Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Time and Technical Difficulties

Hello to all the loyals as well as anyone else that stops by.

Yesterday I had some things to take care of, and this afternoon I had a meeting with the landscapers to flesh out how they are going to fix my yard. The ice storm of last December not only took down a bunch of trees and branches, but the wash out of the lawn looks pretty bad as well. Fun stuff.

Also my computer is having some real performance issues. It is 4 years old, but I fear something has gone wrong with the thing. As I know about zero about computers I imagine I am going to buy a new one and contribute to the economy. Any suggestions for a new computer? I am not into anything exotic, and I do not require crazy drivers, huge memory, or other gadgets. Just a basic computer that is fast and simple. Leave any ideas in the comments section, it is much appreciated.

I am planning on a post tomorrow, so leave any good articles or blog posts in the comments as well. My favorite news item of the day was the new program by GM to pay for a person's car loan for around a year if they lose their jobs. Circular logic to pay for the car loans of all the laid off autoworkers as the government throws more bailout cash at the companies to "reform more quickly". You really cannot make this stuff up.

Have a good night.


Edward said...

If you are using Windows, and its performance has been degrading then please try the following first:
1. Download, install and run to completion Microsoft Defender: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx
2. Download, install and run to completion Spybot S&D http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
Defender and Spybot will located and remove "adware/spyware/crapware/malware"
3. There are other tools worth trying too but start with those two.
4. Go to Start ! All Programs ! Accessories ! System Tools | Disk Defragmenter and run that to completion.

My guess is that you have spyware/adware/crapware running on your computer - which slows down the computer and uses up RAM.

Every Windows computer I've ever seen, even heavily defended systems, ends up with something nasty at some point in time.

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Edward said...

And if you really do need to get a new computer - well, I switched to Mac many years back (specifically for video editing) and have never had the security problems on the Mac systems that I still have to contend with on the Windows systems.

watchtower said...

I know next to nothing about computers but I did buy a new one about two years ago and it came with Windows "Vista".

Windows "Vista" makes me want to go bang my head up against the wall.

Maybe it's just me.

watchtower said...

"...new program by GM to pay for a person's car loan for around a year if they lose their jobs..."

Plus I read somewhere that they were allowing up to 5 grand of "upsidedownness" to be incorporated.

!!!It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World!!!

(It is a movie about kind, decent folks turning into law-breaking lunatics ...)


GawainsGhost said...

The last computer I bought was an Alienware Area-51 laptop. I chose that particular model because it was the only one I could order with Windows XP. All the others came with Vista. And I live by my father's dictum, "Never buy the first generation of a new software." Incidentally, my father was a rather brilliant programmer and systems analysist in his own right, wrote and installed, in the 70s and 80s, the entire network that all the banks down here run on.

He tried a Mac once. Bought it because he needed a new computer, but gave up and took it back after two days. "Real men use PCs," he said.

Anyway, I have to say that my Alienware laptop is the best computer I have ever owned. I have an HP Pavilion for my desktop at home and a Lenovo (bought because it was cheap) at the office, neither of which are not without their problems.

I appreciate Edwards's advice above, and I'm going to try that, because my Windows has been giving me fits lately. However, I have had zero problems with my Alienware laptop.

I highly recommend checking out the Alienware product line. Each computer is built exactly to the individual customer's specifications, and the quality is unparalleled. It is a little more expensive than other brands, but you know you get what you pay for.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't look like I am going anywhere for a while.


PS: I voted for the USD.

GawainsGhost said...

Laptops and notebooks 20% off


Anonymous said...

The Financial Accounting Standards Board said its proposed changes would take effect in the second quarter for most U.S. companies, but early adoption would be allowed for most companies' first quarter.

The board, at a meeting in Norwalk, Connecticut, said it would remove a presumption in its original proposal that would have allowed all transactions in an inactive market to be considered distressed unless proven otherwise. It said that particular language could have had unintended consequences.

Ya think?
The Enron Empire.


watchtower said...

Dow over 8000, crisis over, go back to whatever it was that you were doing.
Whew, that was a close one.

Lisa said...

I will be back soon, but I have been following all the news. The only thing I will say right now is, Wall Streeters and inside-the-beltway guys need to get out more. They have no real idea what's going on in this country, and no idea what the silent majority of hard-working Americans are doing. I'm thinking they will be a bit surprised when the "silents" are silent no more.
Your commentaries are wonderful, as usual! :)

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