Monday, June 23, 2008

Trip Report

Well the trip down went fine although I hated the price of gas that I paid when I filled up. I know it isn't as high in San Antonio as it is in other places, but that doesn't make it any less horrific.

On the drive down I took a route that I thought was practical. It turned out I went through a few miles of construction on one of our highways in town. For a little bit I was driving with the rest of the cars at a measly 10 mph. It was also sort of a business highway. It went through several small towns and of course you had to slow down while going through them. I made sure to go a different route on the way back.

It took a little over 2 hours to get to Alice, TX. The Whataburger that Dad and I met at was easy to find. I got there 20 minutes before him so I worked a sudoku while I waited. When he got there we had lunch and then got around the business of swapping out bits of computer gear.

The monitor I gave him is a lot heavier than the one I got in return. It's an old CRT type display. This newer one is a flat LCD panel. Wow, what a difference! The colors are brighter, the image goes all the way to the edge of the screen, and I could turn down the brightness on it once I figure out how to do that.

The computer he gave me to go with this new used monitor is going to be hooked up in a few days to take a look. I'll want to transfer my photo images to the new machine along with my address book. Then I'll have to go through the laborious process of installing all the software that I have and like to use. Hope I can find all my discs.

The drive back was by a better highway which didn't go through a lot of small towns. While that isn't as interesting a drive it was much faster. I got home and slept for a good bit the rest of the afternoon. Before I did that of course I set up the new monitor and turned my computer back on. It took two restarts before things worked out but I'm up and running. Yay!


jsd said...

glad everything is working

Lee said...

Me too, JS. One thing I wonder is if the new used computer has had its drive wiped. I will have to find out if I need to format it and use either my Windows XP software or will I need to use their OEM disk to set things in readiness for my software and files. :)


Sandi McBride said...

See, I just knew you'd love the new monitor! As for formatting, I'd do that as a matter of course (reformat) as long as you still have your software to load back on it. You won't be sorry!

Lee said...

Probably a good idea, Sandi. When I'm ready to do that I'll let you know how it goes. :)


murat11 said...

Welcome to the world of the flat screen: gotta love em.

Lee said...

Sure do, Paschal! And ya know, the darn things are cleanable in ways that CRTs never were. I noticed a tiny line of brown across my system tray. Turned out to be something on the monitor. It cleaned right off with a little moisture. It was then that I discovered that the screen flexed on the surface and really had liquid inside. Wow...weird but cool.


San said...

Glad the trip went as well as it did and that you're loving the new machine.


Lee said...

Me too, San! Me too! :-D

Hugs! & Joy!