Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!





Wishing you (whoever is reading this...) a Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2019!

Lots more coming in 2019....


Sunday, December 09, 2018

Rant: Help With My Network!


Hello everyone!

I don’t do this very often, but as 2018 comes to a close, I feel the need for a rant. I try not to do this more than about once a year despite the fact I could probably do it on a daily basis. LOL

Okay, here’s the deal… I desperately need some help with networking these blankety-blank computers! I know just enough about networking to be dangerous. And while I do have the network here working after a fashion, it could be considerably better if it was done right. For instance, I have computer A, computer B, computer C, and computer D. Now, here’s my problem:

Computer A, and computer C are running Windows 10. Computer B, and computer D are running Windows 7. Now… Computer A can see and access all the drives on computer D. But it can only access the external drives on computer B. Computer B can see and access all the drives on computer D, but computer D cannot see or access drives on computer C.

The point I’m trying to make here, is there is no consistency. If I want to move files from one computer to another computer or use Photoshop on computer D to modify an image on computer C, I cannot do it directly as I should be able to. I have to go to computer A which can access both computer D and computer C and either put it on computer A which can be accessed by computer D, or put it on one of the drives on computer D so I can be accessed directly. Confused? Now you know why I have no hair!

So the crux of the situation is – as I said above – I need someone who is a network expert to come out here, sit down with me, untangle this god-awful mess, and try to hammer into what’s left of my tired old brain how to do this myself.

Now here’s my problem…

Who do I look to to provide the help I need? Yes, I could probably call Best Buy, and have them send a Geek Squad guy out here. The problem with that, is that I’m just another call to get done before lunch or going home at the end of the day. I worked in field service - I know how it works... That’s not necessarily what I want.

I know of two individuals who are networking experts with the company I used to work for. I have tried emailing one of them – a guy that not only has a great deal of expertise in networking, but also professes to be a ‘Christian’ as well. I’ve emailed him twice, outlining my problem above, and asking if he would be willing to get together with me at some point and give me a hand with this. I also told him I was more than happy to pay him. I don’t expect somebody to come out and use a couple hours of their time for free. And I would much rather pay somebody I know than a stranger from Geek Squad. I have thus far – and it’s been several months – not received the courtesy of a response even if it was to tell me no. Now having said that, I will give him the benefit of the doubt since the email address I used was his work email. There is a possibility it could have been blocked at the server level since it was coming from outside the company.

But… If it isn’t for that reason, and he's just ignoring me, here is what galls me about that.

Rewind to the decade of the 1990s. I was very active with several photography groups back then. I was vice-chairman of one fairly large photography club and had memberships in two or three others. In addition to being the vice-chairman of the club mentioned above, I was also the treasurer, activities committee (a committee of one), contest committee, newsletter editor, and public relations officer. I was also working with a local modeling agency, maintaining their website and doing photo shoots at bargain basement prices.

At the same time, I was holding down a full-time job as a technician with a certain computer company, which will remain nameless – but had a certain affinity for Jersey cattle. I think you know the one. This company opened a store in Kansas City, and of course everyone that knew me even in the slightest, bought their computers from this store. Why? Because they just naturally assumed that computer came with 24/7 free technical support that did not involve calling the company’s 1-800 number and waiting on hold for 45 minutes. Instead, they called me. Normally right at suppertime. And of course, this service was expected at no cost.

This went on for several years, until I finally got tired of it, and made it clear I was going to start charging if I was expected to spend large amounts of my time helping people with their computer problems. The phone calls gradually lessened, as did my circle of “friends.”

So where am I going with all this? I guess it’s just that I am a little bit frustrated by the fact that I was expected to provide the benefits of my skills, experience, knowledge, and time to others at zero cost, and I can’t even seem to find help with something when I’m willing to PAY someone.

So I guess I’ll just stumble along with my network as it is. I do have a Microsoft account, and a Microsoft One Drive with a terabyte of storage – which all of my computers can access. So if there’s something that all of the computers need to access I can just throw it up there on the One Drive, and all is peachy.

But if anyone reading this is a networking expert or know a networking expert who would be willing to help me out without putting my house up as collateral, please feel free to email me, give me a shout on Facebook or Twitter, or otherwise yank my chain.

If you’ve read this far, thanks for reading this epistle, and bearing with my rambling. Hope everyone has a good holiday. 😁


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Finally!

After 2 days of farting around with it, I've finally managed to get the product templates figured out for Pixels!

 My Pixels Store

I'm not sure why it was so hard for them to figure out what I wanted, but no matter - it's solved now! Now I just need to start using those templates to create some fun items that millions of people will rush madly to the website and BUY - adding my name to the list of really wealthy dudes like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and the guy in China that started DJI. Or I could just go buy a Powerball or Mega-Millions lottery ticket. The chances are about the same... 😆

Anyway.... I've been messing around with this social media crap for the last 3 days... Time to get back to my T.N.A. story.


Rod over and out...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Early Access For Patrons...

Beginning today.....

My Patreon Site

My Patrons on (all 1 of them as of this post 😕) will have access to my artwork at least 3 days before it's posted on Renderosity, Fantasy Attic, Deviant Art, etc. - and the images will be full-size and 300 dpi rather than the 72 dpi on the art sites.

The only exception will be my Girls From T.N.A. pages, and related stories. Those will continue as normal.

Thank you for your support, Mike! 😀👍

About to Pull Out my Hair

...If I had any to pull out, that is.... 😝

I spent a good portion of yesterday messing around with trying to get some items ready to sell on Redbubble and Pixels.. By the time I spent several hours trying to find information on templates, size, resolution, aspect ratio, etc, etc, etc, ad infinitum, ad nauseum, I was ready to start stepping on kittens.

Of course the FAQ sections on these sites never seem to address the questions I have. Of course, there's always the "contact us" link - which usually leads you back to the useless FAQs. And once I find the deeply buried email link, I've forgotten what I was looking for.

Then, when I do remember what I wanted to find I usually get a "support" representative that can't or won't understand what I'm asking. I mean how difficult is it to understand that the aspect ratio for a coffee mug is different than for a throw pillow or t-shirt?

At least Redbubble has a list of pixel sizes and resolutions for the various products. I'm still going back and forth with Pixels... I'm about ready to tell them to take their site and stuff it. I don't need this aggravation. I just need to find a way to make a little extra cash.

At least one of my photos on Adobe Stock sold! Not bad, considering I only have 14 photos in my portfolio there. I really need to get out and start shooting some good stock photos.

Over and out for tonight.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November Musings

Once again, it's been too long since I've done anything with this blog. Not that this thing has a wide readership.....

Anyway... Some updates..

I've been doing some work on the house. I finally got around to removing the window in the shed, and closing that area off. Who needs a window in a shed?? I'll be doing some major work inside the shed once the weather warms up again - which should be 5 or 6 months from now. Right now, winter had made her grand entrance, and it's freaking cold outside!



We had our first snow of the season, and I'm sooo glad I don't have to drive all over the place to fix broken copiers anymore. BTW, it's been just over a year since I retired. Still love it, but I do miss the paychecks. I am looking into ways to make a little extra cash.

Here's a photo I took a week or so before the snow arrived. Got some nice fall colors for once:


And a couple from the air with my DJI Mavic Pro:



I've been busy with my T.N.A. story as well. Several new characters have joined the team, and things are going to be getting wild and crazy very soon!


This is Sasha from the New York office. Don't ask where she keeps the gun in that outfit - she won't even tell ME where she stashes it!

I'm going to be working on a new story about Agent G4 and how she came to be one of the Agency's top operatives. Look for it soon.


That's it for now. Look for lots more artwork and photos soon. I'm going to try - again - to keep this blog up-to-date!

Later!
Rod



Sunday, October 28, 2018

Looks Like It's Back Up.

Hopefully all is fixed. Thanks for getting it fixed quickly, GoDaddy.

Website Down

...Again.....

Rodslair.com is currently down as of 5:56 PM CDT. I've called GoDaddy, and was told they are having a "known issue" but no ETA on when it would be resolved.

I may be looking into a different hosting provider, if I can find one that works for the way my site is set up. I'm not really enthusiastic about the "Template" based providers such as Wix and Squarespace. I like to do my own design, and not use a pre-made 'template' designed by someone else.

I'll have to do a little research, I guess.

But I'm getting pretty fed up with GoDaddy. This is happening too often.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Acacia

A new character morph I'm playing with...

Things are pretty busy - still (I thought that would stop when I retired...... 😆), but I hope to pick up on this blog again very soon! Fun stuff is coming...

Rod

Monday, June 04, 2018

Quick Update..

Just a quick one - lots of stuff going on here...

I posted a YouTube video regarding those "boutique' custom-designed and built computers offered by Velocity, Origin, Titan, just to name a few. Are they worth the extra money?

 08-04-18.... I took the video down. After two months it had a total of 5 or 6 views, so why bother? The gist of the video was basically no, they are not - at least in my experience. I have far better luck with the Powerspec computers at my local Microcenter.

Speaking of such.... I had to send that POS Velocity laptop back to them again - at my cost: $84.00 - for more testing. They will put it back to the way it was when it left the factory, and hopefully it will actually WORK this time.

Got it back, and while it works, it still drops the USB ports about every 3rd time I boot it up. All is OK if I unplug the USB devices, then boot it up and plug them in after it's booted up completely. I'll just put up with it as is - it's not a big issue to plug in the USB devices. And I'm NOT sending it back. I'm done with Velocity.
 

In other news, our great-nephew, Josh was injured in a car accident, and is now in the ICU over at Children's Mercy. We were able to see him over the weekend, and he seems to be doing better, but the road to recovery will be a long one.

That's pretty much it. Working on some new stuff for the T.N.A. story, and doing some work on the house. We've been here 15 years, and the neighborhood seems to be slowly but surely headed in the downhill direction.

More coming soon...

Later,
Rod


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Behind The Scenes 2018_001

Behind The Scenes is back after a 10-month hiatus!

BTS 2018_001

More coming soon.

Monday, April 23, 2018

I REALLY Need to Take a Break...

Have you ever got to a point where you're just so tired of messing with a particular thing that you just want to pick it up and throw it as far as you possibly can?

You know, all of the technology pundits out there keep telling us how marvelous all of this technology is, how it improves our lives, how it gives us more time for the fun things, and how it can be used for all those fun things… Some days I think they are as full of S##T as a Christmas turkey.

It seems like for the last two or three months, I have spent more time configuring, managing, troubleshooting, debugging, and generally messing around trying to get all of this technology to work properly than I have actually enjoying it. Don't get me wrong, I've still enjoyed creating some artwork with Poser, DAZ Studio, and Photoshop, but it just seems like there's been so many stupid little issues one after the other. It's probably just me…

The Origin laptop got home Saturday, and at first everything looked fine – and it is better than it was. But still, it has thrown up the blue screen at boot up twice since it's been home. I've contacted Origin, and they said during testing they had nothing plugged into the USB ports, and asked if I had any USB devices plugged in. I do have a Logitech USB wireless mouse, so I'll just leave it unplugged when I boot up, and only plug it in after it successfully booted. I'll try that for a few days and see how it goes.

I'll say one thing for Origin… At least they get back with me, unlike Velocity. My last contact with Velocity was last Tuesday, when I sent their engineer the files he had requested. It is now Monday, and I have yet to receive a response from them. This is typical. Right now, I'm mulling over the idea of creating a video about this whole sorry episode and posting it on YouTube for the world to see. And I may just tell the folks at Velocity that I am going to do this. Maybe that'll get them off their asses, but I doubt it.




On to other things.... I've been putting off, and putting off installing the new, upgraded modem from Comcast, but I finally got around to doing it today. I've been dreading it for over a week knowing I would probably have to go back in and reconfigure everything again and spend the whole day fighting with technology. It wasn't quite that bad, and everything is up and running now – and the Internet does seem quite a bit faster. But still, it took pretty much all afternoon to get everything all configured and running right, and my wireless Epson scanner still doesn't want to connect. I spent a good 2 1/2 hours fighting with it until I finally gave up and said screw it, I'll just plug it into the only remaining USB port I have left on that computer.

By the time I got through with configuring everything and tracking down all the inevitable bugs, I was ready to start stepping on kittens.

Anyway, the upshot of all of this is I think I'm gonna take a hiatus for a few days and just watch some movies on my Blu-ray player. Oh, that's something else… My little Sony Blu-ray player is wireless, and – up until about a month ago – I could get online with it and watch videos on YouTube. Then it stopped. I thought maybe this new modem would take care of that problem, and in a way it has. It will view any other channel except YouTube. The screwy thing is… Jolene's Blu-ray player upstairs – which is the exact same model – will play YouTube just fine. I don't know…

Okay, that's it. I'm done for now. I think I'll go out and find some kittens to step on...

Just kidding! Just kidding! 😆

I don't need a bunch of animal rights activists pounding on my front door!

Over and out…

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I Need To Take A Break..

Well, that's what Jolene just told me. And she's probably right. She's probably tired of hearing me say:

"$^%*^&% freakin' $^%**^$% stupid #%$%^$%&*&* COMPUTERS!!!"

Right now I am sooooooooooo burned out with fighting technology!

Last night I started the transfer of all my Poser runtimes and scenes from the intermittent J drive to the new Seagate hybrid drive. The failing drive was - once again - hair-pullingly s....l....o....w. It would take anywhere from 5 - 20 minutes to transfer ONE file! I just left it overnight, and surprisingly, it (once again) woke up sometime during the night, and all the files transferred.

I pulled the old drive out, put the new drive in, changed its drive letter back to 'J' so I didn't have to reconfigure Poser's Library Pref file. Everything seems to be working smoothly now (I am being guardedly optimistic here..).

I also made some modifications to All-Way Sync so everything can be synchronized quickly and easily. Then it was a matter of getting all the computers to talk with each other (without plotting against me).

I have to say I think All-Way Sync is one of the best software investments I've ever made. If I remember correctly it was only 30 or 40 bucks, and you can install it on as many computers as you want. It makes backing up and synchronizing entire drives full of stuff a breeze!

I think I'm finally done. It seems like the last couple of months, I've spent more time managing and administrating these infernal machines than I have doing anything fun and creative with them:

 What I spend most of my time doing

What I WISH I was spending my time doing

Yeah, hanging out on the rooftop looking at the stars with Julie, Kinnie, and Marissa would be such a treat right now. Sigh. If only they were real - and it was actually warm enough to sit out at night. Topless or otherwise! 😀

I haven't installed the new Comcast modem yet - that will happen in the next few days if I can catch a break and relax a little before tackling another delightful encounter with technology.

I sent the information the Velocity engineer requested yesterday - no response as yet. It may take a while to analyze the data. We'll see what happens.

Rod out..


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Out With The Old....

... And in with the new!

Well, we got our new garage door today, and it looks great! I was beginning to wonder earlier if it was going to happen, because the installer was running late. But I guess he had a delay on a previous job. At any rate, he got here right about 1 o'clock and it took about three hours to complete the whole job.

I was a little surprised that it was only one guy, but I guess he's had plenty of experience because he did a really good job with it. The new door is in, looks great, and operates smoothly.



 Old door coming out!

 New door installed and working great.

Now, I just need to do some scraping and painting!

I wish I could say the same for everything else… Well, actually things are going fairly smoothly at the moment. Mostly.. The new modem from Comcast arrived a couple days ago, but I haven't gotten around to replacing the old one with it yet. Frankly, I'm kind of burned out on dealing with technology.😝

Over the weekend, my main Poser machine – the Titan that just came back from service a few weeks ago – threw up a message that a hard drive was failing. Great. Echoes of the old HP computer… Anyway, it turns out it was the 'J' drive, and not the main boot drive, thankfully. The 'J' drive is a data drive and has all of my Poser runtimes and scene files on it. But those are backed up in 4 other places. I did a bunch of backups of a few other items on that drive Saturday night, and it was a hair pulling experience – not that I have that much hair left to pull. It was extremely slow and error messages popped up frequently. I finally just selected a bunch of folders and dragged them to a drive on another networked computer, and just went to bed. I fully expected to find a screen full of error messages in the morning when I got up, but surprisingly everything copied fine. Apparently the drive straightened itself out during the process, and started running properly.

I'm not taking any chances with it though. Although it seems to be working fine right now, I think there is an intermittent problem with that drive. So I got another drive from MicroCenter yesterday to replace it with, and I'll probably tackle that sometime over the weekend.

While were on the subject of computers, I got an email message from the folks at Origin computer, and it looks like my Origin laptop is all well and ready to come home. They sent me a bill for $61 for shipping both ways, but there was no cost for labor and it didn't need any parts.

I'm still battling with the P.O.S. Velocity laptop. I got an email message the other day from one of their chief engineers who gave me some instructions on how to gather some information that he would need before he remotes into the system. It took quite a fight today to get that information, but I did manage it, and sent it to him. If past experiences are any indicator, it'll be two or three days before I get any kind of a response. At this point, I really don't have much faith that they'll ever get that stupid piece of junk working properly. We'll see… But I'm not going to hold my breath.

Other than that, things are rolling along pretty well here. I'm just getting tired of this endless winter. It's April for crying out loud! It's time for spring. I'm ready to get out and shoot some photos and fly some drones.

Later!

Monday, April 09, 2018

April 9, 2018

Well, I finally got around to doing our taxes today, and we're coming out looking pretty good. Getting some money back from Federal and Kansas, and we don't have to pay a whole lot to Missouri. I'm glad that's done! I don't know why I put it off till almost the last minute every year, but I do. I guess it's just because it's such a royal pain in the butt – even when I use TurboTax. But thank God I've got TurboTax, because I'd never figure it out on my own.

The people from Overhead Door called earlier, and we're scheduled to get our new garage door installed on the 17th. Apparently they'll be putting in a new frame and everything, so the garage door won't look crappy anymore LOL.

The adventure with my piece of crap Velocity laptop continues. Last night, I tried to do a relatively simple thing – watch a couple videos on YouTube. After five or six hard reboots (having to manually power down the computer then reboot it) due to the stupid thing locking up and becoming completely unresponsive, I was about ready to throw it in front of a train.

After I received it Saturday, and the first thing it did was lock up on me, I sent a rather scathing email to Velocity. Thus far, I have received no response. I'll wait a couple of days to see if they respond. If not, in the words of our esteemed leader Donald Trump (I'm being just a little facetious here), I will unleash fire and fury upon them such as the world has never seen.

They clearly did absolutely nothing other than slap a new DVD drive in it, put a new keyboard on it, and ship it back to me. They completely ignored my description of the locking problem, slowness, non-responsiveness, and a myriad of other irritating issues it has. Should it become necessary to take further action, I will most definitely leverage social media.

It's still cold here, it snowed yesterday. Today, it looks like the snow is all pretty much gone, but it's still cold. It's supposed to start warming up tomorrow, and by Wednesday and Thursday it will be in the 70s. I'm ready for it! I'm ready to get out of the house a little bit, take some photos, and fly some drones. And I have a number of projects on this house that I'll be working on this summer.

That about wraps it up for this entry. As an aside, I got an email from one of my artist friends a week or so ago, and it appears people actually do read this stuff! :-) So for those of you who do, thank you very much!

Later!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Nooooo!


Come on!! It's April for crying out loud!! Of course, I've seen it dump 14 inches in April before.. Hopefully this won't be one of those...

We drove to Winfield Kansas Friday for the interment of Jo's uncle Howard's ashes in the Wall of Honor at the Veteran's Cemetery in Winfield. It was a moving ceremony, and thankfully short as it was cold and windy. It was a 7 hour round trip, so we were both pretty well worn out by the time we got back.

Well, my Velocity laptop got back home Saturday. I was a little surprised, because there were never any of the updates Velocity said I'd get during the repair process. I got one message from them letting me know it had arrived at their service depot, but nothing after that, until the UPS truck showed up.

Although they did replace the keyboard and DVD drive, within moments of booting it up, it locked up on me. Several times. It took me a half-dozen re-boots to get it to settle down to a point where I could start removing the apps I wouldn't be using on it any longer.

I removed Photoshop, Lightroom, and the Adobe Cloud app, as well as Poser. I have those on other machines, so they're not needed on this machine.

After the third or fourth lockup, I sent a rather - shall we say pointed - email to Velocity. I was pretty pissed at that point after paying them 318 bucks to fix the damn thing. I guess "fixing it" consisted of the replacement of the keyboard and DVD that I'd requested. I also requested the other issues (s-l-o-w or no response to mouse commands, opening folders, etc.) be addressed. Clearly they were not.

I was finally able - after several hours messing with it - to get it working fairly smoothly, and the  DVD drive does work fine - I was able to watch Rogue 1 on it last night with no issues. I don't know if the Adobe stuff was causing it issues, or what. It should have plenty of power to handle both the Adobe apps and Poser. My Powerspec laptop from Microcenter handles both Adobe and Poser with no issues. And it was half the price of this Velocity.

Anyway, it's a pretty safe bet I'll never buy another Velocity, nor will I recommend them. This whole episode has been unimpressive to put it mildly, and has left a bad taste in my mouth for anything Velocity.

I did get an update from Origin, and it looks like they found and fixed the problem. Apparently there was a loose screw that holds the M.2 drive in place, and it was not making good contact. They are doing some additional testing on it, and hopefully it will be home soon. I'm just relieved that it was the computer that had a screw loose, and not me!

Well, that's about it for this entry. I'm so ready for warmer weather to arrive. It's time to get outside, shoot some photos, fly some drones, and start on some of the projects on this house.

Later!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

April 1 - No Foolin'

Brrrr..... Cold, sleet - snow, cloudy and gloomy. A good day for staying inside, doing some artwork, listening to music, drinking coffee, and relaxing.

The two ailing laptops are now at their respective repair depots. Got them off on Monday, and they both arrived on Thursday. I got an email from Origin letting me know it was there, but nothing from Velocity as yet.

Hopefully both will be back in operating condition  - I'm sure paying for it.

I put DAZ Studio on my main computer - the one I'm using now - and I just about gave birth to a moose the first time I did a large render on it. An image that would probably have taken overnight on the laptop took less than an hour on this machine! I am now thinking seriously about adding another desktop machine dedicated to DAZ Studio. At this rate I'll be browning out the entire neighborhood..

Not much eles going on at the moment - not that it matters.... No one reads this stuff anyway.. I don't know why I bother with it sometimes. Oh, well...

Happy Easter to anyone that stops by!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Latest Stuff..

Okay, this will be a fairly short entry, with just a few of the latest updates. 😉

First, the ailing laptops will be going out Monday to Velocity and Origin for repairs. I'm not sure how much it's going to cost me to get the Origin fixed, but I know I'm in it for at least 318 for the Velocity. I'm pretty sure that they will both be wiped clean and Windows reinstalled fresh, and that's fine. I may keep the Velocity upstairs, since it will have (hopefully) a working DVD drive in it, and just use it for light duty and watching movies and stuff. I won't be putting Photoshop or Poser back on it.

On the Origin, I'm not quite sure what I'll put back on it. I might put Poser Pro 11 on it just to see how it works. I've had Poser 11 since it came out, but I really haven't used it much as it wouldn't work at all on the old HP, and I don't want to take a chance on messing up my Poser installations on the other computers.

I was using the Origin for DAZ Studio, but I now have DAZ installed on this machine, and thus far I have been extremely pleased with the way it runs. This computer has a GTX 1070 card in it, and earlier today it crunched through a large render (about 3000 x 4000 pixels), in about 15 minutes. Granted, there was only one figure in the image, with no environmental props, but still... on the Origin laptop it would have taken at least an hour.

I'm kind of mulling over in (what's left of) my mind the prospect of getting a dedicated computer for DAZ Studio, but we'll see how that goes. It'll depend on expenses with these laptops, and any other things that might crop up. We shall see…

At least my DJI Mavic Pro and Inspire 1 are both up and working properly again. 😁

I've done a little bit of redecorating on this blog, and you'll notice my calendar girls over on the sidebar to the right. I'll be adding more soon. This will be kind of a fun little preview, and the calendar girls will be posted here in this smaller format even before they are posted at Renderosity or Deviant Art.

Well I said this was going to be short, so I'll stop rambling for now. 😎

Later!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

And So We Wait...



Those four words pretty much sum up the current situation with my two malfunctioning laptops. I called Velocity yesterday to get things set up to send their laptop in for servicing. As instructed, I called, gave them my credit card number, and now I am waiting for the payment ($318) to be processed so they can send me a UPS label. The representative I talked to yesterday said the payment should be processed by this morning. I’m writing this at 9:19 in the evening, and have seen nothing from Velocity.

Yesterday, after yet another email to Origin, I was instructed to call their tech support line to get the Origin laptop set up for service. I called them today, and spoke with one of their representatives. Again, I had to give my credit card number in order to process payment. I will be paying for shipping both ways – a total of $68, plus whatever parts are needed to get their piece of crap up and running. At least I don’t have to pay labor on this one.

I did send an email to the person I’ve been working with at Origin to let them know that the system would be coming in for service. I also asked them why I should ever consider buying another computer from their company. This laptop cost a little over $2300. It lasted a little over a year and a half, and of course their warranty is only for one year. No response as yet.

As I stated in one of my earlier blog posts, this has all left are really, really bad taste in my mouth for these so-called “boutique” custom computer companies. They rant and rave on their websites about how great their systems are and how great their service is, but when it comes right down to it they're just like everybody else. Once they have your money, you can go screw yourself. Nobody gives a damn.

It remains to be seen what kind of a job either of these companies do in repairing their pieces of junk. I will reserve final judgment until that time, but as it stands right now you can rest assured that once this is all said and done I will be doing my level best to spread the word. If you need a good computer, you might as well build it yourself or just go down the street to Micro Center or wherever and get a decent machine locally. For half the price.