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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Dude, You're Getting a Dell

Friends, I have to apologise for not posting as regularly as I have, but this week has been nutty.

And now that my pops has returned from his holidays in England, he and I have to share our library-cum-computer room again.

What with his avowed distaste for the clack-clack of the keyboard, as I racingly type my 80 wpm posts, it's going to take a bit of fine tuning, to get the scheduling right again.

I'm also considering getting a new computer, as this 128MB RAM old clunker lags, hangs, and spits out pages at times, despite my broadband connectivity.

Any suggestions about computer brands, models?

And remember, I'm part-Scots.

The cheaper, the better, ye fat bastards!

7 Comments:

  • Someone with a $250 cable bill should be looking at a good media PC with Windows Media Center to take full advantage of what you are already apying for. Maybe something in a HP m7300 series running AMD Athlon™ 64x2 dual-core processors, and a massive hard drive or even multiple hard drives. Record all those shows you aren't watching. Burn them to DVD and amaze your friends! For $700-$900, you will be all set for the forseeable future. And you'll be ready when all the 64-bit software hits the market, allowing you to work at twice the speed and efficiency! Write it off on your taxes as a business expense for your blogging/publishing business...

    By Anonymous Darrell, at Sun Jan 29, 12:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • We've had good luck with Dell, and the price has usually been right. Support hasn't been the best but then we've rarely needed it. (Oh, and Darrell may or may not be a CPA, and all due respect to him, but I am a CPA: I'll be glad to discuss any questions you may have about the tax deductibility of this purchase.)

    Best,

    Pete

    By Blogger Pete, at Sun Jan 29, 07:11:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Och, Lass! Ye'd be best borrowin' the neighbor's computer. Save a wee bit o' coin.

    Heheheee! You oughta heard my Thomas McKean in "1776". Ours was the first High School allowed to perform it. My Scots burr was a hit! LOL

    I like to peruse TigerDirect.com for computers, even though I no longer can buy, my finances having reached the poverty level. :(

    My first computer purchase - not a hand-me-down - was from Tiger Direct. Lasted me 4 years before I screwed it up completely! ; )

    By Blogger benning, at Sun Jan 29, 07:14:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Someone with a $250 cable bill

    That's just it! I'm broke after paying my cable bill. ;)

    should be looking at a good media PC with Windows Media Center to take full advantage of what you are already apying for.

    I saw that advertised on TV recently (Windows Media Centre). Looks great.

    Maybe something in a HP m7300 series running AMD Athlon™ 64x2 dual-core processors, and a massive hard drive or even multiple hard drives.

    Utter Chinese to me, but thanks for taking the taking to give me the tip. :)

    I'll have Renato explain it all to me as if I were a 3-year old with a service provider.

    Although I admit to having heard that Intel is miles better than Athlon AMD.

    Is that right?

    Record all those shows you aren't watching. Burn them to DVD and amaze your friends!

    Actually, I bought a DVD-R last year, and I love it.

    I HIGHLY recommend to all to chuck away their VCRs and get yourselves a standalone DVD-R, since that TiVo thingie falls short of actually recording stuff unto a DVD disk.

    For $700-$900, you will be all set for the forseeable future.

    Really? Is that all?

    I thought it was $2000, or so.

    OTOH, I want a new monitor too, but I take it, that's $900 without the monitor?

    And you'll be ready when all the 64-bit software hits the market,

    Wait -- wasn't that what Nintendo had all those years ago? 64-bits??

    allowing you to work at twice the speed and efficiency! Write it off on your taxes as a business expense for your blogging/publishing business...

    I actually pay taxes both here and in the UK (if only property taxes, or rates) so you might be right! ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Jan 30, 01:06:00 am GMT-5  

  • We've had good luck with Dell, and the price has usually been right.

    I'm inclined to go with Dell this time, yes.

    I have a Dell monitor which I love, the colours are fantastic, but it's very small for today's standards -- 800x600.

    Support hasn't been the best but then we've rarely needed it.

    God willing, neither will I need to use them.

    (Oh, and Darrell may or may not be a CPA, and all due respect to him, but I am a CPA: I'll be glad to discuss any questions you may have about the tax deductibility of this purchase.)

    *casts a glance at Pete's avatar*

    Hey, has anyone told you you look like Greg Maddux? ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Jan 30, 01:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • Och, Lass! Ye'd be best borrowin' the neighbor's computer. Save a wee bit o' coin.

    You're not far wrong, Benning.

    I used to use my neighbour's computer often, since she had a super-fast Toshiba, but as I related in another blogpost, I lost her due to her move to Central Florida.

    I actually have no printer, or scanner, either...

    Heheheee! You oughta heard my Thomas McKean in "1776".

    Oh I love that film! It's the one where Ben Franklin sings right?

    Ours was the first High School allowed to perform it. My Scots burr was a hit! LOL

    Excellent. ;)

    I like to peruse TigerDirect.com for computers, even though I no longer can buy, my finances having reached the poverty level. :(

    My first computer purchase - not a hand-me-down - was from Tiger Direct. Lasted me 4 years before I screwed it up completely! ; )


    Thank you, Benning, I'll have a gander when I'm ready to chuck this old toaster.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Jan 30, 01:11:00 am GMT-5  

  • Dude, you need more ram :)

    Dell should be good, as long as it works past the first month it's fine.

    I chose the $369 setup and had it up to $624 with extra ram, dvd-burner, larger HD etc. The 17" flat panel is sweet too but you need to find your own copy of office :)

    By Blogger Renato, at Mon Jan 30, 12:28:00 pm GMT-5  

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