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My new best friend!!!

9 Jul

I did it. I finally fricken did it. Last night I got up the nerve to drive myself over to Microcenter and spend almost $600. On what and for why? Well, as of yesterday, all I had was a seven-year-old laptop sitting on my desk like a retarded brick – if in fact, bricks can be retarded. Can they? I mean, they really don’t have brains, but I do think that some bricks look smarter than others…

Anyway, it was a Dell 5100. A blue, heavy workhorse of a machine, and before you yell at me for some reason, I have to say that it was one of the most reliable pieces of electronic machinery that I have ever owned. I bought it in 2003 to use for college and it performed everything that I needed it to. It wrote me essays, burned me CDs, got me cheat codes for Grand Theft Auto and cruised the Internet (obviously never going onto any of the seedier sites… my computer was too high class for that). But now it is ridiculously outdated and struggles to work. It lays on my desk and just tries so hard. Its like watching your best friend die. I sit there some nights and just sing sweet lullabies to it. Holding the mouse and clicking softly as the fan whirs away.

Loudly. Like its gasping for air. Every whir one step closer to death.

I decided to put it out of its misery last night. I haven’t fully euthanized it yet, but the time is at hand. I already got the replacement for it and it has taken its place on my desk. Its black, with a subtle weave pattern on the case, has a bright LCD screen and an integrated web cam and is super fast. Now, again, before you start to yell and throw things at me for what I bought, let me just say that it was a super deal, has a ton of power and is specced very nicely.

Deep Breath. OK, here I go.

It is a Gateway. Yes, the boxes still look like the skinned remnants of the cow I grew up with and had to brutally slaughter because it held succulent meat within it, but you no longer get the satisfaction of also getting a squishy cow stress toy or a cow skin logo mug to go with your computer. Things just are not what they used to be I guess.

But its a nice looking computer and comes with some good hardware. I won’t go into it all here, but here is a link to some specs if you want to check it out for some reason. Below, you will find the unboxing pics. And yes, I was watching The Simpsons while doing this, and extra special brownie points to whoever can tell me the name of the episode that is being shown!

The cow skin box

The cow skin box

Nicely wrapped

Nicely wrapped

The first look

The first look

A closer look

A closer look

Side profile 1

Side profile 1

Side view 2

Side view 2 - Guess the episode in the background

Top weave pattern

Top weave pattern

IT LIVES!!!

IT LIVES!!!

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