I bought myself a new laptop yesterday.
My old laptop has given wonderful service over the years but has now reached the end of it’s useful service. I bought it in 2007, and it has been used just about every day of the working week since, so, I’ve had my money’s worth out of it.
I’ve tried to keep it going, but there’s only so much I can do with it’s diminutive hard drive and it’s intermittent Wi-Fi connection. And it just about breathed it’s last gasp over the weekend, so I needed a new one quick.
So, I looked around for a new one on t’internet. Buying online was out, as I needed it sharpish, and so, having narrowed my choices down to three, and having inevitably increased my budget by 30% I went up to our local Currys/PC World store to have a look at them in the
Having spent a good half hour or more, playing around with the display models and doing like for like comparisons, I put them in order of preference: the Toshiba, then the HP and finally the Lenovo. There wasn’t much in it and looking at the specs, either one would be several times better than my old machine.
Eventually, I managed to collar a disinterested assistant and sent him off to get me a Toshiba machine.
He came back with that Sorry-it’s-out-of-stock look on his face. “Sorry. It’s out of stock”, he said.
“OK, I’ll take the HP instead”, I said, before he could scarper off. He came back a minute later with the same look.
“Alright”, I said, “I’ll have the Lenovo.”
“Already checked… that’s out of stock too”, he said.
“Is it?” I said, rhetorically. “Not much of a laptop shop is it really?” . “Finest in the district, Sir” .”It’s the only one in the fucking district, that’s why!” ”OK”, I said, “I’ll try somewhere else.”
Back home, Mrs Masher – not slow on recognising an opportunity when she sees it – suggested we try Milton Keynes. “It’s a bigger store and they’ll probably have a wider range”, she said. By now, I’d lost interest, but agreed to it and so we all jumped in the car and drove there – having to first visit the shoe shop and then the new Marks & Spencer store!
But, she was right, it was a bigger store. However, they had exactly the same range. The staff were more attentive though and I soon had a young chap eager to serve me. “I want either this one, this one or this one”, I said pointing them out to him, having already explained that I’d come all this way because the shoddy Luton store was out of stock of everything.
He disappeared to the other end of the store and was gone for ages before finally returning. “We have just the one Lenovo in stock”, he said, “Don’t know why Luton said they had none, because I’ve checked their stock and they have two there.”
Anyway, I now have it. But it’s rubbish. You cannot buy a new laptop nowadays without it having Windows 8 on it. And I can’t get my head round it. Maybe it just takes a bit of getting used to, but at the moment I really hate it.
Windows Hate it should be called.