By Matthew Bitz
Two weeks ago, after long months of searching, my family purchased a new computer. Whats the big deal? you may ask. Well, to give you a clearer picture of what kind of computer we had before, Ill just say a 386 and leave it at that. It was old, really old. In fact, it did not even have a CD-ROM.
After months of debate over what the new one should cost, look like, and how well it should perform, we decided to buy a Dell. So I called up my Dell customer service representative and had Dell design a computer to my exact specifications. Then, they built it and tested it at the factory for me. Ten days later, it arrived via UPS.
Now I must admit, even after reading about how easy it would be to set up and install, I was still a bit apprehensive about the whole process. I neednt have worried. When I took it out of the boxes I found an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to setup. I removed the old computer from the workstation, (this took longer than setting up the new one did), and followed the set up guide. In half an hour, I had it all set up and was ready to initialize my programs, doing so took about twenty minutes total. So, in roughly an hour I had it all up and running, which all things considered, isnt bad at all for someone who doesnt play around with electronics very much. Three days later, I got my updated software from Triangle Telephone Cooperative and I was on the Internet in a matter of ten minutes and surfing Yahoo!
Now that I am sitting here typing this article out on my new computer, I can look back and say that the toughest part of all was deciding how much we wanted to pay for the whole package. Once we decided to purchase it, everything ran like clockwork thanks to Dell. So far, weve had no problems at all. It couldnt have been easier.