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Oz1200Guzzi
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PostSubject: Ripped Off Blind   Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:05 pm

In 1999, I started a job in which I received a brand new Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop computer - this was state of the art, top end equipment at the time. Well, it died last weekend (sorry Harry) and no matter what I try, nothing will resurrect it.

Originally shipped with Windows 98, Upgraded to NT4, and I finished up with Windows 2000 (with a brief stint of Windows XP - way too slow) on it. This has been my GuzziDiag computer for a while, and has done great work, not only for me but for others as well (Gidday Mr Bob).

So today I purchased a replacement - an Acer for $298 from JB HiFi - way different to the $12,000 spent on the original laptop. Only have to wait 5-7 days for delivery. This is a web only deal and if anyone is thinking of purchasing, now would be a good time, methinks. I have made my peace with Windows 8.1 (this very desktop I am using has it) by disabling the bloody surface type desktop (pile of shyte).

Instead of a bootup taking around 5 minutes, this new puppy should be seconds... Bring it on!
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:45 pm

It's all Greek to me, and fancy that, a computer worth more than my bike.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:25 am

sounds like you got your moneys worth out of that old lap top, good luck with the new one
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:08 pm

You think so??^^^^^^^^^^
That computer cost him $625 a month for the last 16 years!!!! Ouch!!
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:10 pm

Math much?

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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:17 pm

Steak wrote:
Math much?
Oops! forgot the punctuation...
$62.5 Very Happy Very Happy
Still a bunch of money over all those years.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:19 pm

Grisonut wrote:
Steak wrote:
Math much?
Oops! forgot the punctuation...
$62.5 Very Happy Very Happy
Still a bunch of money over all those years.

Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:26 pm

My Toshiba Satellite here, cost me $325 in April 2011.

I remember buying an HP in 2000 for $800.
The most expensive I saw that day was $1500 or so...
Still a far cry from $12K though.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:32 pm

BTW, I didn't pay for it (the original) - so a bonus there.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:43 pm

Oz1200Guzzi wrote:
BTW, I didn't pay for it (the original) - so a bonus there.

It's a good thing for sure.
Even as a write off for work related duty, it's was a mega expense for a lap top...
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:21 am

you disabled the Surface type desktop???
Say it isn't so!!!!!!!! j/k

I HATE that Surface desktop. My daughter bought a computer for the home and I would NOT touch it until she disabled that Surface style horse shit.
Windows 8. barf.

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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:52 am

Grisonut wrote:
You think so??^^^^^^^^^^
That computer cost him $625 a month for the last 16 years!!!!  Ouch!!

considering that the laptop lasted that long and was work provided and did not cost 625 a month IMHO he got his use out of it, his work might believe different but that's on them
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:52 am

I remember buying a desktop PC circa 1993/4 on which I dropped in excess of $5K. $1k of that was an upgrade to a CAVERNOUS 1GB SCSI hard drive...

A few weeks ago I bought 32GB Ultra PLUS microSDHC UHS-1 card for about $29 USD. It's about the size of a fingernail...

Technology marches on. Lesson being that I will never, ever again pay a premium for bleeding edge hardware. It's almost always obsolete in a year and available at half the price!

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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:59 pm

The thing that KILLS me about all this "cavernous" memory is How Much CRAP gets loaded on the new PCs and phones.
Keep that crap out of my device!!!!!!!
Stop overloading my device memory for Heaven's Sake!

Rant Over.

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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:43 am

New laptop left Melbourne today - waiting, waiting, waiting.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:36 am

Oh No
I think my bad luck, and I have a lot of it has rubbed off on Tony's laptop.
Tony kindly offered to help me with my GRiSO and my laptop.
As soon as he said he'd help, BANG goes old faithful.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:52 pm

New laptop arrived yesterday. So far I have stripped out all the guff that ships these days, downloaded GD, TunerPro and LogWorks, and in the process of applying Microsoft updates (all 67 of them).

At the rate I am going I might even get to test on my bike sometime on the weekend...
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:24 am

you said "new"? If it's new shouldn't the updates be current?
I'm just sayin.......

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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:36 am

DungeonMaster wrote:
you said "new"? If it's new shouldn't the updates be current?
I'm just sayin.......

The image to make all the drives are constructed weeks / months before shipping. When any computer arrives it'll be out of date. Microsoft releases patches at least once a month ("Patch Tuesday" Smile). Some are stability / bug fixes, some are security fixes. Not sure of Apple's policy. Linux patches becomes available as ready.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:53 am

oh. ok. I will have to try to find a different angle to be annoying.

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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:55 pm

Talking about being ripped off: this video about Apple's new MacBook is one of the funniest I have seen lately:

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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:45 pm

Thanks bioman! Priceless! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:39 am

Give the guy a virtual coconut
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:26 pm

He's good...
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PostSubject: Re: Ripped Off Blind   Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:44 am

Well not everything with computers is getting cheaper. I build my computer here 2.5 year ago, an i5.
I thought, what does it cost to put more memory in, so I looked for the same I bought 2.5 year ago. It turns out the ram is almost double the price I paid then. And most other parts are still available, and are more expensive as I paid at that time. So building the same computer would cost more today. Only thing thats cheaper is the SSD.
I've added this week another SSD, 1Tb as data drive, so I'm all SSD now. After 2.5 year it is still a fast pc. Few years ago, after that time I would lust for a new one because it's slow. Now the Hyper V starts from the new ssd, a virtual machine with windows 10 starts in two seconds.
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