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Journal of shockme (2685)

Tuesday December 02, 2003
11:39 PM

Alienware and eBay

[ #16136 ]

Alienware apparently has some sort of hard-on for sellers on eBay. Today, I've witnessed probably 20 or so different auctions canceled, and many of the active auctions contain pleas to not cancel the auction. Most of the non-canceled auctions contain disclaimers that the seller isn't associated with Alienware and the purchase of said item will not include technical support.

Which is a problem for me. I mean, I understand Alienware's position, and they're perfectly within their right to not allow the technical support to be transferable. However, when you're spending $1,500 - $2,000 on hardware, that warm, fuzzy feeling that you have a safety net in the event the system goes tits-up on Day 2 is pretty nice to have ...

Laptops ... Man, that's a mixed bag. On one hand, I'd love to have one. On the other hand, I'd never get a moment's rest because I'd always have the thing with me ...

Here's what I'd really like to have:

  • 15" - 16" Active matrix, preferably 1600 x 1200 resolution
  • 1 Gb RAM
  • NVidia or ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 with a minimum of 64mb RAM
  • Somewhere close to a 3GHz processor
  • DVD/CD-RW (preferably DVD-RW)
  • 40 - 60 Gb hard drive, ATA100, with 8Mb cache
  • USB and Firewire port(s)
  • 10/100 ethernet
  • An open bay for an extra battery, optical drive, etc.
  • 100% Soundblaster compatible soundcard

Oh, and it absolutely must be Linux-friendly. Debian all the way, baby.

And Alienware seems to fit the bill.

Anyone have any experience with used Alienware laptops, eBay purchases of Alienware laptops, or advice concerning that I'm way off base along with other suggestions?

I'm really chomping at the bit ... such a bad sign ... and yet so right ...

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