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As the laptop turns - episodes 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, and 12.4

Monday,  05/16/05  09:57 PM

The saga of my laptop trouble continues...  (Links to 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 4.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)  Here are episodes 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, and 12.4...

-----Original Message-----
From: Ole Eichhorn []
Monday, April 25, 20053:24 PM
Subject: episode 12.1 - as the laptop turns

Picture me whacking myself on the forehead.  Got that image in mind?  Okay.  Whack.

I just realized instead of asking for another port replicator, and returning the old / new one, I should have asked for something I don’t already have.  That would make up for the memory chip aggravation and then I wouldn’t have to return anything.  I have been plotting to buy a DVD recorder.  Everyone needs a DVD recorder, right?  Especially people who mess around with multi-GB digital images.  My new laptop has a DVD drive which is a CD recorder, but it needs a DVD recorder.

Okay, so a DVD recorder is $300.  This is more than the port replicator ($200) but less than the 1GB memory chip ($500).  Do I dare ask for this?  After they’ve already agreed to send a port replicator?  After they’ve probably already ordered a port replicator? 

What will I do?

Stay tuned.



-----Original Message-----
From: Ole Eichhorn []
Tuesday, April 26, 20053:05 PM
Subject: episode 12.2 - as the laptop turns

I did it.  You knew I would ;)  Stay tuned.



-----Original Message-----
From: Ole Eichhorn []
Tuesday, April 26, 20054:05 PM
Subject: episode 12.3 - as the laptop turns

Email received from my friend at HP:

-----Original Message-----
Tuesday, April 26, 20053:16 PM
To: Ole Eichhorn
Subject: RE: memory chip suggestion

I have obtained the part # for the drive:





I am going to order the drive today.

Wow, unbelievable.  Of course much can still go wrong, but much has already gone right.  Excellent.

Stay tuned :)



-----Original Message-----
From: Ole Eichhorn []
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 20055:07 PM
Subject: episode 12.4 - as the laptop turns

Memory arrived today.  Plugged it in.  Woo Hoo 1.5GB.

Since Windows uses about 200MB just sitting around, this is really an increase from 300MB to 1200MB.  Lovin’ it.

Of course I immediately launched ImageScope, set the cache size to 1GB, loaded my trusty Weinberg_A_40X slide, and ran a Positive Pixel Count on the entire image.  Think of it as the Aperio CPU and Memory test :|)  The full power of AAF is unveiled…

Lessons learned:

  • Memory really helps.  Extra memory really helps.  Windows loves memory.
  • Always buy memory from (or Crucial, or Kingston).  It really is a commodity, and it really is WAY less expensive when you don’t buy it from hardware vendors.

Nothing bad to report, sorry.  But stay tuned…


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