when I have to break the news to clients that their beloved computer has a fatal illness or already has gone to that great internet café in the sky.

The question invariably is asked: “Why didn’t it last longer?” or “Why did it wear out?” or “Why can’t you fix it?”

Attempting to answer any of those questions could lead you, as it did me, to Fire Station #6 at 4550 East Avenue in Livermore, California. I did not actually visit in person but via the internet, and I will share the web address anyone can visit. The significance of this fire station is its entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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