Friday, February 6, 2009

The right place at the right time

Casey is a goddess.  She has managed to do something that I have not been able to do for over a year now.
She got my Hubby to buy a new computer.
A few days ago I was reading this entry while Hubby was in the shower.  In that entry, she has you click over to her new review blog.  The review at the top of the page that day was about her awesome new HP mini.  So, by the time Hubby was out of the shower I had customized one for myself, on a whim.  I knew Hubby would never go for the girly red one for two reasons: it was red and had flowers on it and, it was way more expensive than the one with no flowers on it.  As soon as he saw it he told me to buy it.
So, for $425 we will be the proud new owners of the smallest laptop I have ever heard of.
At first we were a little unsure.  There were a couple of issues that popped up during the discussion of whether or not we should get it. 
First, it was an HP.  We had had a ton of problems with our last laptop, also made by HP (but sold to us under the Compaq name).  It's so old, I can't seem to find a link for it.  But, the reason we bought that particular laptop almost 4 years ago was because I thought that I was going to need one with a full sized keyboard because I needed the number 10-key for my job.  Turns out, I changed jobs about a month after getting the biggest/heaviest laptop known to man and had no use for it anymore.  Since then, the laptop has been dying a slow and painful death.  First, the motherboard had to be replaced twice in the first month that we owned it.  Second, the battery quit working completely about two years ago.  So much so, the computer wouldn't work at all when the battery was in the computer.  It's been without a battery since 2007.  Finally, it just stopped turning on about three months ago.  However, somehow, we got over the HP name pretty quickly, just not sure how.
Second, it didn't come with a cd drive.  This took a little longer to get over.  The mini had an external drive you could purchase for $99, but that seemed to bring the cost of the laptop into the Dell range where the cd drive is internal.  So, since we didn't want to spend another $100, how were we supposed to get any software on this computer?  It turns out that we can take the cd drive (also a dvd burner) out of the crappy 4-year old laptop that died last year, pay $20 for some sort of case, and connect it to the mini via a USB cable.  Problem Solved!
So, HP will build our new laptop in the next week or so and all will be right in the world.  Yay!
Thank you, Casey.

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