In this new age of ours, I think we all try to make things work...sometimes at our own expense.
Take my purchase of a Dell Inspiron 620, please. From the "Windows Internet Properties" failure to the collapse of the system for want of using a proven Iomega CD-DVD burner--standard operating equipment for the photography trade, the Inspiron has been anything but inspiring; unless, of course, you include the oh so patronizing offshore customer service arm of the company.
Despite all the trouble and emails and phones calls, can I take the unit back to Staples Office Supply--the selling dealer--or to Dell and get a refund? No. Barely four months old, I've actually only gotten about two weeks of real use from the machine. This is my fourth computer. But, my, have I heard all the reasons in great detail why the seller and the maker can't or won't honor their promises.
When the weather is cooler, I'm thinking about organizing an "Ocean Moment" for similar others; the idea to throw our computers in the Atlantic at sunrise, say near Daytona Beach, Florida, to commemorate that all too fleeting moment when we first bought our Dell computer; yet another moment quickly lost in the tide of corporate ambition.