My cell phone was broken. Well, more accurately, the screen was cracked. I could still send and receive calls – but I couldn’t read the screen. So, it was time for a phone upgrade.
I am now sporting a brand spanking new Palm Pre – Sprint’s answer to the iPhone. Now, I’m not going to get pulled into an iPhone vs Palm Pre debate. For all of you iPhone owners – I concede that your iPhone is awesome and that you exude awesomeness for owning one. But, my Palm Pre is still pretty nifty groovy. I also don’t want to get pulled into a Sprint vs ??? debate. Sprint meets our needs, gets good coverage where we live, and most of our family and friends are on it.
Now, is it just me – or is that Palm Pre spokes lady in the TV commercials kinda creepy?
In other news, a week or so ago I posted about my computer crashing. Well, I ordered a new motherboard, CPU, and memory from newegg.com which arrived Tuesday. I’ve spent the last couple of days putting it all together and reloading the O/S and applications.
My rule of thumb is to not upgrade my computer unless I can, at least, double the computing power. With that, I offer
AMD Athlon 64 X2
AMD Phenom II X4
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4 Gig DDR
8 Gig DDR2
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80 Gig PATA
64 Gig Solid State
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2 x 300 Gig SATA
2 x 300 Gig SATA
Windows Vista 32-bit
Windows 7 RC 64-bit
I could have gone with DDR3 memory; but, that would have required a AM3 socket motherboard and CPU – which all costs more and would have added about $150 to the price. I could also setup the two 300 Gig drives in a RAID array … well, let’s just say I have my reasons for not doing that.
So, it’s not the fastest available – but it’s still pretty sweet. Once it completes the bios post, windows boots in about 5 seconds. Once I enter my password I’m ready to go in less than 10 seconds. Truthfully, I was hoping for even faster – but I’ll take whatever performance boost I can get. No noticeable difference in web browsing, word processing, etc – other than the apps load faster; but, my image editing software (Nikon Capture NX2 and PhotoShop Elements 7) is much more responsive.
Now what to do with the old motherboard. I’ve amassed quite a collection of motherboards and other old computer parts. I know Best Buy will take old computers (for $10, but they give you a $10 gift card); but, I don’t know if they’ll take old computer parts. And, we’re not supposed to put that sort of junk in our trash