* Posts by kfkhotdog

4 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

Virgin Media trials longer bandwidth throttling

kfkhotdog
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Welll im one of the 5 percent of heavy users then

What a joke, I have to admit that i am probably one of the 5% that virgin say are being greedy with there bandwith, after all this is why i joind there XL broadband, and why I pay all that money for my 20Mb line.

I can remember the good old days before, anyone else in the area had it, super fast music downloads, great online gaming experiance, not a care in the world, then the network got busy, and Virgin decided it needed to share out it resorces, and start to throttle back at peak times.

However I have to admit that I do not even notice the throttleing, as I never manage to get anyware near the bandwith that I am paying for, I have been doing regular speed tests on my cable line, and over the past two months I have been getting an average downstream of between 512kbs and 1mbs, and most of the time I actualy get a faster upstream than I do downstream......

So as you can imagine I don't even notice when they throtle me, this brings me to an interesting point, for months now i have been looking at theese speeds and thinking, about saving some money, and dropping down to one of the slower options, the only reason for not doing so, was the large amount of data, that I download and worying about capping, but looking at the figgs, perhaps i would be better of with just 2mbs broadband, after all this is faster than my current average speed, and even after capping it will not be any slower that I get at busy times ayway.

Best of all I save myself the money I need to get my V+ box, perhaps anyone else suffering like me, should do the same, if we all leave XL and tell them why then perhaps they will invest in there network, and actualy be able to supply the things they promise, lets face it 50mbs when it gets to my area, I don't hold out much hope, but who knows I might get an average of 2.5mbs....LOL

Stop sign as my data aint going noware fast

Dell parks itself in PC superstores across Europe

kfkhotdog
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If only you shopped in Pc World - Nice one Adam...

Couldn't agree more mate.....

I have been a reg reader for several years now, and am often left gobsmaked by the coments, that get made about PC World, I am nor ashamed to admit, I aslo work for the company, and I think that the points to make are spot on....

For example I get realy anoyed by, the way our instore technicians get slated for being rubish, by people who probaly havent even set foot in one of our stores for 5 or 6 years, yet alone had cause to actualy deal with any of them....

Don't get me wrong, I am sure that from time to time, a situation ariese and we make a mistake, just like anyone else after all our staff are human, but then I have had bad experiances from small indipendant IT sales and support companys, and we at PC world often have to pick up the pices left behind after someone else drops the ball.....

These however don't make it into the press, or get mentiond on line as no one seems that interested with them....

The point to remember here is, that PC World and the DSGI group as a whole, wants customers to be happy, with margins the way they are at the moment, they want customers for life, as thats the only way for the company to be sucsesfull....

So although they do not always get things right, if you are unhappy at any point, ask to speak to the stores general manager, and they will do everthing, in his/hers power to solve your problem for you, if they say no, then theres a good chance that the situation is not as clear cut, as you might think.....

PC World & the DSGI group as a whole are focused on customer satisfaction, perhaps more than some of you that havent visited our stores for a few years might think, so give us the benifit of the doubt, and give us a chance, who knows we might change your mind.....

French court says non to pre-loaded Windows on Acer laptop

kfkhotdog

Lets think this through shall we....

can you imagine wat would hapen if PC's came without software at all....

I work for a PC retailer, and you would not belive the number of my customers, that complain to me or refuse to purchase a machine from me, just becasue it dosn't come with office pre installed..... most people who read theese pages are to a oint PC savey, and we know that there are choices, we can make as to what OS and what software we can have, at the same time most of us, are compitent to install theese choices, if we so desire...

However you only have to work with PC's and the general public to know, 90% of them don't know about theese choices, and don't have a clue how to go about installing them, if you don't belive me, come and have a look at some of the mess ups sitting on my repair shelf at work...

So we give all those customers the chance to buy a cheap machine, with no software. or even god forbid no OS and they will bite our hand of... the public likes a cheap price, you should see the crap they will buy if you lower the price.....

However they then find they have to buy software, this will no doubt cost the twice as much as the OEM version that would have been bundled with the machine, they then screw something up, and come back to me demanding that the machine must be faulty, and I charge them another £30 to solve the problem....

Result One fed up customer with a machine that has cost more than it should have, who purchased software, that barely does the job he wanted it for, and a PC that seems to rendomly crash, or run slowly as he did not install the sofware corectly, and didn't see the need to get any anti-virus software....

Customer choice is good, but only to those who are capible of making those choices

Final Thought....

For those of you who think that this will stop MS having a monopily on the OS market, think again, some of like to use alternatives to Windows, on a machines, but at the end of the day most PC users, will carry on using it, as it is what they know, and understand, the only diferance is that if system builders, stop using OEM versions, and customers have to buy the operation system in sead, most will simply have to buy retail versions instead, putting the cost of there PC up by a couple of hundred quid, and making a mint for microsoft, I don't understand why they havent thought of it already.... LOL

Killer Wi-Fi panics London's chattering classes

kfkhotdog

those bad waves man are killing me

Can't belive the sheer hysteria of theese people, they have removed there WIFI from the home, but I bet they still use cordless DECT phones, that brocast in the same frequecy range with the same signal strength, and I bet the still use, and have probably given there children mobile phones, that are much more dagerous, and they walk arround with them attached to there ears all the time........

STUPID PEOPLE

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