Laptop Upgrade & Transfer

My Dell Inspiron 6000 has served me well over the past 5 years.  It is sadly coming to an end.  Many issues, such as only a 30GB hard drive (Christy’s iPod is the same size) very little processor memory and a slow processor means that it can take several minutes just to load Gmail or some other simple site.  It often lags while switching between programs and there are many things I can’t do with it. No battery life means that accidentally knocking the power cable out means I lose all the work I was working on.

So with an e-value code from Parade magazine or some other newspaper flyer I bought a brand new Dell.  It was cheaper to upgrade to the Dell Studio 15 from another Inspiron.  Studio is the next level up the ladder and has a lot of media functions.  I upgraded a few things and still got a great deal that will hopefully last for at least another 5 years.  As my current laptop was my first I’ve learned a few things, like letting the battery drain itself completely on a somewhat regular basis.

For those geeks who follow this, here are the components:

  • Studio 15 Laptop
  • Intel Core i3-350M 2.26GHz (3M cache)
  • 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz
  • Standard Keyboard
  • 15.6 inch High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife and Camera
  • Dell Webcam Software 1.4 Application Kit
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
  • 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive
  • Black Chainlink cover
  • Windows Live Search,Multiple User Interface
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
  • Cyberlink Power DVD 8.3 Playback
  • 8X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
  • Integrated High Definition Audio 2.2
  • Dell Wireless 1520 802.11n Half Mini Card
  • 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

No affiliate links were hurt or used in this post.  Hope to chat with you soon on my new toy, I mean productivity tool!

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I decided to undertake Project 365 (Flickr Group). Basically you take a picture every day and publish it somewhere. My pictures are being posted at Team Cross 365 and at my Flickr account.

Here is the most recent edition to my collection, from a snowshoe this morning.

Robin Peering

Be sure to stop by! I’ll continue to post the best of these pictures from the week as part of my Foto Friday.

If everything goes well this blog will have a new home on Monday morning!!!

For a lot of reasons I am shifting Crossinator over to a WordPress self-hosted site. WordPress gives me a lot more flexibility and options and will hopefully lead to some more great content and thoughts.

This should be a seamless process and shouldn’t miss any content or see anything except a new spiffy site!

The new site’s address will be

Thanks and let me know if you notice anything weird happening!

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This year I have decided to join in the Blog Action Day 2008. The main reason is that the plan for this year is to blog about poverty, or taking action against poverty. If you’ve been following my journey for very long you are probably aware that I believe we need to end poverty – sooner rather than later. So on October 15 I will be joining thousands of other bloggers in posting about the topic of poverty.

If you blog you should think about dedicating your blog to the cause on October 15. You can find all kinds of information about the event here.

Below is a video about the project. Add your voice!

Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

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I finally gave in to the idea of Twittering. We’ll see what happens!

You can follow my tweets here or signup for the RSS here.

Not sure why you should get Twitter, this article convinced me.

My tweets are also available on the sidebar of both blogs and in my Facebook account. This is just one more social networking piece so we’ll see how long it lasts or if I get addicted!

Update: I’m addicted. After signing up for my account I went to a non-profit technology meeting and about a 1/4 of the people there had accounts and we are now all following each other and there is a small running community on Twitter.

It has a lot of uses and can get pretty technical, but I really like what Common Craft had to say:

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There is an excellent article about “Sharing your Faith” using Facebook over at Digital Sanctuary.

Cynthia provides 10, fairly easy, steps. Here is part of the introduction:

Facebook is a perfect example of an easy, free way to connect with others and share your faith. If you think it’s costly in terms of time, you’re mistaken. It’s an investment. In fact, using online communication is the fastest, cheapest way to connect with large groups of people who you might never have a chance to keep in regular contact with were it not for your electronic link. This is old news to many people but sometimes Christians clump together instead of looking for inventive ways to spread out.

If you’ve already given in to the Facebook revolution, you probably have already done most of her 10 steps. But double check! If you haven’t joined Facebook – what are you waiting on??

Come say hi to me!


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I apologize for the 2 Spam posts, I’m not sure what happened this evening that caused them to be posted.

I sincerely regret that it happened. Please know that that is not something I would allow.

Thanks for your patience.

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