Thursday, 5 February 2015

New Spunk in and Old Laptop

So I did install the hard drive into the laptop yesterday and installed windows. That didn’t take that long, as the actual installation process does not take that long. Neither did installing the antivirus. It was the updates, however, which took the rest of the day . . . the workday . . . as in all eight hours of it!

Okay, I was working, doing my actual job, but checking back on it now and again as I passed by and clicking check update or restart, but most of the time it was sitting there downloading updates or installing them.

It never ceases to amaze me why Windows makes you download each update in order, one after the other after the other. In the end I was able to get Windows and installed office, as well as both updated. 

Today is “Dropbox Day,” so the laptop is now downloading my data from the cloud, it should take all day too, but at least it can do this unsupervised. 

The result so far has been amazing, and I highly recommend doing this little trick for that 5 year old laptop you are thinking of replacing. Just get a SSD (Solid State Drive) and reinstall your operating system. This one thing will increase your performance greatly.

The reason is, is that an SSD is essentially a “Hard Drive” made out of memory; so there are no moving parts and the access time much faster. This is what greatly speeds up the whole computer. 

I am now considering not buying that really fast laptop later this year, as I don’t need it, nor would I put it to much use, this one seems to suit me fine. The only reason to buy that other one would be to edit videos, and without a camera or equipment, that seems silly. 

This will then mean that this move will have saved me a few thousand bucks, not a bad trade-off.  Again, this lifestyle is about doing more with less, yet making sure you have the tools you need, for me that is a laptop that is not insanely slow.

I did get my three chapters read today, but I am still behind three chapters. I will try to read them tonight but I think I know that I won’t. I will however most likely be able to get them done tomorrow evening. One way or another I will get both the laptop installation finished and my book read by the end of the weekend.

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