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Christmas has come and gone,the main target this year was
a Microsoft XBOX for my son.
The hunt started with a trawl of the local stores,good old
fashioned shoe leather, on 8th December
all advertising consoles at £99.00 standalone, up to
£159.00 bundled in with a few games going for the latter
seemed like a good idea.
The answer from them all was try again we seem to have sold
Comet and PC World were the only two stores to be truthfull
and say that they did not expect any stock before Christmas.
The hunt went online, again sites advertising great offers,
but by the time you had punched in all your details and ordered
the item in question,
only then when trying to confirm your order would the words
OUT OF STOCK appear in bold red letters.
One disappointed son on Christmas Day, but he made do with
a pair of socks and the promise of better to come in the New
So the question i put before all you enlightened readers is
how far before Christmas do you need to order your gifts to
ensure that Santa gets it right?
Supply does not meet demand surely Microsoft could not make
such an error.
Theparanoidandroid, UK ( By Email) *Winner for January"
thought I'd picked up a real bargain when I grabbed a Lexmark
all-in-one printer/scanner/copier from Aldi just before
Christmas. That was until I needed to replace the ink cartridge
which cost just fractionally less than the printer itself!
Is this kind of practise not regulated? and if not isn't it
about time it was?
read last year some time that major laws were being introduced
to make spam illegal. I think it's the duty of sites like
yours, and many other PC related sites, to publicise any convictions
there may be, and I can't imagine there are many, and also
to keep pressure on the regulating bodies to make sure the
matter doesn't get fogotten or buried under more recent troubles.
inbox is as full of junk mail now as it was a year ago, moreso
in fact, so who exactly are these new laws aimed at?
personally think everyone should be allowed something like
1000 free emails per week, and that anything above this should
have to be paid for at 5c a shot. That'd cool them down!
I just unlucky or is the quality of computer hardware getting
worse than ever before? last year I lost three motherboards,
two were Epox, two hard disks and a graphics card. The money
I pay on my computer could have easily bought me a nice second
hand car by now, and it probably would have kept going for
longer too. I think greedy hardware companies are ripping
us all off and laughing all the way to the bank.
couldn't believe when I checked my emails this morning that
there was one from mi Broadband provider, Tiscali. I signed
up for yheir "Unlimited" 512k service at a cost
of £24.99 per months, but it seems they don't quite
grasp the thory of the word unlimited. Here's what it said:
broadband internet access service use has been highlighted
as extraordinarily high and may be affecting the service we
provide to other users.
is committed to providing the best quality of service to all
of our customers and we have an overriding duty to preserve
our network integrity. (See Clause 5.9 Terms and Conditions
at www.tiscali.co.uk/products/broadband). Your usage is currently
these circumstances we reserve the right to change or manage
your broadband service and at peak times we may restrict the
bandwidth available to you for high volume downloading, although
regular internet use, browsing, email, streaming etc. will
however you would like to cancel your Tiscali broadband service
at no further cost, please contact us
I'm being unreasonable, but I paid for unlimited Broadband
to get UNLIMITED downloads. I watch movie trailers and other
video clips, listen to music, game online and more, but it
seems I need an acount with more bandwidth allowance. What
is the next step up from unlimited anyway?
Tiscali rename this account to "Nearly Unlimited, but
nobody noticed we're in the midst of the great PC swindle?
Sockets that change by a single pin, PCI-Express that replaces
an AGP standard that wasn't even 25% utilised. Serial-ATA
that offern no advantages over IDE other than thinner cables,
DirectX 9.x hardware running DirectX 5.x to 7.x games.
of this new stuff is needed, it's just money-spinning strategies
from companies who know a PC fanatic will spend to have the
latest piece of equipment no matter whether it has any benefits
making my protest with my wallet and I urge others to do the
same to put an end to the greatest rip-off of our times.
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