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Old 13-01-2005, 22:38:48   #1
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Bloody worthless directions.

I went out and bought a new Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse to replace the one which I had accidently spilled beer on yesterday. It is one sweet multimedia keyboard which allows me to play all of my MP3s & Videos with the click of a button, the keys have a nice click to them when you press them (no mushy feeling like my cheap old keyboard), and it even has a nice cushy wrist rest on it. There was just one problem... I COULD GET THE DAMN THING TO WORK!!!

I first tried to set it up without reading the directions and I got the wireless mouse to work but not the keyboard. Then I figured "no problem; I'll just read the directions". Little did I know the directions were written by a diseased chimp who apparently just banged away on the typewritter at random. You'd figure a multibillion dollar company could get someone who was fluent in English to write user manuals but I guess not.

I triple checked all of the connections, uninstalled and reinstalled all of the drivers, checked to make sure the wireless reciever wasn't near anything which might interfer with the RF signals, and I even triple checked to make sure the batteries were installed correctly. Everything was correct and yet the bloddy thing still wouldn't work.

To make a long story short I spent two hours fiddling with the thing before I figured out you have to synch the reciever and the keyboard the first time you use it. Of course the directions didn't mention a thing about this.
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Old 14-01-2005, 01:12:30   #2
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Well there's never been a better time to buy a decent computer.

Your wireless keyboard & mouse will probably work straight away with it too.
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Old 14-01-2005, 02:17:27   #3
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There was just one problem... I COULD GET THE DAMN THING TO WORK!!!
That is a problem people sometimes have with Microsoft products, but the company are dealing with it and incidences are dropping all the time.
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Old 14-01-2005, 05:12:33   #4
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Little did I know the directions were written by a diseased chimp who apparently just banged away on the typewritter at random.
When did Venom find work at Microsoft?
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Old 14-01-2005, 07:15:09   #5
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Well there's never been a better time to buy a decent computer.

Your wireless keyboard & mouse will probably work straight away with it too.
I hope that wasn't a link to the Mini Mac.

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Old 14-01-2005, 09:47:41   #6
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That is a problem people sometimes have with Microsoft products, but the company are dealing with it and incidences are dropping all the time.


I noticed that too.
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Old 14-01-2005, 18:40:56   #7
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I hope that wasn't a link to the Mini Mac.

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The mini Mac's great, I going to be buying one next month.

Do you know something I dont?...
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Old 14-01-2005, 18:45:54   #8
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Old 14-01-2005, 22:41:28   #9
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The mini Mac's great, I going to be buying one next month.

Do you know something I dont?...
It's has less than half the memory bandwidth of a G5 (or PC), only 40 GB of hard drive space (upgradable to 80 GB for the cost of buying a 160 GB 3.5" drive), and not enough RAM to run OS X properly (also upgradable at high cost). It has the second-worst graphics card that you can put in a computer while still looking like you're trying to keep up to date. And the price doesn't include any peripherals.

Add to that the problems that apply to most Macs: they're not user servicable, they're ridiculously overpriced, and you have to use MacOS (or Linux).

The good qualities? They're definitely small.

So basically, if you're a sucker or a Macophile, it's a great deal, if you don't actually want to do anything productive. At a guess, you might get away with internet or word processing, if you're patient.

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Old 15-01-2005, 07:51:47   #10
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I had zero problems with my Microsoft Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. The CD with the drivers that came with it provided a complete walkthrough that was (suprising to me) correct.

But, IIRC, Microsoft said it was getting out peripherals. And this is the reason why... not enough money for all the hatred generated. Unlike the OS or Office.
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Old 15-01-2005, 13:22:56   #11
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It's has less than half the memory bandwidth of a G5 (or PC), only 40 GB of hard drive space (upgradable to 80 GB for the cost of buying a 160 GB 3.5" drive), and not enough RAM to run OS X properly (also upgradable at high cost). It has the second-worst graphics card that you can put in a computer while still looking like you're trying to keep up to date. And the price doesn't include any peripherals.

Add to that the problems that apply to most Macs: they're not user servicable, they're ridiculously overpriced, and you have to use MacOS (or Linux).

The good qualities? They're definitely small.

So basically, if you're a sucker or a Macophile, it's a great deal, if you don't actually want to do anything productive. At a guess, you might get away with internet or word processing, if you're patient.

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So you think I should go for it? Great!
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Old 15-01-2005, 13:33:49   #12
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I hope that wasn't a link to the Mini Mac.

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Don't worry it was just a link to a time-out message.
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Old 15-01-2005, 18:23:09   #13
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There was just one problem... I COULD GET THE DAMN THING TO WORK!!!
Easily fixed just switch it on.
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Old 15-01-2005, 22:16:14   #14
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So you think I should go for it? Great!


There's nothing wrong with that. If you buy Macs anyway, you're clearly willing to accept paying high price for average performance in order to have access to the OS and its features. It's a lifestyle choice. This lets you live that lifestyle without spending multiple thousands of dollars.

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Old 15-01-2005, 22:40:04   #15
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I'm gonna get the 1.42GHz G4 model with the 80gig harddrive. It may not be the best computer in the world but compared to my current machine (600Mhz G3) it'll seem like it. And Mac's just look so pretty...
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Old 15-01-2005, 22:48:35   #16
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You either get in bed with Steve Jobs or arse fuck Bill Gates. It's all the same really.
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Old 15-01-2005, 22:54:56   #17
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I'm just buying a new computer Nav, there will be no bum sex involved.
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Old 15-01-2005, 23:04:23   #18
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Where exactly do you get your new computers, Nav?

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Old 16-01-2005, 12:58:25   #19
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sloppyseconds.com of course (as recommended by you)
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Old 16-01-2005, 23:54:37   #20
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No, that was slappyscrotums.com. I would never buy from sloppyseconds.com.

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Old 17-01-2005, 00:21:51   #21
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Old 17-01-2005, 09:58:22   #22
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I'm gonna get the 1.42GHz G4 model with the 80gig harddrive. It may not be the best computer in the world but compared to my current machine (600Mhz G3) it'll seem like it. And Mac's just look so pretty...
I don't think you can even buy new PCs that slow any more.
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