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#29513 - 05/07/03 07:26 PM Buying a new computer
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What's the most important purchase for a Real Estate Agent? Home?(I think we all know how to do that...) Car? (personal preferences, and besides push the skinny pedal on the right to make it go)NOPE neither of these. It's your office or should I the centerpiece to any office, your computer. Be it a laptop, desktop, or TabletPC this decision can make or break you. If you are in the market for a new machine let us know, we can steer you in the right direction for hardware (physical box) and software (little 1's and 0's). Please ask before you buy, there's a million scams being run by computer companies and most salespeople at your local stores ARE getting spiffs (kickbacks from certain companies) So just ask.

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#351076 - 09/11/10 06:26 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I wouldn't buy dell or hp. Toshiba is pretty good.
I actually build my own computers. That way I get the kind of computer I want, without all the junk and bloatware and crappy quality hardware.

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#353628 - 10/06/10 10:33 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: LVVR]
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I purchased a Sony Vaio...great machine with all the bells and whistles. When you do buy, make sure you buy the accidental insurance; you can run over it and they'll replace it!

Another good buy for agents I hear is the Ipad...so much easier to carry around compared to a laptop. Is Google coming out with a Ipad type machine?
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#353766 - 10/06/10 11:10 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Brent Mitchell]
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I love my laptop. Have a dell and haven't had too much trouble with it. wish it had way more hard drive space than it does - my pictures eat up a LOT of space.

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#354619 - 10/14/10 03:58 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Perky_REALTOR]
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I have an internet based business and I am on computers all day . . . Don't buy Dell they are way to expensive for what you actually get. I agree that toshiba is good and also to my suprise my last 2 laptops that I have loved the most have been Gateways. I picked them up super cheap and thought they would be just for traveling and quick work but both I used full time. One got stolen and the other I use full time. Look into Gateway b/c you get a lot for your money!

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#354637 - 10/14/10 06:33 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Anthony Aires]
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We have one Dell Latitude Laptop and I was amazed at all of the accessories that are available on eBay, like modular interchangeable drives for CDs and Floppies, battery packs, and a stationary dock with additional cavities and USB Ports, and other connections/sockets that allow for the thing to have additional drives, conventional printers, mice, keyboards and monitors (and other devices) all plugged in and ready to go while you're recharging. So when it's in the dock, we often forget that it's actually a portable.

Maybe every manufacturer has that expandability aspect; but I was truly impressed with the volume of stuff that's available. And the Dell reference library seems to do a lot to complement what we can't seem to find on MicroSoft's WebSite(s).
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#354640 - 10/14/10 07:30 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Vermont]
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I'm a big fan of Toshiba products but I am going to go for an Asus next. The new bamboo series they have come out with is extremely portable but also has some great computing power as well. For how much I move around with my computer, I need some portability and battery life.

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#365233 - 01/31/11 05:47 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: bfisher88]
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We had Dells and HPs before and were happy with them. Some Toshibas I think and I'm now using a desktop hubby built me (without the junk, superfast and only for BPOs). Still have my HP laptop, also happy with it. Hubby bought one of those little laptops Walmart had on Sale Xmas 2009 (Acer, I think) and loved it (just too small of a screen to use it full time). We're still using Windows XP on all machines, Windows 7 doesn't well with most of the Tax Appraiser's sites in my area, browser issue I think.

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#388293 - 09/01/11 05:40 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
Dheeraj Offline
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for me apple is only choice..i love to used mac because of its speed,look etc.

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#400524 - 02/06/12 01:24 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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Loc: India
Hi,
I have a laptop too, it is Sony Vaio.
The reason behind choosing it is, I use to keep it when I visit my clients to convince them to make a visit on the site. At that time, I show them a presentation made by my colleague, which shows the property and its different pictures(views). I think, it is the easiest way to convince them to make a visit.
videos approach them, I can do it through mail too, but my presence when they are watching the video make a different way for further dealing.

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#400561 - 02/06/12 02:50 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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Personally I find the best deals on computers is to buy locally. You can get a better computer for a better price from a lot of the local computer shops. And an even better price if you can get a local kid to just build 1 for you from parts you've purchased.

I don't use a laptop anymore, I've moved to a tablet for being mobile and I now personally like desktops since you get way more computer power for your dollar and it really comes in handy when your creating a listing presentation.

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#400894 - 02/10/12 11:42 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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For laptops, I like Asus. Solid, reliable, and for the power/speed persons, they are customizable for easy expansion to get the most out of them.

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#401162 - 02/14/12 05:48 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I have dell laptop and it is pretty good.... From the time of purchase to till now i did not face any problem while operating it.

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#401189 - 02/14/12 11:17 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I have owned HP for long time, and it has been solid. Just upgraded to Windows 7 and it seems to be even faster now.

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#401745 - 02/21/12 03:18 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: PlaceForUs]
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[quote=PlaceForUs]I have owned HP for long time, and it has been solid. Just upgraded to Windows 7 and it seems to be even faster now. [/quote]

Yes, I also have an HP with 8 Gb of RAM and it works very smoothly.
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#402184 - 02/27/12 06:05 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I bought LENOVO laptop since 2009 till issue, I get.
It will be good one!

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#403096 - 03/09/12 11:35 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: RockleAchhari]
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Mega bump to an almost 10yr old post.

I just bought a Lenovo x220. I have stayed with Lenovo for years. I have tried newer Toshiba, Dell, HP's and Macs. None hold a candle to a sold Thinkpad X or T series for business use. Sony Z series is good but extremely pricey, $1500+.

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#403261 - 03/13/12 10:18 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I really prefer a desktop - but for a laptop I find that HP, Sony and Asus make decent choices.

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#403409 - 03/15/12 03:33 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
Malok Offline
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@Scintillion - definitely agree with both counts. At home, I prefer a desktop w/ multiple screens. (more computing power/speed in a desktop for the same price point as a laptop)

For a laptop, Asus is tops in my book.

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#403705 - 03/21/12 06:29 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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You can take apple Mac for better work which provide you fast speed than PC and also provide more security. For any query take Mac OS Support for better information.

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#403849 - 03/23/12 01:26 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: jacksena]
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So obviously, people are pretty passionate about their brands. Personally, I'm a hybrid PC/Mac guy. IMHO, it comes down to quality and longevity versus price. Traditionally, if you want to buy a car that is cheaper, you may get a Kia. It may last a while, but ultimately pales in comparison to other brands in the way of quality and longevity. If your concern is primarily quality/longevity, you may buy a Honda. In my experience, it's the exact same with the PC/Mac discussion. If your main concern is price, then buy a Dell or HP. You'll keep it for a few years and then it will start to get buggy and more and more prone to virus attack. If you want a computer that you will have absolutely NO issues with, then buy a Mac. It is definitely more expensive, but ultimately will result in almost zero maintenance issues or virus attacks and will probably last twice as long. It's all in what your budget allows! (And also, how passionate you are about your brands already;)


Edited by Tandem Realty (03/23/12 01:29 PM)

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#404495 - 04/05/12 07:44 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Tandem Realty]
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Macs are not impervious to security issues as they once were. Flashback trojan malware is increasing: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/over-600000-macs-infected-with-flashback-trojan/11345
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#405211 - 04/18/12 01:36 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I think hp machine is good for agents of real estate,
If i am an agent i ll defiantly buy ho machine.

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#405315 - 04/20/12 01:11 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
shana Offline
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"If i am an agent i ll defiantly buy ho machine."

If someone told me not to buy a "ho" machine, I would probably run right out and buy one, just to be "defiant." LOL

Hey, is the infamous property in Abbottabad for sale??

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#405388 - 04/21/12 09:22 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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Here in New York City most agents and broker use a macbook for a good reason. It's fast, safe and elegant.

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#408783 - 06/18/12 02:23 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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the new mac book looks like everything you need now, I cannot imagine what they already invented in their secret laboratories

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#411282 - 08/14/12 01:28 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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A basic windows PC with a CRM is really all you need. As long as that machine can keep track of your business then you dont need to spend $1000+ for eye candy (mac vs pc)

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#417802 - 01/03/13 05:58 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I have HP laptop and its pretty good...

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#421749 - 03/17/13 12:34 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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Get a Mac and don't look back... Speed and reliability are far superior to typical PC products. You pay for it upfront, but the time-savings dependability will pay off in the long-run...

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#421810 - 03/18/13 06:46 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Joe Hayden]
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@Malok - I have an Asus currently and am very pleased with it. Have been looking at upgrading but it's been difficult to find a new computer which has truly superior technology along with a competent operating system.

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#429183 - 10/08/13 11:42 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I love small computers, like netbooks and tablets.

I used toshiba netbook for 4 years. I had no problem with it until recently when it won't display the desktop.

So, I replaced it with Acer. I haven't used this brand ever since. Any feedback about Acer?

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#430475 - 11/24/13 10:27 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: philpropexpert]
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Dell

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#430484 - 11/25/13 02:25 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I have had 2 Toshibas, and am still using both. My wife has had two and my mother has one. I have no complaints, but if I was to list the negatives, the battery does not do an excellent job, though it does an adequate job and they are not known for being super light.

Regarding the battery--in my 5 year old one I get about 40 mins of life off the plug. It has decreased from about 120 minutes. I have not tested the new one as it stays at home.
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#430501 - 11/25/13 12:49 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I'm an ASUS guy when it comes to my laptop but for desktop i buy different parts then Just assemble it myself. For Motherboard, AMD. GeForce for Graphics, and thermaltake for PSU. the rest is whatever is cheaper in the market. :P

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#430580 - 11/27/13 11:42 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: TheVenturiTeam]
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Black Friday deals from Dell start at 6:00 pm today and have a laptop picked out and waiting for the deal.

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#430624 - 11/29/13 08:07 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: MOMO]
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I got a good deal today but would rather stick a hot poker in my eye than go through that order process with Dell again.

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#430722 - 12/03/13 06:17 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: MOMO]
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[quote=MOMO]I got a good deal today but would rather stick a hot poker in my eye than go through that order process with Dell again. [/quote]

Nice that you got a good deal. How long did you wait in line to the laptop? Just curious...

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#430725 - 12/03/13 06:49 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: TheVenturiTeam]
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I ordered the Dell online and had it saved in my "cart" and was just waiting for Friday to see if the price would drop and it did by $220.00 and was reflected in my cart. I have a Dell business credit account and the online checkout wouldn't take my account number so I had to call....got someone in Pakistan and couldn't understand them and demanded to speak with someone in the US...got transferred to someone in the US and had to start all over again and they too couldn't take my account number and couldn't find my "cart" even when I sent the link to it...all of this of course took several hours to get me nowhere.
I finally decided to say screw it to Dell credit and went ahead and placed the order and was paying for it with my Discover Card...well guess what....the sale on the computer I had picked out was now over and it was back to full price...another 3 hours of phone calls and Dell chat but I finally got the sale price.
I guess you could say that I actually stood in line about 6 hours.

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#430766 - 12/04/13 12:18 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: MOMO]
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We've used Dells for years, and have had overall pretty good luck with them. The last one I bought was a stinker, though. I loved that laptop, but it died at two years old.
Most of the problems we've had have been OS related though, not hardware. I hate Windows 8 but thought Windows 7 was great. It's like Microsoft does well with every alternating version.

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#430771 - 12/04/13 03:11 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: 75Corvette]
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I went with Windows 7Pro...some people lot 8 and others hate it...I know that 7 works good for me.
Remember Vista?

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#430888 - 12/09/13 01:16 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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Laptops buy a Lenovo or a Dell. They are a little heavier but will not break at the first little bump.
You really need to do your research on the processor.
You need 6mg of level two cache to consider your computer beefy.
Think of level two cache as payload.
There are many new computers out there for $1200 that are slower than my Dell E6400 from 2009. It has the Dual Core T9900 3.06 with 6 mg of Level 2 cache.

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#430889 - 12/09/13 01:16 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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Laptops buy a Lenovo or a Dell. They are a little heavier but will not break at the first little bump.
You really need to do your research on the processor.
You need 6mg of level two cache to consider your computer beefy.
Think of level two cache as payload.
There are many new computers out there for $1200 that are slower than my Dell E6400 from 2009. It has the Dual Core T9900 3.06 with 6 mg of Level 2 cache.

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#431053 - 12/16/13 09:02 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I like Gateways and Toshiba as far a PC's go. I don't have the problems out of them that I have had with HP and Dell. Currently however, I used a macbook air. It's small and light. Easy to whip out and set up if necessary. I suggest everyone to invest in a tablet to if possibe. The amount of paper you save is worth the investment itself. The entire contract can be filled and signed right on the device then just emailed. Works for me.

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#431146 - 12/19/13 06:38 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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Avoid anything brand name. Save yourself a bunch and just go to a reputable computer shop in your town and tell them what you want/need your computer for. However, get as much RAM and I'd opt for an SSD drive, as they make things much smoother and faster.

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#456211 - 01/07/17 03:44 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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I use a MacBook Pro and I also have a MacBook Air. They are light, fast and stylish. The keys feel great.

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#461041 - 03/27/18 08:31 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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this thread is old and so is much of the advice on the thread.

the amount you can store on a pc is now a bad thing. you break or corrupt your pc and the more you have stored there the more you have lost.

how much you can store is obsolete. i'll even go as far as saying you should store nothing on your pc except maybe what you are working on right now.

store everything in the cloud.

almost everything an agent uses is web based.
if what you are using is not web based its probably obsolete.
if you are an agent and tell me about program you use that is not web based im probably going to tell you to outsource that part of the job to a pro and focus on selling more houses.
my example would be photoshop.
you should not be taking and editing photos. hire a professional and focus your time on selling houses.

what we need a pc for is ridiculously simple. dont complicate it by doing jobs you should not do.

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#461048 - 03/27/18 06:47 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: estatereal]
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Originally Posted By: estatereal
store everything in the cloud.
We put everything on OneDrive last March and switched to Office 365. Now, everything saves to the cloud and then updates on 2 phones and 3 computers. All for a yearly subscription of about $80.

I don't know how many hours I wasted over the years trying to back computers up, verify back ups, update software, and on and on and on. Now, I just check to see if OneDrive is synched. No stress.

My son and I replaced the HDD in our laptop. It took longer to do that than to reinstall the software and files. While the laptop was down, I worked seamlessly on another computer in the house.

I would never go back to the old way...unless I was forced to.

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#461053 - 03/28/18 07:44 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Long Walk]
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Hi Long walk ... I have never heard of OneDrive till now ... can you tell me more about it? I have Macs, iPads, iPhones so right now Iím trying to find ways to ex out of ICloud as I already ran out of space and was considering of buying more as I save too much information but OneDrive sounds like it could do that and more. What is the Office 365? How much space are you getting for $80/year? Thanks in advance!

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#461054 - 03/28/18 08:17 AM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: DJM]
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Office 365 is the subscription version of Office and OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage solution. For now $99/year (a little less if you shop and catch a deal), you get Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, and Publisher in the most recent version. 1TB of cloud storage comes with it. That allows you to synch the same data across 5 devices.

We have about 150GB of data, which is all of our photos, music, and business records. Movies take up most of the space. Store those somewhere else and you should never use the whole 1TB.

The subscription is annual and the customer service is really diligent. Price out Office upgrades when you used to buy the program and it works out about the same, with the cloud thrown in for free.

As a note, if you upload everything in one shot to OneDrive, don't delete the records from your computer. Sometimes, OneDrive misses small things in a big data upload. After a year of using it, you will know if anything got missed. I found a couple of small things that I was able to fix by copying the data from the hard drive files.

OneDrive is not balky and has never gone down in the year we have used it. To Estatereal's point above about the cloud, I will say that I fought it for years and am now totally sold on the reliability and flexibility of it.

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#461057 - 03/28/18 03:02 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: Guest]
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@long walk

im with you. i used to use

200 gig external hard drive... (back when 200 gigs was alot) manually backed up weekly!

then automation set in..
carbonite
sugarsync

then google drive and spanning backup for teh backup of the cloud.

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#461062 - 03/28/18 05:10 PM Re: Buying a new computer [Re: estatereal]
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Originally Posted By: estatereal
200 gig external hard drive... (back when 200 gigs was alot)
And that's the thing, right? When I started, nobody used a computer. I had a recipe box and index cards for a lead follow up system. Prospecting was FSBO's out of the St. Pete Times and cold calling out of Hill Donnelly. We got a computer for our wedding in 1998 -- cutting edge technology -- it had a 2GB HDD. That's it! 2GB. My kids get trinkets at school field trips. Know what they give them? USB sticks -- 2GB.

So the world got crazy complex in 20 years. What will the next 20 look like? But, as it got complex, storage got really cheap. That is what makes the cloud go. So Microsoft is either giving me Office to sell me cloud storage, or vice versa.

And your point about farming out work is spot on. All of us have become part-time IT gurus in addition to the thousand other things we have to be good at.

Cloud-based file storage and programs/apps make my life so much easier.

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This Google Custom search may do a better job of searching the forums for some keywords than the old forum search does. The results do not include threads from the Asset Managers Forum however. To search that forum you will need to be actually in the Asset Managers Forum and you will need to use the old forum search below.
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