October 25th, 2013


I admit up front this isn't the most balanced and mature reaction

So it was a hardware problem, bugger it all. Crapped out hard drive. I am unimpressed with this, since upon digging around in my old receipts I discovered that it is 9 days out of warranty - just over a year old.

This is the point where someone is almost guaranteed to pipe up "Consumer Guarantees Act!"

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I guess what I can take from that is that it doesn't actually matter what manufacturer I buy from, it's a lottery. Therefore asking for recommendations is pointless. And yeah, I'm probably being cranky and curmudgeonly about this, and not cutting slack for people just trying to be helpful. But imagine yourself going to, say, buy new tyres for your car, and asking for recommendations for all-terrain ones. And then instead of recommendations, people start saying "Tyres are manufactured in India" or "You should get your car serviced regularly." Er, thanks?

I don't respond well to that sort of thing. I probably have a chip on my shoulder from a lifetime of being assumed ignorant based on gender. Or maybe I'm just a giant know-it-all. Sue me.

In other news, we have a Will. Or we will have one if his plane doesn't get blown to Antarctica instead. He's supposed to land at lunchtime and it's a fair bet that he'll be at Fidel's tonight. I am looking forward to Will-hugs.