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DIY Repair Site FixYa Selected For Twiistup – HELP US WIN!

twistup Yesterday, 10 companies were picked to present at LA’s Twiistup 5 event on February 12. Judges include author Sarah Lacy, “Somewhat Frank” producer Frank Gruber, social media PR guru Brian Solis, BillShrink CEO Peter Pham and Twiistup co-founder Mike Macadaan. Chosen from more than 100 submissions, it’s now totally official, everyone thinks you guys are awesome. In other words, FixYa was selected.

We’re eligible to win 2 awards to be announced before midnight on February 12, there’s the Fan Favorite and the Judges Choice award. Media partner Mashable, has already begun a poll for the fan favorite. Vote for us here.

FixYa to Judge CES 2009 Best Gadgets

The Consumer Electronics Showcase’s Last Gadget Standing super session is back for its ninth year, and who better to judge it than the people who repair millions of electronics and computers? Us!

For the first time in CES history, FixYa will judge what is touted as the Oscars of Technology. In association with judges from NetShelter’s Technology Media network, FixYa will use its 1 million tips on more than 6000 brands of products to make informed decisions on ten finalists to grace the Last Gadget Standing stage.

On January 10, longtime technology editor and writer Robin Raskin, will emcee the hour-long demo event, and viewers are asked to choose a winner. Over the last nine years, this event has become a crowd favorite and thousands of online voters, tech journalists and industry leaders turn out to root for their favorite competitor. Some of this year’s entries include the popular Flip MinoHD and the Blackberry Storm.

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Sisters are Doing it for Themselves

techjuli smAt times, FixYa can seem like a boys’ club. However, there are a number of ladies on our site proving that women can do it every bit as well as the men. One such Expert is Techjuli. Techjuli has only been on our site since November, but she’s already impressed staff and Experts alike with her intelligence, knowledge, and well-written solutions.

Techjuli is a self-proclaimed nerd and proud of it. She lives and attends school in Florida, where she is heavily involved with the Center for Security & Assurance in Information Technology. Prior to that, she was a graphic and web designer for about five years. Techjuli is strangely fascinated with RFIDs (devices that can be tracked using radio waves) and has a box of motherboards, hard-drives, and sticks of RAM side-by-side with Betsey Johnson bags in her closet. When she manages to get out from behind the glow of her monitor, she goes to kickboxing classes, reads a lot, and has recently taken up kayaking.

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Flying High Over FixYa

Eagle338 smFixYa really benefits from the enthusiasm of its Experts. One of our most enthusiastic Experts, Eagle338, has 1140 solutions and has spent over a year on our site. He’s already a FixYa veteran, but he’s actually only 21 years old.

Eagle338 is an information sciences student who describes himself as “overly enthusiastic” about gadgets. He describes his initial forays into technology as “purely experimental.” He has been into programming since he started learning Basic at age 7. He assembled his first PC at 14 and has fixed over 200 computers to date as a professional. Eagle338 is currently pursuing his TV and radio repair training and is able to fix household products with just a repair manual and his trusty multimeter. Eagle338 is also very enthusiastic about cell phones, and owns Motorola’s C130 and E398, Sony Ericsson’s J200i, J230i,W200i, and an iPhone 3G, making him particularly adept in the area of mobile repair.

One of Eagle338’s proudest moments on FixYa was a Chat where he helped an elderly man bring his printer back to life. The man typed very slowly due to an amputated arm, and the conversation took over 4 ½ hours to complete. But Eagle338 stayed the course and helped the man out, for which he was extremely grateful. The same goes for many of Eagle338’s Chat customers as his Chat record is one of the best around.

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Rescuing People and Products

JinglesMistersony may have only been on FixYa since October (with an amazing 91% average), but his 30 years of experience in the field speaks for itself. He started out working on audio equipment and repaired the first Sony Walkmans and CD players (the things we used to play music before iPods, for all you neophytes out there). He was inspired to go into audio because his father was a radio man in the South Pacific during WW2, and passed on his interest to his son. After that he got into TVs. He still dabbles in audio, and occasionally cell phones, but focuses mainly on TVs. He comes from a big family and their repair needs keep him very busy!

Besides his family, Mistersony is kept busy with his rescue dog, pictured above. She is a German Shepherd named Jingles. He also enjoys reading in whatever free time he can find.

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