I also took a trip to Micro Center in Fairfax. I had never been there, and now I have. I found a cursory glance of prices actually reasonable. I mean, I could get a lot of the stuff cheaper online, but when you add shipping and then you have to wait for 3-5 days (unless you pay expedited shipping), it evens out. One of the things was that it is NICE to see and handle various computer items before you buy them. I found the EEE PC to be very cool, and the luminous keyboard to be hefty and have decent keys. I also some some really awesome cases that were sadly out of my budget range. Buit it’s nice to see some of these things where you can feel the heft, try out drive trayus with finding handles, and so.
I avoided the sales people, and was not harrassed, even though within seconds, I managed to get root access on the EEE PC, and could have wiped the flash drive (but did not, because that’s just mean). I wandered the “make your own” area for a while, and liked the fact I could see how large the CPU heat speaders and fans were; I often don’t risk the pricier ones because I don’t want to end up with one that doesn’t fit a normal case. Maybe I had the salespeople on an off day, but I didn’t get approached. I really hate being approached when I didn’t ask for help. I guess I don’t have the “face” of someone who knows what they are doing, and I quickly get annoyed by someone who tries to correct me, but is very, very wrong. This happens at Radio Shack, Best Buy, and Circuit City.
I once had to buy a NIC at Circuit City, because I was on a job and they needed a new NIC, and CC was the only tech place nearby. That sucked. No, I do not want a $19.95 warranty plan for a $14.95 PCI card. Yes, I know how to install it. No, I do not want you to do it for me. I don’t care if you do it within 72 hours, I needed it an hour ago, but you won’t let me pay $14.95 + tax without some sales pitch. I am sorry they make you do this, and if they punish you, you should get a new job. Don’t look at me like that. I know what I am doing. I know it’s not a modem. GAAAHHH!! Just let me BUY the damn thing!
I think Micro Center a decent store, and I may shop there when the need arises. I am totally itching to build a new system, but I have no need to do so. What I have is fine. But it’s nice to know I can go somewhere and get a spare power supply and not deal with the lack of selection and sales morons at Best Buy.