How many Bush Administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: None. There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are a delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably, and anything you say undermines the lighting effect. Why do you hate freedom?

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Home Computers


I just took delivery on a new PC. Its a Dell Dimension 5100 pentium 4 3.0 Mhz, with souped up video and audio cards, and a 160MB harddrive. I bought it from Dell’s outlet store, which features factory reconditions with full warranty — its worked well for me in the past.

The industry rule of thumb is that PC’s should be replaced about every 3 years due to technology obsolesence and software bloat improvements.

Here’s a history of my home computer purchases:

  • 1986 private label PC XT, monochrome monitor (local retailer, $1,900)
  • 1989 private label 386SX, with CGA color display (local retailer, ~$1,600)
  • 1995 Acer pentium 90 mhz (From Best Buy, $1,600) First windows computer, first internet access computer. Ran Gina’s game software “Can I interest you in a hot cup of tea?”
  • 1998, private label AMD K5 (local repair shop, $350) used/reconditioned, to replace lightning damaged Acer. Insurance covered this and it worked well.
  • 2001 Dell PIII 866mhz (Dell reconditioned, $1,100), this was for my grad studies program and upgraded for video editing. Its served me well…over time I upgraded it with a network card, a video card, a firewire card, a 19″ monitor, DVD burner, additional harddrive, and a new power supply.
  • 2003 Dell PIII 500mhz (eBay used $350) this one never worked too well
  • 2004 Gateway Profile 4 for Gina (Gateway reconditioned, $700) this is a sexy looking PC, but it’s a little buggy.
  • 2005 Dell 5100 P4 3.0Mhz (Dell reconditioned $700) my new hot rod.

Updates:

  • June 2006, Toshiba M105 S3021 widescreen laptop w/DVD burner, Intel Core Solo T1300/1.66 GHz, $600 after rebate.  Upgraded to Win 7, 2011.  Upgraded 2/2013 with Samsung 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 120 GB SSD harddrive ($90).
  • November 2007.  Dell Vostro 1400 laptop, Intel Core 2 Duo T5270, 1.4GHz, 800Mhz, 2M L2 Cache.  2gig memory, Vista Home.  Purchased for Gina Christmas gift.  $670 shipped.
  • May 2009, Lenovo Netbook S10-2, 10″ screen, 160GB harddrive, 6 cell battery.  $300 direct from Lenovo.  Screen power failed, and repaired under warranty April 2010.  Installed Linux about 2012 and used for spotify streaming in the garage.
  • March 2010, DELL STUDIO 540 Dual Core E5300 4GB RAM 64 BIT w/ Windows 7 home, MS office 2007, and 1GB ATI 3650 video card.  ($540)  Refurbished, 10 months of Dell warranty remaining, via ebay. Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD upgrade (Adorama)  March 2013.
  • February 2011, Toshiba R700 ultraportable, 4gig, 500MB, Win7 Pro, 3 year warranty.  To replace Gina’s Vostro which died and to last her through college.  $950, most expensive computer since 2001.
  • December 2011, Toshiba Thrive 10.1″ tablet, 16 GB.  For Linda. $250
  • January 2013, Asus TF300 transformer tablet, 32 GB, w/keyboard dock.  $335
  • August, 2013, HP Folio 13-1029WM Laptop, 13.3” HD BrightView LED, Intel Core i3-2367M Dual-Core 1.4GHz, 4GB DDR3, 128GB SSD, HDMI, USB 3.0, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, W7HP.  Refurb w/90 day warranty.  http://sellout.woot.com/offers/hp-13-3-core-i3-laptop-w-128gb-ssd  Woot sellout, $384.
  • May 2014, for daughter, ASUS VivoBook S400CA-RSI5T18 14-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook, w/Win8, SSD cache, Intel Core i5 3317U 1.7 GHz ($600 amazon.com)
  • Jan 2015, Lenovo Yoga 2 8″ tablet, $200
  • Feb 2015, Replacing the Studio 540 dual core with refurbished Dell XPS 8700 Mini-tower Desktop Computer X8700-1261BLK-REFA, Intel Core i7-4790 CPU, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 720 1GB Graphics, Windows 7 Home Pre 64-bit. ds-dh.  $540 from Directron.com
  • Feb 2016 (For Millie) HP Slimline 410-010 Desktop (Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD), $350 on Amazon.com
  • Oct 2017 Lenovo ZA1N0007US Yoga Tab 3 Plus QHD 10.1 inch Android Tablet (Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, 3GB RAM, 32GB SSD,Android 6.0), Black, on Amazon, $300.  Did not run dishanywhere well, returned it for full refund.
  • Dec 2017 Lenovo Tab 4, 10.1″ Android Tablet, Quad-Core Processor, 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB Storage, Slate Black, ZA2J0143US .  purchase record not recorded.
  • Nov 2018  Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-132-C4VV. Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core Processor 1.6GHz ,11.6″ HD Widescreen , 4GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory, 16GB Internal Storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) , 1 – USB 3.0 Port, 1 – USB 2.0 Port, 1 – HDMI Port, 3-Cell Li-Ion Battery (3490 mAh), Up to 10-hours Battery Life, 2.43 lbs.  $119 on treasure truck.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0795W86N4/

For LSRPL

  • July 2009,   Dell Optiplex 740 AMD Athlon X2  with 19″  flatscreen.  miniform factor, w/XP-Pro and 2 year warranty.  Reconditioned via ebay.  $460.
  • 2012, Lenovo thinkpad laptop, purchased by LSRPL.
  • August 2012, Lenovo ThinkCentre M81 (7518D7U) Desktop PC Intel Core i3 2120(3.30GHz) 4GB DDR3 250GB HDD Capacity Intel HD Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit.  $530 plus monitor.
  • February 2016, Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 15.6″ TruBrite LED Intel® Core™ i7-5500U 1TB HD, 12GB, Windows 10 Laptop.  $650 from Staples

hindsight

Lessons learned from our remodeling:

  • Be sure to draw a scaled floor plan to evaluate traffic clearances and placement of seating and waste baskets. The contractor provided only elevation drawings of the cabinetry, but I could have easily done a floor plan myself and improved the layout. duh!
  • Be precise and put in writing plans and expectations for placement of fixtures. We had ceiling lamps moved twice. The drawing here was the subject of dispute.
  • When extending tile flooring, make absolutely sure new tiles are of identical sizing to the old! This is more important than color matching.
  • When extending tile, lay all the tile in place before applying glue! This one the contractor should have known about. She knew there would be fit problems, but went ahead and started glueing down tiles. Our 16X16″ tile bought for extending the floor is not the same size as the existing tile and the layout was torn up twice in redesign.
  • Organize kitchen gear and pantry supplies for temporary use. Pack it up like for a camping trip, and then organize the remaining supplies in some manner for retrieval.
  • Avoid hiring a contractor with back problems.
  • Don’t bother dusting or cleaning up until the contractor has left the building.
  • Don’t assume the contractor will make good choices for cabinet configuration. Ours planned to put the microwave in a cabinet but behind a cabinet door (we interceded). She put several inefficient drawer pullouts behind cabinet doors. We have no tall open cabinents (for cooking sheets, cutting boards or waste baskets), and too few drawers.
  • Have your contractor include ALL materials cost in their bid and contract. Our contract was “plus materials” and consequently the Home Depot purchases were not as frugal as they might have been and we were left with lots of leftover building supplies and the tab for them.

10/10 Update: I removed two pullout drawers from a narrow cabinet, so now we have cookie sheet storage about the size of the photo here. The now-surplus drawers are long and narrow boxes, good for ????

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