What do you need help with?

I have a range of technical and Informational knowledge that could be useful to you.  But you need to say “I need help with…” or “How do you solve…” or “Talk about….” to me.

I recently bought a manufacturer refurbished HP 15-ba009dx laptop from Ebay.  It cost less than $200 USD for a 15.4″ laptop.  This is the “Desktop Replacement” form factor. Once I got it, they were right.  I have never had a laptop with such a large screen. I have had “old iron” laptops that weigh this much (about 5 lbs) but never one so thin and with a seperate 9 key number pad.

I ran across a review of the laptop in “best under $300 gamer laptops” at the Laptop Ninja website.  Then a few days later I saw Office Depot/OfficeMax offering it for sale in my area.  So I went looking on Ebay to see if I could beat their price.  The main thing that the refurbished version didn’t have was a 1 year license of Office/365.  This wasn’t a problem, for me, since I have a copy of MS Office 2010 for Home and Professional Office.  I also have been using an ASUS Chromebook 300MA which had gotten me very used to using the Google Docs wordprocessor which is available through any modern web browser (http://docs.google.com)

This is not a “high end” machine.  It is powerful enough for everyday tasks like Word processing, doing research on the Internet, watching videos, taking the majority of online courses at small and large institutions etc.  It doesn’t have the keyboard of a Ibm Thinkpad/Lenovo but who else does?  It has 4 logical cpus and a integrated video system (an AMD R4) so it is pretty good at juggling things (lots of tabs open in the Chrome browser while also typing in Word etc.  It has a built in DVD drive a reasonable selection of ports (usb, rj-45, hdmi etc) and a SD card reader.  In some ways it feels like an “overgrown” Netbook.  It’s not very fast (I have been running the Boinc/Seti project on it, believe me, it’s not very fast) but it works nicely for straightforward office tasks.  It has the DVD drive and a full sized keyboard with the  seperate 9 keypad on the right just like a typical desktop keyboard.  Those are not things you find on any Netbook I have used/owned.

Like way too many users once you have had any laptop or laptop appliance (my Chromebook) with a really high level of endurance (like 11-12 hours to a charge) you do get spoiled.  This one runs 3-5 hours per charge (depending on how bright I set the screen and how hard I work the machine).  Since I have had “old iron” that run 2.5 hours or less per charge having a machine that regularly runs 3+ is nice.

So how can I help you?






Author: Tom G

A baby-boomer with a long Technology-Geek history and a even longer career in non-Technology-Geek work (I took what I could get, when I could get it). Do you remember IBM punch cards? I do. I am working, semi-retired, moderately Senior Citizen with a need to not get bored. So I am considering the possible insanity of going to graduate school. If it happens, I expect to come out with an MA in Communications Study that will allow me to write better and speak about what I know better.

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