New laptop, selling old one
Recent events have left me feeling a bit blue so I decided to treat myself and buy a laptop. Granted, it's not new but it will run Windows XP and what I got is the most rock-solid laptop avaiable: An IBM Thinkpad (model 390). I won it last night on an eBay auction and bought it for $240.00. Considering what it comes with this is a very good deal. The Targus bag alone is worth 50 bucks(!)
The only thing it didn't come with is a network card. Fortunately I have a spare one. It's old but it'll do the job nicely. The LCD screen is a bit small, but I believe I can upgrade the screen from 12" to a 14.1" - the 390 had 3 models. Mine is the "2nd best" one. The premium one (at time of manufacture) had a 14.1" screen. I've scoped the 'net and have found a dealer of laptop LCD screens so it should be an easy swap. Since I previously worked as a Dell laptop tech, replacing screens is not a big deal. You just have to know what you're doing (obviously).
I will also be selling my old Compaq laptop. I have a Compaq Elite LTE 4/75 CXL, considered to be a premium model in its day. It's running Windows 95 and has a Megahertz modem that still works. The color screen is surprisingly crisp, clean, bright and has no dead pixels or screen lines at all. Because of it's age I will be selling it for around 25 bucks or so. The only thing wrong with it is a stone dead battery, however, I have seen replacement batteries on eBay for this laptop for around 20 bucks (cheap). Anyone who's interested in it can contact me should they want it, else I'll just eBay it.
Just for grins I surfed the web with the old Compaq last night. It actually surfs quite well considering its age. I was surprised and pleased to know that older computers can still "do internet" without a problem. And another thing: Windows 95 may be about as secure as a wet napkin, but man is it super easy to use and SMALL compared to XP (or 2000 or 98 for that matter). '95 didn't have all that integrated IE crap in it and it's so fast compared to later versions of Windows. Ah, the days of old. Windows 95 is a cool OS, I don't care what anyone says. (grin)
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