|Quoting Bagpiper (Reply 16):|
But if I had a Pentium 2, I would snatch the offer right up.
Again, I appreciate all your help...thanks to everyone. Unfortunatly, putting any more money in my old rig and holding our is not an option for me. With gas, utilities rising and our economy hitting the skids, I like many have to count my pennies.
Interestingly that original laptop, set me back over $800.00. Last Fall, I hauled my old desktop into the shop, upped the RAM, had a deep embedded worm or virus removed and for close to $200.00 was able to again go onlne but, it seemed as slow if not slower than before. Part of that $200 was the addition of a CD
/DVD burner but, that was only like $35.00.
And, my computing habits, I try to be very carefull/attentive.
- Always run Ad-Aware at end of weekends
- Always clean cookies, cache, delete Internet history
- Run de-frag at least monthly
- Run Norton Virus scan weekly.
- Automatically keep Norton running and live e-mail/Internet virus definition updates going
But, have been told, that with Win 98, and the old processor and to a lesser extent having dial-up, many of the so called newer definitions are not available for me and, my rig isn't fast enough to keep up. Though it could take like 20 minutes, I used to be able to completly download music (Napster/Kazaa-Lite) with no problems. Many a time, the download was half that in time. Forget that now. 95% of my A-Net and other online activity is on high speed computers. On my own, basically I can get online and thats about it.
In my area, DSL isn't available. Supposedly Verizon controls the slots and they are all taken. But, even if I had high speed on my old machine, it could only go so far and Windows 98 is now a white elephant albatross. I'm guessing that XP
Home and XP
pro has at least two to three years left of usability before obsolescence sets in. Vista is still new and I understand you need a beefy computer to run it right. And, XP
has a decent reputation and stability. I'm being realistic in that this next computer would be OK
for a two to four (four optimistically) useful lifespan. What I have now has been obsolete for at least the last 2 to 4 years. My position is, driving a Yugo may suck but it sure as hell beats relying on the Baltimore MTA to get from point A to point B. It's any port in a storm and for under $500 these laptops are palatable compared to nothing.
I'd be running:
Adobe Photoshop 5.0
Screen Saver Creator
Logitech cordless mouse
Altec A-3 Speakers
|Quoting Klaus (Reply 14):|
That depends more on the kind (or better lack) of common grounding of your equipment and the kind of interface. USB is ostensibly "hot pluggable", but large electric potential differences can still be fatal if you're not careful (or if the machine is constructed very shoddily).
Please clarify. The machine I shorted out probably was new in 1998 or 1999. I now, know, to "ground" anything before just plugging away. And, aren't laptops sturdier than my original? BTW, that "Comp USA" was supposedly a very low low end Compaq model. Comp USA looked at me like I was from Mars when I took my machine in back in 2001.
And, Pentium M is better than P 4? It was easier back in the day. You had Ghetto Celeron, P II
, then PIII
then PIV. The Centrino, M etc. makes things a little trickier to figure out.