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  •  Well... (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Dr Colossus, Gooserock, BlackSheep1

    I would try, but I'd probably accidentally make a nuclear bomb trying to do so. :D

    •  Easier than you think (3+ / 0-)
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      lenzy1000, JeffW, Lasgalen Lothir

      All the parts are keyed so you can't install them wrong.

    •  Shall we play a game. (3+ / 0-)
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      Hey338Too, JeffW, Lasgalen Lothir

      Just don't build W.O.P.R.  (See Wargames)

      In all of the world's problems religion has never been the solution

      by Tailgunner30uk on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:40:42 PM PST

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    •  Don't Worry, That's Not as Easy as the Neocons Say (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Lasgalen Lothir

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:43:14 PM PST

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    •  No, you WON'T make a nuclear bomb... (4+ / 0-)

      ...it just might look that way to friends and family when they visit.

      First, I'd get an external drive for the laptop, plus a small fireproof safe that you can fit a couple of external drives in, and back up your laptop. The safe will keep that drive, um, safe, but accessible.

      Then you can decide what you want for your big machine. From the diary the other day, I'm gatting the vibe that you should avoid anything except a tablet with Win 8 on it, but YMMV.

      If it was me, I'd look into a commercial machine that has Win 7 on it (or even XP Pro, since there are some old things I have that I'm not sure I'd want to try and run under 7), or can be "downgraded" from 8 to 7. I'd consider assembling my own machine, so I could add things that you don't usually get on new machines, like floppy drives (yes, I have stuff on floppies. Feh!). If you want a big laptop with stuff attached to it, consider one with a docking station, and hook up everything through that.

      And then, get another external drive and back up the new machine. My sister-in-law does computer training, and says there are two kinds of hard drives, those that have failed, and those that are failing. Backing up means you can replace the hard drive in that case.

      Apple vs PC? Depends on your budget, and if you've got any legacy software that may need an emulator. And eBay may have refurbished Apple machines that you can get for pennies on the dollar (same applies to PC's).

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:48:10 PM PST

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      •  Floppies! ZOMG! (0+ / 0-)

        Does anyone even sell those anymore?

        I still have a 3.5" disk drive in my machine, but absolutely no way to hook it into the PSU or the MoBo.  It's such a relic; all it's doing is preventing dust from getting inside the case.

    •  You know, that terrified me about building my... (0+ / 0-)

      ...own, too.

      But eventually, I convinced myself I could do it.  I had, at that point, replaced the HD at least twice, the power supply, the RAM, multiple video cards, etc.  I figured, "Hell, what's the motherboard and CPU?"

      I was terrified putting it in, but it's the most stable machine I've ever owned, it's been running for at least three years AND I have the pride of saying "I built this!"  I built what was, at the time, essentially a $2,500 machine for $1,500 or so.  It would have been about $400 less if you don't need a graphics card (I'm a gamer, so I did).

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