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Monday, January 31, 2005

My new machine

My computer, the Toshiba M35X-S161

The thing about computers is that they are unpredictable. No matter the brand or the company, they break down.

I could have bought an iBook today, if I wanted to convert my software. But this isn't a Mac/PC issue, it was probably a power supply issue, and Macs have them crap out as well. So unless Apple has unbreakable power supplies, it really didn't make much of a difference. So I bought the machine on sale. Why? It worked and was on sale. I had enough to buy any machine I wanted, thanks to you guys. Jen's call for extra money was nice, but unnecessary. I still have enough to get a white box, if I need to, which I don't. But thank you anyway. The kindness, as always, is appreciated.

So I went shopping for a new machine. I find it ironic that Jen thinks I should buy a new desktop, since her's is about to reach it's 10th anniversary sometime this spring. She's debated about getting a new TV (her's is a 13")for about a year. The thing about computers is that the more you pay, the smaller and lighter they are. You can pay $4K for one, but why? I just need to get online, play a game or two, and that's it. Nothing complex.

I got a Toshiba Satellite M35x-S161 because Comp USA had it on sale for $799 after the $150 rebate. It looked better than the Compaq at that price range, and of the three low end retail laptops you can get, Toshiba makes the best machines. None are horrible, but from the reviews I read, after the fact, it looks like a bargain.

Of course, it took four stores to find this bargain, two after dialysis. Now, some days, like some days after work, I would run home, get comfortable, watch Gilmore Girls from my bed and call it a night. But some days are better, and yesterday was one of them. So after searching Best Buy and Staples, after going to PC Richards and Circuit City earlier in the day, Needless to say, I found nothing, and spent the rest of the night watching TV, irritated. After all, it's not Groundhog Day, every day is different. Hey, it sounds scarier than it is. But like insulin or chronic pain, you learn to deal with it. I just thank God I write for a living and didn't have to quit being a cop or something. People still work on dialysis and the state will even help you find a job. I have to say that my life is 100 percent better after being sick than before. Even with dialysis and meds and the other crap which goes with any chronic illness.

The funny thing was that there was some nimord writing down the specs to the computers and squniting at them like they were naked chicks in a peep show. I wanted to slap the piss out of him for being annoying. Fucking idiot, go to a library and do some research. He probably didn't even know what he was writing down.

So today, I take the bus down 5th Avenue to CompUSA, and walk past the laptop section. I finally find it and ask the clerk to buy one. Then he tries to sell me the extended warranty.

"Do you want the two year or three year warranty?"

"None. It either works out of the box or it doesn't. It's electronics. And if it doesn't work, it's coming back"

"But that's only good for 21 days."

"No. Look, just sell me the computer, ok."


Why the fuck would I buy a useless warranty for a new computer. Extended warranties are a scam. You pay them $100 for what? If my machine breaks, I'll pay the repairs and parts, because it's cheaper than some dumbass extended warranty. Do I look like a techphobic parent of a college freshman? Well, actually, yes, but I'm not.

Let them sell that shit to the soccer moms. I know that's their profit margin on their boxes.

Here's the difference between me and Jen, at least when it comes to buying things: I can buy a computer in five minutes. Jen will take forever. I bought my TV after a couple of trips.

Oh here's why I will never buy anything large in Best Buy: the clerks would rather talk to each other than sell you something. Great to look at, shitty to buy anything in.

The best part of the Toshiba is the wide screen 15.4". It's a real gem. It's also nice to have a new machine for the first time in my life. I've always been skeptical about new machines, but it's nice to have one. Now to load some games on this.

posted by Steve @ 12:39:00 AM

12:39:00 AM

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