Moving up in the world February 4, 2010Posted by Emily in photography, things that make me smile.
After 7.5 long years by my side, my Toshiba laptop, a high school graduation present from my parents, finally restarted for the last time. Along the way, I replaced the hard drive, upgraded memory, bought a new power cord…but the $150 flat fee to resolder the plug-in spot (name for this? no clue) to the motherboard seemed like just a bit too much to help it limp along any longer. And so, after about 3 or 4 long months without a computer at home, I finally was able to save up, bite the bullet, and get a new computer – another Toshiba laptop. The first one treated me so well, with no real issues over that whole lifespan, that I decided to stay with the same brand and style – but with some serious upgrades. I’m psyched. I’ll finally be able to check my email over the weekend, catch up a bit on Flickr uploading, reconsider designing a personal site (as I’m getting kind of tired of all of the wordpress.com limitations), and…post to the blog more often! Hooray! I think the couple of months that the dead computer sat sitting under my bed helped eased the separation anxiety – but in case I had any lasting qualms with starting fresh, here’s a little comparison.
|Old computer||New computer|
|Hard drive||30 GB (updated to 160)||500 GB|
|RAM||128 MB (updated to 512 – the max allowed)||4 GB|
|USB ports||2 (USB 1.1)||3 or 4, including sleep and charge|
|Weight||At least 10 pounds||Half as much|
|Battery life||Maybe an hour at first, but eventually, three minutes||Up to 7.5 hours|
|Price||Almost exactly half of what my parents paid|
(image source: ToshibaDirect.com)