I have been planning to buy one of those fancy, newfangled Linux laptops from Dell Computer for about a year or so. Actually, I promised my dear wife a laptop about two Christmases (a year and a half ago-ish). However, due to my extended “summer vacation” and the corresponding budgetary constraints thereof, I have been unable to do so. Being an intern and therefore having similar budgetary constraints have prevented me from purchasing a laptop for my darling bride. When we discovered we had overpaid Uncle Sam an extraordinary amount via federal income tax
steali withholding (for my refund is several times the amount withheld), I decided it was time to actually purchase her gift. So I ordered a laptop from Dell with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled.
Dell is, you may know, a computer company that builds to order. In other words, Dell builds computers as they are ordered, rather than building a large pile of ready-built computers. When I ordered the laptop online, I expected Dell to take a few days or so to build the laptop and ship it. I was surprised to discover they would take ten days to ship it. With 3-5 day shipping, I would have the laptop within two weeks. One would think that a company that is structured as a build-to-order company would be rather efficient at building to order. On the day it was supposed to ship Dell “discovered” (apparently) they do not have the necessary parts to build this laptop. It is being delayed almost two weeks. I ordered the computer in February. I do not think February is a busy month for ordering computers. Christmas is several months away. The new school year is several months away. The current semester is almost a couple months underway. So why the delay? Why should it take a company that specializes in build-to-order computer systems take nearly a month to build-to-order?
So far, I am not impressed. Perhaps when I receive it, I will be.
I would tell you that I will post a review of the laptop after I receive it. Given the frequency of my posts, that may be lying, so I will not deign to tell you this.
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