Tue 16 Dec
Just for posterity’s sake, I wanted to publish these two screen shots we took of a brand new Hewlett Packard computer we bought at Behavior. It’s a true eyesore — nearly half of this virgin desktop is littered with advertisements and junkware. The second screen shot is a look at some sort of umbrella program that HP includes with the machine, probably intended to help new users make their way through the confusing mess of meaningless icons.
One might argue that this is the reason that this machine was so cheap. Indeed, we opted for a consumer desktop because it represented such a bargain. But after we had it up and running for a while, we were rudely reminded of the concept of ‘true cost of ownership.’ Almost immediately, we realized that the sound card was essentially nonfunctional, and within a week or two, the computer was already moving along at such an incredibly painful crawl — due, I’m sure, to some ill behaved junkware pre-installed on the system — that our colleague had to abandon it altogether. Some bargain.