Technology columnist Richard Mills gives the latest from the IT support front line

Column: Notes from the frontline

With news of the dreaded credit crunch coming in daily, we have noticed that component prices are starting to creep up. When you think that all this stuff has to be shipped in from the Far East, and orders probably have to be placed months in advance, rises in transport costs will only serve to increase prices further in the busy months to come.

If prices should start to rise, then our customers may cut back on new purchases and ‘make do and mend’. However, many people rely on their computers, whether it be for business, selling on eBay or living their life by email. They need them to be working, whatever the financial situation. We have certainly been busy with repairs and upgrades.

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