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(BBC)   Dell vigorously denies claims that its laptops are put together by 70 year old cat ladies in sweat shops   (m.bbc.co.uk) divider line 33
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2013-10-30 11:46:47 AM
i1353.photobucket.com
I see the problem.
 
2013-10-30 01:27:55 PM
Well then they must be made in New Zealand by migrant grape-pickers.
 
2013-10-30 01:32:59 PM
Yeah, what happened is that people don't realize that when you are ordering a computer from Dell, you have to opt out of having it smell like cat piss.  On that screen, you have to uncheck "cat piss smell" as one of the options, it's checked by default.  They probably should change that.
 
2013-10-30 01:39:00 PM
I'm trying to resurrect a 9 year old Dell Latitude D600 so I am getting a kick ...
 
2013-10-30 01:58:59 PM
Just in time for Caturspray!
 
2013-10-30 02:00:18 PM

jake_lex: Yeah, what happened is that people don't realize that when you are ordering a computer from Dell, you have to opt out of having it smell like cat piss.  On that screen, you have to uncheck "cat piss smell" as one of the options, it's checked by default.  They probably should change that.


Not if you order a latitude or precision

It's a premium upgrade along with the unnecessary deletion of those useless cooling ducts
 
2013-10-30 02:07:40 PM
I thought it was a feature.
 
2013-10-30 02:09:59 PM
The old Union Pacific doesn't come by here much any more....

i27.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-30 02:44:56 PM

nobodyUwannaknow: I'm trying to resurrect a 9 year old Dell Latitude D600 so I am getting a kick ...


That's weird, that's what I was just doing. I rebuilt two broken D600s into one working one after Christmas, and now the HD in it died. I swapped it out, reinstalled XP and finished patching and whatnot....

and then realized I was spending all this time on a D600, and put it on eBay.

Bought a TL-60 based HP to replace it, way faster and Win7 x64-capable for only a few bucks more than I got for the Dell. I don't game so it does what I need it to.
 
2013-10-30 02:52:00 PM
Sometimes you just need an attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship that you can only get from four-year-old hands.
 
2013-10-30 02:57:40 PM

The universe is laughing behind your back: nobodyUwannaknow: I'm trying to resurrect a 9 year old Dell Latitude D600 so I am getting a kick ...

That's weird, that's what I was just doing. I rebuilt two broken D600s into one working one after Christmas, and now the HD in it died. I swapped it out, reinstalled XP and finished patching and whatnot....

and then realized I was spending all this time on a D600, and put it on eBay.

Bought a TL-60 based HP to replace it, way faster and Win7 x64-capable for only a few bucks more than I got for the Dell. I don't game so it does what I need it to.


I bought a refurbished Latitude with XP on it maybe a year ago. It did everything i needed it to do at the time, then I ran into a similar situation. I needed to either upgrade software on it, or scrap it and buy something else. I'm now using an HP Split X2 convertible laptop/tablet, and with the 7 second startup time I don't think I could EVER go back to the old laptop. I can barely stand to use my tower computer at work.
 
2013-10-30 03:28:05 PM
Foreign contaminant.
 
2013-10-30 03:44:32 PM
IT'S A FEATURE!!!
 
2013-10-30 03:52:11 PM
s3.amazonaws.com

Queue up Heavy Metal
 
2013-10-30 03:53:11 PM
images.amcnetworks.com
"You guys didn't tell me that this stuff smells like cat piss."
 
2013-10-30 04:10:53 PM

loonatic112358: Not if you order a latitude or precision


For the uninitiated, most big OEMs have corporate product lines which are not sold in stores and which those companies would prefer that consumers not purchase. The business product lines have different support organizations and are normally manufactured by different companies from the ones making the consumer models. "Latitudes" suck less than "Inspirons" and "Vostros."
For the most part it's just not worth being snobby about computer brand.

Because they all suck.
 
2013-10-30 04:40:42 PM

likefunbutnot: loonatic112358: Not if you order a latitude or precision

For the uninitiated, most big OEMs have corporate product lines which are not sold in stores and which those companies would prefer that consumers not purchase. The business product lines have different support organizations and are normally manufactured by different companies from the ones making the consumer models. "Latitudes" suck less than "Inspirons" and "Vostros."
For the most part it's just not worth being snobby about computer brand.


Yes the laptops marked to businesses almost invariably suck less than consumer class. At least they're built so that they might possibly outlast their warranty, don't look like a Fisher-Price toy, and aren't usually full of bloatware (no sense supplying it, because the business will usually clobber whatever the manufacturer puts on there with their in-house image...)
 
2013-10-30 04:47:00 PM

likefunbutnot: For the most part it's just not worth being snobby about computer brand.


That's why I only use Macs.
 
2013-10-30 04:53:12 PM
Sure glad our inventory guy didn't get that option when he ordered ours.
If only he said no to the 9010's ....
 
2013-10-30 05:57:49 PM

The universe is laughing behind your back: likefunbutnot: loonatic112358: Not if you order a latitude or precision

For the uninitiated, most big OEMs have corporate product lines which are not sold in stores and which those companies would prefer that consumers not purchase. The business product lines have different support organizations and are normally manufactured by different companies from the ones making the consumer models. "Latitudes" suck less than "Inspirons" and "Vostros."
For the most part it's just not worth being snobby about computer brand.

Yes the laptops marked to businesses almost invariably suck less than consumer class. At least they're built so that they might possibly outlast their warranty, don't look like a Fisher-Price toy, and aren't usually full of bloatware (no sense supplying it, because the business will usually clobber whatever the manufacturer puts on there with their in-house image...)


The business models also tend to be somewhat user friendly when it comes to repairs or upgrading things like RAM.  The consumer models will bury the RAM in places that need to remove 37 screws.
 
2013-10-30 06:19:36 PM

jake_lex: Yeah, what happened is that people don't realize that when you are ordering a computer from Dell, you have to opt out of having it smell like cat piss.  On that screen, you have to uncheck "cat piss smell" as one of the options, it's checked by default.  They probably should change that.


The option with the checkbox checked is hidden down under the window with all of the checkbox options not checked where you can't see it, like on realPlayer.  You have to scroll down on the 1 pixel scroll bar to see the options that are on by default.
 
2013-10-30 06:22:41 PM

The universe is laughing behind your back: nobodyUwannaknow: I'm trying to resurrect a 9 year old Dell Latitude D600 so I am getting a kick ...

That's weird, that's what I was just doing. I rebuilt two broken D600s into one working one after Christmas, and now the HD in it died. I swapped it out, reinstalled XP and finished patching and whatnot....

and then realized I was spending all this time on a D600, and put it on eBay.


That's wweird. I have 2 Dell D600 laptops I salvaged.  One runs Windows 7.  I put Ubuntu on the other.  You can get hard drive caddies for pennies from China on eBay.

Think of it as a hobby like working on old cars.
 
2013-10-30 06:24:23 PM
My 7-year old Dell Inspiron constantly overheated. It overheated for the last time and completely died the other day so I SMASHED IT WITH A HAMMER!

/it felt really good
//fark Dell
///DRTFA
 
2013-10-30 06:29:22 PM
It seems time to open a support thread myself:

Dear Dell,

I ordered a D6430u with some hesitation after reading the comments in this previous thread. I was afraid from Dell's responses in that thread that when the laptop arrived it would be unsuited for my purposes. Still, I placed the order and waited the 14-17 days for delivery.

I've been a long-time Dell corporate customer, and from experience gathered through the thousands of units I've purchased, I've come to expect a certain level of manufacturing consistency.

This device was a grave disappointment.

I had intended this as a gift for my girlfriend. However, it did not arrive in the condition I expected. While it did have a slight plasticky odor, it was not even close to smelling like cat urine, a scent my girlfriend's cats have me well acquainted with.

Finding myself on the eve of our anniversary with a gift that might be nice enough to get her to stop biatching about me never buying her anything, but wholly unsuited for convincing her we need to get rid of Mr. Fluffykins, I attempted to apply the requisite musk myself. The results, while certainly robust, were not distinctively cat-like, and I resigned myself to providing her with a not-cat-pee-scented laptop. However, when I attempted to install keylogging software on her laptop, I discovered that it wouldn't even turn on.

I will be returning this and expect a full refund, including shipping. I also expect credit towards another purchase, or you will face a class action lawsuit for deceptively suggesting that the u in the model stands for "urine."

Sincerely,

Gene Masseth
 
2013-10-30 06:35:49 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: That's why I only use Macs.


Apple computers really aren't any better in that department. They're not terribly well constructed by the standard of business machines, but they ARE downright hostile to any attempt to service by yourself. It's not a winning combination. Apple's service isn't any better than HP or Dell corporate service and it's actually a step or five down from Lenovo's. If you don't happen to live fairly close to an Apple retail location all I can say is prepare to be disappointed.
 
2013-10-30 07:06:13 PM
F--- Apple and their fawnbois
 
2013-10-30 07:52:54 PM
We have about 500 Dells I have to deal with. We occasionally have failures but for the most part a Dell technician will be on site next day to fix it.

Of course they also took 3 weeks to get a replacement fan. Makes using the laptop a little more difficult. I hate to have to use their none business service though.

I went with Lenovo for mine. Advantage of being in charge.
 
2013-10-30 08:08:04 PM
I've bought several 6430u's for work. Never had this problem. They're pretty nice laptops, and my sales rep gives us a good price on them...

Besides, if it smells like cat piss, just rinse it off:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNg2OSrYqIE
 
2013-10-30 08:11:07 PM

likefunbutnot: HotIgneous Intruder: That's why I only use Macs.

Apple computers really aren't any better in that department. They're not terribly well constructed by the standard of business machines, but they ARE downright hostile to any attempt to service by yourself. It's not a winning combination. Apple's service isn't any better than HP or Dell corporate service and it's actually a step or five down from Lenovo's. If you don't happen to live fairly close to an Apple retail location all I can say is prepare to be disappointed.


Er...I thought that was the joke. Of course I'm baked so what do I know?
 
2013-10-30 08:43:23 PM
Dude, you're getting a smell.
 
2013-10-31 01:31:28 AM
The 12-inch G3 Apple iBook (dual USB, 400mhz - 800mhz) from about ten years ago had a similar problem, but Apple never acknowledged there was a problem or offered a solution.

The iBook keyboard was very thin, with a double-stick adhesive on the back, attaching a metal stiffener plate and the plastic backing.

Over time the adhesive would start to reek of some sort of rank human body odor, like the worst smelling gym socks on the planet. Most 12-inch iBooks started out with a sort of sweet smelling odor that evolved into this horrible stink that simply can not be eliminated.

Apple forums discussion thread about it:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/207887

"A Stinky Old iBook that Smells Like Sweat"
http://lowendmac.com/menagh/06/1013.html
 
2013-10-31 09:55:07 AM

likefunbutnot: loonatic112358: Not if you order a latitude or precision

For the uninitiated, most big OEMs have corporate product lines which are not sold in stores and which those companies would prefer that consumers not purchase. The business product lines have different support organizations and are normally manufactured by different companies from the ones making the consumer models. "Latitudes" suck less than "Inspirons" and "Vostros."
For the most part it's just not worth being snobby about computer brand.

Because they all suck.


But the manufacturer can still fark those up, like putting mobile workstations (3D models, rendering large graphics cards) into the much cheaper business class machines that usually just have onboard graphics

yea, nothing like having to replace a laptop a few times because it's got shiat thermal management

Dell M4400, you did the best you could, but you were handicapped by your maker
 
2013-10-31 09:26:33 PM

The universe is laughing behind your back: likefunbutnot: loonatic112358: Not if you order a latitude or precision

For the uninitiated, most big OEMs have corporate product lines which are not sold in stores and which those companies would prefer that consumers not purchase. The business product lines have different support organizations and are normally manufactured by different companies from the ones making the consumer models. "Latitudes" suck less than "Inspirons" and "Vostros."
For the most part it's just not worth being snobby about computer brand.

Yes the laptops marked to businesses almost invariably suck less than consumer class. At least they're built so that they might possibly outlast their warranty, don't look like a Fisher-Price toy, and aren't usually full of bloatware (no sense supplying it, because the business will usually clobber whatever the manufacturer puts on there with their in-house image...)


We still have some if those in service.
When IT buys new laptops they ghost their own crapware on it.
We just have dell ship directly to us, we profile it and install our own software. IT monkeys are there to kick the server if it acts up.
 
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