Your beloved laptop crashes and immediate panic ensues. If your first step is frantically calling your college-aged kid/nephew/neighbor, we've got a better solution: try paying a local one who's actually trained to help you.
Recently opened JS Technology is a tech repair service run and staffed by super-smart NYU students who specialize in Macs, PCs and iPhones, but who can address most kinds of computer and gadget-related problems.
To get the process started, drop them a call or email and, for a $30 diagnostic fee, a team member will meet you--typically in the West Village, though they're willing to travel--to assess your gear.
Repairs generally run from $60 to $130 depending on the severity of the problem (i.e., how much Diet Coke you spilled on it), which is considerably less expensive than the average repair shop. They also include a free, 60-day labor warranty and a one-year warranty on parts.
The biggest sell for us was how quickly the JS techies work. We got an appointment right away and they told us that most fixes can be done in just one or two days.
All of which leaves us wondering: When on earth do these guys have time for keg parties?
JS Technology; 1-855-NYC-TECH or jstechgroup.com