About Me

Computer Service & RepairPat's Tech Stuff is an offshoot of Pat's PC Repair, which I founded in 2009.  Rather than make the Pat's PC Repair website too cluttered, I decided to break out my other areas of expertise on a separate website. I have over 25 years experience working on computers. I worked on 286 and 386 computers when they became available back in the 1980s.   Technology has advanced so much since then! I grew up in San Jose, California, which is near the heart of "Silcon Valley."  When I was 16 years old, my father bought me a computer for Christmas.  It was a Sinclair Z80.  It sat in the box for months.  I finally tried using it, and shortly thereafter, I was hooked on computers. Since that time, I have lived and breathed computers.

At San Jose State University, I took a number of computer programming courses, including Fortran, BASIC, Cobal, Pascal, APL, Logo andothers.  I worked as a hardware computer tech in Silicon Valley for a few years, then went on to the University of California, Riverside.  During my time at UCR, I became more experienced in computer troubleshooting and repair by acting as an informal computer resource person for the Department of Entomology.

After graduating UCR, a friend and I started a website design and hosting service, called BioHaven.  Shortly after that, I developed software for Palm Pilots at startup operation in Riverside, CA.   More recently, I volunteered my time at the Hemet Public Library as a computer docent.  I assisted the general public with the Internet, word processing, image editing, spreadsheets, and more. I have also taught classes in basic computer skills and MS Word. I have experience in software development, mostly with Delphi & Perl, and I spent the late 1990s and early 2000s as a software developer and biologist.

Currently, I am running Pat's PC Repair, and I am an independent biological consultant.  Until recently, I was also an instructor for the Sierra Dawn Community Computer Class, a free course for the senior community in Hemet.

 In addition to computers, I have always had a strong interest in hi-fi audio equipment.  My interest started when my dad (always the scrounger) acquired 400 smoke damaged 8-track tape players through a company he worked for at the time.  He paid me 50 cents for each tape deck I cleaned up and fixed.  Some of them required new belts or adjustments here and there.  It was a fun project, and as a result of this, I started developing a taste for music.  Since then, I have acquired a passion for music and stereo equipment, particularly tube-based gear.

Thank you for stopping by my website and reading about me.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email or call me.