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New Computer?
« on: December 02, 2014, 01:31:10 PM »
I need to replace my home desktop which is an old Dell Inspiron. For any of you tech guys I'm still open but have looked at the Dell XPS but also considering a Mac. My basic needs are 4-8GB i5-i7 Intel, CD/DVD drive, ect. I have never owned a Mac and have no experience with Windows 8. Thoughts???
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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 02:08:19 PM »
Mac is Unix based since the release of OSX and are quite spendy, as I'm sure you're aware. I'm not a Windows advocate simply because I don't care to work with one arm tied behind my back. I won't even get into the whole "virus" thing Windows are prone to.

If you're considering Linux, Ubuntu has partnered with several PC manufacturers, including Dell, so that they come pre-loaded from the factory. See this link for options --> http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/

There is an open source office suite called LibreOffice that plays well with MS Office Suite.

 Go Linux   :thumbs:  (just my $.02 since you asked)
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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014, 02:18:09 PM »
One more thing to note is that IBM recently sold their x86 division to Lenovo. This means you'll get IBM level quality at a Lenovo price.
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1973 Chevrolet Luv:
Chassis/Suspension: '72 Waggy frame cut to 103.5" WB ; Waggy front 47" SOA ; Chevy rear 63" SOA
Front axle: '79 J10 D44 4:11 w/ 8 lug outers ; chromoly shafts ; Detroit locker ; cast cover
Rear axle: '75 Corp 14 bolt welded 4:10 ; cast cover ; DOM anti-wrap bar
Tires: 38.5x14.5x15 Swamper SX on 15x8 steel wheels
Drivetrain: '92 s10 4.3 Chevy v6 ; TH350 ; NP203/205 doubler triple sticks (front digs) ; .250 DOM rear shaft ; 2" square front shaft
Steering: Hydrossist ; 1.5" OD .250 wall DOM drag link and tie rod w/ heims
Safety: In-cab DOM cage ; in-bed double roll bar
Amenities: OBA ; OBW ; electric XJ seats ; Schwinn cruise control ; rock lights ; receiver mounted 8K lb. winch ; receiver mounted BBQ pit ; receiver mounted 32cc weedablender ('rita mixer)
Other: Bed mounted Isuzu raditator ; Bobbed bed

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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2014, 02:56:00 PM »
Thanks for the info, I will check into those options as well. This is really more for my kids than me, they are 10 & 13 and I want to have something for them to work/learn on. 
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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2014, 03:25:13 PM »
I've got a Commodore 64 with cassette drive that I'd let go pretty cheap!


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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2014, 03:50:40 PM »
I've got a Commodore 64 with cassette drive that I'd let go pretty cheap!


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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2014, 04:02:47 PM »
I'm contemplating the new floppy disk thingy.
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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2014, 05:22:11 PM »
This is really more for my kids than me, they are 10 & 13 and I want to have something for them to work/learn on. 

Even more reason to go Linux :)
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1973 Chevrolet Luv:
Chassis/Suspension: '72 Waggy frame cut to 103.5" WB ; Waggy front 47" SOA ; Chevy rear 63" SOA
Front axle: '79 J10 D44 4:11 w/ 8 lug outers ; chromoly shafts ; Detroit locker ; cast cover
Rear axle: '75 Corp 14 bolt welded 4:10 ; cast cover ; DOM anti-wrap bar
Tires: 38.5x14.5x15 Swamper SX on 15x8 steel wheels
Drivetrain: '92 s10 4.3 Chevy v6 ; TH350 ; NP203/205 doubler triple sticks (front digs) ; .250 DOM rear shaft ; 2" square front shaft
Steering: Hydrossist ; 1.5" OD .250 wall DOM drag link and tie rod w/ heims
Safety: In-cab DOM cage ; in-bed double roll bar
Amenities: OBA ; OBW ; electric XJ seats ; Schwinn cruise control ; rock lights ; receiver mounted 8K lb. winch ; receiver mounted BBQ pit ; receiver mounted 32cc weedablender ('rita mixer)
Other: Bed mounted Isuzu raditator ; Bobbed bed

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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2014, 07:49:48 AM »
I've got a Commodore 64 with cassette drive that I'd let go pretty cheap! <img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/tapatalk-emoji/emoji12.png" />


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1973 Chevrolet Luv:
Chassis/Suspension: '72 Waggy frame cut to 103.5" WB ; Waggy front 47" SOA ; Chevy rear 63" SOA
Front axle: '79 J10 D44 4:11 w/ 8 lug outers ; chromoly shafts ; Detroit locker ; cast cover
Rear axle: '75 Corp 14 bolt welded 4:10 ; cast cover ; DOM anti-wrap bar
Tires: 38.5x14.5x15 Swamper SX on 15x8 steel wheels
Drivetrain: '92 s10 4.3 Chevy v6 ; TH350 ; NP203/205 doubler triple sticks (front digs) ; .250 DOM rear shaft ; 2" square front shaft
Steering: Hydrossist ; 1.5" OD .250 wall DOM drag link and tie rod w/ heims
Safety: In-cab DOM cage ; in-bed double roll bar
Amenities: OBA ; OBW ; electric XJ seats ; Schwinn cruise control ; rock lights ; receiver mounted 8K lb. winch ; receiver mounted BBQ pit ; receiver mounted 32cc weedablender ('rita mixer)
Other: Bed mounted Isuzu raditator ; Bobbed bed

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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2014, 08:58:25 AM »
Heck yeah!


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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2014, 11:33:51 AM »
I've been moving from Dell to Lonovo here at the office, but I buy ASUS at home. I like everyone has had issues with windows, but it is the norm.

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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2014, 12:24:19 PM »
Yes, the NORM. I haven't decided yet, still looking.
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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2014, 08:49:08 PM »
However, I use a bootable linux as a recovery OS.  When I have drives go out at work, I boot with Knoppix to access the damaged drive.

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Re: New Computer?
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2014, 09:07:47 AM »
Linux to the rescue  :kick:

Additionally, when the Windows Administrator password is lost or forgotten, a Linux bootable password reset utility allows you to reset it with ease.
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1973 Chevrolet Luv:
Chassis/Suspension: '72 Waggy frame cut to 103.5" WB ; Waggy front 47" SOA ; Chevy rear 63" SOA
Front axle: '79 J10 D44 4:11 w/ 8 lug outers ; chromoly shafts ; Detroit locker ; cast cover
Rear axle: '75 Corp 14 bolt welded 4:10 ; cast cover ; DOM anti-wrap bar
Tires: 38.5x14.5x15 Swamper SX on 15x8 steel wheels
Drivetrain: '92 s10 4.3 Chevy v6 ; TH350 ; NP203/205 doubler triple sticks (front digs) ; .250 DOM rear shaft ; 2" square front shaft
Steering: Hydrossist ; 1.5" OD .250 wall DOM drag link and tie rod w/ heims
Safety: In-cab DOM cage ; in-bed double roll bar
Amenities: OBA ; OBW ; electric XJ seats ; Schwinn cruise control ; rock lights ; receiver mounted 8K lb. winch ; receiver mounted BBQ pit ; receiver mounted 32cc weedablender ('rita mixer)
Other: Bed mounted Isuzu raditator ; Bobbed bed