Why is my computer freezing and sending me blue screens? I guess I should run some system diagnostics. I ran them recently and I was assured everything is hunky dory. If it's so hunky and dory, why does it keep freezing? FREEZE! No, Marilyn! You cannot run diagnostics while surfing. Bad Marilyn. MORE FREEZING! No. You must … Continue reading WHAT NOT TO DO WHILE RUNNING DIAGNOSTICS – Marilyn Armstrong
How a vague idea became real when the company you loved gives you the final boot. Dell, Apple, and why Apple has finally won the endless war. I have been buying Dell computers for more than 20 years. Not only have I always loved how Dell's were made, but they lasted a long time. On … Continue reading HOW DELL DONE ME IN – Marilyn Armstrong
I wasn't going to bother to write this because you've heard it before. And you'll hear it again. The same old sad story. Dell makes some amazing computers -- yet they have what must be the worst customer service on the planet. I do not see how it could be worse. It is so bad on so … Continue reading THE AGENTS IN THE DELL – A THURSDAY RANT
We all want cool toys. The latest (hugest) iPhone. The hot sports car. We want all of it. Now, please. For this, the credit card was invented. I believe after the world ends and only cockroaches remain, Visa will still be sending threatening letters to cardholders. The price tag is part of my ambivalence even though I … Continue reading THE AMBIVALENCE OF A NEW COMPUTER
I bought a small Dell tablet that I hope will serve a purpose ... something compact that I can use to connect to the larger world, but tuck in my bag for quick excursions when I'm not going to be processing photos or writing posts for my blog. It has been ordered, but not yet … Continue reading ASK A SIMPLE QUESTION, GET A SIMPLE — WRONG — ANSWER
I've given this thought. I reviewed the video from Microsoft. I read the FAQ. I've read the articles in ZDNet and anything else that seems to have detailed information. I watched the video a second time. I read the email you sent me and looked at the poll results. I still can't find any advantage for … Continue reading Try Windows 8.1? I think not.
I got an email from Microsoft asking me if I would like to try the new Windows 8.1. It came out in Beta today. I am not, as you probably know if you've been following me for a while, thrilled about Windows 8. I like Windows 7 and can't see a single reason why Microsoft can't … Continue reading To try Windows 8.1 or not … THAT is the question!
Last week, in the wee hours of the morning ... the darkest hours before the dawn ... I ordered a Dell XPS 10 tablet that runs on Windows RT. Windows RT is not Windows 8, though they certainly belong to the same family. Kissing cousins. RT was designed as an operating system for a tablet. … Continue reading A Nifty 10″ Tablet: The XPS 10 is a sweet machine
Inspiron 14z Ultrabook™ Non-Touch I was surprised at the large number of the bad reviews the 14Z has gotten. That has not been my experience with this computer. After reading all the bad reviews, I believe I have a better grasp of the issues. Perhaps it's unwise to automatically believe every reviewer. There was one … Continue reading So I ordered another one: Dell Inspiron 14Z Ultrabook
Pointy shoes hurt When I was a young woman, I refused to wear pointy shoes. They hurt my feet. It took some hunting, but I found round-toed shoes. I wore comfortable sandals, even having them made for my feet -- simple, flat and strappy. I owned boots with square toes made in England or Australia. … Continue reading Gadget saturation.
Why is my computer freezing and sending me blue screens? I guess I should run some system diagnostics. I ran them a month ago and it said everything is hunky dory. If it's so hunky and dory, why does it keep freezing? (FREEZE!!) NO, Marilyn! You cannot run diagnostics while surfing. Bad Marilyn. (FREEZE!!) NO you cannot … Continue reading Notes to Self (While Running System Diagnostics)
People talk about favorite things. Usually, they say stuff like "sunshine on a spring morning." Nice, but intangible. Or, at the opposite end of the spectrum, "My 8 TB gaming PC with 128 gigs of Ram so I can play really cool games." Get a life. Of course there always the classics, like "The smell of … Continue reading A Happy Place