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The Change-Over To My New Computer Is Now Complete…

One week ago today I bought my New Sony Vaio computer. Now…seven days later…I can declare the change-over from my old Toshiba Satellite to my new Sony Vaio computer has been completed and I must confess that I am very pleased because…I must admit…that I was not looking forward to the change-over process.

The below two photos of my new Sony Vaio computer are from the Best Buy website…

My largest apprehension was making the change-over from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. I really loved my XP system…but because I knew that my 6.5 year old computer would not last forever…I knew the day would eventually have to occur. The biggest fear I had was…I had heard that Windows 7 is nothing more than a fancy version of Windows Vista. I had grown to really dislike Windows Vista after I had become somewhat acquainted with it while helping my life-partner Mary figure out how to work with it on her computer.

After only seven days I’m happy to say that I have really grown to like Windows 7. No…it is not a fancy Windows Vista…it’s a vastly improved version of Windows Vista. Yes…it even looks a lot like Windows Vista…but it is MUCH MORE intuitive and user-friendly. With Windows Vista every time you ran into a problem…it was a real pain in the you-know-where to figure out how to once again go in a forward direction. Not so with Windows 7. When you run into what would have been a problem…it now says…hang on a moment while I fix the problem…and very quickly the problem has been addressed and you are once again on your way. For instance…when I plugged in my printer…which I wasn’t sure was even going to work…it went from…device recognition…downloading device drivers…searching for driver updates…downloading driver updates…installing drivers…ready to use…all automatically…in about one minute. I can live with that! A most delightful change in attitude!

The second thing I did not particularly like about Mary’s Toshiba Satellite with Windows Vista was the smaller keyboard with the large number pad on the right of the letter keys. I used to think that the number pad on the right would be just fine if I was an accountant…which I am not. The Sony Vaio solves that problem with a very efficient full-sized keyboard. I have even began to overcome my dislike for the number pad and find myself using it rather than having to reach over the letter keys. I am very pleased with both the design and functionally of the Sony Vaio computer!

So…with the two major hurdles overcome…next came the files transfer operation. I started out trying to use my 16GB flash drive…but that proved to be an exercise in futility. I finally ended that problem by buying a Belkin Windows 7 Easy Transfer Cable at Wal-Mart for $25 as opposed to Best Buy for $39. Once I had that cable the transfer of about 50GB worth of files was accomplished smoothly in about 1.5 hours. That took care of that problem.

The rest of the time has been spent becoming familiar with new ways of doing every-day computer functions. Once again…this is an area where Windows 7 really shines. The learning process has been relatively painless and I find myself feeling kind of weird complementing the Windows 7 engineers. As I said earlier…I really hate Windows Vista!

My next chore was to clean-up the old computer… both externally and internally. Since my new computer is only slightly smaller than my old one…I managed to get the old one into the new computer shipping box. Last Saturday I took it to Fedex and shipped it off to my grand-kids hoping they will have some fun and enjoyment from it. It gets to live a second life…at least for a while.

Being an ex-quality control engineer…I am not usually an easy person to please when it comes to electronics. Some might be inclined to call me a bit of a nit-picker! But…after only seven days…all my fears and anxieties  have been nicely addressed and I am once again a happy camper! &lt):) cowboy

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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I Buy A New Computer…

My Toshiba Satellite computer is 6.5 years old…a dependable workhorse…that was showing signs of getting tired. Since I recently installed the 4G modem and router in the motorhome…the cpu would occasionally load up to 100% capacity…locking up the computer and requiring a re-boot to be functional once again. In addition the brightness on the screen was showing signs of diminishing with age and trying to brighten it up via the control panel had little effect. So…I began considering a new computer. Here’s old dependable…

But I really loved my Windows XP operating system and hated the idea of parting with it…but facts are facts…nothing lasts forever and change appears to be the only constant in life. I hate the Windows Vista operating system (which Mary has on her computer and loves) and now that Windows 7 is here…it appeared it was time to go ahead and take the leap.

Last Friday while in town I needed to stop at Wal-Mart and while there stopped by to look at computers. They did not have many on display…perhaps 12…but one of them happened to be the Sony Vaio VPCEH11FX…a very nicely designed unit. Wal-Mart price $499.

Next I decided to stop at the nearby Best Buy store where I was likely to see more computers on display. I immediately zeroed in on the Toshiba Satellite’s…when all of a sudden….there it was again…the Same Sony I saw at Wal-Mart…only at Best Buy the price was $479.

I tend not to be an impulsive buyer…so I didn’t buy it…then. Instead I returned to the motorhome and fired up old dependable…to begin my research of the Sony computer. I’m an ex-engineer…I just cannot help myself…I need to feel comfortable about what I am buying. Several hours later over the next couple of days…the research was completed and I was ready to buy.

Part of what my research revealed is that all companies online are selling this computer for $549…all except Amazon…who usually has the lowest prices…was selling it for $599. I never thought Best Buy would have the best price…I thought they would be the highest. But in this case they were the Best Buy!

So, yesterday back I went to Best Buy and did the deed. Here’s the Best Buy page on this computer…

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+VAIO+E+Series+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+15.5%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive/2925714.p?id=1218364889388&skuId=2925714&st=2925714&cp=1&lp=1

Here are two photos from the Best Buy website…

If you are interested… here is a short video review of the computer in white…I bought black…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Ahb0OQDKE

One of my decision-making factors was that Geeks On Tour…RVing computer experts (husband and wife) who travel the country teaching RVers about computers…both own Sony Vaio computers and speak very highly of them. Here’s their website link… http://geeksontour.com/

Another deciding factor is that I’m a quasi-Sony fan having owned a number Sony items over the years. Last week I just bought a new Sony digital camera. Being an ex- quality control engineer I’ve alway associated the Sony name with quality.

When I went back to Best Buy yesterday,,,I went to look for the Sony computer,,,and couldn’t find it by looking for a $479 price tag. I asked a sales associate where was the Sony compter? We looked together and found it…at a new price of $449. The price dropped $30 over the weekend. So the moral of this story is…it pays to do your homework. In this case…knowledge that it was the right computer to buy…plus a $30 price reduction, Such a deal!

And so I now start the process of learning a new computer, operating system (Windows 7) and the transferring all of my files from the old to new computer. Here’s a photo showing my transfer station with the new computer on the left and old dependable on the right… making it easy to sit before both computers as necessary…

For your techies…the new computer has an Intel Pentium B940 Processor which just came out in June of 2011, 4GB Ram, 500 GB hard drive and a 15.5 inch screen. More than enough computer for my purposes.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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