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11-05-2011 09:45 PM

We did have two older laptops, both dual core processors, one was HP 6000 and other was HP dv9000 model. One for shop, the other for office. Well, last month the office PC stopped working because of drink spillage. Hard drive fried. Then 3 days ago my back up PC quite, apparently a virus. The laptop would not turn on, hard drive was not registering at all. Checked bios and hard drive test failed repeatedly.

So off to Best Buy I go yesterday. Understand running the custom cabinet shop I have to have a PC so this was urgent. My EVO phone actually came in real handy when faced with no actual PC. I checked CL for two days straight and nothing really jumped out at me for under 200.00. Most were in the 300.00 range used and that was for Dual Core laptops, which was no actual upgrade over what I had.

At Best Buy I managed to land an ASUS laptop that has 500 Gig hard drive, 4 Gig Ram and Intel Core i3 processor 2.2 for 349.00. I am not a gamer and CAD is not real demanding for me, but to be able to multi task was extremely important. Currently I am online, I have 9 web pages open within 1 IE, I have Cabinet Planner open, I am downloading AVG anti-virus software and have a PDF document open. The PC is very fast, opens pages and documents immediately and my multitasking does not affect it or slow it in the least bit.

So I am very very excited.

I have more to report about the old PC. TBC

THanks for reading, Jerry

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 10:08 PM

My computer that broke a few days ago came back alive today, merely by chance as I accidentally bumped the power button and all of a sudden the PC showed life. A virus attacked the PC but now I am able to get it started. So now I am back to having two computers. Well I am excited to be working with a very fast computer.

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 10:51 PM

My PCs give me trouble every now and then. You have to let ‘em know who’s boss. If they decide to play games I just go out in the shop and grab a big 2 by 4 and come back inside and threaten them. It usually works but sometimes it doesn’t. In this day and time they’re sort of like women – you can’t live with ‘em but you can’t live without ‘em either.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 11:02 PM

Totally agreed!

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 11:36 PM

congrat´s with your new toy …. now you only need ten extra screens to all those windows
you open …. just don´t open the one where the rain is coming from :-)

Dennis

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#5 posted 11-06-2011 12:19 AM

Thanks, we would love to have some rain…

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#6 posted 11-06-2011 04:15 AM

I just found out that on new laptops they now load Microsoft Office 2010 Starter which does not have any expiration date. The program only consist of word and excel. I read about this and it is meant to replace the Microsoft works version that used to be preloaded. This excites me so much because the biggest draw back to a new computer was paying 200.00 for Microsoft office that I rely on. And honestly the only two programs I utilize from the suite is Word and Excel. I use Word for many things, mostly related to the business, and excel provides spreadsheets for my door and drawer cutlist through simple basic arithmatic.

So that is a big saving. I almost talked myself into buying used just because I did not want to buy a new Office program.

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 04:43 AM

my boss has a little Pc store what he does is he call Ms when he change harddrives on a Pc
if there is any trouble with reloading the programs on a new harddrive
they alwways have try´d to sneak around saying just on one computer you can have the program
it just fail every time you get a new harddrive they try to make you buy another program
or if your pc is changed becourse of damage they allso want you to buy new

that ain´t leagal here in DK… (though Ms is continueing with there scam, as well as the other softwarecompany´s)
when you have bought an item , (software) its yours to use as long as you only use it on one pc
just as if you have changed shaft on an axe or the blade in a Ts

what Ms is trying with netbased office they both are forced to do and try to get to be the only one
if that happens just wait and see …. then people have to pay if they won´t loose all there document´s
made on the netbased versions

sorry for my rant ( I use Ms windows and office myself) but I realy consider to be longhaired Pc nerd
and use open sorce programs ( like linux) on my next computer

take care
Dennis

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#8 posted 11-06-2011 04:44 AM

Congrats Jerry. Instead of MS Office, give OpenOffice a try. Full feature Free,office suite compatable with MS Office.Can be found at OpenOffice.org. Care with that other notenoob, viruses will migrate. Hopefully you had a clean backup of you data elsewhere.

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#9 posted 11-06-2011 06:27 AM

Dennis, I know what you are saying. Rules are rules, just glad I have Word and Excel for free and legal!!!

Burt, yes I had a back up of the other computer, very important stuff like family photos, business docs, etc… I have a WD My Book that I back up to. And yes OpenOffice is great. I use it also for converting my docs to PDF files. I prefer to send official bids as PDF files. I mainly use Word because of having used it since the mid 90s. But openoffice is also great, and you certainly cannot beat free for a whole suite.

Hey, how in the world can OpenOffice offer such a quality product online for free? That is puzzling. In fact Dennis, thanks for the reminder because that is the other very important software I still need to download on this laptop.

And for my future office computer, I see they have a desktop where it is just a keyboard and one huge 20”+ screen. The computer components are in the monitor screen and the screen is also “touch screen” so no need for a mouse. I just say “Wow!” And they are around 800.00 which is reasonable.

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#10 posted 11-06-2011 09:56 AM

:-) .... don´t skip the mouse so fast …. LOL
in the taxi we use an Ipad with tuch screen …..good enoff in a car to look at the mails and read the
news on and a few other things
but writting on it …......:-(
the access to the floding enlargement of a site is fantastic …....but take a stationairy screen
up infront of you (imaginair screen) either you stand or sit and hold your arms out infront of you …..
how long do you think you can work on the screen …....................... :-(

nighty night… time for me to catch the bed after a long shift :O
have a great day
Dennis

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