Sunday, April 05, 2009

A Long and winding road...


Thanks for giving the P-Man such a warm reception after such a lengthy absence...boy time does fly when all you do is eat, sleep, chase the occasional catnip mouse, sit on sunny window sills and look amazingly cute :)

So while we wait for the Lace and Rib Tee to make it's debut I thought I would share a little long overdue, triumphant story with my long suffering standing readers at Chez FKD...

For the last three years I've had an ongoing battle with the evil Gateway to make good on the POS (piece of shit) computer that cost me major bucks and was nothing but a lemon from the minute it came out of the box...

To whit, in 3 years time the thing had nine hard drives, four mother boards, 4 processors, 4 video cards and the memory replaced 5 times...plus I had no less than 10 "experts" come to my home to try and remedy the problems (I purchased the in home/total replacement insurance plan) with other assorted remedies and doodads.

And the computer would work wonderfully for a few months and then bite the dust once again.

Luckily throughout all this I had a back up....My first laptop, purchased in 2000 when Gateway was still a reputable company with with quality product. I LOVED my Solo 9300 and never ceased to be amazed by the fact that a NINE YEAR OLD COMPUTER not only worked like a dream but with a wi-fi card became a WIRELESS LAPTOP. Imagine Gateway back then was so forward thinking that I could go wireless with a laptop that was built when wireless wasn't even a gleam in Bill Gate's eye, hehehe...

Well unfortunately, my well loved and well used Solo 9300 met her demise back in January :( I still miss her.

And my jury-rigged POS Gateway was still limping along. I could see the writing on the wall (finally!) and even tho my POS Gateway was under warranty until January 2010 I was tired of the fight....

Yes, I kept writing my letters to the CEO but knew in my heart of hearts it was time to let go, move on and buy a new and reliable computer. As a side note, in the interim, Gateway was purchased by Acer and no longer does ANY retail sales. Personally, I think that is a commentary on our present economic state....a reputable company sold out for the $$ and quality went out the window but that's for a whole different post/rant/blog ;)

So I started looking around but I was worried I would have to make a purchase "under pressure" because my POS Gateway was so unreliable...but that's a major purchase that I didn't want to make under duress. Then two really incredible things happened....

The first was I discovered the Netbook! It's like a Blackberry on steroids and is just the cutest little computer EVER! I figured I needed a back up just in case my POS gave up the ghost and at least I could maintain Net access with minimal $$ outlay (and maximal cuteness) and always use it for storage and total portability while I leisurely searched for my perfect new "main" computer! For those not familiar with a Netbook, it's a mini-computer with all the bells and whistles of a bigger computer except an optical drive (no CD/DVD player - but you can buy an external one, I did!) plus it runs on WINDOWS XP!! :)

I researched them thoroughly and went with the MSI Wind 120. It has a crystal clear 10 inch screen, an ergonomic keyboard (the largest on the market - gotta save those wrists for knitting!) a 160 Gig HD and it is fast as the wind...I ♥ my lil mini!

Then amazing occurrence #2...Gateway FINALLY came thru and sent me a brand new computer!!!! YAY!!!! It's a 16 inch screen media center, 320 gig HD, and it works like a charm....and the operating system is Vista which I heard all sorts of horror stories about but guess what....I LOVE IT! So after much ado (and anguish and persistence) I give you: Esperanza ( Hope in Spanish, heh ) and Adam.....


Now I realize Esperanza is STILL a Gateway so I'm saving my $$ and looking around and mostly waiting til Windows 7 is released so I can decide if I want a window based OS or go with a Mac Book...but for now, life is sweet :)

Even the P-Man is calm and relaxed, see?


Be back soon with the Lace Tee....off to play with my lovely computers! :)

19 comments:

Carole Knits said...

Fingers crossed for both of your new computers! I have a mini, too, and I love it.

meezermeowmy said...

DH (the computer geek)says "Gateway was NEVER a reputable product...you got lucky with the laptop."

I say I'd never have bet on this outcome, but I'm very happy for you.

Leslie said...

It was probably Acer trying to make it right and get you off the books, but good for you. I will hold hope in my heart that Esperanza (can't hold Esperanza there as she's in FL and I'm in MA) will give you years of trouble free service.

It's all due to P-man of course. Just as Bob makes Ravelry work, P-man brings good things to chez FKD.

Marji said...

Am I the only person on the planet who has no problems with Vista? I have a Gateway laptop and it has been super. I must be living in an alternate universe.

KnitNana said...

Whoohoo! Two new babies.
I'll keep fingers crossed and hope the computer gods smile down on you, b/c no one deserves it more.

I love the baby one. Hmmm...You are such an enabler.
;)
I saw a P-Man look-alike at the Crafty Cat show this past weekend...I just wanted to give him smooches...
But I'll have to make do with
((((((Hugs)))))))

Donna S. said...

Well I'm happy for you!! Hope this one is a good one. I have not had one problem with Vista but I don't blog & do that sort of thing!!

KSee said...

What a horror story that finally had an acceptable solution. Too bad it has taken 3 years. Love the names and seeing that they sit and play well with one another. P-Man is just the cutest at rest.

Knitting Granny said...

Woo Hoo! So glad (surprised) that you (finally) got some satisfaction from Gateway/Acer...

I can't wait to see the Lacy Tee!
Hey, P-Man...I'm sending scritches your way.

ms stacy said...

Macbook Macbook Macbook Macbook Macbook Macbook Macbook Macbook you'll wonder why you waited so long

Ingrid said...

Wholeheartedly agree with ms stacy,
Mac is the only way to go!!!
Started eons ago with the iMac, now enjoy - actually love, love, love - my MacBookPro

Agnes said...

Finally! So happy for the new development!
BTW, do give some serious thoughts to a Mac Book ... I love using mine (my husband's actually ... but everything he owns belongs to me too ... LOL!). And it is super super fast! Very few problem. But there is shortcoming ... some programs will never support Mac system!

Batty said...

Wow, wonder of wonders. A new computer! And P-Man looks like he's about to start tramping that blanket.

WandaWoman said...

I'm so happy that Gateway/Acer came through with a new laptop. My goodness, this saga has been going on forever, as I know you know. And I'm glad that you have a backup, the netbook, so you seem to be set either way.

Kerry said...

I think the problem these days is that companies just don't build things to last. They know that they will break and then they can see the colour of our money again sooner rather than later. It's just a money making scam. If it were anything else I wouldn't have had 3 washing machines in the last 2 years lol.

Fingers crossed for a bit of longevity for your pc's. I must look into the notebook style. As long as I can get Facebook and Ravelry then I would be happy.

Madge said...

Sa-weet. Two new beauties to play with. Bet you're having some much deserved fun after the HORROR of the last three years.

And didn't I tell you to get a MacBook? Don't you listen, woman? Hee. Well, think about it; the lack of viruses alone is worth the extra $$.

Happy computing!

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

La Cabeza Grande said...

I'm having Netbook envy, thank you very much :o)

Congratulations on your David vs. Goliath victory, even though the fight took 3 years!

Knitting Granny said...

P-man, did you get the scritches I sent earlier? Now I want you to go find your Fluffy and give her some serious Kitty Kisses. Tell her I miss her!

Carol said...

Well Hell done froze over! You finally got a PC from them!