Gallery was founded in 1988 on Milwaukee's east side, within a few
blocks of the University of Wisconsin.
Not only was
there no nearby source for PC's at the time, there were no stores in
the Milwaukee area concentrating on building PC's and selling them direct.
There were no computer superstores, for that matter. In fact, I
don't think the term "superstore" had been coined yet.
dominated (if you could call it that) in mail-order PC's. Michael
Dell hadn't renamed his company to Dell yet. 20-MB hard drives were
big and 40-MB hard drives were enormous. A PC's RAM was comprised of
individual chips that were inserted, one by one, into sockets on
motherboards (you miss one leg and probably nothing worked). MS-DOS
was the dominant OS, Windows hadn't even been conceived of, and there
was no Linux or FreeBSD (although there were other Unix alternatives
from Mark Williams and others).
Those would be
considered "the good old days," I guess.
1993, Computer Gallery moved to a larger store a few miles to the
north. And in 2000, we moved to an even larger store on Estabrook
park (complete with at least one fat beaver). We always liked
storefronts over offices or warehouse space, they have an open and
In April of
2016, we made the move home. Over the last couple of years we
experienced numerous soakings due to the toilets in the apartments
upstairs backing up at the Estabrook location. Assurances that
problems with plumbing were corrected were proven false time and
again. Furthermore, we heard that the flat roof was to be
replaced with a pitched roof. Knowing our A/C was on the roof,
we had concerns that there would be a time when our air conditioning
may be unavailable.
investigated other locations but finally decided to work from our home.
looked at the "configure"
pages and it assumes that I know what I'm doing. How do I configure
It isn't that
difficult. First, you need to decide on AMD vs. Intel.
AMD is the value leader, Intel is the performance leader. Once
you select the type of CPU, click on the appropriate configuration
page, where you will be able to configure a machine by selecting the
speed of the CPU, the amount of RAM, size of hard drive, etc.
Do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions, we can walk you
through the process.
I get a dual-boot system?
Yes. There is
an extra $54 charge for loading the second OS (above and beyond the
cost of the software). If you select more than one OS on the config
page, we will notify you of the additional cost via return E-Mail.
do you install Linux?
"default" installs. Your OS will be installed and your PC
will be 100% tested. We guarantee that everything will be 100% Linux
compatible, and that later reinstalls of the OS will be
trouble-free. We really expect that our customers will
reinstall Linux once they receive the machine, configuring it to
their liking. But, they often do not. Perhaps they are
intimidated, either having tried an install in the past, or hearing
someone's horror stories. Perhaps this is their first Linux PC
and they don't know how they would deviate from the default, so why
bother? Just remember that the machine we deliver will offer a
problem-free install opportunity, if needed or desired.
long will it take to receive my new PC after I order it?
It takes about
a week (sometimes a little longer) to build, config, and test the
system. Shipping takes another two to three days. Systems are
typically shipped FedEx.
doesn't seem to be a secure means of ordering. How to I actually
place my order? How do I pay for my new PC?
All orders are
completed via telephone once a configuration is finalized. We accept
Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. You may also make payment via
check (company or personal) or money order.
do I get support? Can I get telephone support? E-Mail?
telephone (414/963-6336 or 800/876-2186) and E-Mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
will I receive with my new PC?
receive all the materials that came with the individual components.
That includes extra rails (for mounting drives), documentation,
driver CD's and disks, etc.
my new PC come with a warranty?
course! You get a one year parts and labor warranty. If
you live close enough to our shop, simply bring us your CPU and we
will provide any needed repairs. Alternately, you can ship your
PC to us (you pay shipping to us, we match shipping method and pay
shipping to you). Or, better yet, we will overnight (we pay
shipping) replacement parts to you (secured with a credit card) and
provide installation support.
site looks pretty old-school, what is that all about?
page loads and low CPU utilization. The content management
systems (WordDepress and Doomla among others) are terrific but the
sites generated all look extremely similar, they're inefficient (slow
page loads and high CPU utilization), they regularly find large
enough security holes to throw a cat through, and quite honestly the
sites all look very similar to one another. I could run this
site off a Raspberry Pi (and I'm thinking of doing just that, to
prove a point).