So yesterday we came into possession of a desktop running Windows XP and I loaded the camera software onto it and all was well except the driver for the printer was nowhere to be found. I consulted the Hewlett-Packard website to locate the driver only to be confronted with a bewildering array of information overload. After about a half hour I gave up in frustration trying to locate the driver and called them.To my surprise I was on the line with a tech representative in about 15 seconds. I explained the problem and they said they could help. The first question was did I want to place an order for upgraded equipment/software? “No. Everything works fine’” I said. “I just want to know where I can find the printer driver on the website.” The rep said she could help me with that. How did I want to pay? “What?! Excuse me! Are you asking me to pay for information about where on your website I can locate the driver I need?” I asked. The reply was, “Well, sir, your equipment IS out of warranty.” I hung up.
I was flabbergasted! Their website was so devilishly complicated I couldn’t locate the driver and they wanted to charge me just to tell me where it was! It took another hour of surfing the web, but I finally succeeded in finding a link where all had to do was click on it, download the driver and install it. The whole incident makes me think I will never buy H-P stuff again.In the same vein, the new desktop lacks Word and Excel and I am not about to pay ~$300 for them. I went to Open Office and downloaded their software and in 15 minutes was able to open and save documents and spreadsheets in Word and Excel formats.
I guess that’s why I favor free chess software and engines…some of them work just as good as the stuff you pay a hundred dollars for.