an analogyI guess my feelings may be summed up with an analogy. Lets say I wanted to buy a new car. We'll say something like a low-end BMW or something. Soooo...I buy the car and I love it...it is fast and handles well and it is all I hoped for. I then try a new gasoline (WinXP SP2) which is recommended by all other auto manufacturers (including BMW) and it blows out the fuel filter. But that's ok....I know how to replace the filter (BIOS) and it's just a minor inconvenience because I own a BMW.
Everything goes well for awhile. Life is good when you own a low-end BMW.
Then my brakes (hinges), which were guaranteed for 10 years, go out after only 4 months. Isn't that crazy. Well, I have driven it pretty hard and some of these problems are to be expected with a car, after all, it is a mid to low end BMW. I am a little frustrated, however.
A month later I am driving with some pretty girl in my car (as will happen in a low-end BMW) and the windshield falls out (screen flicker). It is like it wasn't even glued in or anything. I am able, however, to maneuver the windshield back in place but it happens every time I drive the car. The girl is underimpressed.
I am driving with my lovely wife (she recovered from the windshield scare) about 2 months later and the car stalls. Hmmm...that is strange. Tow truck to my favorite mechanic and find out my engine block is cracked (vid card hardware corruption) after 6 months of ownership.
I don't care if it is a BMW or Honda or Yugo and even if I was the only one to experience this problem. I would not purchase from this manufacturer for a long time to come...if ever again.
I didn't even mention the unusual knick in my windshield (burnt/dead pixel)which is a risk of driving on the roads these days.
This is where I am coming from. I don't care if the engine in my BMW was manufactured by Peugeot, or if other cars have worse problems. It says BMW on the back of the car and they are responsible for the quality. I am just a dumb american consumer of computers and maybe someday a low-end BMW.
Please accept a little latitude for my analogy. I know that all aspects may not match up perfectly. It is a little early in the morning for me still.
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