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Terrorbytes 11 Apr 2010 08:40 #1209

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My old pc died in January, and I've just recently upgraded my new pc from XP to Windows 7. In both instances I had to move data from its old home to its new home. 4 of us use the same pc, which involved me moving 70gb of data yesterday. There's stuff on there from the first pc I brought over 10 years ago. Digital camera jpegs, letters from 10 years ago, 1gb of save games from a game I don't play any more, and probably won't ever again. It's the digital equivalent of boxes in the garage or the attic. I've got data that is too important to just delete and get rid off (probably) but not important enough to spend time actually looking at the data and seeing if it can be deleted or not.


It's the same in my garage. Stuff that was put into boxes in the garage in our first house stayed boxed in the garage in our second house, and is now lying boxed in the garage in our third house. It bugs the hell out of me, but not enough to spend time sorting out my garage... or my hard drive.


I guess I'm fated to spend the rest of my life occasionally moving gigabytes, and eventually I'm sure, terabytes of data from one machine to another. They are terrorbytes y'see, because I'm too scared to delete them.


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Re: Terrorbytes 20 Apr 2010 08:54 #1211

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My old pc died in January, and I've just recently upgraded my new pc from XP to Windows 7




What did you replace it with/where did you buy the new one from?


Our home PC got infected with a fatal virus in February and we've just got a replacement (about £300 from Staples). It's probably v low spec by today's standards but it's only wanted for internet browsing and writing the odd letter or email.


I'm going to have to get a new PC for myself soon but don't really know what to go for.


It bugs the hell out of me, but not enough to spend time sorting out my garage... or my hard drive




I feel your pain - am currently in the process of moving twenty years of accumulated stuff from one house to one flat. Unfortunately I don't get a garage or a loft so the "master bedroom" will now be the "stuff room" and the single bedroom will be my room. What a tragic geek figure I am.


One of my friends was discussing the phenomen all the extraneous detritus you end up with when you move and he thought that there should be a name for it. I can't remember if he suggested anything but I was thinking something like Gek would be appropriate.

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Re: Terrorbytes 21 Apr 2010 04:40 #1212

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Dude, you want your Gek in the spare room, and leave the master bedroom for where the magic happens.





I'm going to have to get a new PC for myself soon but don't really know what to go for.





Respek! Still not decided then? Depends what you want it for. If it isn't for gaming, go for a laptop. Get a free one when you sign up for Broadband or a new mobile or something. http://www.thelink.co.uk/mobile/198-mbb-free-laptop/market.html or http://top10.com/broadband/compare/broadband_free_laptop/


If you're after a cheap alternative, try an ex-company laptop from here: http://computers.shop.ebay.co.uk/Laptops-Netbooks-/177/i.html?_catref=1&_fln=1&_ipg=&_ssn=ex_corporate_computers&_trksid=p3911.c0.m282 They also do desktops as well.


Have a look on ebay for an HP NC4010. Nice little laptops that are fine for browsing and ting. http://computers.shop.ebay.co.uk/Laptops-Netbooks-/177/i.html?_nkw=nc4010&_catref=1&_fln=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282#item20b08239ca Price varies depending on whether you get a fully working one with XP already installed to one with bits missing and / or no operating system.


Most ex-corporate laptops will have an XP Pro license key sticker on the bottom of them, but it won't have been used because the IT dept where they were used would have deployed a corporate volume license install on there that doesn't need activation etc. This means that you can usually (if you can get hold of an XP install disk) just install XP and use the license key on the bottom of the laptop to activate it.


Happy to help you further with this. If you need a copy of XP Pro install disk (provided you have a valid licence key) for example, or help with adding a hard drive and that. [:)]

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If it isn't for gaming, go for a laptop




Thanks for all that


but I just don't like laptops. I find them claustrophobic and horrible. I like to have a separate monitor and keyboard and mouse. I know you can plug these things into a laptop but then that defeats the object.


What did you get?

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Re: Terrorbytes 25 Apr 2010 11:51 #1214

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Fair enough, my dear. Have a look here http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/pcs and you can sort by price!

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Re: Terrorbytes 26 Apr 2010 14:00 #1215

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Cheers Paps,


As usual when confronted by choices I am paralysed by indecision. One of the reasons I'm looking forward to the General Election.


This is what we got at home


I don't know. I'll just have to enter a gadget show competition and hope that takes care of the decision for me.

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Re: Terrorbytes 28 Apr 2010 08:39 #1216

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This is what I was talking about last night - Dell Inspiron Zino more here

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