alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Fireworks)
I am so tired of bending over the laptop and trying to edit on this tiny screen. Stiff neck, tired eyes-- I saw a monitor/HDTV on sale at Costco and bought it. Not sure if I can get sound from it and I don't care--there's a warranty for if I ever use it as a TV, and I can see with my head tilted up for once!

Joy! 1080! 3M hook to hold cords when not attached to laptop! (Painful pockets--vet for cat next month.)

Editing tonight! Tomorrow I'll see if I can also hook it into the XP tower.

My web site color bars are more purple than navy. Good thing I am going to overhaul it... May have to tweak color on this Samsung.

Night Calls going to the stupendous e-formatter tonight!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Mascot)
You know you have a different map of the world when you cannot find add-ons you need with the search words you enter. I know there's a good add-on for editing inside of bulletin boards/blogs, for HTML with URLs, italics, etc. I could still use this, despite Live Journal's upgrades to their system. Can't remember the name, and a friend is holding my tower incognito!

And I still want an add-on that will tell me when I last visited a site. I need to tidy up cobwebs!

I've decided to modify the crap out of WIN 8. Any suggestions for WIN 8 mods to make it a better work machine cheerfully accepted.

Next time I want to budget for the equivalent of an Apple Mac. They may no longer be the great machine they are now, so not promising....

Sorry to ask again. Today, I make the change -- if I can figure it out. Using Firefox 18.0.1 right now.
alfreda89: (Tea -- the universal cure (ask the Docto)
Warning -- RANT:

I am so tired of looking for a laptop. Just found a review that says the keys stick on one Toshiba model! Costco FINALLY gets them in, they are not set up to actually do anything with a high end machine, so I can't test the keyboard, I cannot see anything on the screen to see if it's a good enough screen for my vision problems, and the "sale" price expires TONIGHT. Since I was in last week looking for this computer, it''s been on sale less than a week? And it's Windows 8, which looks totally different, plus will Scriveners work with Windows 8 (only piece of software I really need working with it next week?)

I have an hour to decide whether to go buy the damned thing, and then return it tomorrow if it's $##@#$%.

\RANT

Apologies if this crossposts -- I told it not to!

Lost It --

Sep. 28th, 2012 07:43 am
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Plush borrelia burgdorferi spirochete)
Someone else got the used 15" MacBookPro.

Bummer.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
So I went to Costco last night to buy the more expensive Toshiba laptop.

No Toshibas.

The sales person said they aren't on the list as coming in. He apologized, since he likes Toshibas and Apples best, too.

I write a comment card explaining that they'd lost an $864 dollar sale, bought berries and left.

*sigh*

I can order it from Toshiba, but only get a one year warranty that way. Maybe I will wait a couple days, see if it comes back to the web site.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (USS Enterprise Lightning)
It's been an interesting week, health-wise. Since not a lot else was getting done, other than a lovely dinner or two with friends I hadn't seen for a while, I started looking for computers again.

I started wobbling on purchasing a Mac. I am having trouble visualizing myself dropping that much money for a computer. Even if I buy an $800 PC laptop, a minimum Mac is $200+ more than that. So I returned to PCs, thinking that either a Dell or a Toshiba was what I wanted. I want reliability, and would like the computer to be upgradable and last at least five years.

It doesn't need a hot processor for games. It needs to handle text well. It needs a responsive keyboard for someone who types a lot (no Chiclets.) It needs a very good monitor, or an easy to see monitor that I can buy a TV to go with. It needs R-W drives, and to be able to read DVDs and CDs. I need USB ports for my Kindle, etc., an HDMI connection, and Ethernet. I'd prefer a hard drive in the computer, because I ideally will sometimes work where there is no cloud, and I can misplace a flash drive faster than you can blink.

Of course, it needs good speakers, wi-fi, a camera and mike. I'm not worried about software. I'm going to try Scrivner's, so if Office comes on the machine, great. If not, I'll try Open Office. And I'd like to get it for $800 or less.

A friend this week told me that unless I'm a business customer, Dell and Toshiba will probably give me lousy customer service. And a small biz customer will get no better service right now. He suggested Acer or ASUS.

http://www.laptopmag.com/mobile-life/best-brands-2012.aspx

But these articles, among others, say Acer and ASUS are extremely unreliable, and that all customer service varies by as little as a point overall, and I should either buy a lemon protection plan or expect to be ignored by the manufacturer of whatever computer I buy. Some say Lenovo, some say HP -- and I'm deeply suspicious of the HP quality.

Unless I buy an Apple, and spring for the extended warranty.

So, am I looking for a unicorn? I really don't want to spend three months shipping a laptop back and forth, trying to get a machine that actually works. Should I just buy the cheapest workhorse and expect crap service if I need it? If I'm playing that game, I'm buying from Costco, since I have a relationship with them.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
So I went to look at Apple Computers today, just to see what I might be able to afford, for what I can spend. The place was very busy (the sales guy said that was slow) and a bottom of the line Mac does have a lot of features. A desktop would be more in my price range, but a laptop would be more versatile.

But I could not afford a larger monitor and keyboard to go with the smallest laptop.

I hate buying computers. It's like cars. I want them to work forever, so I can get on with important things in life....
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
I'm looking for a new laptop, one I can use as my main computer. I want to be able to plug into it a full sized keyboard and large monitor for extra ease.

It's been suggested that I get a faster dual processor, so I can watch movies through it if my ancient TV suddenly craters. I will want Word, unfortunately, since it's the publishing standard, but I am considering Open Office.

Any suggestions? Warnings? Worthwhile features, brands to avoid?

This will probably be my computer for at least five years, so I need to get it right the first time. It will be a PC, since Apple, even re-manufactured, is pricy.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
Well, I am sorta holding my breath, but looks like the Palm business has settled down. It was working, and then everything vanished. My guest was curious and I think has it cooperating, but I will probably print it out today, old and new addresses all, just to make sure I have it in some other form. I may also port to Google. Was not how I wanted to spend last week.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
Just for fun -- check it out!

http://thehottestgadgets.com/2008/07/the-17-hottest-steampunk-computer-creations-001127
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
I've already figured out a way to do what I wanted -- but it's nice to have a security blanket! ;^)

Found it!

Oct. 30th, 2008 03:00 pm
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
Hate the new Google interface? You can get the old one here.

They even have it in Gaeilge. Halfway down, click. You can get back easily, if necessary!
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
Have you dreamt of damaging "Clippy," that snippy little paper clip in WORD that thinks it knows more about your business than you do? Guess what -- there's a way to make him go away PERMANENTLY.

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004740.html
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
Do the multiple Microsoft updates that have been coming down every day annoy anyone else? I mean, on my desktop, nothing runs correctly while those things sit and wait for me -- and on the laptop they keep popping up until I download them.

Some days Open Office sounds worth exploring. MS is apparently crap, but they release it, anyway.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Default)
Does anyone happen to know about clearing the in-box? I have a lot of things I want somewhere else, but when I save them to that group and delete the in-box version, the message goes into Trash and is no longer in the second location.

I thought I'd just figure it out, but with so much going on, my brain isn't interested in figuring out the answer. Clearly research is in order.
alfreda89: 3 foot concrete Medieval style gargoyle with author's hand resting on its head. (Chai anime)
Last night my sweetie tried to tidy up my new computer trees by making only one My Documents for me, instead of 4 (ah, history...) I appreciated this.

We forgot my Dreamweaver accounts are in a sub-directory of My Documents.

So now Dreamweaver can't find anything, and of course my client who hasn't sent me anything on a convention 3 weeks away is now flooding the mailbox with things to go up.

Dear god, I hate this business.

Tonight, he will move that particular My Documents back, and with luck, Dreamweaver will forgive me.

Please, brain, heal so I can write a bestseller....

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