Frazzle Razzle New

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So I just made up a word, razzle, but it sure does sound good, it rhymes with frazzle, and it describes the STRESSย  learning adventure in buying a NEW laptop for moi. For two days my husband and I pulled our hair out researched what is the BEST laptop to buy for my needs.

OH. MY. GOSH. I do not want to re-experience buying NEW for a L.O.N.G. time. Technology has become SO complex, so convoluted, that to even begin to understand the “lingo” is a MAJOR achievement in of itself.

The tally is in, the decision made, and much MUCH thanks to first my husband who sat in front of a computer until his eyes rolled back in his head, and to all of you who gave me suggestions regarding what to buy … I now have in transit, my NEW laptop.

Do you want to know what we chose? My money is on you do, SO … let’s do it!

In order to keep bringing you the best quality photographs I know how to produce, I must work with the top edting programs, which in my opinion, are PS CC and Lightroom 5. In order for me to have the full version of both, a NEW laptop was in order. So this is what I now will be working with for YOU …

I purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad T440p 20AN0069US 14″ i5-4200M 2.50GHz 8GB 250GB SSD W7 Laptop Computer.

What does this all mean? I’ll tell you:

  • Screen size is 14″
  • Screen resolution is 1366×768
  • Processor is 2.50GHz Intel Core i5
  • RAM is 8GB
  • Hardrive is 250GB
  • Graphics Coprocessor is Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Graphics Card RAM size is 1.70GB
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • OS is Windows 7 Professional NO 8!
  • Hard Drive Interface is Solid State
  • Optical Drive Type is DVD-RW

Do I understand the specs I just gave you? You’re darn tootin’ I do! I stuck to hubs like glue, insistent I learn the technology said with bugged out eyes so that I do not have to depend on anyone to keep up with the insaneย rapid pace of technology.

Now, are you not all proud of me? I am of me because before this buying of NEW, I was very dumb as they comeย uneducated about specs for a laptop. Since the day I lost all my photographs, I am now much more careful and also determined to know what the heck I am doing.

In closing, I know I have a forthcoming dilemma in my near future. When it comes to toys technology/machines, little boys men must first play make sure everything is running right. How do I tug politely request my laptop so that I can use it? *sigh* Any suggestions? Tee hee …..

102 thoughts on “Frazzle Razzle New

    1. Sure can!!! I truly am dazzled by all I learned and as well, my brand new state of the art laptop. I no longer will have to gnash my teeth at slowness and ineptitude when it comes to me editing my photographs as I have done now for a LONG time on my dinosaur of the laptop I now have. LOL Love, Amy

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  1. I think you have made a fine choice for the laptop. By the way, I would also suggest have good plan for backup so you do not lost all of the photos. I just wanted to mention this in case that you do not already know it.

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    1. Thank you, YellowCable!! And yes, I have already decided on a flash drive (SSD) for a back up. As to which brand, I have yet to decide on that. No more HD. I don’t trust them and due to my extreme experience, I won’t use them anymore. I’m tossing around iDrive as well for a backup. Choosing a backup is next, my friend. I’m getting all my ducks in a row, so to speak. LOL Love, Amy

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  2. I am so happy you got your new laptop and I am happy the specs mean something to you and that you can understand them.
    I am happy we are going to continue seeing your beautiful photography.
    Love the word dazzle and it fits so many meanings.
    Razzle dazzle for something bright and exciting and fizzle dazzle for something about to put me over the edge.
    With you permission I will adopt the use of this new word dazzle.
    I do not buy anything unless it says apple on it. I am an apple user imac, iPad air 2 and iPhone 6.
    This is just my preference and not saying everyone else needs to stop using pc and get a mac, it is just my preference.
    In my house hold the dudes have theirs and I have mine and they can go play with theirs and leave mine alone.

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    1. Sunset, I found out the hard way that IF I don’t understand technology I will be at the mercy of those who will lie, cheat and steal from me. After the hassles I’ve been through with Apple, I will no longer give them anything as in money. And my NEW word is RAZZLE. Almost like frazzle without the “f”. Dazzle is already in the dictionary, hehehehehe. Yes, my man has his own toys but since this is a NEW one he will have to put his hands all over it. I’ll give him a day or two. I have waited this long, what is one more day? Have a great weekend!!! Love, Amy

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    1. OH, thank you, Ann! Yes, I’ve been through some um well, “stuff” lately LOL, and finally I don’t have to fight with my ancient laptop to just get some images edited. Now I will scream with speed! AND I will be able to use the full version of PS and LR. YAYAYAYAY! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  3. Hmmm… the way we see it, the only chance of getting your laptop back is by buying your hubby a new, even more exciting toy to play with… like a sports car or a yacht or a private jet… ๐Ÿ˜‰ MOL ๐Ÿ˜†

    Happy weekend, dear Mom BonZo! And congrats on your new toy! Have fun! We look forward to more beautiful pictures… ๐Ÿ˜€ xx Roxy & Tigerlino a.k.a. #thesillykitties ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. You’re right of course. I must come up with a plan to entice hubby away from MY new laptop. Hmmmmm ….. *wishing for the bucks to buy a souped up sports car* …. I have until Tuesday to come up with a scheme, I mean plan, so that I will have access to my laptop. Great thought, guys!! Now you’ve got my brain going!!! (((HUGS)))MB

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  4. So happy for you Amy!!! Looks like a good laptop. I have had Windows 7 Professional the last few years and really happy with it. Now we will see your pictures and lightning speed. As far as hubby playing with the new toy don’t have any suggestions. Have the same problem at times ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Tee hee ….. men and their toys. I’ve already stipulated no more then one day to play. Just in case I have 5 out of 6 photos finished that are coming next week. So I played it safe. Kathy, I have SO much to study … learn PS CC, learn the full Lightroom 5. The books I have are THICK. My plan is to put on my new laptop the PS Elements program I am using now, and stay with the iPad apps I am working with now as I ease into the new programs. There is one app called PS Touch that the tutorial itself is mind boggling. OH baby! This winter I shall be in school! LOL (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. Good idea on the one day stipulation ๐Ÿ™‚ I also think it’s a good idea to put the PS Elements that you are comfortable with as you learn the new stuff. Sounds like you will be busy this winter and will look forward to seeing all that you do with the pictures. Your already Fantastic. We are not too old to learn!! HUGS โ™ฅ

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      2. Never are we too old to learn, Kathy. I have THICK books to understand PS and LR, plus I do use the Elements and two apps on my iPad and will continue to do so until I am comfortable with the NEW. I also am planning on shooting during the winter, Kath. Now, this may be very challenging because my AF is not working and to expose my hands for long periods of time in the cold …. that won’t be easy. I have to find a very warm pair of gloves that form fit the fingers, but will keep them very warm. Perhaps Santa will get me a new camera. I am very nervous about anyone touching my camera to fix it. I’ve learned the hard way that these companies want you to buy new, and will do whatever they can to make sure you do. My camera is a Canon 50D, which is no longer sold. It is a work horse. And I truly Love it. It would honestly break my Heart to first of all let go of it to ship it to Canon, and secondly of all, hearing horror stories about how cameras are returned in worse condition after being serviced, ….. thus my hesitation to get it fixed, IF it is fixable. So …. that all being said and done …. long winded this morning LOL …. I work with what I have until my Heart directs me otherwise. I hope you have a good day today!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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      3. Great idea on finding warm gloves that contour to your hands. Don’t need frostbite! I have heard the same thing and some of the old cameras like you said our workhorses. Actually that goes for a lot of things and it’s good to be cautious. Wishing you a good day also my friend โ™ฅ xoxo Kathy

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    1. YOU are exactly as I WAS, Marissa, three days ago. I would have read something like this and said HUH? No longer true! If I am going to classify myself as a serious photographer, I must understand the technology that goes along with it. I really was going NUTS believe me, learning all this NEW! Technology is a mind blower! I’m up to date today, or as much as I need to be, but what about 6 months from now? *sigh* It’s like running a marathon!!! Tee hee …… (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. Oh, I know! Just when you think you have a few terms under your belt, they go and change everything! I’m sure you will be able to keep up since you are so passionate about your art…and it’s really paying off!

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      2. I’m not very technology educated, Marissa, but just am interested in creating. Everything that has happened since my HD broke is now making me aware, if I don’t know what I am doing or understand the technology I am using, how can I say I am a serious photographer? I must educate myself and that is exactly what I am doing. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  5. For what it’s worth Amy, we have always used Lenovo (IBM before the sale) laptops at work and they have held up quite well and service, when necessary has been quick and easy. Good luck.

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  6. I have a word for you – sazzle – a combo razzle and sizzle:) I took a bit of frazzle + razzle + stress & ‘sizzle” and I got sazzle! Lovely product! It sazzles:)

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    1. PERFECT! I LOVE this! You are making me laugh so hard! Sizzle and sazzle! We need to get in contact with Webster Dictionary to tell them we have some NEW words. Hehehehehehe (((HUGS))) Amy

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  7. Congrats Amy! That’s a tight little laptop. I’m a bit of a computer nerd and only use laptops for my computer time. I currently use two of them consistently, a larger “gaming” laptop and the smaller one I use most. I’ve always bought Toshiba, but this one sounds like an excellent choice! Have fun, Oh! and send the hubby to the store for, I don’t know, something manly, and then lock him out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your weekend! โค Cao

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    1. Thanks for the idea, Cao! I just might take you up on that. I still need to buy external storage for my photos (flashdrives) and I could always send him over to BestBuy to get two. Now there we go, putting our heads together for a plan. KEWL! (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. You are SO funny! OMGOSH!! I am lauging out loud right now! I enjoy Best Buy myself, truth be told. I have to be very stern with myself when I suggest hubby goes so I don’t end up going too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the laugh!! OhOhOh it was needed!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. It’s coming next week, Raewyn. I have photos right now all processed ready to go up next week, just in case it takes time to get everything together. It will be SO nice to work on a fast puter and only ONE at that!! You have NO idea the hours I have been putting in to edit images. This is such a JOY to know that will all be behind me! Love, Amy

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  8. Best wishes with your new lap top. I am set to get a new one and am going to work with a computer guy to pick it out. I want a lightweight one to travel with but still have it be a PC. I read the Amazon reviews for the one you chose and you might want to work with a wireless mouse instead of the touch pad.

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    1. I don’t work with the pad, Katelon, but only with a wireless mouse. I have always done it that way. I don’t like the pad at all, regardless on any computer. We did our homework, and what I got is a tight speed demon machine that passes military standards. It is top notch. And is exactly what I will need to run the software programs for my photographs. I refuse to rely on anyone anymore for buying technological machines. I am educating myself so that I can choose and know exactly what I am getting. Good luck with the way you are doing it. From my experiences in the puter world, I have learned to do my homework, so that I don’t get cheated. (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. Katelon, I have too many sour experiences with computer people to rely on them. Perhaps this is my Lesson, and not your reality, so you follow your Heart in doing what is best for you! (((HUGS))) Amy

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      2. I understand. Once I have the money to move forward, my focus is more on my bigger work to transform the planet, so I will work with a computer expert to help with my choice, just as I did for my present lap top. I can’t be an expert in everything and I’m going to be sooooo busy, I will have to delegate. Yep, I don’t use the pad either, don’t like it.

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    1. OH, thank you, so much, Kasih. I am happy for me too. It was a lot of hard work but now I can sit back and enjoy a luxury I have not had in a very long time. Have a most Blessed weekend. Love, Amy

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    1. Please don’t say that. OH! That is awful! I haven’t even gotten my new computer yet. Hubs is putting on a good anti-virus that we have now. I am really sorry for your troubles. Puters when sick are really not fun to be around. (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. Val, this is all new found knowledge for me. Three days ago I would have said HUH? In fact on a blog I follow the subject was about backing up and the lingo that was used had me scratching my head saying HUH? For real. Now look at me. If I am to be taken seriously as a photographer, I must know the technology. The first step is the hardest, the one that says “This stuff is too hard for me.” Well, I applied myself, asked questions, researched, and I learned. As a result I know what I am getting in my laptop and how wicked fast this thing is going to work for me. I am thrilled. (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. I’m happy for me, Tiny! The struggles I have endured with a clank of a laptop, and then editing my photos by first starting in the clanky laptop, transferring them to my iPad via WP then to my media library, and then from there, continue with the editing in 2 software programs that are mini versions of PS CC and LR5. Oh, yes, my friend, I shall enjoy my newfound freedom of SPEED and efficiency. Now, I must study (GROAN!) thick books for both PS and LR in order for me to understand how to use the darn things fully. What fun! But first, I must plant, (another GROAN!) oh about 200 bulbs …. yes, I shot myself once again … before I crank open the school books. Aint life grand? Speaking of, I hope you had a wonderful visit with your Grandfather, Tiny. Have a beautiful day!!! Love, Amy

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      1. Life is good!! Bulbs will grow beautiful flowers…and you will make wonderful photos on your new LT and software ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a little work first ๐Ÿ˜€

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      2. You think? Just a LITTLE work, Tiny? I just came from the garage trying to better understand HOW to plant these things, went from there to walking my property …. where where where do I plant? …. and then …. TADA …. the planting itself. I think I will put the majority of Tulips in my BIG Rose garden in front with some in my BIG Rose garden in the back. OH! I need to have my head examined for doing this! I have my gardens done, closed for the season, and NOW I plant AGAIN? Tee hee ….. Love, Amy

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      3. And I am laughing! For real! I did this to myself! Honestly! That is a no brainer to see I could have been all set with my gardens but nooooooooo I just HAD to get bulbs. Tee hee … If I didn’t laugh at me, what FUN would there be? LOL Have a great Sunday! First vacuum … then out the door to attend to those bulbs!! Happy Writing to you while I happily dig! (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. I’ve done my homework and intend to continue to do so. I realize I must know all the aspects of photography in order to understand fully what I am doing. Have a great day, Mom. Love, Amy

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    1. I’m glad too, Laura. The choices out there are mind blowing! And I really now do know what I have IN my laptop. In order for me to be the photographer I am, I am no longer willing to turn a blind eye to technology. Yes, I would just rather have FUN in creating, but now, I am educating myself. Next on my list is external storage. I have some things in mind and hubs is helping me out as well. I’m getting there, Laura. I’ve come from “as dumb as they come” to acceptable knowledgeable. Hehehehehehe Some folk are comfortable with others telling them what to purchase or what to use. Not me. I’ve been stung too many times. Now, I get tough. ๐Ÿ™‚ (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. There ya’ go Amy! Note I did not mention what kind of computer I use lol. I really think it’s an individual choice in the end and it’s sometimes best to just find someone you know in person to help with the choices. Enjoy your new-found knowledge…I mean laptop. ๐Ÿ˜›

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      2. I personally wanted to go with Mac. Yet, I have had so many sour apples experience with my iPad, I have decided no more will this company get anything from me. So I did what I did, got the best I could find, with hubs’ help, and here I am. I will still use my iPad for the photo apps I have on it as I am um eye ball deep studying HOW to use PS and LR full version. Yep, lots of FUN this winter!!! xx Amy

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      3. I have a Mac and that’s what they do best. I’ve never had any problems with it. I have the 15″ Macbook Pro Retina and it rocks! But then again I had sour grapes with windows and switched to Mac in 2009.

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      4. Truth be told you are working with what I really wanted to have. There are pros and cons to both Mac and Windows. I LOVE the way my iPad works when I am editing a photograph. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed this laptop works out just fine cause it sure was not cheap. Cheaper then a Mac, yes, but still up there. My screen is an LED screen which is comparable to a Retina screen, yet still not as good as a Retina. My iPad has the Retina and I really LOVE it. So many changes … Now if I can get my new laptop colors to look exactly like my iPad …. now we are talking! I’ll let you know how I make out. I really did my homework on this machine and for it to be any less of what I require would be a real bummer. I don’t think so though. I am optimistic. (((HUGS))) Amy

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      5. Thank you, Laura, for the encouragement. What’s the saying? The proof is in the pudding. LOL Let’s just see what I can do with this laptop! And of course there is always the option to tweak my images with my iPad apps. Have you seen Photo Shop Touch? Just the tutorial makes my eyes crossed. That is one serious program. The one I use is called PS Essential. I think. Don’t quote me on that. LOL It is user friendly and that is what I like. By going to PSCC and LR5 I am moving up a really big step. Just the books I have to study from are “heavy”. LOL Well …. off I go to plant bulbs. Yes, I shot myself in the foot AGAIN! Here I am with all my gardens closed up for the winter and I have to turn around choosing now to plant? I am NUTS? Yep! NUTS over flowers! Wish me luck! I have over 200 bulbs to put in. ROFLMAO!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. Aw, thank you, Laurie, for the support and the cute comment. Hope you had a really good weekend. I am just winding down outside, planting bulbs, which is going to take me at least one more day to get them all in. LOL Love, Amy

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    1. Susie, you make me laugh! My stomach is rolling right now just thinking of all the studying that is ahead of me. I am seriously thinking of going to the library to study because there I won’t be interrrupted and wow, I really need ALL of my attention. There is one who always has a knack of interrupting me, no matter what I am doing, especially if it has anything to do with photography. Not grumbling, friend. Just stating facts. Yes, I shall bring it on!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. Hehehehehehe If I had read what I wrote just last week, I would not have known what this said either. I am now determined to know all aspects of photography, Mark, so that I will not be at the mercy of someone who pushes a product on me that later on I will be sorry I bought. And, if I am to say I am a serious photographer, I can no longer shy away from knowing the technology in the machines I use. I’m using a part of my brain that is um rusty. Gee wooluukers! LOL I’m doing it though! (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. LOL Keeping up with technology is a bear, Mark. I am patting myself on the back for what I have achieved, believe me, because it is one of the last things I truly wish to do. Really, all I want is to take pictures and create, have FUN, and be like a kid. LOL These “kids” now a days make me shake my head in wonder. You said WHAT? LOL Hehehehehe

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      2. ROFLMAO! Totally understand! Too funny! I don’t have a 24 year old daughter so I must depend on this rusty brain of mine. Tee hee …. Seems to still be working! Tee hee …..๐Ÿ˜œ

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  9. Hi Amy, Maria here.
    It ‘s a while I didn’t show up but you be sure I’m thinking of you. I wish you many new ideas and first of all – good health to be able to give us more beautiful pictures…I miss your cheerfulness in Pond.
    Be well
    Maria

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    1. Maria, it is SO good to hear from you. Petals keeps me so busy that it is just not possible for me to dive into the pond. My vision and mission are all tied up with Petals, so I walk forth with conviction high that someday Love will be the Way of the World. Be Blessed, my friend. Love, Amy

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  10. Don’t understand a darn thing, but sounds good to me… I’ll be doing that soon… Mine is soooo slow and I can’t download any more stuff into it… That’s why I haven’t been posting as much…

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    1. I am learning file management, Lor, and how to control my computer to do what I want it to do. Yet my old laptop is so outdated that I really needed new. Good luck with your Journey, and be prepared because there are SO many choices out there to make. Try educating yourself so you don’t end up with something you really don’t like. If I can educate myself, you can too!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  11. I so stay out of anything that has to do with technology purchases for our household. God help me should I have to learn how to do anything more than turn a gadget on & just use it.

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    1. For this reason I am learning now, RoSy. I was as dumb as they come, for real. I don’t want to rely on anyone for my choises, so yes, I really am educating myself. Not nuts about it, but now the “fear” regarding technology has lessoned some. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  12. Congrats on your new purchase! This post was awesome! And filled me with smiles, especially when it came to the question of “tugging” away your new toy, em Laptop! I hope you were able to find a gentle way to get it back. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Amy, it is a good choice but as I understand you have already iPad. So why didn’t you buy Mac laptop they can communicate easy between each other, or it is money matter.
    Anyway, I had three IBM laptops in my life and it was the best choice. No one of them had any problem. I changed them because technology is changed fast. Even today I have one just like a good memory. Today Lenovo is a new Brand for IBM laptops. I do not have one because 5 years ago I moved to Mac but I am pretty sure Lenovo is as good as IBM.

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    1. Lenovo is as good as IBM, Alexander. When IBM went out of business, Lenova took over. My choice had a lot to do with money, yes. I got the best I could for the amount we can afford and yes, I am really happy with my choice. This way too, I can work from windows and a mac, which basically I am doing now. So all is good. Truly!!!! xx Amy

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  14. I think you will be more than happy with your choice, and as far as getting it into your actual possession, fresh baked cookies make a pretty good diversion, and while hubby is gobbling them down, you make a quick grab and dash, and lock yourself in the next available room. Lol.

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