atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6156: I take it back; I think maybe I DO need a new laptop after all.

Let's face it: Seiren is a couple months shy of ten years old, which is just about forever in computer years. Ten years ago the processor in this thing was pretty damned fast, having two whole cores running at almost 2 GHz.

I seem to recall this thing has like 3 GB of RAM in it, but I can't be too sure. I do know I put a 120 GB SSD in it in 2015 to see how it would go, and it went very fast--but now I find myself unable to do simple things like running Settings to check the specs of the computer!

Of course there's only the Windows 10 security suite on it, and it shows as "disabled", and there's suddenly a mystery "anti-adware" package on the system. Gee, I wonder where that came from? When was the last time I used this machine and actually connected to WiFi, anyway?

That's why I say I don't need a new laptop; I don't use this one very often, so seldom that it looks brand new even after a decade. But when I need it, I need it.

Plus side: Tiger Direct has been spamming my Inbox with ads for refurbished laptops, machines with Core i5 processors, under $200 shipped. One of them is a Dell Inspiron something-or-other with a 14" screen, and it looks quite nice; the only deficit I can see is that it doesn't have an optical drive. Well, you can get an external optical drive for not a lot of money....

Okay, Seiren has a Pentium T3200, running at 2 GHz, and 3 GB of RAM. More memory might fix the slowness, but I'm not sure how much. The T3200 is apparently no great shakes as a processor. Seiren is an Inspiron 1525, which can handle a maximum of 4 GB of RAM, which was plenty of RAM in 2008 but in 2018 it's not even entry level any longer. (The refurb laptops I've been looking at start with 4 GB, but I'd be bumping it to 8 GB soonest.)

Replacing the 1 GB SODIMM in the system with a 2 GB module would cost about $30, but if it doesn't help, I'm out $30 that could go towards expanding the RAM on a new system.

Well, I'm not doing anything about it this week, that's for sure.

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Skipping a step and going right to a female Indiana Jones. Because it's time for Indy to "take a different form".

Harrison Ford ain't getting any younger, and they'd just have to get a new guy to play him anyway, so why not just give in to the stupidity sweeping Hollywood and make him a girl who can do absolutely anything at all? And make sure that the love interest is a bumbling, stupid man who she always has to rescue, because that schtick hasn't gotten old at all. Or--no!--just make Indy a lesbian!


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Well, this day of rest is just about over. More anon.

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