Mark wrote about this as well this weekend but I decided to upgrade his laptop this weekend. His laptop runs Windows Vista and while it does a not bad job of it, it would need some more RAM to handle Windows 10. I was pricing out the memory and the license for Windows 10 when I noticed that OTV had some Lenovo ThinkCentre desktop computers coming off lease that had way more power and were less than the Windows 10 license. Not only that but they included a copy of the 64 bit version of Windows 7 (which of course upgrades to Windows 10). The machine will handle a total of 16 gb of RAM so that was a plus as well. I’ll add some more memory to this summer.
I picked that up with a $15 Logitech keyboard and mouse and took it home. We had an extra monitor in the basement but as I go to grab it, Wendy and Mark tell me that they threw it out in a cleaning purge. Excellent. So it was back to OTV where they had a 19.5 inch monitor on for $50.
Still it was cheaper than upgrading Windows and the RAM.
So we got it going, connected it to the interweb, and then used Ninite to download and install the freeware programs like Evernote, Dropbox, Google Chrome, Apple iTunes, Spotify and other programs. The one thing I didn’t download is Libre or Open Office which I have come to believe are some of the most bloated pieces of software available. Instead I was going to download AbiWord and have him use Google Sheets for a spreadsheet but I was in London Drugs where they had Corel WordPerfect Office Home and Student on for only $34.97. It’s not Microsoft Office but it is a lot better than Libre Office in terms of speed and features.
This is off topic but I thought I would take a moment to mention how much I miss Lotus Smart Suite which included Lotus 1-2-3 but more importantly Lotus Ami Pro (later called Lotus Word Pro). While I am it, I also miss Microsoft Works which I did an awful lot of writing on. I really miss Works suites. I wish someone would do one again.
The last bit of freeware software I put on his computer is Serif Publisher Starter Edition. It is designed for beginners and gives him far more control than either WordPerfect or a word processor will give him.
I am kind of careful about fonts. So many collections of freeware fonts have commercial fonts in them. Years ago a graphic designer I know realized he had some illegal fonts in his collection and purged them and then put together some excellent freeware font CDs. I installed them and then added some excellent commercial fonts that I have the license for. He isn’t into page layout of print design but if he ever is, he will have a nice system for it.
I love my laptop and have no problems with it but the joy of a full sized keyboard and an almost 20 inch screen was pretty awesome as well.
The upgrade to Windows 10 took overnight to download but once that was done, it was good to go this morning. Am always amazed at how powerful machine I was able to get him for so little money. I grew up with DOS and then Windows. After 4 years with a Mac and OSX, I like being back with Windows and the PC world again.