WHAT NOT TO DO WHILE RUNNING DIAGNOSTICS – Marilyn Armstrong

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 DELL DONE ME IN – 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

THE AGENTS IN THE DELL – A THURSDAY RANT

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

THE AMBIVALENCE OF A NEW COMPUTER

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

ASK A SIMPLE QUESTION, GET A SIMPLE — WRONG — ANSWER

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

To try Windows 8.1 or not … THAT is the question!

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!

A Nifty 10″ Tablet: The XPS 10 is a sweet machine

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

So I ordered another one: Dell Inspiron 14Z Ultrabook

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

Notes to Self (While Running System Diagnostics)

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)