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24 September 2005 @ 09:22 pm
I swear, all I wanted to do was get out of the heat...  
How did I end up spending a bunch of money I don't have at CompUSA? :P

Well, to qualify my spending spree story, I have to mention that I RARELY (if ever) buy new computers. I've bought only two computers before in my life and both have been VERY low end PCs - enough for me to just barely get by. The first one I bought, lasted me 6 years and I didn't buy my second one until my first one was ready to die a quiet death...

Lately, I've been noticing that my PC doesn't have sufficient RAM in order for me to do the things I need to (want to) do with it... When I open Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and an Explorer window (which I need to do my sites,) it constantly crashes on me. :P Mark kept telling me that I should a) buy and install more RAM, or b) just buy a better, higher quality laptop (which would solve my internet access problems when I travel)...

I know you're all ahead of me already and know that "b" was probably the route I took today. :P All I said to Mark this afternoon was that it was incredibly humid and I wanted to be in air conditioning. He got this bright idea that we should go and look at the laptops at CompUSA because there was a big sale that was ending today. Phooey on him... :P

At first I looked at the selection of laptops and thought that though they'd be nice to have, it'd probably take three paychecks, at least for me to pay it off... So we were about to leave - when Mark found an HP Pavilion laptop that had everything I was looking for. Dammit! It was small enough for me to lug around if I needed to, but had 1 Gig of RAM - which I was really thrilled about AND it came with a free printer AND a $200 rebate...

Darn, when things like that present itself to me, I have to take advantage of it. :P So, I bought it. And yes, I used my credit (and it'll probably take me three paychecks to pay off) but I've been pretty good about trying to save money recently and I consider it an investment for the future.... Plus it's a GREAT little laptop!

I have it out and am fussing with it right now... It's amazing what a faster, better computer can do. I'm so used to my low-end models that when my laptop opens a program that took FOREVER on my PC (like Acrobat) really quickly, I'm almost frightened. ;) I think it's good that I've finally graduated to a decent computer, maybe it won't take me forever to update my sites anymore.

And to think, all I really intended to do this afternoon was get out of the heat... :P Gosh, I sure hope the weather cools off tomorrow - my wallet can't take anymore hot days... ;)
 
 
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Mrs Beans: Me--Cheershuman_beans on September 25th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
Hip hip hooray for new toys!!!

Do you have wireless in your house?? If not, how long until Mark sets that up? Wireless on a laptop ROCKS!!
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on September 25th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Mark does have wireless access set up in our house (he's Mr. portable electronics man, after all!) ;) I'm just beginning to realize the joys of wireless myself! :)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on September 25th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
I understand that you was almost frightened - I too would feel that way when I would get a PC what works really quickly. :)

Hope you will have fun with you new laptop.

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 25th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Haha! :) I'm REALLY not used to a fast computer, so this is wonderful! It'll cut down my site working time in half! :D

Thanks so much, Sabine. Hope your last day of vacation was nice. :) *HUGS* to you too! :)
ajayne on September 25th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yay for new toys!!! :D I love new toys!
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on September 25th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, me too! I think that Mark was more excited when I brought it home than I was though! You'd think it was his new toy! ;)
ajayne on September 26th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
Hahah! Joe would have tried to trade my new laptoop for his old one. ;) OK, maybe not, but then he'd be out buying one too.
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on September 26th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
Haha! I think Mark was looking around the Apple store today a little too wistfully... ;)
chandra on September 25th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)

Ooooooo!!! *jealous* I want a new computer too. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 26th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
Mark thought it was about time that I had a decent computer - thank goodness for the sale! No more crashing when I use more than one application at a time! Woo hoo! :D
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on September 25th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
Good for you! I wish I can get a laptop PC too. At least I got a new PC at the office but you can't play with it too much you know.

BTW I got an extra playbill from On The Town, would you like to have it? Please e-mail me at webmaster at deafwestbigriver.com ;)
Sheri: Bets Maloneshutterbug93 on September 26th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
Awwww, you are the sweetest!! Thank you for grabbing the extra playbill! :D I just emailed you. :)
karen: dirty rotten scoundrelswakedistracted on September 26th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
Woo! It's always exciting to buy a new toy. :)

I hope you enjoy your computer! I just got a new one recently (not a laptop, although I'd love to have one!) and it's made my computer experience so much more enjoyable!
Sheri: Stephanie & Kate Monstershutterbug93 on September 26th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, Karen! I still can't believe that I can run more than one application without it crashing on me! :D Plus now I can actually burn files to CDs (since my CD burner on my old computer died within a month after I bought it - and every external CD drive I buy dies as well... At least now I can archive things like my sites!!) :) It certainly does make my computer experience more enjoyable!
Blancheblanche on September 26th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
Cool about your new laptop. Our weather cooled off for just a day and then it was right back to the 90's.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 27th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Awwww, thanks! :) It's really been much to hot and humid here lately. :( Thankfully the trades have come back so the humidity's not so bad. :P
Rebecca: prettyreblynn00 on September 26th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
SHERI!
you are so very sweet...
thank you for commenting on my journal!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 27th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: SHERI!
Big *HUGS* to you, Rebecca! I miss my HMS Denny's pal!! :(