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#131225 - 04/23/03 08:04 PM Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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(line from a TV commercial)

After some New Software/Old Hardware incompatabilities this past weekend I finally broke down and ordered a New PC for Home. It'll be my first 'Store-bought' Personal PC (other than Laptop). I was surprised at what could be gotten for such a small price. It just doesn't seem worth building them myself anymore.

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#131226 - 04/24/03 06:45 AM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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Computing power has gotten incredibly cheap in recent years in terms of speed & capacity for your money.

I've just bought two old Heath/Zenith CP/M computers on eBay. For those unfamiliar with these, they are Z80-based, 64KB (yes 64K, not 64 MEG!) RAM and twin 5-1/4" floppy drives. The list price back in 1979 was around the $2500 mark! If you wanted a hard disk, it would set you back another four-figure sum. Just think of how much computing power that same amount would buy today, and then allow for 24 years' worth of inflation!

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#131227 - 04/24/03 09:24 AM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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Paul,

I have to ask ... why?


Bill

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#131228 - 04/24/03 01:18 PM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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LOL!!! . . . Because he can?. . .
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#131229 - 04/24/03 01:40 PM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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One of my clients (who always needed to have cutting edge stuff) gave me a 68M Hard drive that he couldn't bear to throw out because it cost him $4,000 at the time. He couldn't even get $5 for it at his yard sale.

Paul,

It's too bad you weren't around here when the 'Lil' Computer Shop near me closed up. They would've given you a Truckload of antique stuff!

Bill

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#131230 - 04/24/03 10:04 PM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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Paul,
I've got this really old Osbourne(sp?) computer at home here, the screen on it is like looking at an oscilloscope and it only uses BASIC.
Can't get it to do much, I think it's actually older than the first Apple computer or the Beeb.
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#131231 - 04/24/03 10:07 PM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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Bill,
Now that is a line, that could only have come from California.
Surfing-speak, the word "dude", isn't it?.
So how is the new addition to the family performing?.
What system does it run?.

[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 04-25-2003).]
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#131232 - 04/24/03 10:12 PM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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Trumpy,

You might be right about the origin of that.

Maybe one of our CA 'Dudes' here can confirm that.


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#131233 - 04/24/03 10:18 PM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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Didn't see your question there.
It comes next week. I feel attached to the one in front of me but it's only a P3-1000. The new one will be a P4-2.5xG

I'm not really looking forward to Windows XP though. I'm used to win 98 and now 2000 Professional (seems good)

Anyone have an opinion on Windows XP Home Edition?

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#131234 - 04/25/03 01:42 AM Re: Dude, we're gettin' a Dell ...
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Bill,
Windows XP is a dream to work with compared to '98, it even gives you a wee tour of it's attributes.
It will however take alittle bit to get used to, but I think you'll like it.
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