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Until a few months ago I was a long term user of OS/X platforms, read iMacs. Then I came to Dalian and had to get a ‘puter. Lo and behold this long term Macaholic converted to an Acer laptop with a Win 7 English version that was ghosted in by a Chinese tech in less than 90 minutes.

The main reason for this purchase was an ultrawide delta in price between this laptop and the cheapest iMac, like 250%. The iMac was lovely with its 21inch screen but at about $1,400 vs. $550 CDN for the Win 7 platform lovely was just too expensive. So I became a Win 7 platform user.

Last night I had one of those horrible Windows experiences with nothing seeming to work. It was all about an HP printer not registering “online” but persistingly being “offline”. Impossible to detect why. This morning things are back to normal with printer behaving. I still don’t know how things seemed to get fixed between multiple “Restarts” a download of a printer driver from the HP website and finally a reload of the HP software CD which never seemed to come to a normal halt. This morning I rebooted, selected an alternate printer in the Word 2010 app and lo it printed. I HATE WINDOWS is that clear enough Microsoft.

Of course I musn’t forget what my Win 7 platform was ghosted so it ain’t strictly legal, especially since it cost me ZIP. So I guess beggars can’t be complainers or something like that.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/21 at 15:14

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