advice from the frontlines

September 11, 2007

When decorating and patching up knackered old walls using filler, don’t eat Custard Cream biscuits.

The colour of the “cream” is remarkably similar to the filler.

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dell pc chat: vimto vs the penguin

September 7, 2007

Alf says:
i’ve just specced up a Dell pc… with Ubuntu on it
Alf says:
core duo 2 2.66ghz, 22″ tft, 4gb memory, 500gb hdd, a pissy 128mb nvidia thing, dvd rw and dvd rom, keyb, mouse, 2.1 speakers, card reader, 1 year “standard” Ubuntu support
Genghis says:
aye?
Genghis says:
how much
Alf says:
£1056.61 (inc vat)
Genghis says:
ouchy
Alf says:
plus 60 quid to deliver the fuckin thing
Genghis says:
!!!
Genghis says:
bog off
Alf says:
lol oh yus
Alf says:
now… how about we see how much MS are subbing dell to sell an equivalent Vimto pc?
Genghis says:
go on then
Alf says:
as near as I can get the specs…
Alf says:
320gb hdd, 256 nvidia video, but no “year of support for your OS”
Genghis says:
mmm?
Alf says:
884.24
Alf says:
plus 60 quid to deliver
Genghis says:
arf
Alf says:
(total delivery really is now 120 punds sterling for the two!)
Genghis says:
the ol ubuntu support is pricey then
Alf says:
well if i don’t have it i can take 170 quid off the price
Alf says:
886 poundingtons
Genghis says:
not far off like that then
Alf says:
nope… so how comes the FREE o/s PC costs £2 more than the £300 o/s PC?
Alf says:
lol bloody brilliant
Genghis says:
!!!


seasonal aisles

September 7, 2007

Our local-to-work Tescas has the fabulous juxstaposition of the Seasonal aisle featuring barbecue and gardening equipment next to Christmas stuff.

Oh yes, the selection boxes are out and it’s September 7th. Desperate for the cash? Tescos?

Further amusment can be garnered from the Best Before dates of the stuff on the shelves: it’s mainly before Christmas.


new gadget set up!

September 6, 2007

Woo! It’s only taken me 24 hours of research to get this wretched new purchase to be seen by Windows Vimto.

Of course, the real pain in the rear end is that it’ll only synchronise with fuckin’ Outlook. And as everybody knows, nobody likes Outlook. It’s a monster, and having to support it day-in-day-out, I know what it’s capable of.

(And apologies to Microsoft Clare who I berated throughout the day for allowing the almighty MS to release such shoddy shite).

(Mmm… three “s”s all in a row. Mmm…) 


to gadgets (a ode)

September 3, 2007

from the office of the Poet Laureate:

I have bought an gadget
I hope it’s very nice
It does a lot of things (but doesn’t make the toast)
Which it bloody should do for the price


dell replies, cap in hand

September 3, 2007

Thank you for contacting Dell online customer care.

I have received an email regarding the computer purchased.

As the order was processed with Vista as the operating system we cannot arrange for a XP operating system to be sent to you.

Kindly contact our part sales department on 0870 907 5083 to place an order for XP.

If you have any further queries do not hesitate in responding directly to this mail and I will be glad to assist you further.

I have also logged the email with the following details:-

Case Number: 521700732

Dell truly values and acts on all customers feedback. If you have any comments, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to contact my manager. Thank you

Regards,

Nikhit Busi
UK/IRE Customer Support Expert.

Comments? Suggestions?