I’m a PC (and pretty happy about it)

My new computer arrived last week, and it’s taken me awhile to customize it to my liking. It’s an HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC, and it’s a real honey. Why this particular tool? Well, my wife works for HP, so there’s an element of job security with the purchase. Truth is, she gets a terrific discount, so cost was a matter. But the bottom line is that, in a world of high performance Mac addicts, I’m a PC.

my new laptop

I had one little problem with set-up that I still haven’t resolved. While my profile is as the administrator, I don’t have administrator privileges. I’ll find a workaround that doesn’t involve starting over, because it takes about a week to import everything.

new keys on the leftOn the computer itself, I have a little advice for HP. These new keys beneath the escape key are absurd. They’re shortcuts for Outlook, Touch (I got the touch screen options), Browser, Print and Calculator. I mean, they’re nice, but the decision to mess with the left side of the keyboard has ramifications. Now, instead of depressing the “ctrl” key with my little finger, I’m launching the damned calculator. A lifetime of expecting that the farthest left keys are tab, caps lock, shift and ctrl are out the window, and I have to re-educate my mind.

This is one of those things where I have to ask, “What the fuck were you thinking?” Was this change made by a committee sitting around a table with their heads up their butts? Did they ask anybody? Did they do any research? Do the top level guys at HP know what their engineers have done?

Don’t get me wrong, I am in love with this computer. I just think it’s dumber than a bucket of hair to add a superfluous set of keys to the left of the typical keyboard. Call me a nut.

This computer came with Windows 7, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I’m a die hard XP guy, but this reminds me of a better XP. There’s a little too much “guidance,” but then, I’m a geek. Others will probably find this just fine. It’s no biggie, believe me. The system is smart and works really, really well. So far, I’ve had no problems switching to the 64-bit OS. It looks beautiful and functions perfectly.

This is also my first exposure to Office 2007, and I’ll upgrade to Office 2010 as soon as it’s available. So far, I’m very happy with everything. It’s a very intuitive set of tools, and while we’ll all be working from the cloud soon, this suite fits my needs perfectly.

This is a business computer for me, although I did get the touch screen package that HP offers. I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it, but it offers a wonderful suite of options for entertainment that I’m sure to enjoy.

The bottom line is that this is a sleek, good-looking, fast computer. The etched aluminum case is spectacular, and I’m proud to open it up anywhere. Love your Macs, my friends, but I’m a happy guy today.

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