Dude, You’re Getting a Dell!

In the middle of last month our old computer pooped out.  We’re pretty sure the RAM flizzled out but with all the work we’ve done on that thing already (and it’s less than two years old) we decided to cut our losses.  It was a very tough decision for me, because as you may have already guessed, that was NOT what I wanted to do with our tax refund.  Paul was very sweet, and went through the process slowly, allowing me time to adjust to the idea that our old computer just wasn’t doing the trick.  He sealed the deal by getting all thrifty and researched a super-amazing deal in which we got $325 off a Dell Inspiron with free shipping.

Dell, for their part, gave us a 4-year warranty (which satisfies my demand that we will not buy another computer until after we are out of debt,) a very fancy set-up, and shipped earlier than promised.  Their customer service has been fantastic.  I can finally stop worrying about how soon it will be before we have to shell out more money on the computer.

(Not having the computer has been a pretty good thing for me.  I had a lot to do to prepare for Aiden, and once we started with him I haven’t stopped moving.)

The new computer arrived yesterday, but I did nothing.  I couldn’t very well set it up when I was trying to get three boys to nap (and babysit the neighbour’s little one.)  I couldn’t very well set it up during the first installment of the Phreeley Friday Pajama Party during which time we had three 3-year olds, an almost 2-year old (with a broken leg) and a newly 1-year old (Boy Blue) in our care. 

This morning I had one hour from the time Little Red woke me up to the time we had to get moving on today’s activities.  I had hopped to catch up on my blogging, on facebook, on emails; I squandered the hour browsing photostreams and blogs trying to figure out how to splice three adjacent photos to make one.  However, now that I have a computer again, hopefully I can catch up on my all-important blogging!  (But only when I have three little boys napping.)

5 thoughts on “Dude, You’re Getting a Dell!

  1. Did you figure it out (about the photos I mean)? If not, you could use Big Huge Labs (also known as fd’s Flickr Toys) Mosaic Maker.

    Well, you see, I did check them out. In fact, they were the first thing I thought of, but all I could see was that I would be making collages, I couldn’t find an option to splice the photos together (aka The Boys’ Room, a photo you did not too long ago.) I wonder if they just don’t do that anymore.

  2. Hurray for a new computer!!! haha, we’re re-shingling the roof with our tax rebate check. oooooo, fun, I know. 😉

    We had a computer that was like your old computer. It was 1 month past its 2-year warranty when it killed over, losing A TON of information. We got some parts replaced and it lasted a few months more. Killed over again (I keep my journal on the computer, and I had printed out the latest 30 pages THAT morning. Talk about inspiration!!!). Then the friend of a friend who works at a computer store took our computer apart, rebuilt it with random spare parts that were lying around, and the computer has lasted about 5 years with no problems! And I hope we don’t have to buy another computer for a long, long time 🙂

    Good luck keeping up with all of your MANY activities!

    I believe the correct syntax for your first sentence is: We’re reshingling the roof with our tax rebate, WOO HOO!!!

  3. Sorry I misunderstood your description. Of course Mosaic Maker doesn’t do what you want (I knew that — it’s just that I thought you wanted something different). For stitching photos together, try Autostitch:


    Thank you thank you thank you!
    But I’m glad you sent me to BHL, because they do things I want to do for the boys’ photobooks. (I’m going to get to those eventually!! I promise!!)

  4. Congrats on the new computer and welcome back to cyberspace!! I’ve just recently been able to return myself on what could be considered a “regular” time…sort of. We’re going to be in the market for a new computer very very soon. Ours is now already pushing four and a half years old…ancient in the computer world. Anyway, I’m blogging again…again sort of, but I want to keep up with you guys!! Take care!

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