Upgrading computers is a treat

Truth is, I didn’t need the laptop.

But I lowballed an offer on eBay and the guy said yes and next thing you know, I’ve got a tablet PC. A Pentium III, for goodness sake.

It was running Windows XP Tablet edition with a measly 512 MB of RAM – and half of that was on the motherboard. A 20-gig hard drive. (I remember a band in C-U from days of old called 20-meg Hard Drive. Some years later, 20 gigs is the same thing.)

But hey, I had an 80-gig drive in a box and I cloned it and installed it. Worked fine.

That wasn’t enough. So I went back shopping. Maxed the RAM out (at 768 MB!) and found a 320-gig ATA drive on Newegg for a good price. One of the drives was a Western Digital, which offers a free version of Acronis for its drives.

The thing I really like is taking something old and making it better. My dad built two houses by himself, basically, but I’m lousy with tools. I’m ok with computers, though, and I enjoy upgrading them. It appeals to my sense of frugality, and I like the challenge and the concentration and I’m still always amazed when everything works after I’m finished. (I still hold off putting all the screws back on until I see that it will work.)

And this tablet PC solved a problem for me. I put some movies and the first season of The West Wing on it. And you know what? It fits perfectly on the little ledge of the treadmill, and one episode of West Wing is just under 45 minutes.

Three miles. Time flies.

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tjackson2 wrote on August 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

Try a Newton.