It’s quite a statement to make – “I dropped out of college because my Dell laptop had Ubuntu on it”. But that’s what this story boils down to.
A woman by the name of Abbie Schubert enrolled in the Madison Area Technical College (MATC). Her intention was to take a number of classes online and therefore she needed a laptop on which to view the course material and do her course work. She turned to Dell and spent $1,100 buying a machine she thought was suitable direct from their website.
When it arrived Abbie expected to boot the machine up and see the Microsoft Windows logo, but to her surprise instead she saw the Ubuntu logo. Calling Dell’s support line a bit confused she asked what Ubuntu was. The support person explained it was an alternative OS and even though she could switch to Windows she was advised that she could do everything she needed to on the popular Linux distro.
Abbie decided to stick with Ubuntu, but then started running into problems. Remember, she is not a technical person and required a laptop that she could just use. Her first blocker was the Verizon CD she had for setting up an Internet account which wouldn’t work with Ubuntu. Then she found out her MATC courses required Microsoft Word format documents for coursework submission – she didn’t know or realize OpenOffice was on her machine and that it can produce Word documents.
Totally frustrated she contacted Dell again, but this time she was told swapping to Windows was no longer an option. After that the only option in her eyes was to then drop out of her courses as she could not access the content or produce the work as they required it.
Since then, with the help of WKOWTV.com, a Verizon engineer has arranged a visit to sort out her Internet and MATC have said they can show Abbie how to save her documents in OpenOffice to be compatible with their submission procedures.
Speaks for itself.
The other side of this are the television adverts for Microshit in which the smiling participants are all women, manginas or weirdos. It is clear from their target audience that they have given up on normal men.
And what are they doing with their oh-so-wonderful Microshit boxes?
Well, I'll give you a clue. They won't be landing on Mars any time soon.