[Cialug] The end draws near for the Alienware Saga.

Kenneth Ristau kristau at kristau.net
Thu Jun 23 18:57:52 CDT 2005

Theron Conrey wrote:
> So in summary, I'm stuck with this license, and 75 dollars of gift
> certificates.  I'd call that a draw.
> Theron Conrey

Don't take me wrong here, I don't mean to bust your chops.  You lost.

If this does get taken up by the AG, AlienWare will argue that the $75
of gift certificates were "compensation in excess" of the disputed
refund value.  They bought you off cheap.  I bet they paid all of $0
themselves for those gift certificates.

Worst of all?  Microsoft still got their $$ from the sale of the
license.  Sounds to me like you owe the FSF a $75 donation.

OK, enough bustin' yer ass.  I must give you kudos, mad props and
mega-w00ts for the way you handled this difficult situation.  It is a
plain, simple matter of economics.  You reached your threshhold and cut
your losses.  Happens to the best of us (don't ask me about my special
assesment from the wonderful City of Johnston).

I'm tempted now more than ever to call up their sales line and string
them along, spec'ing the highest priced system I possibly can -- only to
ask the clincher question at the end, "Can I get that without an OS?"
If I get enough guts to actually do it, I'll report my results here.

Fight the good fight!
Tired programmer
Coding late into the night
The core dump follows

My GNUPG public key is available at http://www.kristau.net/public_key.asc

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