April 22nd, 2010

Conrunner Kevin

New Computer

New for me, anyhow. The Latitude D600 I bought on eBay arrived a few days ago, and I have been configuring it as time permits. I bought this because it's the same model as my work PC, and because Latitudes are more reliable than the wonky Inspirons like the one that seems to enjoy eating hard drives. Since the Latitude D600 and the Inspiron 600m are parallel models, many of their parts are interchangeable, although not the hard drive caddy, because the Latitude is thinner (and half a pound lighter) than the Inspiron. After listening to me complain about the troubles with the Inspirons, Lisa told me to go out and buy a used Latitude. (She paid for it out of her account.)

After confirming that the machine would boot on the as-shipped 40GB hard drive, I took the drive out and cloned it into one of the 250GB hard drives I have here. I then put the 40GB drive in the fire safe, to use as an "if all else fails, start over" backup, and did all of my system configuration on the 250GB drive. I swapped around memory chips between the various computers so that the Latitude -- which will become my new "flagship" machine -- has 2GB memory, while the other machines get 1 GB and 0.75 GB each, which should be okay as I don't expect to use them very often.

Getting all of my software reinstalled is tiresome, but the need to get it running isn't urgent since I can still get work done on other machines, so I'm installing stuff as I find time and can leave the machine to think about it, such as when I set it to copying many GB of documents from backup drives last night when I went to bed.

This new machine is by no means a top-of-the-line machine, but it cost less than $200 and will do everything I need to do, so I'm feeling pretty good about it.