atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1213: Taking the plunge.

Well, I've had my Dell Inspiron 8000 for more than a year, and only now am I getting around to buying a new battery for it. It's only needed a new battery since I bought it; in fact the ad that I responded to mentioned that it needed a new battery. That was one of the reasons I got it so cheap.

The low price I paid for it kept me from being upset that the drive in the machine--which had been purported to be a DVD/CD-RW drive--was in fact just a CD-R drive. In fact, I'm not even sure of that. I've never tried to burn a CD on it. But I know for a fact that it won't read DVDs, and it shows up in Device Manager as a CD drive.

So I just placed an order to the tune of $125 for a battery and a DVD/CD-RW drive. This will approximately double the investment I have in mobile computing.

For my upcoming trip to Maine, I want a fully-functioning laptop. Not to mention that it'll be better for me if I can bring my anime AVIs on DVD rather than CD--it take fewer of them, and I can still watch my downloaded anime while I'm there.

(Depending on the size of the ep, you can fit 20-26 eps on a standard 4.7 GB DVD-R. This is better than the--what, two or three?--you can fit on a typical CD-R.)

I've got my tickets. I used Priceline; I used them last year for my Philippines trip and was moderately happy with how things worked out.

Priceline then sent me an e-mail asking me if I want to rent a car, and I have to wonder: "mid-size car" is $23 per day. "Economy car" is $38 per day. WTF. (Except gas costs more? Could that be why?)

...I'm going to be there from the 18th until the 30th; I'm not paying $300 for a car I'll use for only a few of those days. It's easier and cheaper for me to give my sister $$$ for gasoline.

Anyway, it's all good, I guess.

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.