Monday, March 19, 2012

The Talk -- How To Buy the Right Computer Cheaply -- Part 3, Talk at the Kinnelon Library Thurs. Mar. 5 7 PM

Thank you all of you who came to this past Thursday's talk at the library. I enjoyed talking to you about the problems and concerns you have with your machines. As promised, following is a slideshow of the presentation you saw.
Do remember, any of you who want to subscribe to the Working Computers Blog, just go the right hand side of the page and look for the "Enter Your Email Address" box and click on "Subscribe", or click on the "Subscribe in a Reader" icon. The first choice will get you the once a week articles on computer use and maintenance problems you face as a home or small business user. The 2nd will allow you to see the articles in your RSS reader -- if you do not know what that is, make the First Choice!I have included a slightly updated slideshow of the talk given last week, and I would like to emphasize a few points that were made:Unless you have almost nothing to do online or with your computer except read email and do some light word processing you need a modern multi-core computer if you expect it to last and be useful for a number of years. Intel Processors Rule: AMD processors save you $$$ in the short run, but will run out of gas after a few years.Check out TechBargains and LogicBuy.Underlined "www ..." phrases and other underlined words are links to the sites and pages referred to.  
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See you April 11!


PS  For those who expressed interest in Carbonite online backup, I checked into it again, and it seems to me there are a number of drawbacks:

1) There is no free version that allows you to try the service to see how you like it. Unlike iDrive.

2) The upgraded, system-image backup is NOT an online backup, but requires you to back up to an external drive you purchase and install and then still pay $99 per year for the privilege to back up to your own drive, and the online backup is separate from that, although included.

3) The online backup feature seems to be an admission that online backup alone is insufficient. But there is no need to pay Carbonite for that. See my 2nd 2012 talk from February on free and/or inexpensive disk cloning.

PPS Yes, it is a PC. No, I wasn't suggesting you buy one! I do like it, though.

But ... because of its shape, probably has special powers ...

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