Paddy rolled up in his new Defender. New to him. He restores old vehicles and this one at ten years old looks great. It has a new galvanised chassis and a chipped BMW five cylinder diesel. I was frightened to go too close in case I dribbled on it. It too was enjoying summer.
I took the dogs for a haircut. Came back and the new laptop had arrived. It was delivered by a firm called DPD, a new company to me, I got e-mail updates telling me within an hour when it would arrive. it arrived ten minutes into the time slot. That is impressive. Parcel Force could do with poaching the brains behind this company. Fed-Ex were always my preferred carrier but there is not a lot to choose between them. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Joe would be delivering my package between 1231h and 1331h. It’s nice to know the posties name without having to ask. The computer that tracks their vans could do with a bit of a patch 1331h is a bit daft. Leave it as it is DPD…..I enjoy quirky as long as it comes with efficiency.
This is the new Wonder Woman in my life. The cost was around £1200.00p. It isn’t really this big. I shot it through a Canon 17-40mm lens at about 20mm. It is big though and heavy. Why I equate heavy with quality I’m not sure. No-one buys computers by weight….I was reassured, if it had come weighing nowt I’d have been on to them quick sticks for my money back. The spec I ordered from PCSpecialists is copied at the bottom of this post. I have found them better than brilliant. I phoned them twice before ordering and twice after. Got endless help. I just told them what the current laptop wouldn’t cope with and told him what I wanted it to do. No gobbledy gook from this firm. They speak computer language I can understand and when I can’t they spell it out. Takes longer but it’s my phone call and they can’t help me being a bit dim. As a Yorkshireman I’m proud to have shopped local.
We then went to pick the dogs up and took them a walk…..they looked beautiful when I got them but the walk put paid to that. Covered in muck they were.Photos of smart dogs are delayed for twenty four hours!
Yesterday we went tile hunting for my sisters new kitchen. I dropped into PC World and they had a deal on memory sticks. I have Bluetooth on the new machine but not on the old so I thought file transfer would go quicker through memory sticks. I bought a load of 1GB sticks a few years ago but the photo printer stole them……Feel guilty Rupert? You should have flaming ears. Look what you get these days….
Sixteen Gigabytes of stuff in something small enough to be consumed by the vacuum cleaner. Surely they could put more plastic at either end. These were buy two get one free and at fifteen pounds a go I thought fair. My sister and I bought six and paid for four. Be a wonder if either of us know where the wee buggers have gone this time next year! A SanDisk 16 GB camera card is a fortune. You would have to buy a key tag to identify what’s on it….If you can find it, I’ve tied a bit of string on mine.
I’ve blathered on…..Oh! How I've blathered. I just get excited.
WHAT I GOT.
Product Category Product Description.
Memory - 1st Hard Disk Change to 240GB INTEL® 520 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 550MB/sR |
520MB/sW) from 250GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE
2nd Hard Disk Change to 240GB INTEL® 520 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 550MB/sR |
520MB/sW) from 500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE
Amendments Charge Amendments Charge: £0
Product Category Product Description
Chassis & Display Optimus Series: 17.3" Glossy Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-3840QM (2.80GHz) 8MB
Memory (RAM) 16GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M - 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
Memory - 1st Hard Disk 250GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)*
2nd Hard Disk 500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)*
· These I changed after ordering.
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
Thermal Paste ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)
Sound Card Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Network Facilities GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® N135 802.11N (150Mbps) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options 3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery Optimus Series 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (5,200 mAh/76.96WH)
Power Lead & Adaptor 1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-Virus NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Keyboard & Mouse INTEGRATED UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Mouse INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Intel Anti-Theft Technology FREE 90 Day Intel Anti-Theft Trial - Prevent Data Access upon Theft
Delivery STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time Standard Build - Approximately 9 to 11 working days
Total Order Price Ex VAT £1,014.17
Total VAT Amount £202.83
Total Order Price £1,217.00
Total Order Price £1,217.00
I changed to solid state hard drives because it’s the way things are going. CDRs were the way to go and I have a couple that are unreadable. I only get about two images a month worth keeping so I print them. Posh ink, posh medium. This went to print last month.
The only thing Wonder Woman came loaded with that I didn’t want was Solitaire. So, so far, I’m happy. If anyone out there knows of anything I should have or could do without then let me know. Don’t be backward coming forward. This machine is the price of a camera lens. I like PCSpecialist so far. I’m sure if you have any suggestions they will swap stuff about. They seem like normal folk or as normal as they can be dealing with a muppet like me.
Tomorrow we are away to Glencoe.