I mentioned last week how my almost 4-year Dell Dimension desktop finally died. This week I decided to get a new one. As much as I wanted a uber-state-of-the-art MacBook, I ended up getting a new desktop PC. Money’s a concern, and I already have the monitor, speakers, mouse & keyboard to go with it. Plus, it’s not like I’m a graphic designer who really needs those strengths that cater to Macs. And I prefer to write in a controlled, quiet environment, so a more expensive laptop isn’t a priority for me (and if I need to be mobile, I can use the work laptop).
Now, should I buy in from America or inside Israel. Since I didn’t have any friends making a trip soon, and I’d heard the import taxes can be astronomical, I decided to go domestic. My friend Ronnie told me about a company called Yazamco, and this week, I called them up and ordered a new machine over the phone. I’m paying UDS $900 for an Intel dual-processor, 880 RAM (I think?), 320GB hard drive, CD/DVD disk drive, Windows 7 OS, and Microsoft Office. I don’t even know the manufacturer, but my friend Ronnie’s referral is good enough for me. Plus, the hardware comes with a 3-year warranty, and there is tech support in English. Great!
Right after I hung up, I took the Dell outside and put it in the trash. I tried to use 911earth.org to find a site that would recycle it, but they don’t give international locations, only within the U.S.
Then my friend Ms. Babble Tweeted me – Um, you know practically anyone can get information about you off that thing? I did know this, but I didn’t so much care. All my documents/music/porn were kept on an external hard drive, which is still in tact. But, there is probably loads more info about me buried on files I’m not even aware of. Plus, she said it was easy and she would talk me through removing the hard drive to recover info off it and sell the rest for scrap.
No argument, here. So, I went down there, fished it out of the trash, and brought it back upstairs. It’s in one of those big IKEA bags now, not even that smelly.
My new baby arrives tomorrow.
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