A not so very “HP” experience

Nothing lasts forever . And it happened so one morning that an incident in my life reiterated this fact . When I came back from the class ( yes you heard it right … I said “class” ) …… So when I came back from the class and switched the power button on , the machine refused to start . I was too much of an optimist and concluded that my system has gone rusty and it just needed a few attempts to get it back to normal . But it was not to be . 1…2…3…4… even after n number of attempts , it won’t start .

God helps those who help themselves . Going by this great line from some Mr. ABC , I made a valiant effort to go for a self diagnosis . The innocent machine was ripped open by some ruthless screw-driving 😛 . But as it was obvious in the end , I didn’t know what to do next with the parts that I had disassembled .

Sanity prevailed and I did what had to be done . The patient was taken to the doctor . The “ever so caring and truthful” HP Service Center guys were delighted to see a screwed laptop with an expired warranty period . Dollars…Dollars…Dollars…

The engineer at the desk took special care to prepare me for the worst possible fault . I was told that the repair cost could range from anything between 300 bucks to some 5-digit amount . The optimist within me sprung into action once again . Somehow I assured myself once again that the thing will be repaired within minimal cost .

3 days went by and I hadn’t had a single word from the HP guys about the current status of my machine . I took special care to bug them 3 times a day , hoping that this will hasten up the process . Everytime they told me that the quotation will be mailed to me . And so it did . 5 days later I received a mail for RT outsourcing and the contents of the mail killed the optimist within me with a single stroke .

Rs.20341/- was what I was supposed to pay for the apparently damaged system board ( or mother board as it is usually called ) . Hell I could buy a brand new laptop instead of paying for the repair . Every other work could wait , I rushed to the Service Center , and this time I assured them that there was not a single thing that they could do , or say that will coax me to fall for it .

HP guy : Sir there is no other alternative .

Victim : Really ??? …. Ever heard of something called “Nehru Place”

HP guy : That will be foolish sir . Even if you get it repaired by some xyz for a lower sum , you will have to live up with the constant faults that will resurface from time to time .

Victim : Huh ………

HP guy : And if you get it repaired from someone else …. that would mean that we won’t be able to extend you warranty period .

Victim (thinking) : Kindly take your warranty and put it in your *** .

And just when I completed the formalities , paid for the diagnosis charge and prepared to leave , the so-very-kind HP guy came up to me with a Festive offer that was supposed to finally trap me . After a lot of permutation and combinations and crap that he scribbled on a piece of paper , he came up with an announcement that ” If you are ready to go for a non-exchangeable part we could cut down the cost to a mere 14k+ , just for you sir ” ……

I felt like saying ” That was so kind of you , but kindly mind your own business and let me leave ” but I just came up with the reply that ” I will think over it ” …..

It had over 15 days since my system was not put to any use ( longest period by far since it was bought ) . I procrastinated my visit to the technology market day after day . The terrible heat of Delhi forced me to do so . Meanwhile I borrowed a Sony Vaio from Abhishek . He had approached me many times earlier ( when I was busy with my own system ) , requesting me to have a look at his laptop which was in a pathetic condition ( DVD writer was not working , video driver was all corrupt , recovery dvd gone to drains , every now and then the blue screen would appear signaling memory dump ) . In short , it was also as useless as mine . Every time when he requested me I would change the topic and would always escape the ordeal . But Homo sapiens is a very selfish creature . Now I was in a need and it hardly took me half an hour to bring it back to the working condition . It was very sweet of Abhishek that he didn’t create any melodrama and happily handed over his system to me for time being ( According to him , I would have died without it and he didn’t want being called a murderer )

One month went by in a ziffy and I was starting to forget about my system when the same “always caring and helpful” HP guy decided to contact me once again .

HP Guy : Hello Harsh Sir . Sir I called to inquire whether you have got your system repaired from somewhere .

Me : No . I haven’t got it repaired yet .

HP Guy : Sir there is a brand new offer just for you from HP . If you get your system repaired by the end of March , it will cost you just 9k bucks .

So now there was a twist to the tale . The repair cost was just at the threshold point now . I finally decided that I would prefer getting it repaired at the authentic center rather than risking it at some local market . When I handed them my system that evening , the HP guys appeared to be at the top of the world for getting there most “beloved customer” back for their service .

But the story doesn’t end here . The most elating news came to me the next evening when the protagonist of the story , the same old HP guy contacted me once again and informed me that afterall , there was nothing wrong with my system board , and it was RAM which needed to be replaced , and the new repair cost was just a meager 4k bucks ( including service tax + VAT ) . For the first time in one month I felt like not getting into the phone and thrashing him black and blue . Further , when I went to collect my system after repair , he made it a point to remind me over and over again of the kindness that he bestowed upon me by saving me a lot of money .

So this was the complete HP story and infact , the generalized story of the current globalized market . The vultures are everywhere , watching everyone with their greedy eyes , waiting for the slightest of chances to loot anyone who comes across their way . I advice everyone to be at their toes , look out everywhere and don’t let yourself fall a victim to these thugs . I myself , am beginning to wonder if there was anything at all wrong with my system afterall .

A not so very "HP" experience

Nothing lasts forever . And it happened so one morning that an incident in my life reiterated this fact . When I came back from the class ( yes you heard it right … I said “class” ) …… So when I came back from the class and switched the power button on , the machine refused to start . I was too much of an optimist and concluded that my system has gone rusty and it just needed a few attempts to get it back to normal . But it was not to be . 1…2…3…4… even after n number of attempts , it won’t start .

God helps those who help themselves . Going by this great line from some Mr. ABC , I made a valiant effort to go for a self diagnosis . The innocent machine was ripped open by some ruthless screw-driving 😛 . But as it was obvious in the end , I didn’t know what to do next with the parts that I had disassembled .

Sanity prevailed and I did what had to be done . The patient was taken to the doctor . The “ever so caring and truthful” HP Service Center guys were delighted to see a screwed laptop with an expired warranty period . Dollars…Dollars…Dollars…

The engineer at the desk took special care to prepare me for the worst possible fault . I was told that the repair cost could range from anything between 300 bucks to some 5-digit amount . The optimist within me sprung into action once again . Somehow I assured myself once again that the thing will be repaired within minimal cost .

3 days went by and I hadn’t had a single word from the HP guys about the current status of my machine . I took special care to bug them 3 times a day , hoping that this will hasten up the process . Everytime they told me that the quotation will be mailed to me . And so it did . 5 days later I received a mail for RT outsourcing and the contents of the mail killed the optimist within me with a single stroke .

Rs.20341/- was what I was supposed to pay for the apparently damaged system board ( or mother board as it is usually called ) . Hell I could buy a brand new laptop instead of paying for the repair . Every other work could wait , I rushed to the Service Center , and this time I assured them that there was not a single thing that they could do , or say that will coax me to fall for it .

HP guy : Sir there is no other alternative .

Victim : Really ??? …. Ever heard of something called “Nehru Place”

HP guy : That will be foolish sir . Even if you get it repaired by some xyz for a lower sum , you will have to live up with the constant faults that will resurface from time to time .

Victim : Huh ………

HP guy : And if you get it repaired from someone else …. that would mean that we won’t be able to extend you warranty period .

Victim (thinking) : Kindly take your warranty and put it in your *** .

And just when I completed the formalities , paid for the diagnosis charge and prepared to leave , the so-very-kind HP guy came up to me with a Festive offer that was supposed to finally trap me . After a lot of permutation and combinations and crap that he scribbled on a piece of paper , he came up with an announcement that ” If you are ready to go for a non-exchangeable part we could cut down the cost to a mere 14k+ , just for you sir ” ……

I felt like saying ” That was so kind of you , but kindly mind your own business and let me leave ” but I just came up with the reply that ” I will think over it ” …..

It had over 15 days since my system was not put to any use ( longest period by far since it was bought ) . I procrastinated my visit to the technology market day after day . The terrible heat of Delhi forced me to do so . Meanwhile I borrowed a Sony Vaio from Abhishek . He had approached me many times earlier ( when I was busy with my own system ) , requesting me to have a look at his laptop which was in a pathetic condition ( DVD writer was not working , video driver was all corrupt , recovery dvd gone to drains , every now and then the blue screen would appear signaling memory dump ) . In short , it was also as useless as mine . Every time when he requested me I would change the topic and would always escape the ordeal . But Homo sapiens is a very selfish creature . Now I was in a need and it hardly took me half an hour to bring it back to the working condition . It was very sweet of Abhishek that he didn’t create any melodrama and happily handed over his system to me for time being ( According to him , I would have died without it and he didn’t want being called a murderer )

One month went by in a ziffy and I was starting to forget about my system when the same “always caring and helpful” HP guy decided to contact me once again .

HP Guy : Hello Harsh Sir . Sir I called to inquire whether you have got your system repaired from somewhere .

Me : No . I haven’t got it repaired yet .

HP Guy : Sir there is a brand new offer just for you from HP . If you get your system repaired by the end of March , it will cost you just 9k bucks .

So now there was a twist to the tale . The repair cost was just at the threshold point now . I finally decided that I would prefer getting it repaired at the authentic center rather than risking it at some local market . When I handed them my system that evening , the HP guys appeared to be at the top of the world for getting there most “beloved customer” back for their service .

But the story doesn’t end here . The most elating news came to me the next evening when the protagonist of the story , the same old HP guy contacted me once again and informed me that afterall , there was nothing wrong with my system board , and it was RAM which needed to be replaced , and the new repair cost was just a meager 4k bucks ( including service tax + VAT ) . For the first time in one month I felt like not getting into the phone and thrashing him black and blue . Further , when I went to collect my system after repair , he made it a point to remind me over and over again of the kindness that he bestowed upon me by saving me a lot of money .

So this was the complete HP story and infact , the generalized story of the current globalized market . The vultures are everywhere , watching everyone with their greedy eyes , waiting for the slightest of chances to loot anyone who comes across their way . I advice everyone to be at their toes , look out everywhere and don’t let yourself fall a victim to these thugs . I myself , am beginning to wonder if there was anything at all wrong with my system afterall .

A true icon >> Wile E. Coyote

Frequently comes a situation in our life when we are completely frustrated , nothing appears to go our way , the blame for every other failure of ours is laid on God …. And finally we quit , thinking that the job was not meant for us and its better off doing something else .

But there is a guy who stands completely aloof of this crowd , a guy who has been literally torpedoed a zillion number of times , but he still goes on and on , unruffled and focused as ever . The person I am talking about is none other than Warner Bros’ Wile E. Coyote .

He has been blown up , smashed , crushed , punctured , run over by a train , tipped off the mountains , thrown away in space , cut in half , set on fire , freezed to ice and has confronted countless dangers in his attempt to catch the Road Runner . But he failed , each and every single time .

Most of us stop at the very first road block we hit and give up. But not Wile E. Coyote. When one of his plans doesn’t work out as it should have been , he gets his focus together , doesn’t lose hope and is back at his workdesk thinking about his next plan of attack. He always comes up with a completely out of box idea to meet his target . I think there lies a major lesson for all of us . If you hit a roadblock , don’t waste much time evaluating why you hit the block …. Just collect your available options , devise a new strategy and move on. Learn from your mistakes and seek another tool to get what you want .

This coyote guy never allowed the circumstances to conquer him . His focus was flawlessly set upon his target , The Road Runner ( whatever he meant when he said “BEEP BEEP” is still a mystery ) . He was mocked by everyone but with every failure of his , he was more determined in his efforts .

Wile E. Coyote is a perfect icon for all of us who , at one moment or another , are troubled by our failure lack of success . Just let this guy set an example for yourself , and whenever you seem to stray from your path , think about Wile E. Coyote and all the adversaries he went through . That will surely strengthen your confidence and boost your determination . Cheers . 😀

A true icon >> Wile E. Coyote

Frequently comes a situation in our life when we are completely frustrated , nothing appears to go our way , the blame for every other failure of ours is laid on God …. And finally we quit , thinking that the job was not meant for us and its better off doing something else .

But there is a guy who stands completely aloof of this crowd , a guy who has been literally torpedoed a zillion number of times , but he still goes on and on , unruffled and focused as ever . The person I am talking about is none other than Warner Bros’ Wile E. Coyote .

He has been blown up , smashed , crushed , punctured , run over by a train , tipped off the mountains , thrown away in space , cut in half , set on fire , freezed to ice and has confronted countless dangers in his attempt to catch the Road Runner . But he failed , each and every single time .

Most of us stop at the very first road block we hit and give up. But not Wile E. Coyote. When one of his plans doesn’t work out as it should have been , he gets his focus together , doesn’t lose hope and is back at his workdesk thinking about his next plan of attack. He always comes up with a completely out of box idea to meet his target . I think there lies a major lesson for all of us . If you hit a roadblock , don’t waste much time evaluating why you hit the block …. Just collect your available options , devise a new strategy and move on. Learn from your mistakes and seek another tool to get what you want .

This coyote guy never allowed the circumstances to conquer him . His focus was flawlessly set upon his target , The Road Runner ( whatever he meant when he said “BEEP BEEP” is still a mystery ) . He was mocked by everyone but with every failure of his , he was more determined in his efforts .

Wile E. Coyote is a perfect icon for all of us who , at one moment or another , are troubled by our failure lack of success . Just let this guy set an example for yourself , and whenever you seem to stray from your path , think about Wile E. Coyote and all the adversaries he went through . That will surely strengthen your confidence and boost your determination . Cheers . 😀