Just the social aspects?
So far I'm seeing G+, Gmail, and Hangouts all dead. However, if you use Google Talk, you can chat with contacts.
6 posts • joined 26 Dec 2007
It seems to me that the entire point of this, furthered by the judge's current decision is to bring forth a legal statement being that if some is purchased initially in a digital form, it at that point, no longer holds any value and cannot be resold. Thus, if you buy a digital item, such as a copyrighted musical work, and unlike something purchased in a physical format (CD, DVD, etc), it cannot be resold as it has to physical body to remove from your possession on sale. Or more simply, you bought it. Its yours. Period.
Which means from a consumer standpoint, when you buy something digitally (which is becoming the seemingly preferred method), your purchase loses all value immediately. You therefore, also lose money as it loses resale allowance and value.
While its been around 18 months since I left Dell Tech Support (just as they were beginning to ship systems with Linux), we weren't "Script monkeys". Well, not all of us anyhow. I followed the script about as far as saying hello and goodbye. Beyond that, I went off the "support script" whenever I could. Part of the reason I spent most of my time there as a higher tier rep (apparently they promote you to higher tiers for commonly thinking outside the box.. was front line for all of a week).
Even at my site though, I'll admit, it was a bit of a hit or miss. One person, while A+ certified, may strictly follow the script and think little else beyond what the internal knowledge base tells you to do. The next on the other head goes so far off the script, or even finds one that is partially relative and then goes off on his/her own to fix it that the problem is resolved either quicker, or in a better fashion (such as fixing a wireless problem in 2 min that took most of the floot an hour >_<).
As for the choice of Ubuntu vs Linux, its a learning process. Yes, learning. But hey, isn't that what you go to college for? To learn? Doesn't the school have some sort of wireless, and if so, that surprisingly enough should be accessible under (wait for it!) Linux due to this funny thing called (OMG!) standards? As to the Verizon, can't say much to it myself, however, utlizing the previously noted 5th grader skills to do a little hunting online should reveal what I'm missing to get even connected to that in fairly clicky-clicky terms (Prolly some typing in there, guess that means I'm learning typing skills too?).
And Microsoft Office.. Well, OpenOffice solves that problem, but if you really absolutely must have MS Office, there are ways to install it through mostly clicky options as I recall.
Linux has changed a lot in the last ten years. While I admit to still spending most of my time working through a shell, that's just how I learned it. Linux has become much easier. Yes, it was a lot of work to sometimes get things working, and while you can still do it the old fashioned way, there are GUI options that can do the same tasks (Scary, no?)
But what do I know, I still consider myself a bit of a Novice to Linux, even after working with it in desktops and server environments for 12 years.
For what I know of Dell, both from using Dell machines (currently own an Inspiron 1720, and 4000), as well as working in the Tech Support, I know at least a little about how things go in sales (felt sorry when I had to send a customer to sales).
As for the pairing, the sales rep was misinformed. Sales are good at that. They generally stick to the configuration application they have to build the machine, but they don't always have an option in there to do what you'd want. However, it is a matter I'd have to recheck with contacts still inside Dell, but I don't believe there's a base config option for just 1 stick. But to the point, specifications state you can run a single stick. And usually the internal specs we get even list what combinations (such as the 2 and 1GB stick combo).
And with any work either in Tech Support or Sales, its also a matter of where you talk to. Some sites are better than others. I rarely used the support knowledge base; didn't need it most of the time. I was also one of the most knowledgeable agents at the site. According to colleagues still there, its sounds like I created a black hole when I left.
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