February 9th, 2009

Bruce, Caroline

Monday Trivia

Well, here we are at the beginning of another week. It's icy outside, so I'm really glad to be in here while it's out there. So, it's a great day for doing trivia!!! I got 8/10, so it's a good start to the week. The questions are here Have fun!!
Bruce, Caroline

My Entertainment for the Day

My exciting afternoon can only get more exciting from here; I'd hope. On Saturday, I received a new desktop computer from Dell, and I've been spending the weekend setting it up. Yesterday though, I discovered that the product key for Office 2007 wasn't entered into the system, which surprised me because I thought my last system had it already set up. Well, I'm sort of in a strange situation here. I don't have a clue where it is in the documentation I received, and because of Microsoft's rules, Dell can't ship me any software anymore. I don't currently have my Kurzweil 1000 software installed because nobody from the company is returning my calls about getting me a replacement disk and/or my license number.

So, I figured I'd give Dell a call and have them give me the code. That should have been easy, right? Wrong. I got someone who asked me what my problem was, and I explained the situation to him. He then spent the next 5 minutes telling me that for only $149 a year I could have excellent technical support, and would I like him to add it to my account. Um, ... no. He then put me on hold, only to come back a few minutes later to tell me that he couldn't help me, and that I would need to call Microsoft to get my code. He gave me two numbers and I hung up.

When I called Microsoft, I got the usual automated system, and was finally able to direct the prompts to get me to a human. It sounded for all the world like I'd been directed to some place in the UK because I even had the weird phone ring thing that they get over there. When the man answered, he asked me for my product key. I said that I didn't have it, and that was my reason for calling. At that point, the call was disconnected. I don't know if the guy simply hung up on me because I didn't have the information he needed, or if the quality of the connection was bad so it was just terminated. In either case, this is a heck of a lot of trouble to go through for one stupid product key.

So, after all that excitement, I just don't know how I'd survive anything more exciting!!! GRIN!!