I heard great things about Best Buy a couple years ago so I bought a laptop from them. It’s been a good machine up until a week ago when somehow Norton got corrupted and allowed cooties in the door. Problem with the Best Buy solution for me is that I live 150 miles from the nearest store. "Need a new battery? It’s free with your service plan, but you have to show up at the store. Computer dead? Bring it on in." Very handy if you live in town. Not so much if you don’t.
I brought it in Wednesday and I’m back today (to deliver my original recovery disks) with the promise that I’ll get it back in a couple of hours…with all my precious software wiped out (At least I have backups of all my data…whew!). Guess what I’ll be doing this week.
Life is full of compromises. If you want to live in the real-world equivalent of The Shire, you’ll have to travel to Isengard whenever you want a qualified techno-wiz to work on your computer.
So, Julie and I are waiting (and working, or at least blogging) in the free wi-fi zone at a Panera Bread shop in Fort Collins, Colorado while the geeks down the street re-install my operating system. THANK YOU PANERA, for the free wi-fi. It makes the trip to Isengard and the wait a bit more bearable.