Taking advantage of people

I feel terrible for this (older) woman whose PC I’m working on. It has the following:

  • Windows XP
  • Intel Celeron 1GHz
  • 128MB of (probably) shared SDRAM
  • Lite-On LTR-32123S CD-RW
  • Maxtor 6E040L0 40GB Hard Drive
  • Integrated audio and LAN

I don’t know how much she got charged, but it’s terribly slow. It’s pretty much near suicide to run Windows XP with 128MB of RAM, and I’m appalled that a company would sell her a computer containing that much memory. I don’t know what to tell her, but I can’t get all the critters off. I’ve been working on it for longer than an hour, so I’m suggesting a clean install. Plus, I’m advising maybe adding memory to the computer. I don’t know how much it’ll help, seeing that it’s only using a Celeron 1GHz processor. Frustration is setting in.

Edit: Ooh, there’s a “Computer Village” badge on the front, so I recommend that you stay away from them. I’m doing this on the side, and I’m ticked because they give people like me a bad name. You know, thinking along the lines like, “How do I know you’re not trying to rip me off?” You know what I mean? Ugh, terrible.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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