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3660 clicks; posted to Business » on 24 Jan 2013 at 10:29 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-01-24 09:28:38 AM  
Will he solder new capacitors to the desktop motherboards that won't explode the minute the warranty expires? That might make me consider buying a Dell.
 
2013-01-24 09:43:39 AM  

James72: Will he solder new capacitors to the desktop motherboards that won't explode the minute the warranty expires? That might make me consider buying a Dell.


Hey the GX260/270s were years ago
 
2013-01-24 09:51:03 AM  

James72: Will he solder new capacitors to the desktop motherboards that won't explode the minute the warranty expires? That might make me consider buying a Dell.


Don't you love those cheap chinese caps? I've replaced them in 1 of my Samsung TVs that died and then preemtively replaced them in my other 2 with $2 Japanese ones.

In other news Dell made several critical mistakes over the past couple years.

They stopped paying attention to consumers. They purchased Alienware and basically destroyed the company through cheap product builds and piss poor customer service.
They did this to enter the corporate market where they focused heavily and started to take some share .. and THEN.
They purchased a failing storage company that made really bad products and inherited a shiatload of problems because of it which was stupid because...
They had a partnership with EMC who makes industry leading products and they were making 13-15% on every sale without having to have manufacturing and support overhead.

Now we see what a couple years of really bad business moves can make. How does Dell fix itself? Go back to basics and focus on the consumers. Spin Compellent back off and let it fail on it's own and find another storage vendor to partner with for backend products. Focus on the PC folks.
 
2013-01-24 10:36:03 AM  
They should hire him back though. Those commercials were memorable in their simplicity and he needs money for pizza rolls and dime bags.
 
2013-01-24 10:36:37 AM  
After running into some legal problems, however, Curtis was let go.

Yeah, IIRC, he was caught smoking a doobie and got the can for it.

Sometimes, I just don't get this country...
 
2013-01-24 10:37:23 AM  
Also, after reading TFA, I still think he's on the wacky terbacky.

/nttawtt
 
2013-01-24 10:39:14 AM  
Compellent made really bad products and was a failing company before Dell bought them? Oh, please explain...
 
2013-01-24 10:45:23 AM  
Dudes, hire me back - my unemployment benefits are running out!
 
2013-01-24 11:20:47 AM  

oldfarthenry: Dudes, hire me back - my unemployment benefits are running out!


He was let go almost 10 years ago. I think his bennies already ran out.

// if nothing else, hiring him would make them relevant to regular consumers again
// "Hi, I'm a Mac chode." "DUDE, I'M A DELL!"
 
2013-01-24 11:33:58 AM  
I see Fark is doing it's part by providing a direct link to Dell in the article title.
 
2013-01-24 11:37:59 AM  
Aside from the mentioned GX260/270s, I've never really had a problem with Dell commodity hardware and if it breaks while under the business warranty they send a guy out the next day to fix it with the part. I have much more negative feelings to Lenovo and HP. All my Thinkpads (be they IBM or Lenovo) had odd onboard hardware that required installing manufacturer bloatware to make work and of course the blue button. I really hated the R31 work issued me. It always seemed like the Dells of that era were faster because they didn't have 20 freaking extra processes tooling around in the background.

/just bought a tricked out Precision as a home media server and to run gaming servers on
//I used to build my own hardware, now I'm more of buy it, insert extra RAM, boot it
 
2013-01-24 11:39:40 AM  
After years of being a regular Dell purchaser I have bought my last craptop. A little over a year old and already replaced the display and now the dreaded power supply warning has hit me a couple of times.
 
2013-01-24 11:41:32 AM  
Maybe he can hook up with the Britannica guy.
 
2013-01-24 11:48:39 AM  
www.cootey.com
 
2013-01-24 11:53:01 AM  

Tangenital: After years of being a regular Dell purchaser I have bought my last craptop. A little over a year old and already replaced the display and now the dreaded power supply warning has hit me a couple of times.


I've had my dell laptop for 14 months and the hard drive just announced it was dying. It's not like I banged it around.....only taken it on two trips. And when I first got it had to edit the registry so as a default the Numlk key would be on whenever I started it.

This is my third and last Dell. First one hard drive went then just got old......second Dell motherboard went, but within warranty and is still running at 7 years.
 
2013-01-24 12:14:15 PM  
Bought an XPS 8300 about a year and a half ago and it still flies. Granted, did some basic upgrades, but it can play any game at the highest settings while recording several HD movies/tv shows from my tuner card.
 
2013-01-24 12:17:51 PM  

Tangenital: After years of being a regular Dell purchaser I have bought my last craptop. A little over a year old and already replaced the display and now the dreaded power supply warning has hit me a couple of times.


I've been forced to use Dell craptops for years because of our "corporate" strategy. Thankfully we have a new strategy where the company gives us $1200 to buy a device every 3 years. That can be applied to anything (can't keep the change) including pads and phone combos. I'm going to apply it to the Asus Taichi.
 
2013-01-24 12:21:43 PM  
Hmm....OK, this box is on its second HDD with the first still in [likely] usable condition, and the original monitor's power supply finally popped, but is refurbishable and has itself been replaced.

Not too bad for six years of daily use and practically 24/7/365 power on.
 
2013-01-24 12:33:27 PM  
As someone who works on Dell's online advertising business, I'm getting a kick.
 
2013-01-24 12:37:03 PM  
Dell has always treated me well in the IT world. Their service is helpful and quick and I get parts by the next day.

That said, I don't think the Dell Dude + 10 years will be as cute and clever as he was back then.
 
2013-01-24 12:42:57 PM  
Good things to say about Dell products, but being as they got out by vulture capitalists, you can expect them to run up the bill on the companies credit/name pay themselves millions, and leave the workers and stock holders standing in the cold holding the remains of a bankrupt company. I will be shorting dell in the market.
 
2013-01-24 12:44:45 PM  
I would probably buy a computer if Spuds McKenzie told me to.
 
2013-01-24 01:01:00 PM  
This is the sort of advice I'd expect from a lazy business school undergraduate who was assigned Dell as a case study and who didn't bother to actually do any research before giving a presentation.

Given that this guy has always had a sort of "frat boy" image, he really should consider applying for b-school. He'd do well there.
 
2013-01-24 01:03:58 PM  
Worked for Apple, didn't it?
 
2013-01-24 01:30:10 PM  

tricycleracer: [www.cootey.com image 400x300]


the-adventurers-club.typepad.com
 
2013-01-24 01:30:52 PM  
media.tumblr.com

Encyclopedia Britannica guy also needs a job...
 
2013-01-24 01:46:14 PM  

Bukharin: Encyclopedia Britannica guy also needs a job...


That's Stan Freberg's (narrator/creator radio comedy legend) son.

The TV best commercial ever.

Another from Stan Freberg with dance legend Ann Miller.
 
2013-01-24 02:23:50 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: tricycleracer: [www.cootey.com image 400x300]

[the-adventurers-club.typepad.com image 600x197]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPCWCYoYhVI
 
2013-01-24 02:56:28 PM  

ha-ha-guy: Aside from the mentioned GX260/270s, I've never really had a problem with Dell commodity hardware and if it breaks while under the business warranty they send a guy out the next day to fix it with the part. I have much more negative feelings to Lenovo and HP. All my Thinkpads (be they IBM or Lenovo) had odd onboard hardware that required installing manufacturer bloatware to make work and of course the blue button. I really hated the R31 work issued me. It always seemed like the Dells of that era were faster because they didn't have 20 freaking extra processes tooling around in the background.

/just bought a tricked out Precision as a home media server and to run gaming servers on
//I used to build my own hardware, now I'm more of buy it, insert extra RAM, boot it


In my last job, we had 100 Dell 1800MP projectors that every single one of them had a bad power supply capacitor. They started to fail one month out of warranty. They were shut off for two months (last two months of the warranty) but when they were fired back up, I had two dead. Then found two more. In three weeks, I had 12. In three months, I had replaced 40 of them. We have had projectors before that that went 12 years or more, so we didn't see the need to get a 3 year warranty on them, so you can see my anger rise as the $30,000 investment in these are systematically dying at a rate of 4-8 per week. We were a little pissed.

Dell took a couple of our returns to look at them and sent them to the plant in China for their engineers to verify what was wrong and then two months later, were going to the manufacturer of that piece. Was never recalled, but they did pay a guy to come out and replace the last 40 units before they died and extended the warranties for a year for free. Even then, some of the replacements they sent were before they fixed the capacitor, so they burned up eventually and we still had two tombstoned ones after that warranty gave out.
 
2013-01-24 07:13:59 PM  
Dell going private is the best thing that could happen for customers and employees. Privately held companies don't have to turn tricks for the gamblers on Wall Street. Any company that can afford to should get away from the stock market.
 
2013-01-24 07:33:17 PM  
post-PC era

Do people not use computers anymore? Or has everyone become a slave to their iCrap?
 
2013-01-24 11:01:42 PM  

uncoveror: Dell going private is the best thing that could happen for customers and employees. Privately held companies don't have to turn tricks for the gamblers on Wall Street. Any company that can afford to should get away from the stock market.


They do have to turn tricks for Bain Capital.
 
2013-01-25 05:00:56 AM  
Fine, as long as they don't try to bring back those Dell Interns
 
2013-01-25 08:16:16 AM  
we dumped Dell for HP 6-7 years ago over $1200. They shipped us a laptop. the hardware tech was on vacation. 10 days after arrival, the tech came back with a perfectly sealed box and no laptop in it. We spoke with our rep and advised him of the issue. We hadn't opened the box, you could hold it and there was no weight. He said tough, you should have refused shipment.

Then we tried to go 50/50 on the lose. No dice. I reminded the rep that in two weeks we'd be putting in a $250,000 order for new computers, he still didn't budge. 8 days later he called asking about the order. It felt so warm and fuzzy to tell them, "Sorry, we switched to HP. Got them cheaper than your offering and had the most pleasant experience with our new rep. How's that $1200 billing sound now?" and promptly hung up on him.
 
2013-01-25 09:40:43 PM  

tricycleracer: [www.cootey.com image 400x300]


It was actually cold medicine.

/CSB
//TMYK
 
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