Adventures In Computing

August 18, 2007

We Have Lift Off

Filed under: Uncategorized — Normand Bissonnette @ 10:58 am

Just to let you know that I have ordered a laptop from Dell yesterday. It’s not an Inspiron 1520 as previously noted but a Vostro 1500. It is basically the same machine except for cosmetics. The Inspiron is A “home” laptop and Vostro is a “business” laptop.

This is what I ordered:

Vostro 1500
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB), Genuine Windows® XP Professional, SP2, English
Vostro 1500 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
LCD Panel 15.4 in UltraSharp™ Wide Scrn XGA+LCD Display w/TrueLife™
Memory 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 Dimm
Video Cards 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8600M GT
Hard Drive 160G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Professional, SP2, English
Integrated NIC and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
TBU Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.08
Optical Drive 8X CD/DVD Burner w/ double-layer DVD+R write capability, w/ Roxio Creator
Sound Card High Definition Audio 2.0
Wireless Cards IntelJ PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g WiFi Mini Card
Camera Integrated 2.0 mega pixel Web Camera
Bundle No Microsoft Office, English
1st Software No Anti-Virus/ Security Software
Batteries 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Hardware Services 1 Year Return to Depot Service and Technical Support
Online Data Storage 10GB for 1 Year Online Data Backup by Dell DataSafe
Dell Support DELL SUPPORT 3.4
Dell Network Assistant DELL NETWORK ASSISTANT 1.7
Dell Support Centre DELL SUPPORT CENTER 1.0
Automated PC Tuneup 1 Year Dell Automated PC Tuneup

The estimated shipping date is September 3 2007. I don’t think it will be shipped on that date since that is Labour Day in Canada, a holiday.

I’ve read a bunch of reviews on the Inspiron and a few on the Vostro. Most reviewers, that tried the machine, liked it. A few reviewers gave the laptop low marks because of delays in shipping. I give these reviewers a rating of 0.05 out of 10. When you review a machine review the machine not the company. I saw on cnet people that did not receive their laptop giving 1 out of 10 because the shipping date was pushed back. How the hell do you know how the laptop works without trying it. These reviewers should be brought behind the barn and shot and the buried in a shallow grave! Imagine Roger Ebert giving thumbs down to a movie he did not see because the theatre he was supposed to see it in had a power failure and could not show it. Good grief! Give me a f%#king break. Grow up why don’t you.

Enough of this ranting and raving, don’t you hate stupidity. I read a review on major appliances a few months back where the reviewer was giving a bad review on a 4 year old fridge because it broke down and the appliance company was not fixing it for them. The reviewer did not take an extended warranty and the refrigerator had a 1 year warranty. It is too bad the fridge stopped working get it fixed or buy a new one and get the f%@king extended warranty you cheap bastard!

Enough of the ranting and raving, for real this time. Boy that felt good. I guess I’ll stop it at that today because I don’t want to alienate to many people today.

p.s. My review on a HP Pavilion tx1220ca laptop: I give it 0 out of 10 because Staples did not have it in stock and the clerk told me on Tuesday that it would be in on Thursday and now it’s Saturday and they still haven’t received it yet. Am I a bastard or what? No more ranting for now.

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