Summer Blooming Flowers 8-1-2016

So, after mucho research, I finally decided on which new convertible laptop I was going to purchase and pulled the trigger last night. It was a tough decision, as we’re talking a jump in 2 operating systems, stupid things like MIA keypads, touchscreen capability and many more upgrades. I’m not a techno-phobe, I’m a geek, however I don’t want to be a guinea pig. I rarely buy new technology. I am not in line for the newest Galaxy when it comes out. Let them get a few system fixes under their belts, then I’m on. Example, Windows 8 or 8.1 we’re the first that integrated the new touchscreen capability. Not an operating system I’d want to buy. Like it or not, Windows 10ย  has got to be better, as it got all the input from the guinea pigs that used W8. Hence why they were giving W10 away! I hope so, that is, as I’m going to have to find out. No, I’m not a MAC, ipad or iphone fan, please don’t suggest.

I love my old W7 Acer laptop even tho:

  • The battery hasn’t worked in 2 years.
  • The keyboard has gaps that collect crap & when I shoot it with air, the letters fly off.
  • Now the T, E, O keys have to pressed extra hard for them to register. his causes many typs ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • The thermostat doesn’t work well, and doesn’t turn the fan on until the unit gets fairly warm. Nice in winter, tho.

I think I’m a pretty easy customer, but then again, I still had my needs in a laptop. I wanted:

  • A large one, 15.6″ screen, at least. I’ve got a 10″ tab already, I want to be able to see the screen without readers ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  • A high quality screen. Back to the lack of vision dealio. Also for my landscape design program, better to see things with!
  • A keypad! The Lenovo Yoga @ 15.6″ didn’t have one! I fly through Excel spreadsheets by keying in with my left hand and mousing with my right. That was the deal-breaker on the Yoga for me =-( Many other laptops have ditched it also.
  • I wanted a convertible, which I know I’m taking a chance on this design, but I’ll be careful!ย  I promise.
  • Every other thing in a laptop was not a deal-breaker for me. Price limit was $900, however looking to save.

Without further adieu, I decided on an HP ENVY x360 with an i7 processor, 15.6″ screen, keypad, convertible laptop for $850. It should arrive later this week. I’ll let you know how it goes… Wish me luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

What kind of ‘puter do you drive?

Time in its aging course teaches all things.ย  Aeschylus

Learn what I found blooming in 201320142015




Yarrow and echinacea

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Achillea ‘Moon Dust’ ~ Yarrowย ย  ||ย ย  Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ ~ Windflower

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Gaillardia ‘Gallo Fire’ ~ Blanketflowerย ย  ||ย  Veronicastrum ‘Lavender Towers’ ~ Culver’s root or Black root

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Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Sentimental Blue’ ~ Balloon flowerย ย  ||ย ย  Achillea ‘Moonshine’ ~ Yarrow

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Acanthus mollis ~ bear’s breeches, sea dock, bearsfoot or oyster plant – I so want one!!!ย ย  ||ย ย ย ย  Amorpha canescens ~ Leadplant

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A thistle. One of these days I’ll get around to learning them… Along with asters!ย ย ย  ||ย ย  An elderberry bush planted itself in my yard!!! Mmmm!

ยฉ Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

24 thoughts on “Summer Blooming Flowers 8-1-2016

  1. I love elderberry bushes… I always remember the lemonade my granny made once and I also remember my epic fail to make my own :o) I’m no apple-fan, even when windows sometimes kills my nerves. We bought an acer aspire v nitro and I mostly like it (it’s perfect for clueless idiots like me lol)

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  2. Good Luck with your new laptop ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope it works nicely. I have an old Dell Hand-me-down, running Windows 8 – I don’t really like it, but it’s a laptop!
    Nice flowers – I particularly like the orange fireball ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I have an MSI WS60 2OJ Laptop I bought in 2015. Love it. It is only my standby. I can’t work on a little 15 inch screen. My main computer is a 2012 SYX gamer, with 32 MB RAM, Intel i7 3.4 GHz CPU, NVidia EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 Graphics card, 2 6TB drives, and a 250 GB solid state for C:/. It still has plenty of power to last. I like to have accurate color and sharp graphics so when my old Sony gave out in 2015 I bought a 27 in NEC Monitor PA272W-BK. It came with a hood to shade it from glare.
    Life is never trouble free. I just spent 2 days wiping one of the dives and reinstalling al the files. Some InDesign files for a job got corrupted and cause the drive to show corrupted sectors. I was able to fix it.
    I back up all my stuff in triplicate every few day (I use beyond Compare). Never get caught with my pants down. Your only as good as your last backup.

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    • Love that! “You’re only as good as your last back-up” So true!
      I knew you’d have an uber geek answer to the ‘puter query ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I agree on screen size, @ work, I’ve got a 23″ that can flip to portrait viewing. Love it for designing. Of course, although I stare at it for 40 hrs. a week, can’t recall the name. The 15.6 isn’t totally great for designing, a 17 would have been nicer, but lack of keypad killed it. I still wanted mobility and I’m not designing as much as is like.
      Thank you for all your geeky input! I lost my close friend a few years back who knew ‘puters in/out. He always built my ‘puters personally and they were awesome. I miss him and am always nervous buying one now.

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  4. I went shopping for a laptop almost 2 years ago and did consider an Apple however, once a I had added what I needed, the cost was about $600.00 more than an equally spec’d Dell. I have had a number of Dells over the years and have had minimal issues and very good after sales service so it became a “no brainer”. I ended up with an Inspiron 7520 with a few minor mods.

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    • Thanks for your input!
      I do like the Dells. I can’t remember what steered me away from them. I can only think it was the price.
      Customer service is an awesome thing to have. I’ve always had HP printers and have had great service from them on those.


  5. An elderberry bush~yay! I love it when native plants turn up in my yard. Good luck with your new computer. It is amazing what leaps in technology there are. I was never that thrilled with my second Mac, but this 3rd one is amazing. I’m sure you’ll be as delighted with your new windows. 10, is it? wow. Time marches on, doesn’t it?

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    • It is amazing what 40 years can do.. I got my first computer when I was 7. DOS was your language and it was basically a typewriter that could remember ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Good operating systems come and go, I feel. I just hope windows 10 doesn’t turn into a ‘Vista disaster’. That operating system was a nightmare!


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