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Today's the day

I'm buying a computer. I've been dithering about making this purchase for far too long, and even if I still don't know what I'm doing exactly, I'm not going to let it stop me getting my heart's desire any longer.

I spent all day yesterday checking my flat for the best and most convenient place to put it, and rearranging my furniture; and this morning that space just looked so bare that I simply have to have it filled by tonight. Or tomorrow, if that's the earliest they can deliver...

Now...are you sure that as soon as I plug it in, I will be on the Internet? Or will I need additional bits and bobs for that?


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Oct. 27th, 2004 04:11 am (UTC)
Now...are you sure that as soon as I plug it in, I will be on the Internet? Or will I need additional bits and bobs for that?

Gives you a very hard Paddington Stare.

What sort are you getting? Go Dell. You know it makes sense.
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
Dell. Please. Worst customer service in the world. I'll stick with hp, thank you very much. At least if something goes wrong, I'll know how to get it sorted.
Oct. 27th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
With you on the Dell. You don't need customer support with a Dell.

Well, except that once. And the sweet little Irish chap was awfully helpful. Useless - but helpfully so.
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:15 am (UTC)
Once you have a computer, be sure there's an operating program installed on it, otherwise you'd ahve to do it yourself, which is not fun. Also a browser etc.
Then, you have to get an internet account with a provider, either dial-up or ADSL. Which could take some time to go through....
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:26 am (UTC)
A provider, eh? Know any good ones?
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)
Go for cheap...Zonnet has cheap rates; pay 15 euro a month and for minutes after a certain bandwith has been exceeded. I'll have a look in the Consumenten Gids, they did an article on providers the other month.
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:11 am (UTC)
Cheers. I must admit I find this all rather daunting...but Consumentengids is a good place to start, I think ;-).
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:27 am (UTC)
See if you can hold of a CD for a free provider on dial-up for now, you can then sort out the right ISP later.
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)
Depending on where you're buying it from - I'm assuming you're buying a package - there should be an operating system (make sure it does) and there could well be ISP packages already on it (usually AOL). AOL will probably have a months trial, but will take the Credit Card details up front.

Bear in mind I'm using a UK example.

And monitor boxes are v.v.large, btw.
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)
btw, go dell or www.completer.nl

Lidl has a really top level system this week for 1099 (for that level, cheap, but poss. more than you need)
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC)
Got one -- through Kruidvat, for 749 euros!
Oct. 27th, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
Dell has good products, but I agree that their customer service is a nightmare. I've been bugging my sister to get a computer for years. She goes on and on about how she hates to do personal stuff on her computer at work. I think sometimes she even goes into work just to use the computer!

It's very easy to get on the internet with a new computer. Most computers have trial offer ISPs already loaded that are fine until you decide on a long term provider. I think Windows has an Internet connection wizard that will guide you through the process of setting up a connection.
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:13 am (UTC)
Yep. Mine came with CompuServe. I was advised not to take them up on their offer -- well, not until I'd shopped around first.
Oct. 27th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:14 am (UTC)
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:26 am (UTC)
Have ya got one? Have ya? Have ya?????

::jumps up and down with excitement::
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
Yes, got one. And it's so dinky! Grey, with a black mouse and keyboard. And it's greatest feature is that it's got a sliding panel to hide the connectors on the front. I love making it go up and down.

But -- I've found that when you DON'T need the Internet, you're bombarded with try it for a month free CDs everywhere; but when you DO want to go online immediately, they're nowhere to be found. So it may be another week or so before I can start e-mailing you from the comfort of my bedroom.

Yes, the bedroom. The study, alas, has no telephone outlet, and I'm not about to drill holes in my walls (yet).

Oct. 29th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
Well, at least you got the 'puter. First step! Go you! Welcome to the 21st century :)
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