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Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005, 04:16 pm
More Computer Crap

Okay, so I've got it down to two choices, thanks to hakamadare and whytcrow: either I'm going to get the cheapo Dell deal through Columbia, or I will definitely get a light, high-end Toshiba (where I think I can still get some kind of educational discount, but would eat most of my budget).

Now I'm all worried about the reliabilty of the Dell; on the other hand, it would cost me around $500 out-of-pocket, leaving me plenty of my computer-budget money for nice extras like a new digital camera (I've been craving one of the tiny Elphs) and an iPod for the boy, or a port replicator plus backup drive plus boy-iPod. Even if it's not the right system, it just has to work for me for a year or two in order for it to make financial sense. But I trust the Toshiba brand a lot more, and it's got the power I need to play games and run other graphics-intensive software, which is a lot of what I do professionally. Will I stop playing PC-based computer games if I have to do them only in the lab? I don't know . . . sigh.

Sorry to keep ranting about this, but it's really been on my mind. Most of you probably don't care (except ikeeverett who is going to be getting my desktop at a very nice price), but I could still use advice and/or haranguing. :)

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
maastrictian

Um... the boy appreciates the sentiment, but he' really not sure what he would do with an i-Pod.

--Chris

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
hakamadare

pfff. i’d be willing to sell you one of the tiny Elphs for a quite reasonable price.

reliability isn’t just about money, it’s about the time and energy and stress you lose when a system on which you rely fails. frankly, the docking station with built-in extra drive is probably a good idea, mainly because you can use it with an automated backup facility if you so desire.

does maastrictian have any sort of extended service plan on his laptop? if so, you may want to see if you can bring your new laptop under its umbrella or vice versa if you buy a plan (that’s another advantage of sticking with a single manufacturer). take a look here for some Toshiba support options - it might be worth plowing some money into something like that rather than the iPod. :)

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
whytcrow

I guess the question is: what will make you happy? If you will be just fine with a cheapo Dell for a couple of years, there's no reason not to.

However, if it will annoy you every time you take it out because you can't play your video games or do your graphics stuff...then the Toshiba is the best option.

Personally, I vote for the Toshiba. You don't sound like you'll really be happy with the Dell.