Quads and an HD
I've been ambivalent about replacing a machine that isn't broken -- it's just something that doesn't like to work as it should.
But with odd technical problems that both crippled the use of my N-series router and my Verizon broadband card for my laptop, I needed an on-ramp to that juicy Bodog poker action.
So I buckled down and picked up a new HP, one with an Intel Core 2 quad processor. It is light years beyond my old workhorse.
And, necessity being the mother of invention, I ended up eschewing that nice 22" LG widescreen monitor I recently bought and am using my Sharp AQUOS HD television as the monitor. (I didn't have the proper adapter for the monitor, but had an HDMI cable that would link the HD with the computer instantly).
After seeing a picture in a magazine of Phil Ivey playing on Full Tilt at his home with a wireless keyboard before a huge flat screen TV, I'd always wanted to do the same but never had the patience to make the technical leaps forward to allow me to do that. With this, all I had to do was plug it in and watch the poker tables grow.
There's no spinning around, trying to get my old computer's 512MB of memory to open a table in time. It just automatically happens. It's also super cool to be playing one Full Tilt table off a ginormous HD screen -- I can fit about six small screens without any fear of overlap.
Not to say there wasn't any headache. At first, words were almost indecipherable on the HD. Empire really came through, finding an updated driver and having the patience to tinker around resolution.
I think we've found something we can live with.
Gnome as always was invaluable with his technical advice in what to look for at the store. He saved me at least $100 by pointing out our work was offering free downloads of the McAfee Security Center to employees. Empire quickly found anti-spyware programs for it.
And now, it's all left to me, to catch enough fish and convince them to pay for it!!