A Sellers Delight and A Users Nightmare

A few months ago we decided to buy a new laptop, a Pavilion Hewlett Packard laptop.  We bought a Hewlett Packard on the basis we already had one which was purchased about three years ago and it works well.

I live in Cataluña Spain in the Ebro Valley region, halfway up a mountain in the middle of a forest so I have to use and Orange mobile sim in a small wifi.  So what’s the problem? each day there are downloads of updates, windows 8.1, word, fortress, blue tooth plus Hewlett Packard’s updates of its own operating system.  Huge amounts of data pouring in 1500MB at a go which makes my computer unusable.

I have tried to download Google Chrome twice! It was fully installed but it was like a war going on, my computer went into a loop turning on turning off continuously so much so that I had to un-install it twice! I then had to run a recovery which in turn wiped out certain updates which then had to be re-installed.  So I now run just the basic Microsoft, but still the updates come pouring in. I really have to ask myself “have I got the right machine? have I got the right software?”

I wonder if these monolithic computer companies so out of touch with their users? and if their original software is so badly designed they have to continuously tweek it.  It’s a battle just to turn the thing off. You no longer click on the bottom left hand corner to log off. Oh no, now you have to go to the right hand side wiggle the cursor around till it pulls up a control panel then be quick enough to click on settings before the whole thing disappears and you have to start over again.  It’s only then that you can click on power then log off it really is hard work.  This is to my mind is badly designed and makes hard work of things, plus when I am working if I move the cursor controls pop in from the side or screens change. Are these machines ever tested before they are sent out to be sold?

At least Hewlett Packard is not like certain other computer manufactures, who, when the warranty runs out and you do not pay for an extension of same they destroy your hard drive.

But please Hewlett Packard can you get your act together with all the software suppliers. I have still got my Compact EVO with Excel, its simple, straightforward  “and it works“.

(C)  Michal Douglas Bosc

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About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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