Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt
cpratt

Dude, I bought another Dell.

God help me, but every time I get a new job I seem to buy more computer equipment. This time it's for my brother and his family: it's a first birthday present for Mark. They really, really, really wanted a Mac, but the cheapest Mac I could find was over $700, with only a 15" screen, a 600 MHz µprocessor, and no DVD or CD-RW [whoops, that one did come with a CD-RW, and it had a bigger, 40 GB hard drive]. The Dell was a whopping $594 including tax and shipping, but runs at 2 GHz. It also comes with a 17" monitor, DVD and CD-RW, and a reasonable selection of apps [Word, Money, basic photoediting stuff, and 6 months of free EarthLink].

Of course I'm now moderately concerned about how they'll move stuff over from their old iMac to the PC, but I'm sure I can figure that out at some point in the future. I guess I'll probably download an eval copy of DAVE, take along a crossover Ethernet cable, and figure it out from there.

I'm really looking forward to my Microsoft employee company store discount to buy silly children's stuff like the Magic School Bus titles. I wonder if they still make that weird animatronic Barney... that would really drive my brother batshit. Fun! :)
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