Please don't blast me for asking this question here. I have posted here
before and received excellent advice, so I am back.
I am in the market for a new computer. I am interested in Dell. When
searching the Dell sites, I see lots of complaints about service, etc.
Do any of you use a Dell computer, and can anyone recommend a model
for someone who uses the computer basically for email, newsgroups,
searching the web, playing solitaire, and making greeting cards?
I am totally lost, and as you can see, I am not too computer savvy.
I just know the basics, and my computer man, in this small town,
just retired due to ill health.
Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
Dimension 4300? Mine can't find the CD most of the time, and I got a
fix from Dell but it doesn't stay fixed. It sees my external HD
instead. Don't use the CD much, so it doesn't matter. I have to reboot
to get the clock running on time - was late for quite a few things
before I trained myself to look at my wristwatch instead of Windows time :o)
Search the eb, or the Tucows site, for a freeware program called "About
Time". Load it, configure to run in backgrund, you'll never again have a
clock problem, i'll check the atomic clocks at NIST , NASA and the Naval
Observatory for correct time and reet your box's internal clock whenever you
start the box or at intervals you set. Accurate to milleseconds but not
nanoseconds. Doubt you need nanosecnd accuracy.
I started avoiding XP before if became available, when I heard about
the "product activation" unfeature which gives MS ultimate control
over your OS. I never wanted to get dependant on such a thing.
Since then, I've found various other reasons not to use XP.
My switch was to Linux (Mandrake, now Mandriva). Not perfect, but
Any tech support I've needed has been solved with a simple Usenet
message. Generally speaking, post it at bedtime and read multiple
responses upon awakening.
Bottom line is my computers have never been so rock solid stable. And I
don't spend time or money on things like anti-virus applications.
I'd be very surprised, first I'd have to start installing random
commercial packages. (Weatherbug and the like.)
I can't imagine why I'd do that. All those nifty little tools
are already available from trusted sources.
But then, I'd never have imagined an OS that would run an executable
from email simply by reading it either.
Back to the OP's question and concerns.
Win98 is going EOL at Microsoft. SO WHAT!!!!!
If it still works fine with all you need this computer to do, keep on
using it as long as it lasts, even spend little bits of money to replace
things if they break (power supply, mouse, keyboard, monitor) Shop
around, used items, especially for monitors can be quite good and quite
cheap. Power supplies, Rodents, and Keyboards are cheap.
When it breaks big time, i.e. hard drive fails, processor fails, burns
up...... Then go see what the market is offering and make your decision.
Right now, if you go buy a machine from Dell, HP/Compaq,e-machines,
Sony..... they call come with WinXp (home or Pro). In 6 months to a
year, they will all come with Vista.
End of Life is a meaningless term. All it means is that if you call
Microsoft Support, they will refuse to answer your questions. If you
find a bug (bloody unlikely), they will accept your information, but
nothing will ever happen. EOL does NOT mean that Win98 will STOP
working, that the machine will refuse to boot Win98. Far from it.
IBM stopped supporting OS/2 several years ago. There are tens of
thousands of computers around the world (even ATMs, bank teller
terminals, stock brokerage terminals) that are still going strong with
that old product. Just don't call IBM for support issues with OS/2,
you'll get no answers.
EOL does not mean that the product stops working, it just means you are
on your own for support (and most of us are in exactly that shape
regardless of whether we use something from Microsoft, a Linux version,
It is a matter of time. EVERY operating system has holes. Some are just
harder to find. The reason Windows has so many attacks is the infantile
minds of those that rite virus and worms. They have such a hate for Gates
and Microsoft they spend hours, day, even weeks of their time to "get" them.
In a perfect world, we would not need anti-virus software, policemen, etc.
Qualified agreement. Difference is Linux grants rights only equal to
those of the user. If you're dumb enough to grant administrator
privileges to something unknown then it is your fault you got hosed, not
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