Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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RE: Master of one
by nonamenobody on Fri 3rd Dec 2004 15:40 UTC

I have no desire to learn about even basic auto mechanics or basic carpentry.

Most people don't have hydrolic lifts in their garage.

You may not have a desire to learn the basics, but you seem to know enough to realise that it is probably going to be simpler (and worth the money)to take your car to a mechanic and get the oil changed than do it yourself. You are clearly not one of the people the author is talking about.

Having the equipment, facilities, time and expertise to do a job, is different to having a basic understanding and the ability comprehend a manual to figure out what the job involves.

In the UK we have a TV program called "house of horrors" where they create a very simple, common problem with (say) the central heating boiler. Then they call a dodgy repair man and secretly film him as identifies the real problem in seconds and then creates false problem which will be much more costly to fix (espescially when you count the 200% markup on parts he charges on parts (which you don't need in the first place)). If you don't want to learn basic maintenance and repair and you get stiffed by one of these guys, who do you have to blame but yourself?

BTW I am not say there aren't craftsmen out there you aren't out to make a fast buck, but it takes knowledge to spot the difference.

Somebody mentioned extended warranties above, I can't decide whether or not the annoy me. In the UK your statutory rights cover most of what the extended warranty cover. The extended warranty only really provides convienence, e.g. on-site repair as opposed 'bring back and send off'. However because many people are dumb enough to pay for extended warranties, the retail prices can more competetive for those who are wise enough to avoid the extended warranty.