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Friday, June 16, 2006

Joe Bloggs =1, Dixons group =0……


Im back! :) :)

After many weeks of net-withdrawl, I finally got “The Dixons Group” (Currys, PC World and Dixons stores are all owned by the same company “The Dixons Group by the way), to agree that my previous laptop was actually unusable and give me a replacment. As I was perfectly entitled to with the (many) defects all happening within the one-year manufacturers warranty that comes with all such things pretty much.

Did I get the same model again? Nope, I got a souped-up (to me), Compaq!

A gig of ram, 80 gigs of hard-drive space, big an bright widescreen etc etc…… Im more than happy with it.
Basically it means I got this years technology for last years price, yaaay! :D
And guess what, I didnt have to buy their “extended warranty” for 300 euros to do it!
(Word to the wise, these “extended cover-all warranties” they try so hard to sell you when you buy things from those three stores, are not worth the paper they are written on, your normal consumer rights are actually more beneficial).
Gawds, its been so long since I could post, answer email, read my usual sites etc, Its hard to believe how much you do miss the net until you dont have it no more.

I was using Noahs powerbook (muchos thanks to my guy btw, hes pretty amazing thats for sure), for a couple of weeks till its screen died a death, (I know, I’m jinxed, I warned him!), but now that im back on the windows side, I must admit, I do prefere it. Probably mostly because its what I know, I know my way around windoze. MacOs just felt slightly daunting in its striving to be user-friendly still, windoze just has some (albiet mostly stupid, unneded and bulky) bells and whistles, but oi loikes me bells an whistles ya see. Yes, I’m a geek whos not afraid to admit I prefere windoze to MacOs and Linux! *gasp* ;)

Dont get me wrong, it was definitely an enjoyable experience trying them out, and they have LOTS of good points (definitely could teach Microsoft a thing or ten imho) and they try very hard to be user-orientated, just somtimes feels like they have tried a bit too hard these days. And I’ll never get past their recent admission that they are trying to make machines that are more disposable. (Didnt use those words exactly but that was the obvious implication).

Anyhoo, I’m back, so watch this space.


posted by Barry at 11:24 pm  

1 Comment

  1. About time you got back. And congrats on the new puter. By the by, there’s nothing wrong with being bilingual in the infocosm - use different puters for different tasks. I’ve never viewed the Mac and Windows as perfectly interchangeable, and so just as I wouldn’t cut the lawn with nailclippers, I wouldn’t use Windows to do a Mac’s job - and vice versa.

    I’ll be watching that space Irish boy!

    Comment by Paul — June 17, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

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