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It may be 45 degrees but this is definitely the Winter Flickr!
« on: December 24, 2016, 05:53:23 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I’ve had a busy day filled with minutiae. The morning was fairly nasty with rain but it ended around Noon and the sun came out which is pleasant. I’m grateful there was no snow today and none in the forecast for tomorrow as I will be heading down to the Jersey shore to spend Xmas with my friends. The Shop-Rite opens at 7AM and I am usually there around 7:20 AM. I go early to avoid the crowds. Sometimes this isn’t as helpful as you would like as there may be fewer shoppers but there may also only be one cash register open but generally I’m happy to be there when the store isn’t crowded. This morning it was considerably busier with far more cars in the parking lot than usual when I arrived. Consequently I got a late start into the City, missing the early bus I sought to catch. To add to my crankiness when I got back home I discovered that I had somehow lost my pedometer. I’m fairly confident I lost it at the bus stop this morning, I had it in an inner pocket and after I took it out to check the time I’m guessing it fell to the ground when I thought it was going into my pocket. I feel lost without it. I did a lot of walking today but have no idea what the total is. I will buy myself one later tonight.

I went into the City today not to see great art but to clear out my desk as this will be my last week with the Company. Remarkable the things that accumulate in the office over 17 years. When I left I had several bags and must have looked like a homeless person carting my belongings around. With Xmas tomorrow today is my day to bake which I have done. But I got started late so I’m currently waiting for my cake to finish baking so as to make my dinner which will be an hour later than usual for me. Hate to have my routine disrupted. Earlier I made the cinnamon almond sugar cookies and the cake in the oven is the Jewish Apple cake, a favorite of mine.

With only four more days of employment I confess to being both excited and nervous. It’s a little daunting giving up a steady paycheck but I’ve always been frugal and not one to spend money on frivolous things and I’m fairly confident I will be ok financially. And I am definitely ready to relax. I’m hoping my sleep patterns evolve; I’m also hoping my stress levels go down when I don’t have to think about the Company. Currently I go to bed around 9PM and usually wake up at 12AM or 2AM and have trouble falling back to sleep. I usually get out of bed around 4:15 AM and start my morning routine. When I am retired there will certainly be no reason to rise that early and I’m really hoping that I am able to sleep in until at 7AM. This will be a process but I’m sure I will fall into a new routine. The last time I was completely idle was in my early 20’s when I was on unemployment for about a year. Spent a lot of the time stoned on the couch listening to music and watching television. I expect to do the same except for the stoned part.  I haven’t gotten high in about 35 years. I’ve never been much of a drinker either, had no real taste for alcohol or beer. The only alcoholic drink I thought pleasant was a Tom Collins and it’s probably equally as long since I had one of those. I did go to the local tavern every day for happy hour but that was because it was where my roommates and I hung out. 20 cent beers and free cheese and crackers. Am I dating myself?

I want to direct you all to two videos I found recently. I fell into this bizarre relic of a Frank Zappa appearance on the Steve Allen show from 1963. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MewcnFl_6Y It’s a very different looking Frank Zappa, but if you saw Andy G in 1963 I would look very different as well. I was fond of Steve Allen for many years until he reached a fairly advanced age and pretty much became a crank which really disappointed me. He was very funny and very talented and this clip is from his late night program that I used to watch on Channel 11, WPIX, when I lived in the Bronx. It started at 10:30 PM, as I remember, taking a jump on Johnny Carson which started at 11:30. The early starting time allowed me to see a good portion of it before my Mother would come in and tell me it was time for bed. When Carson took over the Tonight Show from Jack Paar it was an hour and forty five minutes long. The first 15 minutes were only shown in New York.  After the first 15 minutes California signed in and the show started again. Over the 30 years Carson had the program he always battled about reducing his air time and getting vacation. The first compromise he worked out was that Ed McMahon would do the first 15 minutes and then Carson would start the show only once, at 11:30 PM. This worked until Carson resented the fact that McMahon was getting laughs so the NBC executives just did away with the first 15 minutes and it became a 90 minute show. Somewhere along the line it was subsequently reduced to an hour. I watched it a lot when I was a kid but then fell completely out of it. But when he announced his retirement I made a point of taping his last four shows which I expect to finally watch now that I am retiring. Assuming the videotapes still play. Yesterday I ordered a batch of videotapes from EBAY so I can do a little time shifting with my friends at TCM where I expect to spend a lot of time. My co-worker teased me about still having a VCR but I don’t care, as long it works is my motto. I should probably invest in a big flat screen television but the TV I have works perfectly fine. It’s just that it’s a tube TV and probably weighs 100 pounds so I am physically unable to move it from the top of the cabinet where it rests. The cabinet is a 1950’s television with the picture tube removed, something my Father did for my Grandmother so as to use it to store her good dishes. It’s been my television base for the last 40 years.

The second video I read about in the current issue of the Smithsonian.  http://okgo.net/2016/02/11/upside-down-inside-out/  This is a link to the article which explains how it was made. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ingenuity-ok-go-visual-arts-anti-gravity-180961102/ It’s only three minutes long and exhilarating. 

And now let’s see what the Flickrs show on this first Flickr of the Winter.

Happy Holidays everybody!

Andy G.

Crossdresser ball

https://www.flickr.com/photos/maryanncd/29991711404/

Lucille emerges. ARCHIVE

https://www.flickr.com/photos/38745560%40N07/30187682173/

103H6L

https://www.flickr.com/photos/klarissakrass/30319338801/

2016 Mr. Easern Pageant

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eosc/30617871930/

Cute Monotone Girl_02

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mika_ayukawa/30776844405/

Skater

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stefanied/8502307055/

Wedding train**

https://www.flickr.com/photos/26002939%40N04/12325863963/

照片 141

https://www.flickr.com/photos/yammy_chow/29152606652/

MIA-12

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Krakow, Poland

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One of my usual poses 😊

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 05:49:56 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Well, as of 4PM yesterday afternoon I am officially retired. After my long anxiety about it it’s hard to believe it’s actually here. Of course nothing has changed yet, my Saturday routine was the same as will be my Sunday routine. And with Monday being a Holiday I think the first week or two is going to be like being on vacation. Except it will be, hopefully a remarkably long vacation. As I’ve mentioned a number of times I’m hoping I can change my sleeping patterns, mainly staying asleep for longer periods at night. And while I expect to continue to be a morning person I hope that I will be a morning person who wakes up around 7AM each day rather than one who wakes up at 3:30 or 4AM.

Whenever I start to speak about retirement and mention Social Security I always start to say unemployment before I correct myself. They’re  basically the same except the benefits don’t run out. Of course with the next administration that may not always be the case. I’ve been busier the last three weeks training my replacement than I normally was when just doing my job. My reading time diminished so I look forward to getting that back up previous levels and certainly going beyond. I’m ready to start watching television again, whether on the TV or on Youtube.  I ordered videotapes from EBAY. I expect to have a long term relationship with Turner Classic Movies.

I was physically in the office on Monday and on Monday morning when I stepped off the elevator I was very surprised and very pleased to see my pedometer sitting on the floor in the hall next to our Wall Street Journal. Apparently my memory of the last time I had it was faulty if you remember me talking about it last week. And I was able to cancel the order I placed for its replacement so it was a good thing on all counts. On my last day of work I sent emails announcing my retirement to people I had been dealing with for many years and I was gratified to receive a number of nice responses from them wishing me well. I had a nice chat with my boss and with my co-worker and I’m pleased we’re parting on good terms. I hope to stay in touch with both of them and I think I will. My co-worker is married with two small boys and he said he’d like me to come over some Sunday for lunch to meet his family and we had often discussed them and I said I would love to do so and I look forward to it. Should be no problem scheduling it on my end, my calendar is very clear going forward. It seems a little odd not to be checking office emails and looking for items of interest to send out in news emails but as time goes by I assume that will go away. But I’ve always been someone who when they saw an article that I thought would interest one of my friends, either in the newspaper or online, would copy it and send it along in an email and I will continue to do that with the people at my former Company.

Today being Saturday I wanted to see some art and I thought I might like to see the Francis Picabia exhibit at MOMA. Picabia is an early 20th Century artist who wandered back and forth between abstract art and figurative painting.  I checked the hours on the site and was pleased that this week the museum opens at 9:30AM instead of 10:30AM. I went into the City early and got there about 9:15AM. I was also pleased that there was no line for entry to the museum and I didn’t have to wait outside. I walked in and again there was no line so I went up to buy my ticket. I paid and the young woman said the café was open but the galleries didn’t open until 9:30AM. I asked what floor the exhibit was on and the young lady said six. Then she told me that it was only open to members until 10:30AM. I told her I had come specifically to see it and asked for my money back. She said, you don’t want to wait, and I said no. So she gave me my money back and I left. Annoyed. Not for the first time. This happened once before when I went specifically to see an exhibit; that time it was members only all day as it wasn’t going to open to the public until the following day. I guess I missed that because I had read a review in the Times the previous day and it hadn’t occurred to me they would review a show that hadn’t opened. The last time I was actually in the museum was for their Magritte exhibition. I got there and it was absolutely mobbed which should have told me not to go in but I thought it wouldn’t be too bad. I was wrong. A very long time in the cold waiting to get inside and an equally long time to pay once inside. Then the line for the coat check was so long I didn’t bother. I went upstairs to the gallery and there was a line waiting to get in. People had to leave before someone new would be admitted. I waited a while before being allowed inside and it was so crowded that I walked around and took a cursory look before I decided I just couldn’t take the crowd and left. It is my least favorite venue for viewing art. Several times I’ve said I would never go back and a show has caught my interest like the Picabia but I think going forward I should just resist the urge. I’m grateful that the art they specialize in isn’t the art I want to see on a regular basis. I guess it’s better that I ended the year on a down note than if I had gone tomorrow and started it on a bad note. I know that time is passing quickly for us but I was stunned when I realized that it’s a year since David Bowie died. Considering how anxious I was the whole year it seems to have passed in a minute.

And now let’s take a minute and pass over to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

IMG_7164

https://www.flickr.com/photos/133782802@N05/24737264501/

08 winter fashion

https://www.flickr.com/photos/saki_75153/3248282002/

2016-10-16

https://www.flickr.com/photos/27401732@N05/30243380602/

HK GRAND HYATT

https://www.flickr.com/photos/im-cindy/28168730404/

Sexy en ese vestido rojo de flores

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aylinemylove/25358870639/

What do you think?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/60741642@N06/30978019411/

I'd love to be able to go out wearing something casual/smart like this.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/135749866@N08/30998973406/

Black and White (flashback) <3

https://www.flickr.com/photos/meagancrickett/25413051442/

Picture 649

https://www.flickr.com/photos/48779471@N04/11964201115/

549

https://www.flickr.com/photos/91894461@N07/30791282692/


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Re: It may be 45 degrees but this is definitely the Winter Flickr!
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 06:34:53 PM »
andyg0404 Yes reaching that day in your life can be a bit daunting. I have been retired for over a year now and I have to say I am enjoying it very much. I was very fortunate to have a good pension so no worries there. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your weekly posts, I always look forward to them. You have ended the year in style, what is it about the oriental boy/girls, they are so lucky.
  Keep up the good work and enjoy and fill all your now free time.

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2016, 09:23:27 PM »
Well congratulations Andy in completing your final day of work and starting a new chapter of your life. I too had some anxiety about leaving the job after 42 years but in my case it was to care for my mother who still wished to live in her own home but was starting to suffer with Dementia among other things. I, like you was happy to see all my co-workers gather round for a final Goodbye and was surprised by the many gifts I received. I would come to miss them the most and not the work although we have managed to get together for a meal or coffee a few times. Like you I do not watch TV much but have a new habit of staying up late to watch Turner Classic Movies and then sleeping in till 8 or 9 AM. I am also on the computer a bit more than before sometimes late into the night on facebook with family in England, Australia or Malaysia or friends in the U.S. It did take me awhile to get used to monthly Pension deposits rather than a regular pay check and my spending habits changed also. Part of the family is Scottish so I watch my pennies and how I spend them so I can live to be 90 like my mother in some comfort. Not easy these days as gas and electric and everything else is always going up and the Pension stays the same but I am sure you will enjoy all your free time now to visit galleries, your brother and your friends so enjoy and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and all who visit here.

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2017, 07:53:43 AM »
Thanks to you both. As I said, it will take a little while to get used to but retirement is my full time job now and I expect to be good at it.

Andy G.

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2017, 08:29:23 AM »
Hi Andy/Congratuations on your retirement,i retired some years ago and now i am semi working helping my second family run their shops.I do only 3/4 hours per day checking stock in and out,and they/so called extra family looks after me and call;s me Uncle

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2017, 06:16:33 PM »
Thanks Samantha, glad things worked out for you.

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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2017, 11:30:42 PM »
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Quote: "I’m ready to start watching television again, whether on the TV or on Youtube.  I ordered videotapes from EBAY. I expect to have a long term relationship with Turner Classic Movies."

They don't make VHS machines anymore, they're impossible to find parts for, & the more you use that old machine the faster it will wear out.

Those tapes for sale are old or used stock. They haven't actually made VHS tape in a long time. What they're selling is stuff in warehouses, garages, storage facilties that's been sitting around for years, or used tapes. Those warehouses have little or no climate control. So most of them are regularly stored in places that are damp, get below freezing in winters, or over 100F in summers for long periods of time.

Those old poorly warehoused tapes can prematurely break, jam, get tangled in your machine & possible break it. They may at least cost you the time to take it apart to get all the tangled bits of tape out of it.

The old tapes are hardly worth the headaches, money, & poor quality picture. Indeed, for quality concerns, I went with super-VHS machines before they had invented recordable DVDs. S-VHS has DVD quality on VHS tape. They had VCDs in the day that would record 78 minutes video onto ordinary Cds, in slightly better than VHS quality, so to record a full 2 hour movie it would have to be split onto 2 CDs. There was SVCD (super VCD) in those days too which was close to DVD quality, but the larger bitrate meant you could only record about 36 minutes of video on a CD. So super-VHS was the only practical choice to record DVD quality. But my 2 commercial grade super-VHS machines haven't been used in many years. They sit in back in perfect condition. Nobody wants them, even if I try to give them away.

They make DVD recorders that will record & play DVDs, & the price is getting pretty cheap. If you're used to recording over the same tape over-over, if you use DVD-RW disks you can record over them too. Some of those DVD recorders come with built-in tuners. So they work just like a VCR. Don't worry about scratching your DVDs a little. Most minor scratches can be buffed out, & a disk can usually get pretty beat up before it won't play -- except for some poorly made brand-x disks, or on some really finicky crappy DVD players. Crappy players won't play a disk if it has a faint fingerprint on them. DVD players can be had for $29-$50.

But most people don't bother with disks either anymore. They just download the mp4, AVI, or MKV of their video or film, that will play on almost any computer or modern device. You can even burn them onto a DVD with your computer. If you don't have a DVD drive in it, you can get a DVD drive that plugs in your USB port for $29-$49. Just about any store that sells video & films will also sell you a download of it to keep on any drive or disk you want. The download is usually cheaper & better quality than anything but the best quality blu-ray disks.

I don't know what kind of TV setup you have, but with a small investment, you can make your viewing easier, cheaper, more pleasant, & watch better quality. It will be almost as fun as going to the movies. A modern excellent quality new 32" HDTV that you can plug a computer, laptop into to use a monitor or home theater only costs $99-$129. The speakers & sound suck on most modern TVs, laptops, & tablets though. So buy at least a $10 portable set of external speakers like I got that sound much better than most modern TVs.

Any old computer or laptop can be your primary media & video player to plug into your TV. But for HDTV video I recommend at least a 1.8ghz single core one, or any dual core or more one. For single core without any problems with frame dropping it should really be 2.2ghz or more, with at least 750mb (0.75) of RAM. Windows 7, XP, or Linux Xubuntu or Lubuntu installed on it works the best & efficient with multimedia. I even got a 1.3ghz single core Apple iBook laptop from 2005 to play HD video fine.

Just don't put a lot of crap software/programs in a computer, & they run smooth for modern media. Almost all modern computers off the shelf are overloaded with tons of useless crap, with some of it being sneaky or downright malicious to your computer, privacy, or security. Then the end user dumps more garbage into it with bad habits, not even realizing they're wrecking their machine -- you shouldn't click on, download, or install everything bright shiny link & app you see.

You can also get blu-ray players for $39-$79. Some of them have USB ports on the player. You can plug in a USB drive or USB flash full of all the video or movies you downloaded from a store (or wherever) into the player, & play them on the player -- no disk needed. Of course, blu-ray players will play DVDs too... even the one you burned yourself, or just burn your downloads on the DVD in their original format. They don't have to be in DVD format on most blu-ray players, they like ordinary mp4 video. I can fit about 14-16 VHS quality movies on 1 single gigabyte of space, or 14-20 DVD to HD quality movies on a standard single layer recordable DVD.

You can find lots or older movies & shows on DVDs at thrift shops & online used shops for pennies per disk.

Let me know what video you're looking for. I may have it already or know where to get it cheap.

A lot of the older stuff you like may be in public domain, or under Creative Commons license where as long as you don't try to sell/charge for the material & you give credit to the creators for public viewing, the material is free. Also netflix carries a lot of older & rare stuff for very cheap price. My sister watches netflix more than regular TV. When I first gave up cable & then later satellite (directv), netflix was a life saver until I got used to doing other tricks... back in the day it was only $7 for almost unlimited TV shows, & lots of older movies. I'll bet Turner classic doesn't have anything that netfix doesn't.

I have over 1,000 DVDs plus some hard drives full of video. Almost all of my DVDs & hard drives survived the fire. Tapes & CD didn't. So much of my years video & software collecting was not lost except the stuff still on VHS & VCDs. I probably have around 8,000 hours of videos on a single 2TB (2000gb) hard drive with 600gb of space still free. Most of it is just movies & TV shows. I don't tape a TV show anymore. Now I save the entire series if I liked it.

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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2017, 02:17:07 AM »
You don't need to tie up your primary computer for movies & multimedia. You can take your old computer laptop to use on your TV & stereo, or pick up a used/refurbished one cheap. That dead or slow laptop may just need a repair disk put into it on reboot, more RAM, a newer faster drive, or just delete the poorly written or malicious software in it. Many of them have the cheapest Seagate hard drives they could find in those. Those drives wear out too fast. All these things can be fixed yourself it you spend an afternoon or evening on it while reading about your model, OS, & repairs from google or a friend.

I don't believe how many people go out & buy a new computer because they were getting slow. Some of these things only have 256-512mb of RAM in them. You can't do anything on 256mb of RAM except mail grandma. Get more RAM, it's really easy to do yourself. Just be careful, & look up the model you have on google about how to do it. It's easy enough to do, but just like changing a flat tire or light bulb, it may be very bad if you do it wrong. There's always a friend, neighbor, or relative that might know a little more about it that can help.

No, you will not get an electric shock or burn the house down as long as you unplug it first. Just don't get carried away with too much RAM. Too much RAM uses more power causing voltage & current to drop a little to the rest of the machine & processor. If the power supply gets too warm running all that extra RAM, it will turn the power down even more to stay cooler. At lower voltages the computer will run slower.

I surprised how many people don't even know what model their computer is or what brand it is, after owning it for over 10 years. It's usually marked on the bottom or back of the device & on the owner's manual. You should look up the model before you buy it anyway. Don't listen to the sales person, they're not there to help, they're there to make sales commissions. No wonder they have to buy a new one as soon as they encounter a problem. They can't even bother googling the model & problem as soon as they run into a glitch. You won't know what you can't do if you don't try.

A lady just got an EXPENSIVE Dell quad core laptop with a touch screen, & 32gb of RAM, with windows 10 on it last month. She complained it was buggy, glitchy, hard to work with. I looked up the model. It had a lot of bad reviews. It's not that the machine itself was too bad, but with W10 spyware, crapware, & other junkware in it, it needed 32gb of RAM just to barely putter along.

Meanwhile, because she got the new Dell, she sent me her 2009 laptop to see if I can make it better so she can have a back-up machine. These are her only computers. Before she just got the new Dell, it was her only computer. It was a HP/Compaq 64 bit, 2.4ghz dual core, with 4gb of RAM. But only had 32 bit Vista on it.

After saving her files & programs on a separate drive (except all the crapware), I put Windows 7 64 bit with associated drivers on it. Used windows 7 disks & licenses can be found pretty cheap these days. XP & Vista ones can be found free. Most good Linux is also free. I did most of my usual tweaks, customization, reinstalled her programs & files.

Within 2 days of getting her old computer back from me, she loved it so much, she returned her brand new quad core machine with 32gb of RAM to the store & got her money back. She said not only is the one I fixed better than it was when it was new, it was 10 times faster than the brand new one she just got. She said her friends thought she just bought another new computer because it's so clean & quick -- built in 2009 originally with Vista on it! No parts, RAM, or drives had to be put in it. I never had to open it up.

It was a little scuffed up & scratched from age when she dropped it off to me. I cleaned up the case & buffed out the scratches for her too, so it looked almost new again.

Another lady dropped off a single core 2.4ghz laptop with 2gb of RAM in it. That's the maximum it will run. Put Windows 7 on it & did my usual tweaks on it too. Hers was scary though. I found over 300 viruses in it, & over 400 other types of maleware on it. I had a hell of a time removing all the crap while still preserving all her old files & programs. The hard drive only had 600 hours logged on it in 8 years. It turns out she used her partner's Mac more than her own laptop.

Since she got it back she don't touch the Mac anymore, & the mac owner started using the windows 7 machine a bit too. Yes it will play 720p HD video & youtube fine. They can even play the videos from her laptop to their TV -- something they haven't been able to figure out how to do on the Mac.

Microsoft may have put out a lot of crap, & recently has gotten worse. But XP & Windows 7 are the best things they ever made. Windows 98SE was pretty good too. Some describe it as the beginnings of XP.

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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2017, 03:35:18 AM »
Used, refurbished computers dirt cheap. Beware sometimes these ship with worn hard drives that may have a few bad clusters in them, but some don't. The worn ones were tested & should be good enough for typical use. But ones with bad clusters will only get worse over time, so should be replaced when you can get around to it. If they start making loud clicking sounds, replace them soon. Quiet clicking is normal on some drive when the drive is real busy though.

No need to add more RAM on these models. These should be fine as a home theater or primary computer. They will run better than many new ones. These were designed as heavy duty office & commercial machines, build to last through years of very heavy use. I've selected 64 bit dual core refurbs, that have decent on-board graphics for better HD video processing & performance. Beware these things sell fast so the links may not work once they're gone. Decide quick if you want to get 1 or 2.

HP dual 3ghz, 64 bit, 4gb RAM, Windows 7, $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883285672

HP dual 2.8ghz, 64 bit, 4gb RAM, Windows 7, $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9SK53V1726

HP dual 2.93ghz, 64 bit, 4gb RAM, Windows 7, $103
I got 2 of these used for $79 a while ago. One drive showed some wear so I replaced it a few months later. The drive in the other one is still running perfect. They are now my primary computers. Don't be fooled by the specs. These are fast because they're solid, well designed & built machines, with better than average on-board graphics chips. I'm converting & compressing video in 1/4 to 1/2 the time it's taking other people on new fast 8 core machines, with 64gb of RAM, & massive expensive graphics cards. They'll quickly handle anything I throw at them & play any HD video flawlessly. Bigger numbers don't always translate into a faster better machine. I took a chance with these, but at the low price I paid I figure it was worth the gamble. They'll do fine competing against almost any brand new machines except for the ones made for the hardest core most serious gamers. I'm very happy with them. Turn of Windows updates. They try to inject W10 spyware & data mining into the machines, or force-upgrade it to Windows 10. Windows updates will hurt it more than help them. No extra graphics cards needed to play any HD video with these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883284503

HP dual 2.8ghz, 64 bit, 4gb RAM, Windows 7, $104
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883281933

HP dual 3ghz, 64 bit, 4gb RAM, Windows 7, $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883282832
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883282859

HP dual 3.2ghz, 64 bit, 4gb RAM, Windows 7, $112
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883284320

HP dual 3ghz, 64 bit, 4gb RAM, Windows 7, $112
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883281918



 

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