Talk like a pirate day
This is an infomercial that was done for "Talk Like a Pirate Day" on Sept 19th 2012:
Ahoy! Matey’s Ken Davison Med IT
This be a picture o’ t’ screen on a $500 5 moon old bilge rat from HP wi’ a disk that heaved to. In order t’ get this repaired under warranty ye’ll want to start wit’ some grog then ye will be havin t’ contact HP via online chat, figure ou’ how t’ run this diagnostic test, give them t’ 24 digit failure ID, wait up t’ 48 hrs fer them t’ call ye t’ get yer credit card as collateral, receive t’ new drive, remove t’ old one, install t’ new one, reinstall windows (ye’ll need yer windows disk) move yer data back (if ye be havin aftup) then send t’ old drive back. This will take about 2 hours or more an’ yo ll be loaded to the gunalls by then. Be t’ cheap computer worth it? Med IT recommends this beauty instead, a Toshiba Tecra which comes wi’ a 3 voyage warranty on accoun’ o’ in t’ electronics field warranty is aprx = t’ life expectancy. 2 other lesson t’ learns here be that a new computer don’ mean it won’t fail and make sure ye have aftup.
This is a picture of a failed hard drive test on a 5 month old HP 2000 laptop. The laptop sells for $499 at Best Buy. Yes the drive is covered under warranty but first you have to run this diagnostic test and get the error code, then contact HP via online chat, next they will call you in 24 to 48 hrs to take your credit card number as collateral. Then they send you the hard drive with instructions on how to replace it. Once that is done you have to take the old one to the courier and send it back. So was the price of the computer worth it? You’ve taken up at least 1.5 hours of your time and your computer is down for a week.
Buy a computer with a 3 year warranty, like this Toshiba Tecra, so that you get better quality and save the aggravation.
Another lesson here is that a new computer doesn’t mean you can stop doing backups.