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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New PC Laptop

In the computer world, I've mostly been an abandoned man.

Some people have what is known as a Green Thumb in terms of plants.

That applies, as well, to technology.

My wife has the Green Thumb in terms of family technology.

I, myself, have a Black Thumb in terms of technology.

My desktop computer crashed over a year ago. Since then, I've mostly relied on my HP Pavilion zd8000 laptop computer on which to place posts. That Bad Boy is quite a number of years old.

And supplemented, every now and then, by a used Apple MacBook Pro my wife purchased for me roughly two years ago. I thought the Apple OS would be -- as everyone described -- more than intuitive.

Except, if you source from a PC world, Apple's OS is NOT necessarily that inherently intuitive.

In some instances, it is precisely opposite of "intuitive." That I have determined, at least.

So, for the past three years, I've been posting predominantly with my HP zd8000 laptop and supplemented with the older Apple MacBook Pro at my wife's house.

Because, in my cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains, my connection is -- get this -- actually still a "dial-up." That's how obscure is my cabin.

If I'm lucky, I get a 56.4 connection on the best of sessions.

Connected to my zd8000 laptop = prehistoric times.

With that in mind, I wanted to purchase a new PC laptop which transformed into the bulk of the new age.

This past weekend I, therefore, bought a Sony Vaio F-series 16.4-inch laptop which included an IntelCore i7-2630QM 2ghz processor, NVIDEA GEforce GT540M GPU, 8 gigs of RAM, 750g HDD, and BluRay optical drive.

Comparitively speaking, that laptop is a shadow of my former laptop.

The HP zd8000 weighed about 2,547 pounds more, bulked up to three loud fans, and took roughly ten minutes to both boot up and shut down.

On the other hand, there wasn't another 17" screen to compete with the HP zd8000. That screen sent independent monitor makers screeching for home.

My former confuser: HP zd8000.

My new boss: Sony Vaio Series F.

A quarter the weight with three times the processing power.



Blogger Bushwack said...

Oh man, I wish you would ask your resident "Apple" Expert about things... All ya got to do is ask man, I could help ya out with that macbook. It's an easy platform but just like everything else it's about set up.

Wed Jun 22, 02:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger ∞ ≠ ø said...


You left out backlit keyboard. A feature worth its weight in gold... which you parted with... but not as much as a mac.

Wed Jun 22, 07:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

NOw if you just had some decent connectivity :-) Enjoy, Sony makes a good product!

Wed Jun 22, 09:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bd said...

Macs do seem less than intuitive to PC users at first. I find it's because they've been using a silly OS for so many years and they are used to the long way around that 'simple' is elusive to them

Wed Jun 22, 09:43:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

If it's any consolation, you know MUCH MORE THAN I DO about anything to do with computers!
Good luck, BZ

Wed Jun 22, 01:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Trekkie4Ever said...

What?? I don't speak computer jargon. This post went over my head, lol!

Wed Jun 22, 01:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Symbols: yeah, the Sony does have the backlit keys on the board and that is, I have to admit, pretty darned cool. I bought the Sony at Best Buy and the Sales Dude tried to send me over to Apple. I'm close, but I'm just not completely there yet.

NFO: thanks. No DSL in my area, just satellite, and for satellite around here I'd pay OVER $100 a MONTH. That's just insane.

Bd, apparently you're a Mac user. And I'm sure there's a solution here but I just don't have the time to devote to an in-depth understanding of the Mac OS, whatever it is now. Panther? Leopard? Spotted Owl? I forget.

Z: you're way kind. What kind of confuser do you use at home?

Leticia: I bet you know way more than you're letting on!


Wed Jun 22, 03:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

- 5

Thu Jun 23, 11:58:00 AM PDT  

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