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Old 02-04-11, 10:00 AM   #1
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Thanks to the forum. What can I give back? Does your computer suck?

Hey. I couldn't think of the most appropriate place to post so I chose here.

Anyway, I've learned alot I didn't know about bikes in the past few days more than LBS would offer (they just ain't very chatty).

So thanks. Especially the Classic and Vintage guys.

Bicycles just ain't my wheelhouse. Computers are (especially mobile)

So if any of you have any laptop / notebook computer (or anything in that realm, routing, DNS, operating system install / upgrade, mobile phones) troubles and don't want to worry about posting in another forum or calling some support line and want some unbiased, totally free no strings attached expert advice, I'd be more than happy to help if I can.

Thanks. Really.
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That's a nice thought and offer.
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I didn't contribute to your knowledge but I do have a question for your generous offer. May I?
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*nudges Mango* just ask him, silly

Dwellman, that's really nice of you. Thank YOU.
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I accidentally got my DNS mixed up with my TCP. So now my DNS is serving up netework requests and my TCP is performing name lookups. Which would be great except my firewall is on strike due to these 2 switching jobs. And to make matters worse my network stack decied to invert itself but it got interrupted mid inversion and well now it' all in shambles also.
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Reformat.

Or better yet, put gparted on a USB stick and Secure Erase all the hard drives.
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This is FOO. Therefore, this will become a thread diverted multiple times to epic proportions in about two days.

Just sit and watch.

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Thread subversion? I know not this thread subversion.
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This computer sucks surprisingly little, actually. It's a somewhat old Dell E520 with 3GB RAM and a 500GB drive leftover from a server upgrade. Not bad for a hand-me-down. It currently runs Debian Squeeze 32-bit, with VirtualBox for my choice of WinXP, Win7, or RedHat guest operating systems. Dual 20" monitors... it's a nice working setup.
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Can I have you do my job for me? I answer computer questions all day for a law firm.
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Can't be worse than: "My microsft don't work no more."
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Can't be worse than: "My microsft don't work no more."
Me: Can you reboot your computer?
[1 second later]
Lawyer's secretary: Okay, it's done.
Me: Already? Can you do it again for me?
[1 second later]
Lawyer's secretary: Okay, it's done again.
Me: Really? What are you doing to reboot the computer?
Lawyer's secretary: Just pushing the button at the corner of the screen.

*facepalm*
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Ok, that's pretty bad.

Don't deal directly with end users, but from time to time I will see a problem ticket escalated (from two previous levels of "support") to dev (us) that says: "the fax line is busy."
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Its a strange world out there.

Unfortunately, in an IT department of ten people, I do have to deal with end users.
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Me: Can you reboot your computer?
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Me: Already? Can you do it again for me?
[1 second later]
Lawyer's secretary: Okay, it's done again.
Me: Really? What are you doing to reboot the computer?
Lawyer's secretary: Just pushing the button at the corner of the screen.

*facepalm*

See that's where your mistake is. Assuming that people know what a random word (reboot) means in some unrelated niche (IT) that non IT people have to work with.
You would be equally embarrassed if you were forced to work with a technology or at a job you never worked or had any knowledge/experience with. And said people instructing you to do something would be equally frustrated.
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Well have to give the secretary credit: he/she at least push a button.

IT? is that like IS?
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Hey, Dwellman,

I have a dummy question: what would you be looking for if you wanted to buy a new, cheap home computer? What are the minimums for memory, etc., that would make for simple, reliable internet use? Say you have up to $1000 to spend. Can you give an example of something you might buy and what makes it the right choice? Don't be afraid to dumb it down. thanks.
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Anything with a minimum of 3gb of ram. It's quite often easy to see cheap systems being pushed with 6gb of ram now a days.

I would recommend looking for the Intel core i3 or i5. These systems are generally cheap, very powerful.

If you're not into gaming then almost any video card will do, often times the Intel onboard will do. Though if you want you can always look for a system with a nvidia/ati card knowing that pretty much no matter what video card you get it will handle most anything you throw at it (provided you're not doing lots of intense gaming)

Most systems have 1/2 TB (500GB) min hard drives and some will even have up to 1TB.
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http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...d=inspiron-580

Heck something as cheap as that will last you a long time.
The only thing I would recommend is clicking on "Monitors" and get yourself a nice LCD monitor.
If you don't have Office 2010 and like MS Office I would recomend picking an Office Software package .

For Peace of mind a 3 year contract is available for 99 bucks extra. It covers pretty much everything for 3 years.
All for under 1k.
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I have a dummy question: what would you be looking for if you wanted to buy a new, cheap home computer? What are the minimums for memory, etc., that would make for simple, reliable internet use? Say you have up to $1000 to spend. Can you give an example of something you might buy and what makes it the right choice? Don't be afraid to dumb it down. thanks.
Cheap reliable Internet usage? There's no need to spend $1000.

2GB RAM, something dual core, Windows 7 just to keep up with current technology. I just helped my mom pick out a computer for Internet use: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883108361

That does just fine. You don't really need more than that. More memory is good to help performance out, but that can always be sorted out later.

At the law firm, we still have receptionist and library PCs running XP with 512MB of RAM. They run just fine for some heavy use of Outlook and Internet. Windows 7 needs a little more oomph however.
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up to $1000 to spend
$1000 can buy an awful lot of computer these days-- especially in a desktop. But whether you settle on a desktop or laptop

Processor Intel Core i5. Texasguy is right: your looking for i3/i5 for Intel based machines or Phenom II for AMD based machines. Of the three I prefer i5 5xxM series (for instance Intel i5 540M)

Memory: hard minimum of 3 gigabytes (GB) of memory (also called RAM, DDR2, or DDR3). But there's no reason to demand a minimum of 4 for a laptop The price difference between 3 and 4 should be around $15 anyway.

Hard Drive: minimum of 320 gigabytes. I don't worry about too much. Right now, all my data (photos, documents, tax returns, school projects, back up images, tv episodes, DVD backups, ect) that I've been accumulating for the past 12 years consumes just about 289 GB. . sitting on my NAS. . which is backed up to yet another external array.

Optical drive: DVD RW (Read /Write) Although there's no reason not to have a BluRay drive but right expect to pay around $100 more.

Power Supply (desktops only) 80 Plus Silver certified, or better. The power supply in some ways is the most important part of the computer. You want to make sure you get a quality unit.

Operating System Recommend 64 bit, whatever it ends up being. For Windows I prefer Windows 7 Professional over Home Premium, especially for a desktop. Professional has the ability to accept Remote Desktop connections (RDP) and has Windows XP Mode (just in case).

Essential connectivity:
HDMI out
USB 2.0 (although you'd be hard pressed to find a PC not having USB, so it's kind of moot)
100/1000 (aka gigabit, aka 1000 Mbps) LAN.

Nice to have connectivity:
USB 3.0 (the new USB standard)
eSATA
SDHC (Secure Digital High Capcity) memory card reader
802.11n wireless (if you get a notebook, this moves to essential)

Connectivity you reall shouldn't worry about
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Cheap reliable Internet usage? There's no need to spend $1000. . .
You are absolutely correct.

Problem, by now a lot of the cheaper machines (running Core 2 and such) are pretty much refurbs or EOL / off lease stuff. We and the woot.com crowd run them because if something goes wrong no big deal we can pop onto Newegg or flEabay and grab some parts and viola! I have never in my life bough a new computer (or laptop), but I rarely ever recommend refurbs to people unless I sell them and usually at a significantly reduced rate (I only refurb Thinkpads these days).

ThinkCenter-- good choice. I usually pay a lot less though. Half that price. . . muhahahaha. . . hell IBM dang near begs us to.
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Oh, I forgot to mention screen resolution.

Monitor size means less today than it used to, just about every laptop in the known universe is 1366 x 768 regardless of size (12.1, 13.3, 15.6). I think that bites. By the time a monitor gets to 14, I want to see at least WXGA+ / 1440 x 900 for the WVGA (16:10) standard or 1600 x 900 (16:9). At 22 inches and bigger I want dang-o 1080p (1920 x 1080) for the HD standard.

And then there's QFHD 3840 x 2160 -- 1080p time two. How would you like to be able to read 8 pt type on a 56 inch screen? Set back at LEAST 30K and the graphics card to run it? Ten Thousand Dollars.

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Oh, I forgot to mention screen resolution.

Monitor size means less today than it used to, just about every laptop in the known universe is 1366 x 768 regardless of size (12.1, 13.3, 15.6). I think that bites. By the time a monitor gets to 14, I want to see at least WXGA+ / 1440 x 900 for the WVGA (16:10) standard or 1600 x 900 (16:9). At 22 inches and bigger I want dang-o 1080p (1920 x 1080) for the HD standard.

And then there's QFHD (3840 x 2160 -- 1080p time two. How would you like to be able to read 8 pt type on a 56 inch screen? I bet it costs more than I make in a year)
I want that last monitor.
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