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  •  Dell hasn't produced quality systems (3+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady, GrumpyOldGeek, Creosote

    in a decade.

    I'm not sure if it was the pressure to keep prices low or there was a change in their processes or suppliers but they went from having affordable, decent quality systems to shit.

    •  In defense of Dell (sort of) (2+ / 0-)
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      Most consumer grade computers and computer-like devices contain parts made by no more than a handful of large, subsidized, national manufacturers mostly located in the Asia/Pacific region.

      Many of Dell's products are assembled at the very same FoxConn sweatshops in China that assemble the iPhone, for example.

      In general, Dell has opted for building their stuff out of last year's (or earlier) technologies. This is a major cost savings for them.

      Their hardware and components are essentially the same stuff we see in most of the other consumer grade computer stuff. They originate in a small number of factories that operate under contract to many brand-name businesses.

      Puddy's computer was returned to the retailer for service, not through Dell apparently, and this retailer is staffed by random drunks hired from the bar next door, afaikt. This time, she promised to call Dell directly and demand a replacement. I'm hopeful that they'll resolve the issue.

      If a new computer is destined to have a failure somehow, it usually will fail within a short time. This happened. Lemons still show up from time to time. It's definitely not a typical experience.

      Me? I've got about a dozen computers that I use to meet various business needs. I've got three Dells in the network, but two are offline, mostly. One is a Dell laptop and it happens to be the newest in the collection. It's about 8-9 years old now. It's a crappy monitor, an unwieldy fragile case, a tempermental keyboard, and the batteries go bad quickly.  Can't even read some small fonts on the piece of junk. So I access the thing remotely.

      Besides, the price was right. Free.

      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 01:42:25 PM PST

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      •  Thank for the update, GOG. I hope Puddytat (1+ / 0-)
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        is able to get back online soon.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 01:35:22 PM PST

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