Would you want THESE GUYS touching your PC?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by jim, May 20, 2008.

  1. jim

    jim Guest

    As you probably know, Geek Squad is owned by Best Buy and operates right out
    of their stores. So, it is reasonable to assume that Best Buy sets the tone
    for how Geek Squad operates (except for the influence that Microsoft's
    $200,000,000 cash infusion gives them, of course).

    Seeing as how the tone for the overall Best Buy/Geek Squad operations are
    set by Best Buy, it would behoove people to take note as to how Best Buy
    treats its customers before using the services of Geek Squad.

    As reported on CNET
    (http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9947410-7.html?tag=nefd.top), Best Buy has
    been selling customers old ANALOG (that means the TVs are not ready for the
    February 17, 2009 switch of ALL television to digital signals) televisions
    without the stickers MANDATED by the FCC that warn buyers that the sets will
    not work after February 17, 2009 without buying an additional digital
    converter.

    That's nice. Screwing the public to dump old analog TVs that will work for
    less than a year without the new digital signal converters.

    Makes me wonder what old, out-of-date crap Geek Squad is installing on
    people's PCs.

    jim
     
    jim, May 20, 2008
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    Mark H Guest

    Your TV will not work if you do not receive Satellite or Cable and it is not
    digital ready.

    If you currently receive Satellite or Cable, it will work just fine and the
    TVs are a lot cheaper.
     
    Mark H, May 20, 2008
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  3. Digital cable and satellite boxes will convert to analogue, so the TVs will
    still work, but you are right in that Best Buy and other major computer
    stores have little integrity, and service to the customer runs second to
    making money..


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    Mike Hall - MVP, May 20, 2008
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  4. Actually it indicates how inaccurate CNET or someone who may have edited
    their report may be.

    Those TVs will still function and only those who rely on antenna
    signals, not those who are getting dish or cable who will have no problems.
     
    Joseph Meehan, May 20, 2008
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  5. jim

    john Guest

    exactly, same goes for Microsoft.
     
    john, May 20, 2008
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  6. The converter boxes will allow analog sets to continue to work with
    over-the-air tv. No satellite or cable is required.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, May 20, 2008
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  7. jim

    jim Guest

    Of course you are right, but why wouldn't Best Buy tell their customers
    this?
     
    jim, May 20, 2008
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  8. Mike Hall - MVP, May 20, 2008
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  9. jim

    john Guest

    glad to see you agree that Microsoft has little integrity and service to the
    customer runs second to making money.
     
    john, May 20, 2008
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    AJR Guest

    John - I'm confused regarding "...service to the
    customer runs second to making money. .." - what companies can you name
    whose sole purpose is NOT to "make money"?

    BTW - It is unfortunate that mose people have no other recourse then to use
    Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. for advice and service .
     
    AJR, May 20, 2008
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  11. Without the making of money, there would be no service, no development,
    nada..

    Linux is offered free on the back of other money making enterprises..

    Do NOT accredit me with words that are not mine..


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    Mike Hall - MVP, May 20, 2008
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  12. I don't know about what you call these in America, but we do not call them
    converter boxes. They are digital terrestrial receivers, as these analogue
    TVs just lack digital tuners.

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, May 20, 2008
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    Tim Slattery Guest

    Yes but....there's an article in the Washington Post this morning
    about how the digital over-the-air signals are not as robust as analog
    signals. Somebody who gets acceptable over-the-air analog reception
    might not do so well with digital signals.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...05/19/AR2008051902730.html?hpid=moreheadlines
     
    Tim Slattery, May 20, 2008
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    john Guest

    you took my statement and added "And..."
    that generally means in addition to.
    sounded like an agreement to me.
     
    john, May 20, 2008
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  15. Always fun to watch Mike Hall try to wiggle out of what he said.

    Memo to Mike Hall:

    The word 'and' is intended to indicate some connection or additions to
    what was previously said. Often used to express logical modification,
    some consequence or supplementary explanation to another. May be used
    to form a conjunction, list more of the same or of a similar kind.

    Always amusing to see the Microsoft fateful exclude Microsoft from
    what they admit are a laundry list of sins of other software
    companies, software/hardware retailers etc., when everybody knows
    Microsoft is the biggest offender when it comes to poor service,
    crappy always buggy products and attempts to bully and be the 800
    pound gorilla in the room.

    You see Mike, that MVP badge you so love to flash around looks pretty
    tarnished when you always excuse Microsoft no matter what pretending
    they are guiltless, like a good little fanboy is suppose to do.
     
    Adam Albright, May 20, 2008
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  16. It is that digital signals are more picky about the signal quality. You
    will need a higher signal strength to get a respectable digital signal
    otherwise you will get a pretty bad picture.


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    Robert Pendell, May 20, 2008
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  17. This applies to over the air signals only. If you use any other source
    for the signal then they are fine.

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    Robert Pendell, May 20, 2008
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  18. Not all of them.

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    Robert Pendell, May 20, 2008
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    Jim Guest

    Perhaps that is correct for some sets in some localities. However, my TV
    receives both analog and digital signals. The only difference I see is that
    the digital signals are sharper and have better colors.

    Jim
     
    Jim, May 20, 2008
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    Terry R. Guest

    The date and time was 5/20/2008 10:32 AM, and on a whim, Jim pounded out
    Those living in the boonies will suffer the most probably. Since analog
    gives varying degrees of quality, from lousy to good, digital will
    either work or it won't. You won't "kind" of get a signal. If it's not
    strong enough, you're out of luck.

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    Terry R., May 20, 2008
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