atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#280: The punchline from the Great Computer Upgrade Debacle of 2007

Gateway is selling this computer for $500. Add $80 for a sound card and $90 for shipping, and it's $670...which is $50 less than the total I had into my little project.

I still have the copy of Vista, of course, but it would actually cost me more to get this Gateway without an OS.

So, as soon as Fry's finishes crediting my account with the funds from the returned hardware, guess where it will go?

Dell doesn't have anything as nice for the price. It's a pity, because I could get a discount on the Dell through work...if they had something I wanted. Naturally the discount isn't big enough to pay for the features I want, nor is it big enough to convince me that I don't really need those features. I think it's like 10% on "selected models", which is about as useful to me as a kick in the tailbone.

And, in fact, Target Corporation has already slapped me in the face. This week was open enrollment for benefits, and due to the way I was scheduled in January, I got utterly fucking screwed on my health and dental insurance. Basically they started treating me like a part-timer; and the alleged health "insurance" they have for part-timers pays approximately dick even for inpatient hospital stays. (Yeah: annual maximum for that? $4000. That's not even one night in the freaking hospital for Christ's sake.)

So, I'm starting to seriously consider a change of venue....

  • #7607: Oh, yeah

    Had another opportunity today to play Pat Metheney's "Spring Ain't Here", because it snowed for most of the morning. But yeah, "global warming"…


    Some fatuous pinhead on the radio said that Chicago was ready for "looting and other forms of protest". But you know what? It's fine. We no longer…

  • #7605: I don't even need lettuce any longer

    See, the tacos I make at home blow away any tacos I've ever had anywhere else. Lettuce used to be necessary, but now it just gets in the way, so I…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.