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Ode to a Laptop

I bought my fourth computer today.

Those first two words there are quite an accomplishment by themselves. I am one of the thriftiest guys you’ll ever meet. I never buy soda or fries or chips when I eat out because they don’t have a large enough quench-to-cost ratio. Jack-in-the-box Jumbo Jacks (back when they were $1) used to carry a great quench-to-cost ration. I could drop three whole dollars and fill up.

Those last two words are also quite an an accomplishment, like any growing boy, I never could really get full. Even after growing up and not exercising as much, I still am a bottomless pit.

That was a very random tangent… but back to the laptop.

Growing up, my father knew how to put old school computers together, so I always had a started learning young. My brother, Geoffrey Sanders, and I put three computers together (straight from parts that we bought from the Los Angeles Computer Fair), and they all are still in use and fully operational! I’m very proud of that. Come to think of it, the computer I’m typing on was first put together three years ago 2004, and it’s still the fastest computer that I own! I have two laptops; 1 HP Pavilion and one Compaq Presario.

Probably three or four years ago, a good friend of mine got a SWEET HP laptop for C++ Programming, and I fell in love with it. It was a 17 inch wide screen laptop, and it was so wide, that it has the number pad on it!!! That is one of those luxuries that you just about never see on a laptop.

And for you computer nerds reading this, here are the specs:

1.6Ghz AMD Turion 64 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-50
1Gig ram (up to 2 gigs)
128 MB shared video card by Nvidia
100GB hard Drive (5400)
LightScribe 8x DVD +-RW Double Layer
17″ Widescreen (1440×9900, which is also the same pixel depth as my 19″ Desktop Monitor
10/100 Ethernet LAn + Wireless b/g
Web Cam and Mic
A million input/outputs includeing 4 USB and a firewire
XP Media Cente

All of that costs $777! Thank goodness for wholesalers! I can’t believe that price. I was about to get a Dell laptop that they were having a huge sale on for $700, and that had a 15.4 inch display!

I totally can’t wait for it to arrive. (I’m going to have three computers on my desk, and four monitors/displays. HA!)

Nothing like living it up in the digital world!
-Ashton Sanders

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