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New Laptop

Purchased the new laptop yesterday on the way home from work. Despite my inclination towards "smaller is better" I did not buy one which matches the old one in physical size. Seems the trend in laptops these days is that smaller is also way more expensive...

At any rate, it is a Gateway MS6455, AMD cpu, 1 Gb RAM, 120 Gb HD, and a 15" screen. Which will help in that it's likely to be a continuing thing that the laptop serves as my primary computer for a while. Meaning, of course, all my photography work gets done on the laptop. So that bigger screen will come in for something.

It is not, quite yet, up to 100% functional. First of all, I need to load antivirus software. Oh, yes, it comes with a "free trial" of McAfee. On the other hand, I'm less than impressed with McAfee these days (being something of an old fan as it were), and extremely less than impressed with Symantec's Norton Antivirus. So I'm going with AVG.

Then we get into the other software I use. And the data transfers (already some work done on that, in terms of getting ready). But I anticipate being up and going in relatively short order.

At which point, the old laptop (still servicable, just acting a bit flaky which I'm not totally convinced isn't a need to re-format, and re-install software due to Micro Shaft Garbage Accumulation (hmm, a new acronym? MSGA... not to be confused with another bit of garbage, MSG) will undergo said re-formatting of hard drive, and re-installation of W2K, and a smaller software package including the application for Herself's Husqavarna (did I spell that correctly?) and her sewing business.

I needs me a geeky icon, I does. Maybe I'll use the old laptop for that one photo idea first...



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 24th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
Things to play wit peeectures on!
May. 24th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
Oh Baby!
May. 24th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
no seriously... avast.com

avast! :::grins:::
May. 24th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
Re: avast!
As in anti-virus? Will check, but curious.
May. 24th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
Re: avast!
oh yes.... avast.com

i love avast. free for the home user. pay out the nose if you're corporate. updated daily databases.

i run avast alongside of adware killers
May. 24th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
How heavy is the laptop?
May. 24th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
Between 7 & 8 pounds. It's a wide-screen too. Oh, hey, I said that already. *G*
May. 24th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
I have a Presario 3000 series
I have had it since pre- accident. My only complaint is that it is too heavy for me to carry now. It has a 21 inch monitor but that isn't the heavy part. So when I get the money (if it ever happens) I am looking for a lighter laptop.

May. 24th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
Re: I have a Presario 3000 series
According to the spec sheet I looked at via "Worst Buy" it's 6.3 pounds. I'm figuring on what my briefcase weighed coming in today; laptop, ac power source, wallet of CD's needed (software), and some other things. Including that weight because I'll need to bring a card-reader with me for the compact flash cards. If your camera uses secure digital it's good to go, has a card reader built in.

Try this link for specifics, but if that doesn't work then best buy dot com, computers, notebooks, gateway mx6455.
May. 24th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re: I have a Presario 3000 series
Yeah, mine is also around 7 pounds and that's way heavy to have on your lap. I have noticed the same "less is more" issue in pricing new ones, though. >:-(

Thinking of a Mac, anyway...Windows is driving me crazy.
May. 24th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
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