So, you may remember that I suffered the true Blue Screen of Death. I've had my new laptop for a couple of weeks now. A new Dell Inspiron 15R. I ordered it from Dell, it was delivered quickly, and my wonderful wife, Cora even found an on-line coupon at RetailMeNot to save me some additional CA$H. In the few weeks I've had it, things are going okay. But here's a quick roundup of my thoughts and lessons learned.
- Routine and regular backups are a good thing. Saved my bacon. I had most everything stored off on an external hard drive. I know I lost some stuff, but I'm not sure what it was. I have upped my game a little by adding a 2 TB NAS (Network Attach Storage) device hanging off my wireless router. It's doing automatic copies of my data weekly now. I now need to get this set up on the other computers in the house.
- When backing up your content, put some forethought into how your data is organized. I have 3 sets of some data. Which wouldn't be too bad, except that it's things like "My Pictures" and "My Music". Does anyone know of any good "de-duplicating" freeware?
- This is my first personal laptop. I've had a few at different jobs, and I have a netbook, but this is the first legit laptop I've owned. Not really a fan of the keyboard on it. A little mushy. I usually use it at my desk where the desktop was, so currently, I use a real keyboard plugged into a USB hub. I'm thinking of upgrading the USB hub with a full fledged dock that will allow me to more easily use my big monitor and wired network.
- Wow, does the battery life on this thing suck. I may buy an external battery/ charger so it has juice to make it that 4 hour flight to Seattle.
- Back on the subject of backups, make sure to back up a copy of your browser favorites. I hadn't done it in a couple of years. Oooops.
- I had a BIIIG collection of fonts downloaded on the old machine. Even though I still have many of them (thanks to those backups I mentioned), I'm really not looking forward to re-installing them.
Overall, I would say that once I got the laptop, I was about 2 or 3 days before I was mostly back to normal.
Let's see if my blog-posting is getting back to normal.