July 5th, 2011

Cramming to buy a computer

I use a laptop for my writing, communicating, social media, streaming the news…I feel like I live on it. Over time it has gotten slower and slower. Recently I purchased more RAM (you can read about that here) which was a solution for my graphic design work, but still, my lappy had its glitches.

My first thought was “I wonder how much a new computer cost?” I poked around online and saw some ball-park prices, but I couldn’t really tell by reading the feature list WHICH ONE would be the best for me. Soooo, in I went to the London Drugs computer department to ask some questions.

I didn’t realize I needed to go in with ANSWERS and not questions. Here are some of the things they asked that caught me off guard:

  • What make and model is your system? (Surprisingly, my laptop is not the “Nala’s Mac Laptop” model)
  • What speed is your processor?
  • What available hard drive space do you have, and is it adequate for the work you do?
  • What version of my operating system am I running?
  • How much RAM is installed?
  • Is the RAM video RAM or standard RAM (video is faster)?
  • Is it installed as 1x512MB, 2x512MB, 1x1GB, or 2x1GB? (I only knew this answer because I recently purchased some)
  • What do you use/intend to use your computer for (Okay, I knew the answer to this one also)

I felt like someone had asked me my daughter’s birthday and I forgot it—gasp! I use this machine everyday, and I was embarrassed that I was so unaware of what I was actually using.

To answer some of these questions, you can select Control Panel/System and Maintenance and System (PC users on Vista) or click on the apple and select “About this Mac” (Mac users.) PC users, if that doesn’t tell you the allocation of your RAM, you can bring the CPU into London Drugs and they’ll take a look at the hardware for you.

So it turns out that buying a computer is a little like cramming for a test (do people still say “cramming” these days?) but it’s so worth it. I found after the short conversation with Scott, I was a lot more knowledgeable about reading over the computer section of the flyer. I knew which computer set-up would be sufficient, and which configuration would be overkill for what I needed.

P.S. My daughters’ birthdays are 2/20/95 and 10/25/92. Whew!

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Nala Henkel, a former employee and current contract proofreader for London Drugs, is a self-confessed fan of our store. We’ve invited her to share her quirky perspective on all things London Drugs from a consumer’s point of view.

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