James Tomasello always “tinkered” with things to find out how they worked. Good with his hands, patient with small parts and fascinated with technology, Tomasello naturally studied computer repair after high school, obtained his Microsoft certifications and began working as a tech in the industry.
He worked for an established business and, when the opportunity to purchase the business presented itself, he jumped in without hesitation.
Now in its fifth year in the Killingsworth Plaza on the Highway 50 Bypass, Computer Corrections is growing, offering service, maintenance and sales for commercial and personal accounts.
They also custom build computers using the highest quality parts and back their products with a three-year guarantee.
The shop has work stations with all the gear needed to diagnose a problem. Clients usually bring units in when they show signs of trouble. Tomasello cross checks every possibility and gives the client a detailed account of what was done, the results of the testing, and his recommendations. Most systems are repaired within 48 hours.
Some repairs aren’t worth making, however, since the cost of a brand new system can be less than saving the old system. But the final decision lies with the client and Tonasello gives them information to help them make informed decisions.
Tomasello is knowledgeable about his industry and passionate about his work.
“It feels good when you find the problem and restore the machine to its full functioning capacity,” he said. “And you see how happy the customer is when the problem is resolved.”
Computer Corrections focuses on system and printer repairs, web design, and contract maintenance. All repairs are diagnosed first and clients are given written estimates before work starts.
When Tomasello builds custom systems, he asks leading questions to determine how much speed, storage capacity, and other integrated accessories each customer needs.
Technology has changed considerably since Tomasello moved to Hernando County in 2001. And he continually re-educates and learns special intricacies about today’s systems.
When he works on a system, he finds a main concern is in protection of data. He runs a seven pass erase and wipe service that ensures data cannot be recovered to protect the client.
Computer Corrections is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment. Tomasello makes house calls and will also travel to pick up an ailing system.
Computer Corrections is also about building a community connection by helping a local chapter of a national organization, Computers In Schools Hernando County, provide working computers for students at the high school level.
Computers in Schools Hernando County (CISHC) collects desktop and laptop computers and other parts from several drop-off locations. Businesses and private donations of computers are repaired or refurbished, with Computer Correction’s donated time and skill.
Tomasello wanted to be part of the program to assist kids who were college-bound after high school obtain every possible advantage.
Jonita Saintledger, site coordinatior for CISHC, said Tomasello and Computer Corrections is a vital part of the program. Without their efforts to help with pickups of donated systems and their ability to bring the systems to workable condition, the program wouldn’t succeed, she said.
Computer Corrections is also helping foster an internship program through CISHC to help local high school students interested in learning the computer repair trade. As many as 15 eager students have signed up from Springstead High School. Site coordinators are available at each high school to match students with the program.
The students will help stage donated systems and parts in the warehouse storage then learn how to repair them. It is a technical skill that is in high demand. And with the collaboration of CISHC, local businesses drop off points, like Store Right in Brooksville and All Tire and Wheel in Spring Hill, local students are benefitting tremendously.
For more information about donations, visit the website at www.cishc.org.
Email Hernando Today correspondent Kim Dame at firstname.lastname@example.org.