Monday, January 01, 2007

Dude, I hope you are not getting a Dell

I don't have time to go into details, but for the second time in two months I find myself having to ship my Dell laptop off to be serviced. My wife is finding out via the Internets that a lot of people with our (now discontinued) model have had similar problems. Extremely frustrating.



Blogger Sean McDaniel said...

time to open the wallet a mac.

12:27 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

We have a mixed Mac/PC marriage. Currently we have no Mac (well, I still have my old iMac) but I certainly am open to getting one in the future. Still, I'd rather not have to replace a computer that is only two years old.

Hey, WTAE had a reporter follow a Port Authority bus in McKeesport. There were four stops within .3 miles on the same route. (For those following at home, during a previous post about Port Authority bus routes, Sean noted the absurdity of the frequent stops.)

8:16 PM

Blogger Dell Customer Advocate said...

If you still needed help with your notebook please let me know. I would like to make sure that whatever problem you are having with the computer gets fixed as soon as possible.

I am also more than happy to answer questions, if you had any.


11:52 AM

Blogger djhlights said...

I agree with Sean since I am so fed up with the dells of the windows based pc world I am dropping the bucks and buying a macbook after MacWorld opens this week.

As for that WTAE report, did you notice how many sidewalks were directly adjacent in the video footage of those stops? It explains a lot as to why there were that many stops. Not to justify it, but it makes more sense than how it was reported.

11:32 PM

Blogger Sean McDaniel said...

Damn, I was trying to swear off logging on to the blogging world. But the bus stop comment got me.

It kills me that I can pedal a bike from Bellevue to Downtown faster than any of the 3-4 bus routes that travel along the California/Brighton Avenue corridors...and that includes my riding the bike trail along the Ohio River from the old Western Pen — which adds about .5 of mile to my trip compared to the bus.

Damn you, Potts.

5:07 AM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...


They may not have picked the best example. I can tell you that in Brookline, on routes with relatively level streets and sidewalks that are well-maintained, there are also frequent stops. I can pick up one of three stops for the 41D (like every other Brookline route, set to be cut by the Port Authority) all within about 200 yards of my house. On Pioneer Avenue, even on the flat portions, there are two stops within a block on certain portions of the 41A route. (Also to be cut.)

The Oakland buses that travel on Forbes Avenue stop at Craig Street, then at Hamburg Hall, then at Morewood, and then at Beeler.

The great thing about having a bus system, as opposed to light rail, is its flexibility. You can have neighborhoods with frequent stops, if the topography and the demographics (high elderly population) demands it. But it seems a recurring pattern throughout the system.

6:10 PM

Blogger djhlights said...


More importantly, with the ability of the MAC OS to boot windows via parallels or boot camp try and push the plunge to the world of MAC. For my design work, my CAD and lighting dbases are in windows format since the Public had those. I prefer Vectorworks and now I have the flexibility of both. Now that I can do both, it makes the decision a whole lot easier for me. Also every “hum head/noise boy” who is stuck with Microsoft due to software integration with consoles will tell you all day that dell sucks and you get what you pay for. It’s under the same logic as to why Bose doesn’t have equipment on tour or in theaters. Sound geeks may be a bit annoying for us backstage, but damn they know their gear.

As for my comments, don't get me wrong. I agree with you regarding public transportation and I have my own issues such as the stop at Murray and Wightman along Forbes in Squirrel Hill. It inevitably leaves people behind because the bus loads up full at the Forbes and Murray just a block up the street. For all of the college/grad students who get passed over, you would think that they would learn some common sense and go up a block. Oakland is a nightmare for those just trying to get downtown via the 61’s or the 71’s. The Southside was the same when I lived there. Stops at 12th, 13th, and 14th was a running joke for every 51.

What I find interesting is that the local media consistently uses cases that are poor examples to try and make a sensational story?. It doesn't help the case for reform, belittles the issue, and ends up turning people away from the real issue.

I first noticed it after talking with a union brother. We run the Teleprompters at TAE and he gave me a heads up. This is a blue collar guy who feels the same way we do and looks at the footage and goes, "Where's the sidewalk?" How many people look at like he does? More people are critical of the local media than they let on. It doesn’t say much about the local media that they can't see the same thing?

12:57 AM

Blogger Sean McDaniel said...

This bus talk is making me crazy. There's a stretch on California Avenue, just before it merges into Rt. 65, where the bus stops 4 times in .2 of a mile...and there aren't houses on one side of the road.

What's even watching the bus stop at each of the stops to let off that lazy bastards who can't walk from one stop to the other...or points between.

10:08 PM


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