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Computer Glitches [F.A.O., vega]

By Maurice · 93 replies
Apr 15, 2004
  1. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Thanks, RBS, can't lose now, can I ??

    Er, I THINK I've got it sussed, Bloomsday is a Dutch national day, am I correct?, [probably "Blaumentag" in German].....similar in Dutch?.....didn't do languages at school, wish I'd learnt German, many similar words in Dutch of course.
    Happy drinking,...... 'til August 1st?, WOW!!, a tolerant partner, obviously, bless her heart.
  2. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    Luck of the Irish? Yeh, lucky they didn't starve to death courtesy of you cold-hearted Englishmen;)

    Bloomsday is in regards to the Bloom character of Joyce's Ulyssees, no?

    Maurice, you ought to keep the computer you have now and tell the 'thechie' to enjoy your old one- at least it functions- warts, trojans and all.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  4. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Hey, hold on, little knowledge indeed!, can't an old fella take an educated [?] guess, without you lot arranging a lynch mob??
    No, you're right, both of yez, both with Irish connections, bet realblackstuff's partner would be highly insulted, don't tell your fiery colleen, RBS, or she'll sic the hobgoblins on to me, so she will!
    At the risk of more curses, did you know that Frankenstein's monster was Irish?.........Begorra* [big 'orror]
    *Origin, 19th century;- "by god"
    Think I'll close now while I'm still safe, [& that Chancellor may be lurking]

    P.S., Apparently it would be illegal to keep his laptop,Godataloss, it would be construed as "taking with intent to deprive the owner thereof" [ Iworked at a Solicitor's for a short while]
  5. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    I didn't suggest you steal it Maurice. It might not hurt your cause to suggest that you would stubbornly hold on to it until things are resolved to YOUR satisfaction. You English are so polite (unless you are busy plundering the Emerald Isle or some poor isolated Argentinians)- you need to hold this guy's feet to the fire! Besides, by the time your done with that laptop, it will be so full of viri and trojans, the guy won't want it back!:haha:
  6. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Godataloss;- Ho Ho
  7. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    If you guys are not too bored with my drawn-out repair saga, here is the latest development, let me explain first, the guy that my original techie passed my laptop to, phoned me, & told me of his his progress. As I believe I have said, he has fitted a fresh, working BIOS chip from another physically damaged laptop.
    Below is my reply to the original guy, in response to his query, [shown at the bottom of my reply, here];-

    Hallo Carl,
    Yes he did phone, he asked me to bring him up to date, I gave him the facts so far, & he said he would contact me again today, Wednesday, which he did, at 9a.m. He summed up the situation by asking me to give him 14 days maximum, at the end of which it would either be returned to me [via yourself] in A1 condition, or it would be deemed irrepairable. I agreed to this, saying that I hoped for all our sakes that a repair / restoration would be achieved.
    He seemed fairly optimistic that he would be able to restore it, but in the eventuality that he couldn't, he would not charge you, He ended by saying he would contact you.
    Let hope that he is successful, because if not, I am sure you understand that as far as I am concerned, this is the end of it, so, keep everything crossed, as I will.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Carl
    To: Maurice
    Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 9:11 AM
    Subject: Colin

    Hi Maurice

    Just wondering if Colin got in touch yesterday.

    Regards Carl...
  8. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Any further comments on the above latest development?
    Please give me your best "guesstimate", the waiting is killing me, & it is now 88 days & counting, [6 of which with the second repairer, Colin] I expect most of you think that I'm mad to let it go this far, but I don't know what else I could have done, I called him in, in good faith, this Colin now says that Carl is "not a trader", I take that to mean that he legitimately advertises as a Computer Engineer, but it doesn't mean that he is qualified, Colin, on the other hand runs a computer business of repute, relying on word of mouth for business.
    Incidentally, is the "no repair / no charge" policy universal?
  9. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    time to cut the crap.

    Send a registered letter (with a receipt for date/time of delivery by the PO) to your "techie".
    If you have not got your laptop (in working order) back within 5 working days after receipt of above letter, you will take legal action, the costs of which you will claim from said "techie".

    You do NOT have the patience of a Saint!
  10. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Cheers, realblackstuff, I'm giving him & this Colin 'til the end of the week,....... ninety days & counting.
  11. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    The latest news is that the first techie has agreed to pay for a new motherboard to be fitted by the guy he passed it on to, charging him a total of £200 - £300, including fitting.
    This was agreed by the three of us, he is getting off light, laptop m/boards usually come out at well over £450, [I've sussed this out]
    Also, the second guy runs his own business [I checked this out] dealing mainly with laptop repairs, he says that the new board is of somewhat higher spec than the old one.
    As you might guess, the original guy wriggled a bit, he gave me three alternatives; [1] I keep the loaned laptop, [2] he gets me a new one, higher spec etc., me paying half, or [3] fit the new m/board in mine.
    My immediate response was that I wanted mine back, repaired, & I am told that the latest date that I can expect it back with me is around ten days from today.
    I'm still suspicious [who could blame me?] so we'll see, now it's out of the first techie's hands, & the other guy will deliver it, & set it up, I think I now stand a better chance, but as they say, "it's not over until the fat lady sings" [no, Ive never understood that either!]

    P.S; realblackstuff, commiserations about the Euro 2004 match.
  12. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Glad this saga is coming to an end, even if it is a bit over the top cost-wise.
    An expensive lesson was learned here (i.e. check out the doctor, whose patient you want to become).

    PS: Holland deserved to lose, they were so lame, they even needed the other team to score an (own) goal for them!
  13. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Yes, RBS, I have learnt a lesson, but he was so plausable, + he did a good job on a previous occasion, a year previous, also he looked good, white shirt, no shaved head, [hate 'em!] no facial ornaments, & his whole "air" was encouraging, just shows how wrong you can be!
    Will let you know when all is back to normal, "many a slip, twixt cup & lip" as we Brits, [oops!] English say! better than the "fat lady" saying.
    By the way, you will know, have m/boards improved over the last couple of years, or is he fitting a better one to compensate me for the grief the other chap has given me, do you think?
    By the way, I like your attitude, re your home team, I am the same regarding Portsmouth, my home team, they have a habit of getting right to the top of the league, only to come crashing down, I'm amazed that they have hung on to where they are now!
    Thanks for your support all through this saga, as you get older, you need consistently sensible advice, not some half-witted teenager on TS screaming at you that you're some kind of *****! [guess who?]
    P.S., are you & your rig on the gallery?
  14. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Laptops being finicky as they are, you will probably get the same as the original mobo. If you are lucky, you may get an updated revision, or even something new(er and better) altogether.
    They have improved in leaps and bounds, although laptops are a bit more neglected than desktops.
    Top of the line for a laptop is currently Intel Centrino, but if you don't need wireless, the advantage is not too noticeable.
    Personally I dislike laptops, keyboard and screen too small, fiddly mouse, plus minimal extendability, unless you don't mind external devices.

    And what gallery are you talking about? (Link please)
  15. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Yes, he did mention that the new "mobo" [like that, learning more jargon!] is a newer version, come to think of it, as for laptops, I got one originally, due to limited space, [we haven't all got huge houses,......... only kidding!!]
    now I've extended the workstation top by some 30%, Ihave got room for a desktop with TFT, so I guess I'll sell the laptop, & go for that.
    As for the gallery, there is one on TS, I've been there & looked at several members & their homes/rigs, etc.,including Olefart's, I guess the link is just "Gallery", but I'm not sure, but it IS there somewhere, pretty interesting too!
  16. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

  17. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    There you go, RBS!........Maurice.

    STK, nice to "meet" you!......wow, 14 years old, & living in the Bronx, to an old [see my profile] Brit, living the quiet life on the Isle of Wight, [but I haven't always lived here] The Bronx conjours up movie images of a tough area to live, but perhaps that's now in the past?, anyway, welcome to a GREAT site, they have helped me out many a time with various things, also, it's nice to see you use your actual name, as do I.
    Maurice [Cole]
  18. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    Hmm, ok well ill explain it(the bronx). There is different parts of the Bronx, some good some bad(i think two are good like 10 bad hehe). Where I live is not too bad, its a pretty nice nieghborhood, but we are right next to a not-so-good part of the Bronx.

    I go to school right near my house, only leave the area to visit friends and such. I will be going to high school next year in Manhatten, but i will be taking the subway which runs through most of the bronx. So next year after a couple of train rides, ill happily fill you in on the rest of the bronx.

    Yes, I use my real name, I dont plan on doing anything illegal, and ill just hope that there arent any serial killers roaming the tech spot boards looking for some victims :p. Anything else your curious about the Bronx, let me know and ill tell you what i know.

    Most of the movies youve seen are probably pretty accurate, and when you said it was in the past, it is actually getting worse as time goes on. What movies have you seen that gave you a picture of the Bronx? hmm... im thinking of some accurate movies. If you have ever seen Hardball, that is acurate for the most part in some places in the Bronx. Give me the name of a movie and if I have seen it, i will tell you what i think of it compared to the Bronx in the "real" world, outside of hollywood.

    Yes Maurice nice to "meet" you also.
  19. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Eddie, thanks for your info on the Bronx, it's not alone as regards getting worse, most towns & cities in the U.K., are in a worse state than they were five years ago, crime wise etc.

    As you can see below, I did some investigation about the Bronx, I entered "bronx" on Google & went to various websites on their list, unemployment in the Bronx seems the highest in the New York area, & at over a million population, it's BIG!
    I hope you don't mind me looking at your area statistics, 'spect you well know that they're not that good, [that's NOT a criticism, just an observation] but it's your home, & that's what counts, & at least you don't have far to go to get to school, which is good for your safety.
    Can I say that you seem very well brought up, other U.S. youngsters on the Techspot site are not so polite to an old guy like me, my late wife & I couldn't have children, & although I'm in my 70's, I have a young mind, & always have a good rapport with the younger generation

    A friendly word of caution, TS doesn't encourage chat on forums, I have been admonished before, by one of their administrators, because I, & two others went on for a few days talking about irrelevant things, I'd like to chat more about our lives, perhaps we could do it, using the private messages facility, if that's OK with you, we could learn quite a lot about each other, our lives, background etc, & it might even be useful at your school, for a project?
    Talk later, Maurice. [read on]
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    541-549 E 138th Street, Bronx NY 10454
    Tel: (718) 742-5770 Fax: (718) 742-5772



    Toxic Tour

    Statistics & Facts

    Public Housing
    Toxic Release Inventory Sites
    Water Non-Compliance Sites
    Waste Transfer Stations
    Air Quality Monitoring
    About This Site

    The following statistics were gathered from various sites to highlight effects of the cycle of poverty within the South Bronx.

    Hundreds of studies and millions of dollars spent on community programs have failed to alleviate poverty in communities like the South Bronx. On the contrary, in some cases community programs have instead increased poverty for the local residents. The question remains: Who is in charge of what, and where do we begin in order to alleviate the negligence prevelant in our neighborhoods? Who will step forward to end the vicious cycle of poverty? The reality is that as residents of these communities, it is our responsibility to step forward and take part in the development process if we want to see positive change take place.

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    Total Population: 1,195,599 (estimate as of 7/1/98)
    Median household income: $22,225 (state average: $33,805)

    National: 4.2%
    New York State: 5.1%
    New York City: 7.8%
    Westchester County: 3%
    Bronx Conunty: 9.8%

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    People of all ages in poverty: 368,690
    2,846,213 15.8%
    People under age 18 in poverty: 174,299
    1,177,720 25.4%
    Related children age 5-17 in families in poverty: 119,993
    764,401 23.7%


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