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9/24/2009 7:20:09 AM
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So I've been saving for a new computer for quite some time (I haven't had one of my own since December 2008). Since I'm on a budget, and don't really do anything too exciting with my computers, I was thinking of just getting the regular new Dell Inspiron 15. It'll come out to a grand total of around $550 which is pretty decent, with 3GB of memory, a dual core processor, a built in webcam and mic, a 4 cell battery, etc. The only things I really plan on doing with this machine are going online, downloading music, utilizing iTunes and maybe writing a few papers. I'm not too into PC gaming and I'm not so obsessed/addicted to the computer to the point where I need a whole lot of space and speed either. I just want something practical and decent. Do you think this is a good choice computer for me? And for this price? I know absolutely nothing about technology so I was just curious...
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9/26/2009 8:27:03 PM
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It sounds like the labtop may have a few extra appliances that you would not even consider utilizing. However, it does seem to be a good all-around labtop. It will be a good match for you.
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9/27/2009 7:27:13 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/24/2009 7:20:09 AM, theLwerd wrote:
So I've been saving for a new computer for quite some time (I haven't had one of my own since December 2008). Since I'm on a budget, and don't really do anything too exciting with my computers, I was thinking of just getting the regular new Dell Inspiron 15. It'll come out to a grand total of around $550 which is pretty decent, with 3GB of memory, a dual core processor, a built in webcam and mic, a 4 cell battery, etc. The only things I really plan on doing with this machine are going online, downloading music, utilizing iTunes and maybe writing a few papers. I'm not too into PC gaming and I'm not so obsessed/addicted to the computer to the point where I need a whole lot of space and speed either. I just want something practical and decent. Do you think this is a good choice computer for me? And for this price? I know absolutely nothing about technology so I was just curious...

Not liking computer gaming is fail.

Hmm...you'll probably want to get a PC because you're on a budget :D. So yes to the Inspiron, it doesn't seem to be a bad choice of Laptop for College use and just surfing. Probably will get bogged down if you try to do any games\ big apps. Also, is 3GB of memory all it has? Because if so you'll want an external HDD

And forget about Microsoft office for paper writing, just use Openoffice.
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9/27/2009 7:30:30 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 7:27:13 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
And forget about Microsoft office for paper writing, just use Openoffice.

No! Don't do it! Open Office = bad!

Okay, it isn't that bad. But it is worthless. You might as well pay for Microsoft Office, which gets you a lot more options and programs, than get simple Open Office which, while it has enough features to be OK, isn't as good.

Besides, I know of no college and university student that uses Open Office. That should teach you something; if poor students are willing to pay for Microsoft Office, instead of getting free programs that could be adequate enough, there is clearly some advantage.
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9/27/2009 7:32:24 AM
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Panda, I think it has a 3GB RAM, not a hard drive. Lwerd, if it's actually the hard drive, don't get it. You said you want to use iTunes, you'll probably put 3GB of music on the computer in about a week.
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9/27/2009 7:50:02 AM
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At 9/27/2009 7:30:30 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 7:27:13 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
And forget about Microsoft office for paper writing, just use Openoffice.

No! Don't do it! Open Office = bad!

Okay, it isn't that bad. But it is worthless. You might as well pay for Microsoft Office, which gets you a lot more options and programs, than get simple Open Office which, while it has enough features to be OK, isn't as good.

Besides, I know of no college and university student that uses Open Office. That should teach you something; if poor students are willing to pay for Microsoft Office, instead of getting free programs that could be adequate enough, there is clearly some advantage.

Poor students who pay for Open Office just to do college papers = Fail students.

Last time I checked Open Office had nifty features like being able to highlight words, do different colours, charts, etc. What else could you need for a college paper. Granted I'm not in college and haven't done papers on a computer, but nonetheless you don't need to have the ability to make every second word light Fuchsia
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9/27/2009 7:58:34 AM
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At 9/27/2009 7:50:02 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
Poor students who pay for Open Office just to do college papers = Fail students.

Last time I checked Open Office had nifty features like being able to highlight words, do different colours, charts, etc. What else could you need for a college paper. Granted I'm not in college and haven't done papers on a computer, but nonetheless you don't need to have the ability to make every second word light Fuchsia

Does Open Office have the ability to create flexible graphs, have pre-set and easily accessible word fonts and stylings, have many downloadable additions that have proven to be useful to university and college students, and in general, come anywhere close to Microsoft Office?

Well, it doesn't, and I know it doesn't. I have a small notebook laptop and I use that over my school's computers which use Open Office because it is a very poor school. Microsoft Office is ten times better.
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9/27/2009 8:01:08 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 7:58:34 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 7:50:02 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
Poor students who pay for Open Office just to do college papers = Fail students.

Last time I checked Open Office had nifty features like being able to highlight words, do different colours, charts, etc. What else could you need for a college paper. Granted I'm not in college and haven't done papers on a computer, but nonetheless you don't need to have the ability to make every second word light Fuchsia

Does Open Office have the ability to create flexible graphs, have pre-set and easily accessible word fonts and stylings, have many downloadable additions that have proven to be useful to university and college students, and in general, come anywhere close to Microsoft Office?

Well, it doesn't, and I know it doesn't. I have a small notebook laptop and I use that over my school's computers which use Open Office because it is a very poor school. Microsoft Office is ten times better.

Right but Microsoft office costs an incalculable amount more. Openoffice costs nothing, so in terms of percentages it costs infinitely more.

Openoffice has different font styles and writing. And flexible graphics? I don't know about that, I haven't' encountered any need for them, but surely you don't rely on them alot.
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9/27/2009 8:05:30 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:01:08 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
Right but Microsoft office costs an incalculable amount more. Openoffice costs nothing, so in terms of percentages it costs infinitely more.

The cost is worth it. It also comes with Excel and other useful goodies, too.

Openoffice has different font styles and writing. And flexible graphics? I don't know about that, I haven't' encountered any need for them, but surely you don't rely on them alot.

I do. They're very useful for creating quick graphs where you can easily shift information around with a couple of clicks. You cannot do that with Open Office.
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9/27/2009 8:10:10 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:05:30 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:01:08 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
Right but Microsoft office costs an incalculable amount more. Openoffice costs nothing, so in terms of percentages it costs infinitely more.

The cost is worth it. It also comes with Excel and other useful goodies, too.

How much does Word cost, what, €50? How much booze could you buy with that?


Openoffice has different font styles and writing. And flexible graphics? I don't know about that, I haven't' encountered any need for them, but surely you don't rely on them alot.

I do. They're very useful for creating quick graphs where you can easily shift information around with a couple of clicks. You cannot do that with Open Office.

I'll test this out later personally.
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9/27/2009 8:16:51 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:10:10 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
How much does Word cost, what, €50? How much booze could you buy with that?

I wouldn't know, I'm a worker, not a partier.
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9/27/2009 8:21:34 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:16:51 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:10:10 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
How much does Word cost, what, €50? How much booze could you buy with that?

I wouldn't know, I'm a worker, not a partier.

Let me re-interpret that:

I'm Canadian, not Irish.

Fix'd :D
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9/27/2009 8:29:58 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:21:34 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:16:51 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:10:10 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
How much does Word cost, what, €50? How much booze could you buy with that?

I wouldn't know, I'm a worker, not a partier.

Let me re-interpret that:

I'm smart, not stupid.

Fix'd.
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9/27/2009 8:32:38 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:29:58 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:21:34 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:16:51 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:10:10 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
How much does Word cost, what, €50? How much booze could you buy with that?

I wouldn't know, I'm a worker, not a partier.

Let me re-interpret that:

I'm a blue Sweater nerd who sits at home all chaste, not fun guy


Fix'd
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9/27/2009 8:34:05 AM
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At 9/27/2009 8:32:38 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:29:58 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:21:34 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:16:51 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:10:10 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
How much does Word cost, what, €50? How much booze could you buy with that?

I wouldn't know, I'm a worker, not a partier.

Let me re-interpret that:

I'm a successful individual committed to my work and education and actually supports a political party that will get into government one day.

Fix'd
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9/27/2009 8:35:35 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
I LOL'ed XD
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9/27/2009 8:39:30 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:34:05 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:32:38 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:29:58 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:21:34 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:16:51 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:10:10 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
How much does Word cost, what, €50? How much booze could you buy with that?

I wouldn't know, I'm a worker, not a partier.

Let me re-interpret that:

I'm a successful individual committed to my work and education and actually supports a political party that will get into government one day.

Fix'd

As opposed to? I'm commuted to my education and work (Well, not so much this year because I actually have far too much Irish work) and I'm fairly political and the party I support will get into government next election. I'll bet you 10 Canadian dollars, which will probably equate to something like 2 Euro cents.

I just enjoy parties and the occasional break from 'it all'.
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9/27/2009 8:42:37 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:39:30 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
As opposed to? I'm commuted to my education and work (Well, not so much this year because I actually have far too much Irish work)

What is "Irish work"? Is that the rate of knocking back Guinness per hour? XD

I'm fairly political and the party I support will get into government next election. I'll bet you 10 Canadian dollars, which will probably equate to something like 2 Euro cents.

Sureee it will. And it amounts to about 6 Euros. I have the money to pay for it as well.

I just enjoy parties and the occasional break from 'it all'.

Obviously. Who doesn't?
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9/27/2009 8:46:04 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:42:37 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:39:30 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
As opposed to? I'm commuted to my education and work (Well, not so much this year because I actually have far too much Irish work)

What is "Irish work"? Is that the rate of knocking back Guinness per hour? XD

No, writing a page long essay in Irish about the environment and learning half it, then learning a summarised short story, then learning an essay an a poem. For one weekend. *b^tchslap*


I'm fairly political and the party I support will get into government next election. I'll bet you 10 Canadian dollars, which will probably equate to something like 2 Euro cents.

Sureee it will. And it amounts to about 6 Euros. I have the money to pay for it as well.

Hehe, it's on!


I just enjoy parties and the occasional break from 'it all'.

Obviously. Who doesn't?

You: "Hi Canadian friends! I heard there's a cool bring-your-own party, but I spent all my money and Microsoft office so I can't go!!!I guess I'll just spend another night on the computer *phlegm swallow*"
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9/27/2009 8:48:31 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:46:04 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
No, writing a page long essay in Irish about the environment and learning half it, then learning a summarised short story, then learning an essay an a poem. For one weekend. *b^tchslap*

While drunk? XD

You: "Hi Canadian friends! I heard there's a cool bring-your-own party, but I spent all my money and Microsoft office so I can't go!!!I guess I'll just spend another night on the computer *phlegm swallow*"

Why would I need to pay to go to a party? Usually you don't.

Besides, MS Office doesn't cost that much as to bankrupt me. Its why I have a job.
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9/27/2009 8:50:51 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:48:31 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:46:04 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
No, writing a page long essay in Irish about the environment and learning half it, then learning a summarised short story, then learning an essay an a poem. For one weekend. *b^tchslap*

While drunk? XD

It would actually make it all much easier, and a more solid excuse as to why you don't have the work done :D.


You: "Hi Canadian friends! I heard there's a cool bring-your-own party, but I spent all my money and Microsoft office so I can't go!!!I guess I'll just spend another night on the computer *phlegm swallow*"

Why would I need to pay to go to a party? Usually you don't.

Ever heard of a bring-your-own? A party where you're only allowed in if you bring booze so you make a contribution to the party.


Besides, MS Office doesn't cost that much as to bankrupt me. Its why I have a job.

OH! Now how committed to school are we?
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9/27/2009 8:51:25 AM
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I don't need to do any graphs... And though schools always typically use Office, I've found the conversion to be rather easy. I basically agree with Panda that's it's unnecessary as far as my personal use/schooling goes. Also, I like computer games, Panda, but not to the point that I'm going to get a PC designed specifically to play them.
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9/27/2009 8:54:47 AM
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At 9/27/2009 8:50:51 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
It would actually make it all much easier, and a more solid excuse as to why you don't have the work done :D.

If being drunk is an actual excuse in Ireland for not getting work done, I'm moving there.

Ever heard of a bring-your-own? A party where you're only allowed in if you bring booze so you make a contribution to the party.

That is so socialist!

OH! Now how committed to school are we?

I'm still committed. Sheesh.

theLwerd said:
I don't need to do any graphs... And though schools always typically use Office, I've found the conversion to be rather easy. I basically agree with Panda that's it's unnecessary as far as my personal use/schooling goes.

That is fair; if you don't need it, no need to get it.
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9/27/2009 8:58:53 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 8:54:47 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:50:51 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
It would actually make it all much easier, and a more solid excuse as to why you don't have the work done :D.

If being drunk is an actual excuse in Ireland for not getting work done, I'm moving there.

It isn't but what an excuse it would be. "Please excuse X from not completing his assigned school work as he was intoxicated for the majority of the weekend"


Ever heard of a bring-your-own? A party where you're only allowed in if you bring booze so you make a contribution to the party.

That is so socialist!

Happens alot in Ireland.


OH! Now how committed to school are we?

I'm still committed. Sheesh.

Working in a steel mill, Swinger parties and being in The Communist Revolution party is a lot of time you can't commit to college.


theLwerd said:
I don't need to do any graphs... And though schools always typically use Office, I've found the conversion to be rather easy. I basically agree with Panda that's it's unnecessary as far as my personal use/schooling goes.

That is fair; if you don't need it, no need to get it.

HA! I pwn.
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9/27/2009 9:09:23 AM
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At 9/27/2009 8:58:53 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
It isn't but what an excuse it would be. "Please excuse X from not completing his assigned school work as he was intoxicated for the majority of the weekend"

I could see someone getting away with it.

Happens alot in Ireland.

Psh, commies.

Working in a steel mill, Swinger parties and being in The Communist Revolution party is a lot of time you can't commit to college.

I work at a retail store, I go to parties where I don't drink much and I am apart of a party that is far from funding any sort of revolution within the next hundred years. I got time.
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9/27/2009 9:13:14 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 9/27/2009 9:09:23 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 8:58:53 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
It isn't but what an excuse it would be. "Please excuse X from not completing his assigned school work as he was intoxicated for the majority of the weekend"

I could see someone getting away with it.

I would say the teacher would be shocked, but the student would get away with it


Happens alot in Ireland.

Psh, commies.

pssh....Capitalists.


Working in a steel mill, Swinger parties and being in The Communist Revolution party is a lot of time you can't commit to college.

I work at a retail store, I go to parties where I don't drink much and I am apart of a party that is far from funding any sort of revolution within the next hundred years. I got time.

Like I said, blue sweater nerd. And within the next hundred years? Stop advocating UHC or you'll live to see it!
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9/27/2009 9:15:01 AM
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At 9/27/2009 9:13:14 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
I would say the teacher would be shocked, but the student would get away with it

I would prefer that my work give me time off for being too hungover or drunk to do anything. It isn't my fault! Victim of circumstance!

pssh....Capitalists.

We rock. I know.

Like I said, blue sweater nerd. And within the next hundred years? Stop advocating UHC or you'll live to see it!

I'd be a red sweater nerd. I hate blue. That is the colour of Conservatives.
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9/27/2009 9:31:02 AM
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At 9/27/2009 9:15:01 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 9:13:14 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
I would say the teacher would be shocked, but the student would get away with it

I would prefer that my work give me time off for being too hungover or drunk to do anything. It isn't my fault! Victim of circumstance!

Wouldn't they kick you out of a steel mill for being drunk from a swinger party?


pssh....Capitalists.

We rock. I know.

No, you allow elites take rocks form average people.


Like I said, blue sweater nerd. And within the next hundred years? Stop advocating UHC or you'll live to see it!

I'd be a red sweater nerd. I hate blue. That is the colour of Conservatives.

Whatever makes you feel more secure. As long as it has pockets you'll wear it.
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9/28/2009 5:40:02 AM
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At 9/27/2009 9:15:01 AM, Volkov wrote:
At 9/27/2009 9:13:14 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
I would say the teacher would be shocked, but the student would get away with it

I would prefer that my work give me time off for being too hungover or drunk to do anything. It isn't my fault! Victim of circumstance!

pssh....Capitalists.

We rock. I know.

Like I said, blue sweater nerd. And within the next hundred years? Stop advocating UHC or you'll live to see it!

I'd be a red sweater nerd. I hate blue. That is the colour of Conservatives.

Over here in AMERICA WOOOOOOOO YEAAAHHH USA USA USA USA, blue is liberal and red is conservative.
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