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4GB of RAM.

Windows 7. (I'll need Windows for some things, namely managing my mp3 library which is in an online storage library, and probably to operate Hulu and some other crap. I still plan to try installing Ubuntu on my Mac!)

14 inch screen, a perfect middle ground between "huge monstrosity" and "I can't see the fonts!".

It's about $200 less than I was planning to spend on a laptop, and is $200 over my jewelry sales goal I was working towards. Which leaves me enough money to reasonably purchase a $153 B&W laser printer-copier for Cerulean Sky.

It is not refurbished, it is brand-new, in the retail box.
It has a built-in webcam, a DVD-R drive, all the good stuff.

How I'm going to take good care of it:

Purchase AVG anti-virus protection.
Get an external hard drive for backing up the stuff that matters, in case I need to "return to factory settings."

Anyhow, this feels like a better option than shelling out $1K for a MacBook just because I'm too lazy to do the needed maintenance on a PC.

EDIT: Screw THAT, this is a better deal: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246097

(thanks [livejournal.com profile] pywaket for pointing out Newegg, huzzah)

Date: 2011-05-03 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bikergeek.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'd be kinda leery about buying a laptop on ebay, unless it was from a well-known vendor. (The major manufacturers sometimes sell used machines that were leased to corporate customers via eBay.)

As far as anti-virus protection, I'm using the free version of Avast! these days. AVG has gotten pretty bloated and has turned into quite a resource hog. YMMV.

Date: 2011-05-04 10:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] watercolorblue.livejournal.com
Indeed. Pywaket pointed me to Newegg...as you can see I purchased from them instead and got something with slightly better specs for an even better price. Woot! And I got a slightly bigger screen; makes sense, because I like to watch Netflix and Hulu through my laptop. (something this stupid old Mac CAN'T DO dammit)
You're the first person of four to recommend the free Avast! version. I have two votes for Norton. I have no doubt Norton is perfectly good, but free works best for me.

Date: 2011-05-04 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bikergeek.livejournal.com
Norton's one of the two "default" antivirus apps that a lot of people go with. The other one that's in that space is McAfee. A third that's less known in the U.S. is Kaspersky Labs, out of Russia. All three are reasonable products but you have to pay money for them. I could fairly easy use a payware product but Avast works for me.

Other security software you might want to consider installing and using:
Super Anti Spyware

Also, avoid using Internet Explorer unless you absolutely have to use it. (Some brain-damaged sites are IE-only.) My preferred browser for security is either Firefox with the NoScript extension or Chrome, which sandboxes the scripts so they can't harm your PC.

Date: 2011-05-04 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] watercolorblue.livejournal.com
Re: Internet Explorer, you taught me that trick years back and I installed Firefox. Totally in agreement there, blecch! I like Chrome better, but some computers (like my current Mac) just don't want Chrome installed.

Hopefully in the 2-5 minutes I spend downloading Avast, I won't get attacked by something, but I've ordered a Toshiba external hard drive just in case I get hijacked during that teeny window of vulnerability.

Date: 2011-05-04 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bikergeek.livejournal.com
As far as your box getting pwn3d before you can download updates for it and install A/V software, you should be OK as long as you're behind some kind of hardware firewall. If you're using the typical consumer-grade home router, you are, and that should be good enough.

Date: 2011-05-03 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pywaket.livejournal.com
Looks like a good deal and should be powerful enough for everyday use. And since you ordered from Newegg, you'll probably have it tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest (assuming it is in stock in NJ).


Date: 2011-05-04 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] watercolorblue.livejournal.com
Alas; it is shipping in from Illinois, so it should deliver to me on Friday. But that gives me time to shop around for external hard drives. Wheeee.

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