If you want to put a link in your sig, that's fine. Shoving it in peoples faces isn't.
We're all geeks here, if we spot a link that interests us, we'll check it out. If it is discrete it attracts attention. If it yells out, it'll be avoided... and you risk alienating the people you want to help you.
This all started after I had the Computer Checked out with the Current Geek Squad CD
That would do it - proprietary recovery/testing tools are seldom up to it. You should have used the FOSS tools. At least then you know what it is doing. What's wrong with "The Ultimate Boot Disk"?
I've been hearing stuff about Geek-Squad:
... this article was drivvel - what is the risk to data of removing the HDD? But, they don't need
to do this to copy the data.
... comment on sales practice and charging.
I'm seeing a pattern emerging. It seems that BB/GS is providing services that are easy to do oneself. In the open source world, the geek assistance would be to tell you to do it yourself. In the closed-source world, it's all mysterious voodoo and only the initiated know the right incantations. It also means that the consumer has trouble evaluating the service they are receiving.
... still on the service and price. US$1500 for recovery? Is that real
... it may be worth checking that GD you got for GPL tools anyway. If they are claiming coyright, then FSF need to know.
... more on service. It is difficult to find a good word about these guys thatdosn't come from their advertising. No wonder people are pirating their CD.
What is on that thing anyway?
I heard it was something like:
All the thing does is install some programs (which, granted, you do have to pay for and have a valid license key for) and then handle things such as startup services and programs, add/remove programs, start menu shortcuts, etc. So that’s what they mean in those commercials where they say, “and Geek Squad can personalize it for you”! (In other words, they’ll remove all your Flickr, Firefox, and other wonderful shortcuts and replace them with the IE ones you already removed and the IE ones will continue to reappear after you delete them each time.
Nah - stick with FOSS tools, they've been better vetted.