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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Quick and Cheap Computer Fix

Monday morning, just as I was getting started on work, my computer suddenly displayed the Blue Screen of Death. When none of my usual tricks seemed to fix it, I realized I'd have to find a pro. I bought the computer over two years ago at Surcouf, but the warranty already expired and I figured there would be a long wait and huge fees to take it in to their "Village des Techniciens". But when I called a different repair shop in my 'hood, they told me they wouldn't even have time to look at it until Thursday. So I unplugged the desktop tower, put it in a shopping bag, and decided to try my luck at Surcouf, no rendez-vous necessary. There was no waiting at 11am. They told me a diagnostic takes 2-5 days, unless I wanted the "express" for €40. Seemed a bargain to me! After 20 minutes of poking around, they told me I ran out of memory (might have been RAM, I was too busy silently thanking the computer gods to pay attention). Extra memory cost me a whopping €30. The time to put it in and clean all the dust out was billed at €9, and took almost an hour. In the end I paid €79, plus €20 for the round trip taxi. The technician helping me always announced the fees as if there was an extra zero in there. Considering the fact that I was sure I'd be going home with a new computer, €79 was a total steal. Next time I have a computer problem, I'm going right back to Surcouf instead of spending hours trying to fix it myself first! :-)

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Reader Comments (2)

Excellent Topic.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
Yes, but unfo Surcouf runs now under chapter 11 !
March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBigFish

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