John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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What Computer?

hbar98 asks, "What computer? I don't remember reading where you were looking for one?"

Well, I didn't bother mentioning it 'cause I didn't expect you'd want to know! :D But my current machine ("Tiffany"), built through the Mad Science Skillz of mammallamadevil is four years old and, while serviceable, is starting to get a little clunky. The slave drive I have in there, which contains several years' worth of Suburban Jungle and NeverNever strips among other things, is even older, and in terms of magnetic media is getting dangerously close to "unexpectedly fail and kill the whole computer" age. So I wanted to get a new Windows XP machine while it was still possible.

Note that I said "possible," not "easy." In point of fact, my search for a non-Vista machine led me to two models from Dell, and so this is what I ended up getting:

Estimated Ship Date: 10/30/2007
Item Number 	Quantity 	Item Description
222-9194            1           Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E4400 (2MB L2 Cache,2.00GHz,800 FSB)
311-7244            1           2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2DIMMs
310-8025            1           Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse
320-3000            1           No Monitor
                                     (I wanted two No Monitors, but they only had one.)
320-5746            1           128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8300GS
341-4811            1           500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
341-5008            1           No Floppy Drive Included
                                     (They did have two No Floppy Drives, but I only wanted one.)
463-2282            1           Genuine Windows® XP Professional
310-1966            1           Mouse included with Keyboard purchase
430-0412            1           Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
                                      (But no wireless, pfui. I'll have to get an adapter separately.)
313-3137            1           No Modem Option
                                      (Can you believe they tried to sell me five No Modems?)
420-7468            1           Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
                                      (Why is this on the invoice?)
420-6464            1           48X CD-RW/ DVD Combo Drive
313-2758            1           Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
313-2198            1           No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
                                      (O RLY?)
412-1397            1           No Productivity software pre-installed
412-0903            1           No Security Subscription (Norton 90-day)
                                     (We'll be DELETING Norton, TYVM.)
987-6238            1           1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support
                                     (I wanted a None of These, too, but they don't offer that.)
412-0148            1           No ISP requested
466-7687            1           Award Winning Service and Support
                                    (What is this, an invoice or a commercial?)
464-9572            1           No Entertainment software pre-installed
310-8591            1           Windows XP™
                                     (Um, didn't you mention this one already?)
988-1189            1           No DataSafe
                                     (With Microsoft on the case! I kid, I kid.)

I wanted a 256 MB video card, but they didn't offer that. I have one on Tiffany, but it's a slower processor. So is it worth it to swap the higher RAM for the slower processor, I wonder?

Supposedly it comes with a "re-install" disk; hopefully that can be used to install Windows components too, such as IIS.

Anyway, my plan is to consolidate all of my various bits of data that are currently squirreled away on CDs, Tiffany's two drives, and whatever else around the house into the one big bucket on the new machine so I can weed out redundant files and actually find stuff when I need it, then use Tiffany as a file server/print server/backup machine.

So ... that's what machine! :)

-The Gneech
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