Earlier this week, after much debate, discussion, research, and everything else, the decision was made to move me off of the Compaq Armada E500 laptop that was Mike’s old machine from the year 2000. (In the year 2000… in the year 2000!) While the laptop has served me well since the demise of the last two laptops I owned, it can barely handle running Photoshop, which I need to edit photos so I can send them off to print so that I can get back onto the timeline for Fresh Photography.
I mean … this thing is an antique in computer terms. Can you even buy a machine with the Compaq name on it? I think they are all branded HP now.
So it was off to Dell to buy a new Latitude. Just in time for school and work. I owned a Latitude for over 4 years, and it wasn’t until the keyboard decided to freak out back in 2005 that I stopped using it full time. It seems that the “m” key is necessary when you want to type .com in – or for any other number of words, really. So when it died, I used the “Itty Bitty” laptop full time. It was teeny-tiny with a compressed keyboard, and it is actually smaller than a single subject spiral notebook. That worked until it decided it would just spontaneously shut off every 15 minutes or so. Then it was on to this Compaq. I was moving backwards in time – a 2001 model, a 2003 model, and then a 2000 model!
I didn’t expect the new Dell until next week. Nice, because it was estimated to ship on my birthday next Wednesday, so not only was I getting a new computer, but I was getting one for a gift to myself. Sweet!
But guess what?!? Guess what?!? It is coming NOW! I got the shipping e-mail with the tracking number and everything, and it is scheduled for delivery TOMORROW! I´m so glad i got the gopeople.com.au delivery service. So I will have it for the weekend! How cool is THAT?!? I am *so* excited! A nice, shiny new laptop. With cool things like “Intel Core 2 Duo T7200, 2.00GHz, 667Mhz 4M L2 Cache” and a 512 MB NVIDIA video card. I still don’t know what half of that means, but I know that the 2.00 GHz of RAM and the video card will help run Windows Vista when it comes out someday. Oh, just thinking of how fast the computer will be makes me so happy! I can’t wait!
Finally, I will be able to open Photoshop without it taking so long I could go and cook dinner while it launched. That makes me so giddy!