Sunday, January 07, 2007

Show Your ID Card To The Border Guard Part I

"Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people..."

So I crashed at 7:00 last night, which is why it's now 3:42am and I'm blogging. I guess I was just a tiny bit tired, although I would rather still be asleep right now. But, be that as it may, let's get bloggin'!!

I've been lazily surfing for the last hour or so, and found myself looking for used laptops, since Mrs. M is taking a writing course and would like one just to use as a word processor, and maybe a few games of Minesweeper, so it need not be anything fancy or powerful. I started with Craigslist.com, then looked for local used computer stores, and finally ended up on eBay. I found one seller who had a large selection of refurbished laptops, and a very complete warranty program, although their ad states quite clearly that they cannot warranty batteries, since most of them are several years old. I think that's more than fair when you are getting a decent laptop for less than $300. A few years ago I got burned by a bogus seller on eBay, so I now check the feedback listings as a matter of course. (if you've never eBayed, sellers and buyers leave feedback for each other rating the transaction. it can either be positive, negative, or neutral) This seller had 99% positive feedback, but had 7 negative comments left in the last month. So I checked to see what the nature of the complaints were, and all of them were people bitching that the batteries didn't work...well, and one idiot who complained that the DVD drive didn't work, and then was told that he had bought a computer that only had a CD drive. Now I know that a couple of you out there have to deal with The Public on a regular basis, and I just want to give you a huge, if insubstantial, hug. I keep thinking that there has got to be a way to get all of these pinheads to walk into wood chippers or something and save us from their stupidity. I really want to build a huge space ark, gather up the twenty or thirty smart people left on this rock, and set course for Alpha Centauri. Who's up for the ride?

Ok, I'm going to try to sleep now.

Marius


Addendum:
I had made reference to the famous tale of the former model who put contraceptive jelly on toast, ate it, and then sued when she got pregnant, but something told me to check more fully into that particular anecdote. Alas, t'was a Weekly World News article that somehow crawled into the mainstream media a few years ago, and is completely false.

"...I've got the pistols, so I get the pesos. And that seems fair!"

3 comments:

Turtle said...

Your alias says you're Captain Jean Luc Picard.... Funny that you, of all people, can get in a reference to morons, and Star Trek, all in one fell swoop...

Inasmuch as I have to deal with them on a day to day basis, I am still amazed of the level of stupidity that people are capable of...

Anonymous said...

I have a two year old dell that I will sell you CHEAP! The dang thing has a blown motherboard. No local shops will repair it so I call dell. 159 dollars to ship it to them. 500 bucks for the part. Any "undetermined" amount for labor.

The kick in the pants...My aunt-in-law is an exec with dell. she tells me that about 2-3 years back the company bought a bad batch of motherboards. The company new the dam things were bad but decided to do nothing because of the cost. She told me to do was to purchase from their business line (starting at 2k dollars). To make things better, she said when I was willing to buy another dell she could get me 10% off.

celebhith said...

I'm up for the ride. . .