I’ve found my soul mate!
I’ve always been attached to laptops and I had my first when I was 14. I already knew how to download files the year before that and it made having a laptop all the more fun. It was a Dell (let’s name it Takaa), bulky and reliable and I had her mostly during my gaming phase. My second was a Toshiba (Qacen) and she ran pretty good too. Unfortunately, she went into permanent state of uselessness after a botched up surgery (Online upgrade to XP SP2) and it later turned out that her BIOS hadn’t even been installed properly. The third was also a Compaq (Diecisis) and is still in usable condition. I don’t feel much of an attachment to her, since my sister ‘borrowed’ her for about two years while in Melbourne. Generously, she gave it back when it became horrifyingly obsolete and probably not advisable for those without the patience of a saint.
Just like a car, she would crash when I’d let out verbal complaints – “Jeez, women give birth faster that this” – so I’m writing this post on my new laptop, with the screen turned away from Diecisis, since I’m still using her to play some games and with her being my main downloading machine and everything (I’m not sure if Diecisis is literate, but let’s stay on the safe side).
My biggest complaint about her would be the fact that with a 256MB RAM and 1.64GHz processing speed, I could only run one memory intensive program at a time. I had to choose between downloading, converting videos, burning or surfing the web. Thank goodness I find watching download speeds picking up or seeing the time remaining for the burning process and the percentage of completion for video conversion very entertaining, otherwise I would’ve grown really frustrated. And you say I need a hobby, tch.
She also didn’t have a built-in burner, so I bought an external one and connected them with a USB to IDE cable. It’s like computer porn.
…Yeah I probably need a hobby.
It was time to get a new one and I bought my fourth, Jessica, about a few weeks ago. I glanced through her specs, saw the price quote and fell in love, albeit intending fully to try out an Asus this time around. Imagine a backdrop of evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls on a moonlit night, and a flat-chested figure running in slow motion towards her soul mate personified in the form of an inanimate object. It felt exactly like that and now I should either start reading more edifying romance novels (who the hell gets romantic in a jungle?) or again, get a hobby.
Or padded bras.
And guess what? Jokingly, I asked my little sister if she’d mind contributing to the spontaneously initiated Aziemah’s-Laptop-Fund, and with a slight moment’s hesitation, she said yes.
She gave me a thousand bucks.
One friggin K for Ka-Ching, baby!
While your younger, devilish spawn of satan that happens to share the same parents with you goes on to read your personal diary, tell mom about the condom she dropped found in your purse or post Zac Effron’s posters all over your shared bedroom and complaining to everyone after you defecate on it for the sake of mankind, mine gave me a thousand bucks to buy a laptop for myself.
I love money my sister. <3
Linda came at a whopping RM3099, with a free 2GB RAM upgrade and I spent another RM280 for Vista Premium. Check Marjorie out:
HP’s new Compaq Presario CQ45-137TX is a 14.1-inch notebook with Intel Centrino 2 technology,
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS graphics chipset card, Integrated Altec-Lansing speakers and 1.3MP webcam.
* Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7350, 2.4 GHz
* 3 MB Level 2 cache, 1066 MHz Bus speed
* Intel 960GL Express Chipset
* 3-GB PC2-5300 DDR2 (800 MHz), 2 SODIMM Slots (maximum 8 GB)
* 250-GB Serial-ATA Hard Drive, 5400 rpm, 150 MB/sec transfer speed
* 8X SuperMulti Drive Double Layer (8.5 GB) DVD Writer with LightScribe
* 14.1-inch (35.8 cm) WXGA+ High Definition BrightView Widescreen display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution in 16:10 Aspect Ratio, BrightView Screen Technology
* NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS graphics chipset with upto 251-MB shared video memory
* Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g Network Connection
* Integrated Bluetooth v2.0 connection
* Broadcom 5787 10/100 integrated Ethernet LAN interface
* 56 kbps v.52 modem/fax
* Full Size 101 Keys Keyboard
* Altec Lansing Stereo Speakers, 3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated
* 2 Omni-directional microphones
* Integrated 1.3 Megapixels Webcam
* Integrated Biometric Fingerprint Reader
* 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader supporting xD, Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro media cards
* ExpressCard/54 slot, Support for ExpressCard/34
* IEEE 1394 Interface – video capture interface
* HDMI Digital Port
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Edition
* 6-cell LiIon Battery, 2.5 hrs backup
* Dimensions: 33.4 cm (L) x 23.7 cm (W) x 2.6 cm (min) H / 3.9 cm (max) H)
* Weight: 2.50 Kgs (with power pack)
This review echoes all my own opinion of Stephanie (If you’re wondering about the constant change in my computer’s apellation, it’s because I’m going to think of a new one until it feels right. If you’re wondering what kind of efftard would name her laptop and talk about feelings… go jump off a cliff).
Vista has been running well so far, though I find Windows Sidebar overwhelmingly fun. A program that would crash intermittently, despite the upgrade in RAM and processor? Splendid! I play a game in which I’d start guessing the next time it would cause another computer freeze and by golly, guessing ‘every fucking time’ had been indeed accurate! I know, it’s like I’m psychic!
Overall, I’m satisfied with it. Here’s my pimped up desktop, with some Vista widgets on the side and basic customisation tools to beautify the ugly (Rainlendar, Rocket Dock and Samurize).
Most loved feature:
Biometric Fingerprint Reader.
Most despised feature:
Last and somewhat definitely least;
Windows Experience Index: