Saturday, April 19, 2008

Since You Asked

On my laptop I have Windows XP
my hard drive: 250 GB SATA 5400RPM
and: 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz (2 DIMMs)

Also, when I write on a particular subject, usually something has happened recently which triggers the post, but for the sake of other people's privacy, I try not to mention any particulars. Sometimes I wonder about that, if it's such a good policy, and if some people are really deserving of such treatment. But, if I do have an opinion on any particular subject, it's because I've dealt with it on more than one occasion over the years, and have developed an opinion, one way or the other, on the subject at hand.

5 comments:

  1. Ah, good, you escaped Vista. If you'd been a couple of months later, you'd have had it forced upon you; OEMs and consumers won't be allowed buy XP soon.

    By the way, when you get it, it may ask do you want a free trial of some security software. Just say no. You can get decent free stuff, and once you accept the free trial it can be very hard to get rid of.

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  2. Glad you are up and running with your new laptop. If you have an opinion you should express it regardless of policies and all that.

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  3. Glad you're getting XP instead of Vista!

    Here's a few things that could be very useful for you:

    Instead of using pre-loaded AV software (HORRID!!!), get rid of it right away and use Avast home edition. It's free and not the resource hog the pre-loaded crap is:
    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

    Couple it with Spybot S&D:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

    Run PC Decrapifier to get rid of some of the bundled garbage:
    http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

    Swear off IE and use Firefox instead:
    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/

    Some tips for Firefox:
    http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/15-coolest-firefox-tricks-ever.html

    And a whole huge list of XP tweaks:
    http://freepctech.com/pc/xp/xpindex.shtml

    Click Start > Run > Type "msconfig" (no quotes) > Click the Startup tab

    Use the "Startup Info" search here: http://www.sysinfo.org/ to investigate the tons of unnecessary crap XP is going to be auto-loading at startup so you can easily figure out what can be removed from your start up, thus giving you better performance and better use of your existing RAM.

    And email me if you run into any problems, have questions, need help, etc. :)

    Very excited for you!!!

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  4. Kevin:

    Glad to see that you've made it to your goal of a new laptop. I'm glad to see that my donation really made a difference. I wish you the very best. And thanks saphire for the good tech notes.

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  5. Kevin:

    Glad to see that you've made it to your goal of a new laptop. I'm glad to see that my donation really made a difference. I wish you the very best. And thanks saphire for the good tech notes.

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