On Thu, 13 Jul 2006 15:25:21 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Respectfully disagree on service. iT SUX!
I'm on my 2nd Dell, but doubt if I'll buy another if the service
continues to deteriorate. This has been reported on extensively in
the computer, and even the general, media. Dell is still cutting back
I bought my first Dell years ago because the leading computer mags
said it had the best service. As a (then) fairly new user, that was
important to me. Well, the years have gone by, the service has been
outsourced to beautiful downtown Bangalore, and no matter how hard the
Indian techs try, I never get the help I need, and don't think I
should have to spend so much time on the phone. BTW, it gets
embarrassing to have to ask them to spell words, because their
accent removal charm school has a way to go!
Just my .02
I've gone to websites for support three or four times in past year.
Twice to Dell. Never an American name, but English grammar and spelling
perfect. Solved the problem, too. Would that the US President could
speak English as well. He never had to earn a living before, so what can
we expect? Gotta be careful what we wish for - cheap support 24/7, good
wages and bennies, no taxes, the right to life and the right to bomb the
living crap out of anyone who wants democracy our way. Only a liberal
would mention Apple :o)
On Thu, 13 Jul 2006 18:43:04 -0700, Superannuated wrote:
LOL, a friend has a Dell and asked me to speak with customer services.
I thought I called New Deli. The guy sounded like he had a mouth full
Consequentially, I hung up on him and fixed it another way.
Dell commercial-grade machines are great, their consumer-grade machines less
so. I'd buy off the 'office' page, not the 'home' page. Optiplex, not
Dimension. Costs more, but a better machine, in my experience. We had
several thousand at work until Gateway underbid them. Very low failure rate
on the Optiplexes. If you are on a budget, look on ebay or
www.dellfinancialservices.com, for an off-lease machine.
It was a sad, sad day when Micron quit making PC's. Best ever, hands
down. 60 mHz? I don't know my hertzes from my ohms, but it got to 90
with an overdrive thingamajig. Started out with Win 3, then the first
version of W95, which required more attention than a newborn preemie.
Finally got that kernel thing fixed in W95 and I was flying .. could
have 10 windows open, do graphics and not have a crash. Those days are
long gone. The pile of junk with WinME barely gets the news and emails,
and can't remember what time it is or where it put it's hard drive.
Come to think of it, it is a lot like me :o)
Windows ME was released with some 65, 000 "known bugs" as I have read.
Keep in mind when they try to fix one bug, the potential is there to
introduce additional bugs.
For my money Windows 2000 is as stable as it gets.
I went through three drives; SCSI (1) and IDE (2) drives over these
years, but the 2000 kept it going. It is stable...
Matching Dual 550 CPUs...I even threatened to shoot the box but I will
fire it up soon - 2K again..
It IS, not was the best, stable version. The pro version will give a
home user years of stable use, for the moment.
For the same years as the OP, say 6 years 2000 stood up, took anything
I sent to it.
XP really centered on a "power user", at least in pro. Pro opens all
the network, dangerous from start up.
This WindoZe environment, we speak about has left (b)millions open to
attack right out of the box.
Once I remember hearing that the average time-until-attack (for a
system running Windows with default settings) was about 5 minutes.
It's probably less now. It can help to have any Windows updates,
device drivers, and a good firewall on a CD, so you can get it
protected BEFORE getting on the internet.
Uh, what difference do the settings make to "time until attack"? For that
matter, what difference does the OS make? So someone attacks. So what?
What is the time until the attack _succeeds_? That is what matters.
Any interesting read:
"Nothing more than the whim of a 13-year old hacker is required to
knock any user, site, or server right off the Internet."
Test Your ports.
That's a denial of service attack. It doesn't matter what OS you are
running because it doesn't put anything on your machine--the objective is
to generate so much bogus traffic that legitimate traffic can't get
The same technique will work against a Windows machine, a Linux machine, a
BSD machine, a Mac, a Unix box, a mainframe, or any other system.
And as always it can't figure out what to do with my machine.
Same goes with any brand, Compaq/Hp makes good business systems while the
presario/pavilion line are cheaply made propritary things.
For basic use, get a used business machine from someplace like retrobox for
half the price of a good new home system and you won't have all the "free"
software to uninstall.
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