Oh, and since I mentioned it… any good laptop recommendations? Preferably a company that doesn’t load a lot of BS into the system (like this funky wierd GW clickable watermark on the desktop we never got rid of on dad’s Gateway Solo… until FDisk :).
One of the two big things I don’t like about buying “a computer”… they load it down with software and links and demos I don’t want (get enough from Windows… like always wanting you to log into MSN messenger… got rid of that one!). And second… adding graphics and sound on the mobo… makes it much more of a pain for patchwork upgrading.
And don’t get Tiger Systemax systems either… the ones they run infomercials for… my sister doesn’t let me near her stuff often, but her Systemax computer doesn’t perform NEAR what the hardware should be able to do… I think it was an Athlon +1ghz, with decent trimmings, and barely paced my PC when it was still a Celeron400… only noticeable difference was she could play DVD’s, and I didn’t have a DVD-ROM. Ticked her off though when I downloaded and watched <an_unnamed_movie>, showing her she didn’t quite have something that I didn’t. (And for the copyright/p2p discussion in the off-topic forum, it was an experiment to see what was available, and I have the DVD, lol).