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I taught son today how to pull parts out of two inoperative computers and create one that works. Geekery!
12/06/2009 08:43:00 PM
There was a bit of static electricity about.
That's pretty satisfying stuff. Our home machine is about 8 years old and almost every part of it has been replaced. It's still usb 1.0 or something. I now need a motherboard, but sadly, a new machine may be cheaper.
Dave, in September 2007 I bought an HP Pavilion laptop for $700 with a 162 GB hard-drive. A year later the hard-drive went and I got it replaced under warranty. A month ago the motherboard went, and I bought a Toshiba laptop for $525 with a 320 GB hard drive and Windows 7. I think in five years you'll be able to buy a laptop for $150 that could run NASA.
I work for a sometimes-Fortune 100 company, and I wonder every time I get a new computer what year it was when the current computing power on my desktop equaled to total computing power in the company.
I currently have my eye on the lowest price Dell desktop. It has a stock card that can accomodate two monitors (an option I thoroughly enjoy) and an amazing bunch of specs for $249 shipped. The price of this stuff is truly fascinating.
A laptop costs more than a desktop because they come with more standard equipment like a flat screen monitor and a built-in wireless card. So if you can get a Dell for that price and already have the monitor(s) and don't care about wireless, go for it.
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