Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Econ 101


I have officially pronounced my laptop dead.

Its 7 years old. Its missing the "t" key. Its all garbled up with work software I don't need but can't get rid of. The USB connector is broken. And the death knell was some nasty malicious software it picked up during my travels in Bakersfield.

Now I have to bite the bullet and buy something else. I'd really rather not as I hate spending money on anything but bike stuff and food. And as I went searching for computers and looking at prices, I couldn't help but realize how I was evaluating the cost. All prices were relative to something bike.

That fancy laptop with all the cool bells and whistles for $2,500? No way. Thats more than a Campy Record Carbon gruppo for crying out loud.

The middle of the road solid performer laptop for $1,200? No way. I could buy Michael a custom frame with all the weird angles and measurements he likes.


The good for web browsing and photo editing laptop for $700? Hmmm....but I could buy that 36" Fox Fork for my Dawg with that.

The cheapie bargain laptop for $500? Wheelset? laptop? Wheelset? Laptop?

Ah, poo. Who needs a "t" key anyway.

56 Comments:

At 9:48 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Little_Jewford said...

for 0.99 you can get a brand new T key here... is this micro or macro econ anyways, that might make a difference

 
At 9:52 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

$700 ??

that's like ... 350 corralitos sausages.

mmm ... sausages.

 
At 9:52 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Have you ever tried to put those little buggers back on?

I tried over and over again. I finally threw the key away.

It woudn't have been so bad if it was the Z or Q key.

 
At 9:52 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

i'm trying to shop for one myself this week

so keep me posted on any wisdom or good deals....

as i am lame with computers

 
At 9:53 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

me = cheesy bavarian

 
At 9:56 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I am seriously considering the Dell Inspiron E1405

Because its relatively smaller, lighter, and has enhanced video stuff (for pics).

The processor is not the best, but I won't be running mackdaddy excel sheets on it anyways.

And because its smaller and lighter it has a smaller screen.

about $700 = Fox 36 Fork

 
At 10:00 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

gotta sell that GTI

 
At 10:58 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

any recommendations on how much memory, speed, whatever i need?

i don't do anything fancy
you know, blog mostly
should be able to watch videos and do picture stuff

and i'd like a letter t
but i knew that

 
At 11:42 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Tony Rocha said...

For blogging, surfing, email, loading music to your iPod and other similar fun computing tasks, the cheapest laptop with the cheapest chip will do. You'll be replacing it in a couple years anyway.

Typically a machine like that can be had for $400 to $700.

That said, you'd probably get better use out of a new set of wheels.

 
At 11:49 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

What Tony said. The only upgrade I made was in storage, video card, and monitor resolution, because of all the photography stuff I do. Otherwise everything else is the cheapie-est.

 
At 11:58 AM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Oh yeah..the GTI. Maybe we can get a battery on Saturday.

 
At 12:27 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

ok
i'm getting there
windows xp home
or xp professional

i hate this

 
At 12:37 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Home should be fine.

Pro has some security and backup/restore features that are nice, but I'll probably ever use them things anyway. The other stuff it has I'll never use.

 
At 12:42 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Miss Mary said...

if your mostly interested in the computer for pics, you want a macbook

apples are best for graphics

 
At 1:05 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger PAB said...

oh no.

MM, you are clouding the issue.

first decision was mac vs PC.

now we have to back up and start over.

wait--i don't have to, bunny has to.

i need to go back under the house and kill another scorpion...

 
At 1:17 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Pictures are not graphics. I have no interest in graphic work.

And no interest in being incompatible with all the other computers/software in the house.

But I sure wish the PC makers had the design style of Apple. PCs are sooo ugly in comparison.

 
At 2:34 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Benjaminiac said...

yeah but the macbook boots with XP too.

now you can get the worst of both worlds.

they are lightning fast tho. i'm gonna need to win a lotta premes in convince goldi we need one...

 
At 3:01 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

macs are definitely more moola
but i am hoping that my employer will reimburse me
but i don't know for sure

how much interfacing do you need to do with your other computers?

i have to admit the macs look snazzy and their website is so much easier to deal with....

i wish someone made a purple one

 
At 3:08 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I interface between my laptop and my desktop/printer via the network. And I share all software between them. And I do work work at home and home work at work.

And lately Michael and I have been doing a lot of interfacing too...

 
At 3:13 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Brent Chapman said...

Slick deals had some good prices for laptops come up recently.
http://www.slickdeals.net/

 
At 3:14 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Brent Chapman said...

oh.. im headed to Oregon, no sales tax.. let me know if you want me to pick you anything up.

 
At 3:15 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger diskzero said...

Maybe too low end for what people are looking for, but my old dual USB iBook was going to eBay. Maybe someone here would have a good home for it instead.

http://www.lowendmac.com/pb2/ibook3.html

Free to whoever can get me up to 6.2 watts per kilogram.

 
At 3:16 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger ginmtb said...

Check this page out for Dell deals:

http://www.xpbargains.com/dell_coupons/

Dell Home has the Dell XPS M140 notebook w/ Pentium-M 1.73GHz, 14in WXGA, 512MB, 60GB, DVD+-RW, 56k/NIC/802.11g wireless, XP Media Center Edition, 1yr warranty for only $749 - 20% off coupon code: V4Q76HP$JHP02H (exp 5/25 11:59am CT, limit 1000 uses) = $599 w/ free shipping.

 
At 3:16 PM, May 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

macs and pcs are compatible now. i have both and go back and forth just fine.
ps - i'm new here and don't have an account yet, sorry for the "anonymous" but my name is Laura and i'm trying to think of a cool nickname. more to come later.

 
At 3:27 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

But the software's not the same. I would have to pilfer...err I mean buy all new software instead of using the stuff I have now.

 
At 3:28 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

man, are we a bunch of geeks or what?

sabine = big butted geek

 
At 3:29 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

if it comes with a wireless card
do we still need a wireless broadband router thingee?

 
At 3:30 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

me = stupid geek

 
At 3:33 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger diskzero said...

You will need a wireless router hooked up to your cable or DSL box to use the wireless card in your portable.

I work at Apple, so I push Apple stuff. XP and MacOS run just fine when you set up your MacBook/Pro to dual boot.

Sadly, you do have to either buy or migrate your PC apps over to the new machine.

Most people who set up dual boot Macs, end up staying in the Mac side of the world as they find good replacements on the Mac for what they used on the PC.

I end up in XP all the time though, because I use Cycling Peaks. That is about the only reason why. I can watch the Giro on OLNTV just fine in MacOS.

 
At 3:34 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

If you don't already have a wireless network set up in your house, then yes, you need the wireless network router thingie, in addition to the card.

 
At 3:36 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger ginmtb said...

Wireless? What the hell is that? Will it work on my Atari 800XL?

 
At 3:49 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

oh, so with the router thingee you have wireless in your house

and if you already have wireless set up in your house you just need the card

did i get that right?

i can't wait to get whatever ordered and stop thinking about all this stuff that makes my brain feel like it's coming out my ears

 
At 4:02 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

wow ... this is a lot of interfacing.

welcome Laura!

 
At 4:06 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Miss Mary said...

i still say go with a macbook

hey ben, tell goldifly I'll buy her powerbook so you can get the new macbook...

 
At 4:15 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

macbook plus all new software = Dawg built up for me + custom hooptie cx bike for michael


bzzzzttt

 
At 4:16 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I'm hoping Laura starts up a more interesting blog than this geekarama

 
At 4:21 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

no custom hooptie cx for me, honey.

we don't spends the money that way.

 
At 4:21 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

but we do puts the lotion on it.

 
At 4:22 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

no
this is a great blog
you all are helping us so much!

 
At 4:29 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

I'm just measuring the $$ value of the moola macs. (remember, thats what this whole post was about)

 
At 4:29 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

And you are silly

 
At 4:40 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

is that was this post is about?

 
At 8:05 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Benjaminiac said...

moola= worth it.

and the only thing i know of that works perfectly that gets replaced more often then computer is a bicycle.

so you should get a high end computer, and basically the cheapest computer ever.

and Mary, you just said the magic words.

 
At 8:05 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger Benjaminiac said...

cheapest bicycle ever.

 
At 10:31 PM, May 24, 2006, Blogger PAB said...

44 comments about computers?

geeks.

definitely.

 
At 8:55 AM, May 25, 2006, Blogger Erein said...

umm, anybody do any biking lately?

 
At 9:15 AM, May 25, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

ok
we can stop talking about this now as we have figured it all out

or so we think

 
At 9:39 AM, May 25, 2006, Blogger Hick said...

I had to read 47 schmoop free posts just to learn about laptops.

Me = Dummy, its so bad I had to go get a copy of "Book of Dummies for Dummies"

Schmoop schmoop :)

 
At 10:50 AM, May 25, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

oh, there was a little bit of schmoop in there.

just a touch

 
At 11:01 AM, May 25, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

You don't need a titanium Seven if all you want to do is ride your bike down to the market and back.

But damn, you sure will look cool while riding down the sidewalk.

 
At 6:28 AM, May 26, 2006, Blogger Tony Rocha said...

Ok, you may never see this comment, but I saw this on one of the discount sites I check daily...

http://www.spoofee.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34001

Dell Inspiron 1300 which comes with an Intel Pentium M Processor 745 (1.8GHz/2Mb Cache/400MHz FSB), Windows XP Home, 15.4" WXGA, 512mb DDR2, 60GB Disk, 8x CD/DVD writer, built in wireless, and a year warranty for a good deal.

$525 shipped! not too bad and you probably wouldn't have to see the GTI!

 
At 1:46 PM, May 26, 2006, Blogger Jed said: said...

This is a good blog.

You bought a laptop, I bought a new car today.

Yipee.

 
At 10:08 PM, May 26, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

you already have 5 cars

 
At 10:11 PM, May 26, 2006, Blogger Jed said: said...

Sold off 3 of them.

Now just 2. Phew.

 
At 8:39 PM, May 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, wow! Is that a picture of an Osborne? One of those ran almost $2k in the very early '80s... The original "luggable"...

(Makes me feel a bit old that I can recognize one...)

 
At 8:33 PM, June 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very pretty site! Keep working. thnx!
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