Sunday, 22 February 2015

Interesting Laptop Go Between


Overheard at Curry's PC World (Hay is buying a new laptop):

Salesman: "You can buy it over 6 months interest free."

Hay: "Interest free? That might be worth doing."

Salesman: "There's a £25 admin fee."

Hay: "But if the laptop is £550 and the admin fee is £25 and it's over 6 months, that's nearly 10% APR equivalent, which is more than I get charged by my bank for a real loan."

Salesman: Silence.

It was sold with Windows 8 and Office 365. It took her about 6 hours to set it up and I think she was on the verge of taking it back or killing me. Gone are the days of unpacking a computer and it working straight from the box.

If Hay's laptop is anything to go by, I suspect there is going to be a huge swathe of 60 plus people who will be using Windows XP for the next 20 years, rather than go through the torture that is Windows 8.

Talking of interest, was watching Harold Pinter's 1971 film 'The Go Between' on TV yesterday (before losing interest in it) and noticed some obvious howlers. The film is set in 1900 (some say 1902), but:

  1. There was a shot of Norwich railway station emblazoned with 'British Railways Norwich Railway Station'; British Railways wasn't created till 1948.
  2. In another shot there was a very obviously late 1950s Bentley posing as a 1902 Bentley; Bentley wasn't created till 1919.
Alan Bates had a really ridiculous line - he said; "Can I trust you?" to a 13 year old boy he'd recently met. Never mind about a 13 year old boy being the most untrustworthy object on the planet, but the question itself is meaningless, as how do you know it's answered honestly?


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  1. Windows 7 is a stable platform. We buy laptops that either come with it as standard or can be 'downgraded' easily.

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    1. Roger - 4 stutters! Was that written from a Win 7 system?

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    2. No, Android tablet :-) sorry about that.

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    3. No, Android tablet :-) sorry about that.

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    4. No, Android tablet :-) sorry about that.

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  5. Your wife would have saved herself a lot of time and frustration if she had bought a MacBook Air.

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    1. I agree with regard to setup, but I had one a couple of years ago and had to get rid of it. It just wasn't compatible with the way I work, became a frustration and slowed me down enormously. Also they're far too expensive and I didn't appreciate being held hostage to iTunes.

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