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I take back everything bad I ever said about laptops... Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 2:29 AM EST on 7/7/2003
File Under: Misc Tech -> Computers

Alright, I got a new laptop a few days ago, and figured it was worth mentioning, since this is a techie site and all. It's a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop, and if it was a girl, I would fuck it. As it is, all its input slots are more than a little too small. (That reminds me... Ask Karyn about her interesting theory about men feeling compelled to plug stuff into every hole they can find in a piece of electronics.)

First, we'll get the specs out of the way for the geeks.

[Comic Book Guy]This thing has a 2.66 GHz Pentium 4, 512 MB of PC2100 DDR SDRAM, 32MB Radeon Mobility 7500 graphics card, a 15" XGA display (kicking myself for not springing for the SXGA+), 30 GB hard drive, CDRW/DVD combo drive, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Firewire, S-Video out, and the usual integrated ethernet and V.92 modem.[/Comic Book Guy]

Yeah, I don't have the money for this thing, but the fantastic folks over at Dell decided I was worthy enough to be allowed to buy it on credit (or at least the bank that handles financing for them did). I guess that's one positive aspect of wrecking your car and getting a big insurance payment. The loan gets paid off VERY quickly, providing a nice boost to your credit.

But I digress. So far, I've used this thing as a MAME machine to play old arcade games on my TV (the S-Video ouput is damned handy) as well as networking it with my other computer to share files and printers. I figure I'll use the 100 gigs of harddrive space on my old desktop for storage to save the poor little 30 gig drive in this one some wear and tear.

My next thing will probably be to get one of those USB sound cards so that I can use this as a music/movie/general media center to hook up to my stereo. I hooked it up using the built in sound card, but was appalled by how it sounded. Guess I can't expect much from a system that's really only expecting to output to shitty laptop speakers and occasionally headphones. Oh well, good thing the Creative Labs Sound Blaster MP3+ is only a little over $50. That should come in handy for all my music, movies, and games. *Drool* @ listening to all my mp3s on the stereo.

In short, I love my new computer, and its one fault will soon be fixed. Oh, and the best part of it all? I'm laying in bed while writing this post... I love the convenience.
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