This has no menaing beyond myself, but I have to voice this out! I have a co-worker that asked me for advice on buying a second computer, as I am earning my Bachelor's in Network Admin. To categorize him in a short phrase- A cheap bastard! He is the only person I know who will take his wife out to eat at the Hometown Buffet for their Anniversary. Anyway, I digress.... After asking whether or not to buy a "new" laptop on E-bay, I told him that I wouldn't do it. You never know what you're getting, if you get it at all! But he kept telling me about how this is a "new computer", and that he will be getting the manufacturer's warranty, and that it will only cost $300. I asked him what brand, and what the specs were, and his response was it's a new Dell laptop, it has Windows XP, and it comes with a wireless card. I showed him some decent inexpensive computers, Sony's, even (gulp) HP's for next to nothing. Well, they were too expensive was his reaction. I should have given up at this point, but I was persistent in showing him alternatives. I did a lot of research- logging in many man hours in between my studies and everything else that keeps my life chaotic. He still bought the damn thing from e-bay. It arrived yesterday, and he brought it in to work. This is what he bought: This "NEW" Dell Laptop was a never-been-used Latitude CI that Has a Pentium II 300Mhz, 6GB HD, 128mb RAM, no ethernet connector, and a interchangeable Floppy/CD Rom. The battery is rated at 1 hour, and I don't know how it got loaded w/ Win XP Home- The sticker on the lappy was originally loaded w/ Win 98. I guess that I am posting this as a reminder to people that try and be good samaritans.... DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!! Save yourself the headache, and let morons be morons! Thank you for listening to my rant. I feel better now....
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9/8/05 at 4:04am