Jiggle The Mail Slot, Dude

We’re nightowls, my husband and I, because of his work schedule. We usually toddle off to bed around 2 or 3:00am. This sometimes causes problems if people come a knockin’ at some ungodly hour like, say, 9:00am. If a meter reader or a courier for FedEx or UPS comes while we’re sleeping, there’s a chance we just might miss out.

Well, no more! I made a handy little laminated sign and thumbtacked it to the front door. (Gee, made me remember Martin Luther, LOL).

Why the extra care? Tomorrow, the UPS truck will come rumbling and grumbling to a halt in front of our house. The dogs will bark, even before the driver has a chance to read the little sign and rattle the mail slot. Either way, Buddy will probably pee.

Why? Well, dudes, because we’re getting a Dell!

We bought a refurbished Dell Dimension 4550 from Dell’s Outlet site last week, and tomorrow’s the big day. They have hundreds of systems listed, everything from the budget-conscious Dimension 2300 series systems to the Optiplex units to servers.

Our refurbished system has a full one-year warranty including in-home service should we need it. In true geek form, I must list what it includes:

  • Pentium 4 2.0GHz Processor
  • 60GB EIDI hard drive (7200rpm)
  • 256mb DDR SDRAM 266MHz
  • Soundblaster Live 5.1 sound card
  • GeForce4 MX 420 with 64MB RAM and TV-Out
  • Integrated NIC
  • CDRW drive (40x/10x/40x)
  • CD drive (48x)
  • 1.44MB Floppy Drive
  • Keyboard
  • Logitech PS2 Mouse
  • Windows XP Home
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2002 etc.
  • Tool-free case – this is SO cool

  • I’m not bouncing off the walls about it that much. I mean, it’s not like we don’t have computers already. Okay, maybe I’m a little excited, especially since the CDRW drive is miles faster than our old one. That will make backups much less of a chore to do. And the hard drive is 20GB larger than our desktop’s. Howie’s very excited, though, because he gets to inherit my 866MHz system when the new one gets here. I’m getting the new one since I do the major graphics stuff and need the juice.

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