|By Shamus||Mar 8, 2006||5 comments|
I mean, magical? Are you kidding me?
I’m looking for a machine with 1GB of memory and about 3Ghz of “oomph”. Something in that neighborhood. This machine looks like it fits the bill, but it’s a Gateway.
Last time I got a big-brand PC it was wall-to-wall with annoying “helper” software that made the blasted thing infuriating to use. Just one example of many: Put in a music CD, and instead of doing something intuitive or magical like playing the CD, it instead popped up with an ad for me to register my copy of Musicmatch. The whole machine worked this way. I’d try to do something simple, and get an ad in the face. The first time I booted it up, the system tray was packed with useless nonsense, and I was buried in popups to register this, activate that, check for new versions, enter my user info, configure something else. It took ages to uninstall this stuff to the point where the computer was “clean” and ready for me to start installing stuff. (For the curious, the machine was an HP. Never, ever again.)
It was a nightmare, and after that I swore I’d never get another big-brand machine again.