Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Why I am not buying a Dell
I got a new laptop the other day (non-Dell). When it displayed the Blue Screen of Death the day afterwards, I was able to take it to the place from whence it came, where the on-site techs cheerfully tested it, certified that it was indeed dead (massive hard disk failure), and gave me a new one on the spot. (Oh, and both old and new machines were tested before they went out the door; they were somewhat surprised that the HD blew up on the first one, but so far the second is doing OK (knock on wood).)
Yes, I am trying to have a system built to spec. It's complicated, because I ran into power supply limitations on the present box and want to make sure that the next time something idiotic like that doesn't happen.
As for Macs, they still have problems. I spec-ed out a nice shiny Mac for a cousin, who then discovered that Quicken for Macs is one of the worst-rated programs ever, and converting from PC is a nightmare. The answer is Boot Camp, but Apple has not made it easy enough to use for newbies like the cuz.
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