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  • Holy Core2 Duo!

    February
    27
    2008

    My new hard drive arrived yesterday. I upgraded my 5 year old Inspiron as much as I could – and it was time to retire it. Now, sitting on my desk is a teenie-tiny VERY shiny new XPS 210. It took an afternoon of crawling around on the floor and getting sweaty and dusty – but I’m rearing to go today and excited to see how much faster I’ll be able to work now that I’m sporting Adobe Illustrator CS3, as well. Of course I’ll never ditch my old trusted companion, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo – it’s been too good to me. adobe.jpg

    I attempted to switch my mail client to Thunderbird – and I really, really wanted to do that – but I have to fall into my trusty old rut and stick with Outlook Express. I know, I know. Pat me on the head all day long – I have thousands of precious pieces of mail that I was too afraid to lose. Some day, I’ll make that switch.

    Backing up my bookmarks and all that jazz was pretty easy, everything went relatively smoothly, I think! I started over from scratch last summer to try to salvage what was left of my old hard drive, so I’m familiar with this shaky ground. It’ll calm down in a few days.

    The really cool thing? Yesterday morning, I walked away and stared out my studio windows while I waited for a file to open. Today? All I did was blink. Now THAT computes. Thanks, Dell. Now I have no excuse to get up and refresh my coffee or hit the shower.

    This is not a paid advertisement. I just really, really like Dell. And the Dell Dude’s that surf the internet aren’t so bad, either.

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    {14 Comments}

    1
    pam said,

    Ahhhhh….! Ohhhhh…! An XPS! The Dell I just purchased is an Inspiron 530, quad core. The Q6600.
    This is our 6th Dell; we love ’em.

    Specs!? What video card do you have? What’s your bus speed? …and why does that sound faintly filthy? ;)

    Congrats!

    pam’s last blog post..Anne Frank is not fiction

    2.27.2008 @ 7:46 am
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    Leanne said,

    Oh now I’m going to show how little I know about the guts – they used to be so easy to understand!

    • Core2 Duo, E6600 2.4GHz, 1066FSB with 4MB Cache
    • 4GB DDR2 SDRAM @ 800MHz
    • 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro
    • 500GB HD (7200RPM)

    Does that tell you what you wanna know? :giggle:

    2.27.2008 @ 8:06 am
    3
    Robin said,

    I wish I could use a desktop email program but none of them work right with gmail and the fact I have like 5 email addresses sent to the main one.

    Robin’s last blog post..How’s My Makeup?

    2.27.2008 @ 8:16 am
    4
    taba said,

    i was supposed to help you set it up!! you didn’t even call me! jeez. :rolleyes: no grouphug for you today.

    2.27.2008 @ 8:22 am
    5
    Renee said,

    We finally got a new computer this summer…my old one got killed by DH :doh:
    At first it was so speedy and I was in love…but now I’m used to it…LOL!

    Congrats on your new computer!

    Renee’s last blog post..almost 22 days

    2.27.2008 @ 9:25 am
    6
    Marcia said,

    You summed up the difference upgrading makes in our lives quite well with these words of yours:

    “Yesterday morning, I walked away and stared out my studio windows while I waited for a file to open. Today? All I did was blink. Now THAT computes.”

    It certainly does. You’ll have more time to paint.

    Marcia’s last blog post..3WW – The Apology

    2.27.2008 @ 3:26 pm
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    YellowRose said,

    We have a Dell also, it’s three years old, and we are wanting to upgrade to the XPS! I’m lusting for that one! :giggle:

    Have fun with your new puter!!

    YellowRose’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – ?A Rose in the Middle?

    2.27.2008 @ 5:07 pm
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    June said,

    I’m jealous! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a new laptop…that’s all I use since I go back and forth between FL and VA. Mine’s a couple of years old and is holding its own, but I’m yearning for a faster processor and graphics card and I need more hard-drive space. I only have 40GB…if you can imagine that! Now that I’m doing taking more photography and more post processing, space is being eaten up pretty quickly. Enjoy!

    June’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Flamingos

    2.27.2008 @ 8:44 pm
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    Lisa's Chaos said,

    That is great! And when you become an expert at CS3 you can teach me more too. :) Hubby’s getting pretty good at it but I still am just poking around then getting frustrated.

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..he only has eyes for me

    2.28.2008 @ 8:34 am
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    Laura said,

    Boy, I’ll bet you’re a happy camper these days.
    I’ll keep the recommendation in mind when it’s time to replace our computers.

    Laura’s last blog post..LOL CATS Caption This!

    2.28.2008 @ 10:04 am
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    Jeni said,

    I must admit, I’m not a huge Dell fan but that IS a pretty nice piece of machinery…and upgrading is definitely a lot of fun :D

    Jeni’s last blog post..What have I gotten myself into?

    2.28.2008 @ 5:36 pm
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    Lulu said,

    Gee…you’re all fancy now.

    I love PSP! I just wish that I would actually take the time to learn all the features.

    Lulu’s last blog post..Friday Follies

    2.29.2008 @ 9:14 pm
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    phoenix said,

    Nice goin’ gf! Congrats! :clapping:

    Now (nudge, nudge) ;-) if I can just find a program that will help me turn a sideways video right-side up I will be doing good! I got some great footage of my parrot that I wanted to share… and of course! I had my cell turned the wrong way LOL! :brickwall:

    3.2.2008 @ 5:44 pm
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    kailani said,

    Must be a great feeling for everything to download so quickly! Cool!

    kailani’s last blog post..I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    3.3.2008 @ 4:59 pm

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