HiWired/LightFrog Flashback: What a difference a year makes

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HiWired/LightFrog Flashback: What a difference a year makes

This flash­back post stands up well because there is a rea­son why war­ranties are the length they are.


What a dif­fer­ence a year makes

When men­tion­ing my Inspirion 1150 in the past I’ve said it never gave me any trou­ble. My war­ranty ran out three weeks ago.

On Sat­ur­day I installed a friends copy of CIV IV to see if the graph­ics card of my lap­top could han­dle it and sad to say the wife will NOT be get­ting me it for Christ­mas (and as we’ve estab­lished I’m too cheap to buy a new pc just for a game).

This morn­ing I was com­ing into work early to cover for a friend, booted up my lap­top and rushed to do some­thing that was going to take 10 min­utes. I fig­ured no prob­lem, by the time I was back it would be booted and ready to log in. Instead I found a highly inter­est­ing blue screen of death.

If the prob­lem per­sists I might rein­stall the sys­tem files from the cd or run a sfc scan­now

I restarted the sys­tem and it came up but the tim­ing reminded me of this Day-​by-​Daycar­toon below.

day by day 10-23-2005.gif

Eric always buys extended war­ranties with lap­tops, I didn’t. We will soon see if he is right and I am toast.

Posted by Peter at Novem­ber 14, 2005 09:18 AM

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The Chris Muir Com­ment on that post is worth reprint­ing as well:

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Peter, as a prod­uct designer who is well-​versed with pro­duc­tion meth­ods, I can tell you for a fact that prod­ucts today are very care­fully engi­neered for a cer­tain amount of time and no more.

I can recall the good ol’ MaBell phones that would take a tank round before they’d break. No more, it’s all crap from China.

I thought I’d type this out quick like as the war­ranty on this Mac I’m using sta

Posted by: chris Muir at Novem­ber 14, 2005 12:22 PM

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ah mem­o­ries

This flashback post stands up well because there is a reason why warranties are the length they are.


What a difference a year makes

When mentioning my Inspirion 1150 in the past I’ve said it never gave me any trouble. My warranty ran out three weeks ago.

On Saturday I installed a friends copy of CIV IV to see if the graphics card of my laptop could handle it and sad to say the wife will NOT be getting me it for Christmas (and as we’ve established I’m too cheap to buy a new pc just for a game).

This morning I was coming into work early to cover for a friend, booted up my laptop and rushed to do something that was going to take 10 minutes. I figured no problem, by the time I was back it would be booted and ready to log in. Instead I found a highly interesting blue screen of death.

If the problem persists I might reinstall the system files from the cd or run a sfc scannow

I restarted the system and it came up but the timing reminded me of this Day-by-Daycartoon below.

day by day 10-23-2005.gif

Eric always buys extended warranties with laptops, I didn’t. We will soon see if he is right and I am toast.

Posted by Peter at November 14, 2005 09:18 AM

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The Chris Muir Comment on that post is worth reprinting as well:

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Peter, as a product designer who is well-versed with production methods, I can tell you for a fact that products today are very carefully engineered for a certain amount of time and no more.

I can recall the good ol’ MaBell phones that would take a tank round before they’d break. No more, it’s all crap from China.

I thought I’d type this out quick like as the warranty on this Mac I’m using sta

Posted by: chris Muir at November 14, 2005 12:22 PM

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ah memories