Things are getting back on track, finally. Barbara’s new laptop, donated by Howard in Houston, arrived about 4 or 5 days ago. We’ve been configuring it since then, and it’s finally gotten to the point where it’s really usable. Here’s a picture of it:
It’s got a nice wide screen (17″), a build-in numeric keypad (a rarity on laptops), several USB ports, a Firewire port (for connecting video cameras), a built-in reader for SD memory cards, a DVD +/- R/RW drive with lightScribe, a huge (500GB) hard drive, and huge (4GB) main memory. This is the perfect machine for the things that Barbara does in her Sheltie Rescue work: tons of email, blogging (including posting lots of photos and videos), all the financial record-keeping and bookkeeping, and the like.
We also learned that the other laptop, donated by Steve in Florida, is supposed to arrive tomorrow. And that’s not a minute too soon, because the desktop that we use as a backup for Barbara’s laptop (e.g., when her laptop is being used for one thing and we need to do something else) is dying. It seemed to be dying slowly, but the rate of dying seems to be accelerating and we’re not sure how much longer it’s going to be usable. Having a machine to replace it will be most welcome.