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HP-2000 and its true cost

Recently, I purchased and received an HP 2000 series PC. This system has a Pentium Mobile 2.4Ghz Dual Core CPU, 4GB of memory, Wifi, and USB 2.0 ports. There are also other specifications on this system, but I won’t go into that. What I will go into is what it would end up costing me in the end.

This will include not only the actual purchase price, but the cost of making sure the system is properly serviceable, and will suffice even at its state of quality for a period of time. I will also want to make sure the system is protected properly. All of this will cost extra. So, what is the final price?

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First Impressions: RetroUI

I am sure that people that read recent posts, and connects with my Twitter account will find that I hate Windows 8. However, if I downgraded to Windows 7, I will have to purchase Windows 7, and according to HP – there is no guarantee that the hardware will work properly. At first, I tried to use the standard design where I am pushed into the Tiled UI (as I call Fisher Price), but find that almost all activity is pushing me into the Desktop which is rather pointless. There are some “Apps” that works in the tiled interface, but my experience is that most of this is a waste of time.

I purchased RetroUI to get Windows 8 to behave much as one would expect if they had a Windows 7 system. While a UI may not seem like much to most people as long as it is a GUI, it is a very important feature, and something that is intuitive is vital with an Operating System, I simply could not see Windows 8 being intuitive, and found it to require more work than it should when using a non-touch screen device.

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