Samantha, just Samantha (samantilles) wrote,
Samantha, just Samantha

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*big whew*

well, I've done it... I've blown a ton of cash, and opted to replace arnie entirely, rather than rely on his remaining parts, very few of which are original anymore in only two years. After a really good convo with my salesman, and a bit of persuasion over hte past couple of weeks from Justin, I've gone and purchased a new computer!!

My new Macintosh Powerbook, the 17" model:
• 100GB Ultra ATA drive @ 5400rpm
• 8x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
• AirPort Extreme Card
• Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
• 1.67GHz PowerPC G4
• ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (128MB DDR)
• 17-inch TFT Display
• Wireless and Bluetooth Technology built-in receivers
• Wireless keyboard and mouse

Software includes:
• Microsoft Office for Mac, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage
• FileMaker Pro (databases)
• Mac OS X Panther
• Mac Fonts and More Mac Fonts
• Macromedia DreamSuite
• Virtual PC, which allows me to load PC software...

• And I will be purchasing Adobe Creative Suite for Mac from the school bookstore with the humungous Student Discount!

Fortunately, many of the improvements I made for Arnie, including a new monitor, printer, and external harddrive, are all Mac capatable without converters, and the Mac built in Wireless works on PC Wireless routers... I'll have to find out if my writing tablet is PC or Mac, though if I need to purchase a Mac one, its not that big of an expense.....

As for arnie, its looking like about $1000 to recover the data, and I'll only install a replacement 40 gig harddrive and restore him. However, I will be using this laptop more as a backup than a primary machine. But fortunately this time, its a computer with the requisite equipment and software to handle the majority of my necessary stuff, which is a definate plus to what I have now... I'm sitting in front of my parents computer, and honestly, I can't stand working on it... I feel soo exposed, like i'm downloading porn or something... *I'm not, and not sure I'd know how to anyways* but I don't like people having the chance to look over my shoulder and see whom I'm talking to or what I'm doing... I can't wait to get another laptop...
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