Your friendly Pharmer has gotten notice that the Acer computer, which hasn’t been usable since it was purchased last November 1, has been shipped from its second trip to the repair shop. Meanwhile, this little comment is being plopped onto the website from the wonderful PC that Pharmer assembled at home.
Getting to the meat of the top linked article: tablets are selling like hotcakes, but the expected bounce in PC sales that usually comes with the introduction of a new operating system did NOT happen. Windows 8 failed to inspire. This might be due to the extra cost of big touch screens, which are needed to bring out the features of the new Microsoft OS. Perhaps the tablets are getting powerful enough, more reliable, and more compatible with printers, so that people don’t see so much need for a PC.
Or maybe………….. the desktops and laptops that people are assembling at home are not being included in the count.
Pharm readers might have been wondering about the decline in posts Down on the Pharm. The computer hard drive had been trying to die for months, and it finally did. Before it died, your friendly Pharmer (on Nov 1, 2012) purchased an Acer prebuilt computer from New Egg. It appeared to be a good buy, with plenty of speed for office use, and lots of memory. However………. Pharmer’s luck with computers ran out. In short, it appears from all the time spent with tech help, and the need to send it in for “repairs”, that the existing operating system, (and 2 sets of recovery disks) for this computer, were not configured correctly to work with the hardware. The Acer was unusable from day 1, and had to be sent out for “repair” for the second time on Dec 29, 2012. This second failure was the final impetus to drive the Pharmer to build her own rig. After some quick business, buying the individual components fromTiger Direct, (not a kit), it’s up and running, before the ACER came back from the shop. You can see Pharmer’s first build below. She has entered new phase of life: Geek-O-Pause!