March 10th, 2004

Computer stuff

Thanks for the advice - order placed

I caved. I ordered the HP (black) notebook - the Pavillon zv5000z. I spec'd it out with the Athlon 64 3200+, XP Home, 256MB DDR[1], 60 GB HD, DVD/CD-RW, 11b/g + BlueTooth, 15.4" WVA WSXGA+ (1680x1050), GeForce 4 440 Go 64MB, MS-Works/Money[2], 12 cell battery, and 'Built in Bay' w/USB digital drive (and free 64MB SD card)[3].

1 - I deliberately under-ordered the RAM because I can get RAM a hell of a lot cheaper elsewhere. Going from 512 (2x256) to 256 saved $100. For that I can get a 512MB stick and go to 768MB. Or I may get 2x512 and sell the 256MB, or something....

2 - I have no use for Works/Money. If it is salable I will, but I plan to use OpenOffice. It was just the cheapest option.

3 - The option was a built-in floppy drive, nothing, or this accessory bay. I pretty much never use floppies anymore. I haven't stuck the floppy drive in my old laptop in... at least a year, easily much longer. The machine already has a 5-in-1 card reader, so this makes 2 SD/MMC slots. But this one pops out and has a USB connector, so I could use it to swap with someone else by putting things on a card and plugging it into their machine. OK, so for <$50 I thought it was neat.

I also picked up the leather case. And I found a coupon code for 10% off. (PC2039 for anyone looking to order.) Total came to $1,540.89. And that's before the $100 mail in rebate. Which I think is pretty good for what I'll be getting. That's less than half what I paid for my first laptop in 1994 - a Toshiba T4800CT 486-75 with 8MB RAM and a 500MB HD. :-)

I suppose I'll be selling my current laptop - A Dell Inspiron 4000 (IIRC, it is home) - a PII-400. It is in decent shape, and it has a modular drive bay - for which I have a second battery, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, ZIP100, and Floppy module. I also have the docking station and DC power cord (cigarette lighter, aircraft, etc), and a second power brick. I think I have all the accessories they made for it...
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