Ever since the Cupboard’s face got smashed in I’ve been asking friends and colleagues for advice on what I should do – what sort of computer I should get and when.
My UK friends give diverse advice which naturally mirrors their own preferences. Though the IT professionals quickly get side-tracked onto talking about virtual machines - getting terribly excited at the thought. They seem to run substantial Apples with dual-boot from which they control lots of virutal machines. Not really for me.
I’ve also been popping into local shops that sell computers - Currys, PC world, Comet, John Lewis . In these stores I get the pleasure of chatting to young handsome fellows who’re very excited about the prospect of being able to save up for an Apple iPad. Cute, but not actually too helpful for me – they aren’t good at ucovering my criteria and herding me towards one of their products. I’ve got wads of dosh in my pocket for something special, yet no-one’s selling to me. They’re selling to themselves. Most bizarre.
On the day that Windows 8 released I pootled along to Currys to play with a copy on their display machines. Everything started well:
- No queue outside the store of people waiting to get their sticky hands on the new fancy OS. Such good fortune. I do dislike all the jostling and the lack of diversity when everyone plumps for the same thing. Even the store’s Demo stand was enticingly empty. I felt good.
- 5 assistants all ready to help me and the other customer in the PC section of the store. wonderful. I do like having someone on hand to spend time chatting with me – especially if I’m planning on spending more than £200.
- A queue around the Apple stand. Baffling. Such ugly and expensive machines. Still not much choice – they’ve side-stepped having to make all the decisions that I’m about to take on…. which manufacturer, which processor type/size etc. More spacefor me to explore!
I wandered over to the windows 8 laptops that looked about the right size and design funkiness. Oh, a small blue one with ripples on the lid (Acer Aspire One). My first experience of Windows 8 was a message that says:
“Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC“
Oh how I laughed!
A young assistant noticed my standing looking at the computer, giggling, he swooped in and offered his help.
wendy: is this manufacturer installed windows 8 or a windows 7 machine that’s been upgraded in the store?
assistant: it came from the manufacturer with windows 8 on it
wendy: it’s not working, that’s not good on a demo machine is it?
assistant: it just means it didn’t shutdown properly, that’s all, I’ll just reboot it
I fell over
(no broken bones)