Google Earth Contest Brief Hiatus

FriscoCharlie Aug 12, 2007

  1. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Guys & Gals,

    My laptop computer (with the 20 inch monitor that gives the nice big pictures) had a hiccup yesterday and the monitor is gone.

    I don't know if the video card blew up or what happened. Dell wants me to go through some diagnostic tests and I did not have time to do them yesterday afternoon so I will be doing that tomorrow morning.

    As soon as that issue is resolved, the contests will resume.

    Until then, just relax with a cold one. :)

    Charlie
     
  2. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member

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    Wow, maybe now I can get something done around here for a while. Did Charlie say he was buying? [​IMG]
     
  3. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Help yourself from the cooler.

    Charlie
     
  4. Mr. Train

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    Pass one to me when you get one Russell
     
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    Charlie

    You must get some great VISTA on that Laptop.
     
  6. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    It's a hardware issue.

    I think you left your Studebaker running at the curb.

    Charlie
     
  7. SLSF Freak

    SLSF Freak Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    While we're on Hiatus - I've got a question out there for the sleuths... On one of the contests I was scanning across the desert between Texas and New Mexico and came across patches of land that looked like circuit boards:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=...03.751106&spn=0.070255,0.159645&t=h&z=13&om=1

    No apparent structures, just carefully laid out circuits and solder mounts. Anyone know what this is?

    -Mike
     
  8. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member

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    Oil field?
     
  9. HemiAdda2d

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    Looks like a new subdivision being built...
     
  10. SLSF Freak

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    you should re-think your business continuity plan ... ;-) better get yourself a second laptop




    buy dell go hell... they have the worst customer service i ever contacted. once had an issue with my dell laptop. they needed longer to reply to my call than it took for me to search the web for spare parts and order and receive them from the states (express shipping to europe is 5 days). also dell wanted to charge $1200 with no warranty to fix the problem ! spare part costs were below $200.

    i'd never buy a dell again. my current favourite : hp tc-4400
     
  13. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This simply gives another opportunity to disagree again. My experience has been otherwise.

    Charlie
     
  14. sandro schaer

    sandro schaer TrainBoard Member

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    this might be true for the states. i assume you don't have to call some under-skilled but cheap people in bulgaria for support.
     
  15. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The guy I talked to said, "The repairman will contact you in aboot 2 days as the pro-cess is fairly short. He will call you there, eh."

    I would say he was in Canada.

    Charlie
     
  16. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

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    Nice emphasis on the sylables in the conversation, Charlie. ;) I would have guessed Canada as well.
     
  17. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The technician just called for directions.

    He wanted to know where to "pahk his cahh when he got heyah."

    I would say he's a Downeast native.

    Now that's kind of scary. The guy's probably more handy with a chainsaw that a screwdriver and he's going to work on my computer.

    Charlie
     
  18. Stourbridge Lion

    Stourbridge Lion TrainBoard Supporter

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    I've had great experience with DELL as well, from hardware to support...
     
  19. Steve F

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    I would not bother calling tech support if the warranty has expired because their first question will be; what is your credit card number?" with no guarantee of a proper diagnosis or any helpful suggestions.
    And you'll swear it's the same guy that just called you 15 minutes ago to offer you a lower rate on your mortgage.
     
  20. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    My computer is brand new so they will fix it - tomorrow. :)

    Charlie
     

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