Cool, something else went right! After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I finally ordered a new laptop from Dell a few weeks ago; it was the brand-new D630 model and it looked like it was going to take a month. That would at least get it to me by E3…but not before the pre-E3 stuff that takes place this week. Well, imagine my thrill when Dell shipped my laptop a week ahead of schedule on Sunday night (?!) and it arrived on my desk today.
I’m very happy with the choice so far; it’s the first laptop I’ve ever bought new, so it’s cool to see things like “battery life: 8 hours” (and that’s with only one of the two batteries! Hello plane rides!). I’m also very happy that, by running a lean & mean existing laptop, I was able to strip all the relevant data, locate the core apps to install, and get it all running in a matter of hours. Turns out Kat was right about all that “organization” bullshit.
Time to sell the old notebook — works great, just too heavy. Today I lugged it for the last time, in a backpack…uphill…on crutches. Again, great desktop replacement for someone who doesn’t use laptops the way I need to use laptops. If anybody needs an Inspiron 5100, talk to me before I put it on eBay or Craigslist or something. It’s got a 2.4 GHz P4, my seal of approval…and a new 60GB hard drive instead of its stock 30GB.