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New Dell Laptop

My Toshiba laptop computer of three years has developed a flaky display. When the display  goes out, you lose your work if you are using a web-based service. Incidentally, I use the built-in editor in WordPress to write my blogs, and when the display would go out, it would dump the browser and all my work.

Bummer.

Now that we are approaching go-back-to-school time, sales abound in clothes and computers. Plus, if you are a legitimate college student, you can find some really good deals.

I am a legitimate college student for the last three years, taking courses at a local technical college. There are some very cool deals out there like the one at Dell.

At Dell’s website, if a documented student picks one of several laptop computers, Dell throws in an XBOX 360. Yep, I have my new Dell 15R computer, now, and the XBOX will arrive in a few weeks. I am making big plans for the game box and my grandson. Oh, the price was right, too!

I was busy all day yesterday getting familiar with the new laptop, and today, I will start moving files from the old Toshiba to the new Dell. The decision becomes, do I move all the data in my old Documents directory to the Dell at one time, or do I move it selectively, one document directory at a time?

I have data and programs from three years of technical college. This includes programs from three Java programming courses, PHP programs, Flash programs, and notes and assignments from many other courses. You never can tell what you will need. It is kind of like cleaning out your garage. How could you ever throw away those old car license tags?

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

Ya’ll have a good day, and I will get busy organizing my new computer companion.

My Toshiba Up And Died

Well, not really. My Toshiba Satellite M505 laptop that I bought almost exactly three years ago has been crashing with a display adaptor error. If you have ever been typing along, happily blogging or doing real work, you know the absolute frustration of losing your work.

I remember going through this with a friend’s Hewlett-Packard laptop. It turned out that NVIDIA, the company that made the HP’s video adaptor, had a problem with a certain series of display chips. Neither HP or NVIDIA ever had a recall, and millions of HP computer owners were screwed, my friend included. Once the display chip goes south, you cannot even boot the machine.

My Toshiba had some problems a couple of years ago, and the hard drive failed. Fortunately, I had backups for the most critical data. I bought the Toshiba at Fry’s in 2009 along with three years warranty that didn’t cover much of anything. Warranty to Fry’s is just a cash-flow strategy.

Before I had the Toshiba, I had a Dell for about five years, and was very satisfied. The Dell warranty covered EVERYTHING, not at all like the junk warranty Fry’s sells.

It was time for a new laptop, and I went back to Dell.

Dell, and everyone else, is having back to school sales with special deals for students. If you are a verifiable student and choose a laptop from their selection, they will throw in an XBOX 360 game box, or a $200 Dell.com gift card. All this is on top of the various discounts.

My choice was a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition. It has an Intel i5 dual core processor, 720 gb disk drive, 8 gb  RAM, upgraded video (1080p) and audio specs, 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, WiFi, Bluetooth, Webcam and microphone, a multi-format card reader, and two years of extended-everything-covered warranty.

I don’t know why it is called a Special Edition, except it is equipped for students. That’s me.

My wife chimed in on the sale, and added a Dell All-In-One color laser printer that operates on the WiFi system. The printer was at a forty percent discount to regular price.

The lessons I have learned when computer shopping are as follow:

1. Do not buy from local retailers unless the deal is unbeatable. Buy direct from the manufacturer.

2. Always get the manufacturer’s warranty as the local retail warranty is not worth spit, expecially Fry’s.

3. Get more computer than you need. As time passes, your software will eat up more and more computer resources.

So, the new laptop, printer, and XBOX 360 cost about the same as the Toshiba three years ago. Plus, I get a decent warranty.

Life is good.