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chef brad [Mar. 23rd, 2001|01:39 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I went to World Wrapps to get a Mexican Grill Chicken wrap (mmmm) but there was a line, and I'm impatient as hell, so I said 'screw it' and went to QFC and shopped for food. Got a ton of stuff... pancake mix, frozen french fries, frozen pizzas, chicken pot pies, eggs, butter, ketchup, and a bunch of stuff I forgot. Anyway, came back and made pancakes... damn good. Might go make some french fries now.

I've decided on the laptop I'm going to get, as soon as I find the money.... Dell Inspiron 8000 (link may not work) with a 700 Mhz processor, 15" Ultra XGA display, free second 59 whr batter, 256 MB memory, 20 GB drive, 8X DVD, real modem, and 10/100 network card. Totaly cost varies between $2,900 and $3,100 depending on options. I haven't decided on what service plan to get--- is the one you get by default good enough? And is a 20 GB drive large enough? My /usr partition is 4.3 gb, my home directory is 1.5 gb, my mp3s are 16 gb. I don't need all those mp3s, but I do need to put Windows on there too. I'm only using 7 gb on my windows machine with everything I could ever use installed. So 10 gb for windows, and 10 gb for linux, and yeah.... I should go with the 32 GB drive... definitely.

Okay, done dreaming. Back to cleaning my room and getting stan up and running.

[User Picture]From: carebear
2001-03-23 01:39 pm (UTC)
Pancakes and french fries?!? O dear what kind of combination is that? *giggle*
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[User Picture]From: skittl1321
2001-03-23 02:10 pm (UTC)
Pancakes and Queso!!!
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[User Picture]From: hawk
2001-03-23 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'd recommend extending the warranty to three years. It's only like 100 bucks for the mail in kind, and it could come in handy. If you want, the full warranty wouldn't be a terrible idea, for the money, but it's probably not crucial...I'm not an expert, just voicing my limited personal experience.
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[User Picture]From: topher
2001-03-23 02:13 pm (UTC)
Seeing as my Inspiron 8000 arrived a week ago, I can't help but say good choice.

Two suggestions for you. . .

1. Get the CompleteCare warranty. It's a little more money, but it's an awesome warranty. It covers your laptop for *anything* that might happen (except "intentional damage, fire, and theft/loss").

Which means that if you drop it 4 months after getting it, and shatter it into a dozen pieces, they'll fix it at no charge. And it's a 3 year warranty.

Basically, it's a guarantee that you'll have a perfect working condition laptop for the next three years. I dunno 'bout you, but when I'm dropping this much on a laptop, I wanna make sure it lasts a long time. ;-)

2. Don't order it immediately, and watch the price. Dell does different specials every week or so, and also the prices of the laptop itself will vary every week or so.

I spent a month pricing out the exact same laptop at Dell's website, and it constantly changed. Mine ranged from $2518, up to $3254, depending on when I priced it. Unless you have a need to have it right now, wait a couple weeks to do some pricing and see what you find. Also, price it out under "Educational", "Home", and "Small Business". You'll get different pricing results and specials (and sometimes, options) under each. Make sure you're getting the best deal you can.

For comparison pricing, I got:

Inspiron 8000

  • P-3 850

  • 15" UXGA

  • 32 MB Mobility M4

  • 64MB[1] RAM

  • 20GB HDD

  • DVD

  • NIC/Modem[2] internal combo

  • CompleteCar Warranty

  • MS Works[3]

Total Price as listed on web page: $2518
Total Price as confirmed via e-mail: $2405

Total Actual Price after RAM self-upgrade: $2465

[1] Order it with the minimum amount of memory you can, and buy more RAM someone else. Dell charges outrageous prices on memory. Personally, I'd suggest Crucial. They're Micron's retail memory division, and Micron is one of the best names in the business, for memory. Additionally, they'll not only guarantee the RAM for life, but they'll also guarantee compatibility with your system. They're also very reasonably priced. Not quite the cheapest you can find, but always reasonable, and for their quality, more than worth it.

I've never had a bad experience with them.

Additionally, I just bought memory from them, for my Inspiron 8000, and it's working great. Also, unlike most laptops I've seen, the Inspiron 8000 has a small screw accessible hatch on the bottom, making RAM upgrades a piece of cake. Lastly, they dropped the price on the 128MB DIMM's two days before I bought mine, so they're priced well.

[2] As I recall, you have to buy a modem with the Inspiron 8000. For $30 more, you can make that internal modem into a NIC/modem. It seemed worth it to me. They ship with one of two combo cards for this, either an Actiontec that uses a Lucent Technologies chip for the winmodem, and an Intel chip for the NIC, or a 3com which ships with 3com chips for both. The NIC half of both is compatible with Linux, and the LT WinModem on the Actiontech can be made to (sorta) work in Linux.

[3] You save yourself a hundred bucks or more by getting Works as opposed to Office, which I think is what you selected on the link you pasted, but I wanted to mention just in case.

If you have any questions about the laptop itself, or anything like that, feel free to ask. I'm happy to offer any help I can based on my experiences with mine. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-03-23 02:21 pm (UTC)


Whoa... Most informative.... thanks!

Yeah, Crucial is where I bought the memory for Cartman from. I was happy with them.

MS Works--- whoops, forgot to change that. I already have a free copy of Office from the school's CS department anyway.

What option do I have for a modem that actually works with Linux?
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[User Picture]From: reed
2001-03-23 02:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, quick tip:

Never go grocery shopping hungry. You'll end up buying way too much!
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-03-23 02:57 pm (UTC)


too much is just enough with me....

I won't go shopping at all if I'm not hungry.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2001-03-23 02:56 pm (UTC)

Quebec Fried Chicken?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-03-23 02:58 pm (UTC)


quality food center, I believe.
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[User Picture]From: duinlas
2001-03-23 03:29 pm (UTC)
I am now starving, thanks so much.

(And not to mention compulsively speccing out new systems for my birthday)
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[User Picture]From: blythe
2001-03-23 05:17 pm (UTC)
So whatcha going to make me for dinner? hehe :P
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-03-23 05:18 pm (UTC)


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[User Picture]From: flashfire
2001-03-23 05:39 pm (UTC)

Mmm, food

You want some gooooood pancakes? Get a couple boxes of Aunt Jemima pancake mix (original and buckwheat) and a box of corn meal. For a few pancakes, use 1/3 cup of each, mix in an egg and about a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and enough milk to get it to whatever consistency you want. They come out damned good.


Why are you looking at me like that? That's how my grandmother makes 'em! But seriously, they rock.

As for Dell, good choice.
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[User Picture]From: mrwiz
2001-03-23 06:56 pm (UTC)


damn brad, you dont want one of those sexy new Titanium Powerbook G4's? OSX is coming out this weekend and all. ;)
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-03-23 06:59 pm (UTC)

Re: heh

I'll buy an OSX machine sometime after it matures a bit, but not on a laptop..... I want to be able to run Linux _well_.
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From: charitycam
2001-03-23 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, you are always talking about cleaning your room, so I figure you are pretty good at it by now. I have not cleaned my room for almost 3 weeks now. I have been drawing more live journal mood icons (I will send them in soon and have 4 more sets done and a few more to do as per popular demand type styles) and it is a disaster. How about jumping on the ferry and showing me how to clean, (just kidding) well unless you really have a thing for cleaning rooms.

Don't shop hungry, you buy all kinds of things that you would not of if you had eaten. I made that mistake last week.
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[User Picture]From: nder
2001-03-23 08:19 pm (UTC)
mmm dell warranty...

roomie had anice inspiron- got fed up at work one day, flipped it into the air about 15 feet- it came down- deader than dirt..
called up- rep came out, swapped HD's and PC Cards- boom- same ol same ol :)

only prod he ever had was his DVD drive wouldoverheat- but they solved that in the enxt year..

he was in New Orleans, trying to watch Blade- and it kept locking up- he got fed up- put it in the freezer, propped the door open, and watched it from the counter while eating ice cream :)
didnt hang once:)
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