The Dell I mentioned a week ago turned out to be a turkey. It was a Dell Studio 15, but it vibrated so strongly that my desk shook, and also had a headache-inducing mid-tone howl. It’s going back, naturally. Today I went out and got whatever was for sale in local shops, which turned out to be a Sony Vaio. The Sony actually seems very nice.
Both it and my old Vista machine are now chained together, moving 250Gb of data across. After that, I need to install lots of software — probably on Monday, I would guess, as I don’t use a PC on Sundays. Meanwhile I’ve found an even older laptop on which I am typing this.
I apologise if any correspondence goes unanswered until I am back up and running properly.
The Vista machine (a Dell Inspiron 1720) started having problems. Worse yet, I was out of disk space for all the PDF’s of books that I need and want. The new machine has twice the disk space. It also has an “eSata” port — apparently that will allow an external hard disk to run at a reasonable speed — USB hard disks are hopelessly slow. If so, I can put my PDF collection on such a drive, and not need quite so much on the local hard disk.