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47 IBM vs Dell Laptop

This isn't a question of good vs bad, but worse vs worst. Modern electronics manufacturing is not about quality, but statistical failure rates and warrantly/customer service. I buy many computers for my business, and my criteria are raw perfermance and my perceived customer service of the manufacturer. It is certain that some parts will fail in your computer in 1, 2, or 3 years time. (In fact, the makers are pretty sure when any given part in your computer will fail). Every computer will fail eventually, and much sooner than most think. The question is once a part does fail, will the manufacturer quickly fix it for you without hassle.

i like dell because they have a very efficient operation, and I can be sure that any problems will be quickly resolved. The cost of days wasted waiting for a computer to be repaired is an unacceptable cost, and would keep me away from buying from smaller manufacturers.

I know in china that people still hold very much to the thought that "better" brands have better parts that will last longer, and some marginally might, but for the most part this is really an obsolete idea. Maybe this idea sticks in china because a computer purchase, relatively speaking, is a larger percentage of one's income than in the west and the want to protect their investment. Another reason might be that the customer service culture has not take hold yet in china. However, from the manufacturer's view, there is not enough profit to be gained from putting in "better" internal parts nobody can see, as compared to using the lowest priced but acceptable part and competing on price (and customer service for the business users).

The purchaser would better be served buying from a maker with a good customer service reputation and spending a little more on extended or enhanced warranties. For example, I paid $50 more for "accidental coverage" for the laptop I'm typing on, and for me, it makes complete sense. As a business traveler, I can easily imagine dropping it or spilling coffee on it, and Dell will have it fixed or replaced in a day or two. This wonderful peace of mind is a great value for a mere $50, and allows me to continue my business with minimal interruption. Compare this to a small time manufacturer or one with bad service that might take two weeks to fix a problem, at which time my business may have been severely impacted.
Posted by jack at 2009-08-26 06:00:43. More

46 Why People Don't Use Voice Mail in China


You are right, I agree with your analysis about the voice mail. I registered the voice mail feature for my mobile account. And there are so many times, people called me but don't leave any voice in the box if I missed the call for some reason. Almost a whole year, I got only two voice mail, one is from real estate agent and another is from my girlfriend who was convinced by me to use voice mail.

- Jack
Posted by Jack at 2009-04-28 14:22:05. More

45 I am Going to Guilin


Posted by Jack at 2009-03-21 14:14:16. More

44 6 Years of Marriage

congratulations for your guys. :-)
Posted by Jack at 2009-03-18 21:22:30. More

43 Who is Chris Devonshire Ellis - Part II

@ Ryan . Yes that is blackmail. Any of these emails can be published without a problem. If you want to expose the man as a thug with a bow tie this is it. I read he threatened to have visa canceled and stuff like that. I hope he was not too confused to write that to JianShuo as well :-)

I think the #cde strategy to bully his way out of this is not going to work. If he continues on this path of blackmail and threats he might be the one without a visa. The solution for him is quite simple: No lies then also no need to blackmail people because the animosity on the web seems to center around his lies. His responses only caused more problems for him. Strange man.
Posted by Jack at 2009-02-21 12:47:35. More

42 Who is Chris Devonshire Ellis - Part II

Amen to that! Well said JianShuo. Imaginary friends online, imaginary officials. Which minister would ever consider a request to bully a Chinese blogger who does nothing wrong? I do not know any person stupid enough to take such a request to a minister, not even a bureau head. Especially if it comes from some arrogant British guy.

I am sure that after his "interviews" no official wants to be seen within a mile from him anyway. Made trouble at the highest levels of government....not good. He just seems to behave like a street rat.

I think your policy of "friendly requests will be taken into consideration, bullies will be thrown out' is very good. And you can always do as in the restaurant during your bad lunch, call 110 and maybe there will be a policeman in his office within 3 minutes too.

If I read your posts I see that your are a very friendly and happy person. Other people think so too, that's why your blog is so popular and that is why you do not need imaginary friends. This blog has a lot of positive and interesting items on it often enough to bring a smile to peoples faces and brighten up their day.

Thank you!

Posted by Jack at 2009-02-21 01:14:47. More

41 HP Pavilion a610cl - My New Home PC

I Know For I Have Pc Like This Pc Want To Boom Is Really Monster
Posted by jack at 2008-06-01 19:11:15. More

40 How to Go to Hong Kong via Shen Zhen

Hey Jianshuo,

I'm trying to make a similar trip by going from Beijing to HK via Shenzhen. But so far I can only find flights from Beijing to Shenzhen for 1400 one way. How did you find such a cheap flight?

Posted by Jack at 2007-09-26 23:40:35. More

39 Yifan has Hukou Today

籍贯 is weird. What if they build a complete new city (like Shenzhen) then everyone "origination" is from different places and people's Hukou will not say Shenzhen for ever!
Posted by Jack at 2007-06-26 02:12:45. More

38 Shanghainese Girl Marrying Foreigners

I think foreign men can satisfy chinese girls better. that's one of the most important reasons.
Posted by jack at 2007-03-22 15:13:05. More

37 Muzimei's Sex Blog Brought Trouble

Nice blog, thanks for all comments,which are helpful for me. I'll payment more attention on here's comments.
JACK - www.chinabboss.com
Posted by JACK at 2007-03-11 15:30:59. More

36 Some Blogs about V2EX

It is good.
Posted by jack at 2007-01-19 22:58:49. More

35 Did I Change in the Last Four Years?

At least you are busier & blog is becoming shorter :-)
Posted by jack at 2006-12-25 11:01:29. More

34 Rumors after Rumors

Take it easy. As you said, the Internet industry in China is exactly like entertainment industry. :-)
Posted by jack at 2006-11-22 21:58:45. More

33 I am an ENFP

yes, MBTI is great & i can guess your type. :-)
Posted by jack at 2006-11-10 22:00:12. More

32 Shanghai to Hangzhou by Taxi

seems my guess is somewhat accurate :-)
Posted by Jack at 2006-11-03 23:21:28. More

31 Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday, pal. :-)
Posted by Jack at 2006-10-19 21:02:26. More

30 Facade of Nice Buildings

its cool.
Posted by jack at 2006-10-06 12:54:11. More

29 MSN Messenger Virus Jitux.A

Hi, I am using Yahoo Messenger, and my Yahoo messenger ID affected by some virus.Whenever I logged in , an automated message is popping up to all the people in my messenger list, also, by default ststus is stting in the MyStatus option when the same link which is going to the people in the messenger list, how to aviod this, also let me know the Virus name.Waiting for ur Reply.

Posted by Jack at 2006-10-05 14:05:04. More

28 Rent an Apartment in Shanghai

are the first time to visit shanghai? not yet get an appartment to stay? do you want to get an hotel with a cheap price and in a good place?don't worry!! i am jack, i am specilly doing some service for expat who come to shanghai. like find appartment, order hotel. and if you want to do some samll business , i can be you guide here in shanghai. i offer this service just for 25USD for all the day. if you are the first time to come shanghai. weather you stay you stay in shanghai for a short time or long time, i always can find an appartment for you stay. and make you i can find a good appartment with reasonable price. any intrest, just inform me via e-mail:jackz@163.com, if you are in shanghai, you can call me via: 1367.189.7173
Posted by jack at 2006-09-28 21:00:42. More

27 China's Low-Cost Spring Airlines

Hi there

Its a great blog u hav there. I am doing a research on Starbucks in China and your articles on it is pretty interesting. It's a good perspective from someone who is actually in Shanghai. The rest of your blog is simply awesome. A fren of mine is actually planning to work in Shanghai and I recommended your blog. it helps heaps.

Keep it up mate... and great pictures.

Posted by jack at 2006-07-21 00:07:58. More

26 Happy Children's Day

Happy Children's Day. For those who are young in heart
Posted by jack at 2006-06-01 23:06:17. More

25 Discrimination Against Foreigners in Shanghai?

China is "eating" everything and everyone.
From history we know that everything what gets into this region becomes assimilated.
Speaking of children, I agree no more. I have a mixed child and I speak my language to him. But in this environment, with all the attention he gets from anyone, everyone, everywhere, it becomes more difficult for him to be motivated to speak my language. Sometimes, I pretend that I don't understand what he answers to me in Chinese. If we rase him in Shanghai, he will only speak Chinese, maybe also Shanghainese, it's very hard to motivate him lern my language. Why? Everyone around speaks Mandarin..
Posted by Jack at 2006-05-31 23:10:42. More

24 Keep Doing, and Its Meaning

I strongly agree to the viewpoint on the attribution and return.Thanks for your article!
Posted by Jack at 2006-05-12 21:38:08. More

23 ifuleuiycfi - I Really Admire You, Spammers

well, i do not think the guy does it manually.

i guess the spam does in this way:

1. Crawl a HTML Page
2. Find
Tag and then find the action, the textbox, etc
3. Programmatically post.

So if you change the action to anything, it still works. You use some fake action in the second method so it does not work. It is hard to recognize it programmically to analyze the javascript.

Well, i hate spam
Posted by Jack at 2006-02-21 20:51:08. More

22 Lovely English-Speaking Jinjiang Taxi Driver

JianShuo, you always amazed me with no surprise and you amazed me again with the insight to the trivial things. :-)

The meeting is great and thanks for the organizing
Posted by Jack at 2006-01-23 13:23:01. More

21 IPEVO Skype Headset Hardware

cool. If it is wireless, maybe by bluetooth, i guess it will be greater experience.
Posted by Jack at 2005-11-19 20:19:59. More

20 Where to Study Chinese, Beijing or Shanghai?

Hey there - this blog has been a great find. Loads of really helpful information.

I'm in a bit of a dilema. I've got gap year in which I want to live in a foreign country and learn a new language - the problem is I don't know which one.

Part of me wants to learn Mandarin in Beijing/Shanghai because I'm interested in the culture, career-wise it will be good for me and I'm from that part of the world ethnically. I'm hesitant, however, because I fear that I'll spend 6 months out there and come home with only a basic grasp of the language. How true is this? Is Mandarin really as difficult as it seems?

The other part of me wants to learn Spanish in Beunos Airies because it's an easier language and South America interests me as well. My only hesitation with this option is that Spanish will not be as useful to me in the long-run as Mandarin; although I can expect to gain a better command of it.

If anyone has any advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated.


Posted by Jack at 2005-11-09 06:27:15. More

19 Happy Birthday To Me

Happy birthday, Jian Shuo. Wish you a more and more wonderful life :-)
Posted by Jack at 2005-10-19 11:45:19. More

18 MSN Messenger Virus Jitux.A

as soon as i was writing the first post, a ad in text came upsaying that i shuld "check out all the cool msn stuff" man how sad.
Posted by Jack at 2005-09-04 21:05:08. More

17 MSN Messenger Virus Jitux.A

i have a virus that shuts down my task manager and msn messenger windows. i cant even keep norton anit-virus up for long enuf to delite it. its fucking anoying.when the chat windows dissapear i close down msn messenger 7.5 and it asks me if i want to close down all of my chat windows. they must be open but not on my task bar. i need help. any 1 got ideas?

cheers.... jak
Posted by Jack at 2005-09-04 21:03:52. More

16 I Watched Super Girl, Finally

i watched Super Girl about a month ago. Its operation gives me many hints, especially the involvement of audiences. i think it also applies to internet.
Posted by jack at 2005-08-15 10:10:46. More

15 Vacation Ends

it is just because your Chinese blog is as good as your English one. :-)
Posted by jack at 2005-05-09 10:27:08. More

14 Webcam+Windows Media+GPRS+SmartPhone=?

iCatch (VI) PC Camera driver from:
worked for me. Cheers, T
Posted by jack at 2005-04-02 21:45:37. More

13 Donation in China

I am not sure if you mean the common people or the rich guys. As i know, there are such donation in China. For example, some buildings in SJTU and FuDan are donated by someone. Maybe it is not popular as US.

I believe donation is a good topic to discuss. For chinese, maybe need some concepts changes. Keep up the great work!
Posted by jack at 2005-03-15 11:50:53. More

12 Chengdu Impression

if let me choose, i will choose "ShenZhen" as the fourth city in China because of its economic position though i more like ChengDu & ChongQin.

I love ChengDu because of good food, many travel places, the causal environment. It is a fanastic place! One of the best places suitable to live in CHina
Posted by jack at 2005-01-26 09:20:07. More

11 I Got Wallop Invitation

Please invite me
thanks lot!
Posted by Jack at 2004-11-25 11:24:00. More

10 Inside Pudong Airport Maglev Train

My trip was great! Even a non-speaker of mandarin, I made it from the far end of a bus line to Subway # 1, transferred to #2 at Peoples Square and found the Maglev terminal without problems. Ride was very smooth, no problems with sightseeing out the windows either. No sound or vibration that would compare with even the Shinkansen.
But the bus rattled, the brakes squealed and it took awhile. The subways were jammed tight wuth people in midafternoon. Would be a problem to take much luggage that way. Went by taxi later when we left with luggage, a nice trip for us but not for folks merging onto the highway-at one point backed up behind an accident.
Note the picture of the switch (turnout) connecting the two roadways. It looks like they have bendable sections to accomplish this!
Posted by Jack at 2004-10-19 06:51:15. More

9 Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday! 没想到还这么小,真是年轻有为,前途不可限量啊
Posted by jack at 2004-10-18 17:54:32. More

8 Bigger Font is a Failure

I think this is not a big problem for you if you have time. Just let visitor choose their preference and use cookie to save it. Then show the font for visitor's perference.

btw, i like the original size
Posted by jack at 2004-10-10 09:08:53. More

7 Google: IPO First, then Dance

If you notice the news about google, you may know how busy Google is.

Google News (in test), Google Browser (possible), Google IM (possible), plus the blogger.com, okbut, gmail, Google toolbar, etc

It seems with the great branding and reputation, possible with the requirement from shareholders, Google are investing so many areas besides search.

I like Google, whatever it does, hope it can be as great as its search.

Posted by jack at 2004-09-23 18:06:55. More

6 On Credibility

Creative Common & GNU are the two common ways for the author to delcare copyright. Ever read CC, it has some types, and is suitable for articles. GNU is more suibalbe for software. Maybe you can consider CC later.
Posted by jack at 2004-09-09 09:18:31. More

5 How to Go to Hong Kong via Shen Zhen

Cool. Ever been SZ for many times but no time to go to HK yet. Next time will try it if possible.

ps, good OneNote user. I like the map you wrote
Posted by jack at 2004-09-02 09:03:06. More

4 250MB from MSN Hotmail

I have a question about hotmail. why cannot I delete the mail in hotmail box? The button of "delete" is out of work. Could u help me?
Posted by jack at 2004-08-07 16:10:49. More

3 Starbucks in a Day - Beijing Version

I didn't visit a Starbuck before. How much is it? and the enviroment?
Posted by jack at 2004-08-07 15:56:41. More

2 Starbucks in a Day - Beijing Version

I didn't visit a Starbuck before. How much is it? what about the enviroment?
Posted by jack at 2004-08-07 15:15:22. More

1 Flight to Shanghai: A Journey in the Plague Year II

Very interesting post!
Posted by Jack at 2003-05-06 20:54:15. More