Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Geek Squad

Alright, now I'll admit I've never really tried very hard to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology. I didn't even get a cell phone until about three years ago. How did I ever survive?! Well, I did, and frankly I kind of hate the need for technology. Take my computer for example. Five years ago, it was exactly what I needed to get on the internet, type, and burn CD's. Now, it's painfully slow, and can't even run the latest Microsoft operating system. What gives?! I'll tell you what gave. All the websites are now ten times as large, and it leaves me watching for minutes as my webpage assembles before my eyes, piece by piece. Anyway, so yeah, I'm in the market for another computer. All my friends have the coolest workstations, flatscreen monitors, superfast CPU's, and neat software. Once again, I just want to get on the internet, download the occasional sermon, make an online purchase or two, and write emails. Oh yeah, I also want to be able to upload and download digital photos in the same day. That's it. So I spoke to Tim a while back about Dell. That seemed to fit my budget. Around five or six hundred bucks for what I need. But then I went and talked to the Geek Squad at Best Buy (that's actually what they call themselves-kind of takes the fun out of saying it myself). Ok, here's what he's got. $599 for a 15" flat screen monitor, a decent ink cartridge printer, and the computer. Ok, I know that says nothing to most of you. Here's the specs (which mean almost nothing to me). AMD Athlon 64 processor, DL DVD + RW/DC-RW drive, 200 GB hard drive, Windows XP Media Center 2005, 8 in 1 media manager. 1024 Ram and 2.2 GHz processing speed. Ok, either you're drooling by now or you've gone to Todd Richard's blog. In either case, tell me what you think (not about my blog-about the computer). Also, feel free to throw in a rant about how technology has or is leading to the demise of real community, relaxation, and morality. Good day!


At 4:29 PM, Blogger brian said...

I'm really not the expert on this, I really shouldn't, no...nnnn,ok. It sounds like you could go for a C3 digital 928X cinagigamegaplex...er for the same price.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Joshua said...

Thanks, B, knew I could count on you. You never cease to amaze me!

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Troy said...

Unfortunately, computers only "last" for about 5 years, so you are right on target for your new machine. The one you described sounds like a little overkill to me. However, the new version of Windows is supposed to come out this year, so you may want to hold off on your purchase until it does.

At 1:03 AM, Anonymous j dub said...

before you make your purchase, be sure to check the inline on the rotary girder... I'm retarded.

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this seems to be a good price...i agree that it may be more than you need. some things to check.

1) is it a flat screen or a flat pannel (this is not too much of a problem these days, but some companies advertise flat screens that are only that.) they are not the thin bodied screens that take up less room on your desk. they are just not convex like the old school tv screens. they are flat. check it out. this makes a big difference in total price

2) check out the type of ink cartrage that goes with the printer. in my limited experience, it seems that depending on your printing needs, spending more on a printer that has cheaper ink cartriges may be better in the long run. ink adds up quickly if you get an inefficient printer.

3) are you wanting a 'all new' set up? if not, if you just want something that will run faster, you may think about keeping your old monitor/printer & just purchasing a new CPU. you might be able to get a little better processor because you won't have to purchase a new monitor.

hope this is helpful,

ps. are you using a dialup ISP? you may want to look into cable/dsl.

At 7:53 AM, Blogger Todd Richards said...

So I am just now reading this... thanks for the shoutout, Brother Joshua.

Of course, I know NOTHING about such matters... and all I have to say is, "you'll find it."


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