Thursday, October 05, 2006

Am I a Geek?

I think I can safely say that the answer to that is a resounding YES!! So we've been kicking around the idea of upgrading our main computer system in preparation for the next generation of Windows coming out (I've been running Vista RC-1 on my laptop for a few weeks now). Fry's had a good sale, and we decided to jump on it. So I'm talking with the salesguy, and he's hounding me and hounding me about the extended warranty program, and how it protects against this and that and it's really a great deal. I told him no at least three times. He actually started getting kind of pissy with me because I wasn't going to "take advantage of this great deal". Finally I told him, "Look, in two hours I'll have voided pretty much every warranty this thing has. I'm going to take it home, change out the power supply, add two more hard drives to it, change the video card, repartition the C:\ drive, and install a beta-level operating system." His response, "oh." It's like look, skippy, I'm in IT, I know what the heck I'm doing, and I know the guts of a computer probably as well as you do.

I love talking with other computer guys, whether I'm buying a system or component or just out shooting the bull, but what bugs the snot out of me more than anything is when someone won't take no for an answer. Telemarketers are another example. I know they're just doing a job, and I can respect that; everybody's got to earn a living. So I don't get rude or angry with them. As soon as I answer the phone and I realize it's a telemarketer, I just ask them to hang on a second, and put the phone down...for five or ten minutes. They get their bonus for keeping a caller for umpteen minutes, and I don't have to listen to them. When I hear the wa-wa-wa of the busy signal when the line goes dead, I hang it up. :-)

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