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December 3, 2007

Goodbye, Old Friend

I'm preparing myself to lose a good friend soon - my roughly six-year-old laptop is about to meet its end. The right hinge has completely separated from the body again, and its straining the left hinge now - it won't be long until the whole LCD separates from the rest of the chassis. The laptop in question, an old Pentium III dell latitude c610 with an upgraded 768 megs of ram, a 40 gig hard drive and a 1400x1050 pixel lcd screen (!!!), was like my old Toyota Camry - it probably should have died long before it did. But we had been through some good and rough times together, and its had to see an old friend go, even if the thing is getting to be a bit slow, broken, dimly-lit, cracked, dirty, noisy, and non-functional.

So now the question becomes - what to do with a laptop that will likely be in two pieces in the very near future? I'm thinking about using it as a linux server to handle synching to the soon-to-be-debuted GDrive, along with any other server-related tasks (i.e. media sharing, etc) that need to be done around here. This is a dell, however, so there is the chance that the power adapter might EXPLODE iwhtout warning one day.

To replace this and my aging recording computer, I'm planning on building a sweet dual flat/widescreen recording/everything computer, and getting a cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep refurb laptop for internet and email while lounging around the house. Any thoughts on what awesome I should be sure to throw in the super-great desktop would be accepted.

Posted by pedalboy at December 3, 2007 1:18 AM | TrackBack

I'm skeptical of AMD myself. I'll probably be building this before they have another chance at besting Intel, too, so they are pretty much off my list...

I like the idea of a quiet PC. A lot. All my previous pcs were too loud.

How about a wifi enabled wall art SLASH rss feed aggregator? Kristin would never let me hang it in the living room though...

Posted by: matty at December 3, 2007 10:19 AM

Don't settle for a quiet PC- still too loud! If you can't make it 100% silent, store in a closet. Or behind the wall! Noise will not be tolerated!

Laptops with dead displays make great headless servers, as my old Toshiba from high school will tell you. Plus as a bonus server feature, the battery keeps them on during a power hiccup! (but not much longer than that, if your battery sucks as much as mine)

Posted by: Dan K at December 3, 2007 5:32 PM

my list of things you should have on your new PC:

-machine guns
-flux capacitor
-robotic arm
-an ominous name like the doom machine or the bush administration
-a seat belt because it will go very fast

Posted by: John at December 3, 2007 7:13 PM
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