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Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by joe2cool, Feb 9, 2004.

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  1. joe2cool

    joe2cool Thread Starter

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    Computer is


    Intel Celeron 2.4ghz
    256Mb RAM
    40Gb Hard Drive
    Intel Extreme 64Mb onboard Graphics
    DVD Rom
    56K modem
    Integrated Audio
    Infinity Ext Speakers
    Microsoft XP Home pre-installed
    IBM E54 15" CRT Monitor
    Includes Full 3 year IBM warranty

    Of course as with everything there is a catch, and the catch is you watch 3 minutes of adverts per hour you use the computer. The site is www.metronomy.com
    According to the site they will be releasing these comps end of feb/march.
    They dont ask for any money or credit card details.

    Still sounds too good to be true ?

    Anyone got one ?
     
  2. coderitr

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    Sounds like a good deal. I don't think I would ever boot it up to their OS though. Just format c: and reinstall. No more ads. :)
     
  3. RSM123

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    Joe2cool,

    Hate to be the party pooper again :D - but after Angelize posted this in Random some months ago, I went to their site as I was considering getting a third system and this seemed like a great way to get it.

    The terms and conditions state that you have to watch so many mins of ads per hour while online - with a 30 hour minimum per month. Apparently every month they send you an Ad update CD .... whether this is spyware or what I don't know. However they claim that they have a way to record who complies and who does not.

    Though they do give you a two week grace period during the summer so you can take a vacation :p

    Believe me I too thought about formating - but apparently they're too shrewd for that.



    RSM123 / P. Pooper.


    Richard.
     
  4. coderitr

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    From their web site:

    Your PC will be disabled? Bummer. I guess there really is no such thing as a free lunch. :)
     
  5. 700mb80min

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    .........what kind of baloney is that ..is there a similar program for Canada ?
     
  6. RSM123

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    Yes its called buy cheaper - no strings & get rebates. Something dealers here get from the manufacturer but owing to amnesia forget to pass on to the customer :p

    Surely you don't begrudge a family who lives on a diet of Fish & Chips, and Eastenders a spyware filled pc :confused:
     
  7. chalky

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    Having read about this scheme quite a bit over the past months, I did a little delving and couldn't come up with any noticeable catches, in fact I believe it may have something to do with the governments idea of getting a PC in every home...read a bit about that in the papers a while ago... ' BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU ' ....

    Even so, after saying that I filled in the application form ( ooooh I can't resist freebies ) and there have been a few mails back and forth from them...Upshot my new PC will be delivered....last mail from them below....

    I shall see what the online agreement is before finally committing, also you get a 14 day period in which if you change your mind the PC can be returned to them.....

    I reckon the minutes I am supposed to be watching the adds will be used making coffee or peeling the veg etc....

    Fourteen days should be long enough to work out if I want to keep it or not....also It would be used as a second machine, used only for anything I wouldn't mind anyone looking over my shoulder at...:p :D: Use it for all my grandsons games... TSG...Law sites etc...(y)

    ------------------------------------------------------

    Scheduled Delivery: April 15-25, 2004

    IMPORTANT: If your details are correct and you wish to proceed with your order, simply press the reply button on your e-mail application and return this message to us. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not reply we will be unable to progress your order.

    Should you wish to cancel your delivery, please click here: mailto:[email protected]

    30 days prior to your scheduled delivery, you will receive a unique reference number and link to our secure website, where you can complete our on-line agreement and confirm precise delivery details.

    Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Regards,

    Jacco Van Seventer

    Customer Operations Director

    Metronomy Desktop Marketing Limited

    18 Soho Square

    London W1D 3QL

    E: [email protected]
     
  8. bassetman

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    I bet you sign an agreement saying you won't do anything like that! ;)
     
  9. chalky

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    Afterthought... When...If ...I get the link to the online agreement, I'll post it here, see what you all make of it...I haven't decided yet whether to go ahead or not...depends on the agreement...

    Still needs a it of thought....:D:
     
  10. bassetman

    bassetman Moderator - Gone but never forgotten

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    I think this one pretty much says it all! ;)
     
  11. chalky

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    I can waste 3 mins each hour making coffee or on the other machine...:D
     
  12. bassetman

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    What you could do is dig up an old monitor, a cheap PCI video card, and buy 256MB of RAM, and run dual monitors, with the ads on the second monitor. If you already have the stuff lying around, it would be quite useful...that way you wouldn't have to see the ads, and the extra RAM would make up for any resources it takes up.

    Of course, it's still a Celeron...so I guess anything you would be doing with it wouldn't be that CPU intensive....but still, this is a nice deal for a family that needs another PC, being online 30hrs a month is no problem for most people, and 3 minutes of ads per hour isn't bad at all.
     
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    3 minutes per hour advertising.
    Imagine this situation, you are logged on the internet, five minutes later you are disconnected and shown a 15 second advert. you reconnect to the internet, 5 mins later kicked off again, another 15 sec advert.
    Thats ......
    3 minutes per hour advertising.
     
  15. bassetman

    bassetman Moderator - Gone but never forgotten

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    Did they say they DC you ISP to watch the ads? :eek:
     
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