Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mail Call...Or Not

This computer thing is turning out to be a real headache. I finally went with Dell because supposedly they ship to FPOs, while Apple does not, nor does just about anyone else. Also, they had the system I wanted at about $400 off, so that was hard to pass up. I don't think I want to switch to Apple just yet because it's a bit of a learning curve for me at this point, and I have no way to quickly find the software, etc. that I need in order to make it work out for me. We will probably replace the laptop with an Apple, though, whenever that becomes necessary. That way, it's not something we rely on and can have fun learning on. I've been using PCs ever since my dad brought one home when I was ten, so old habits die hard.

Anyway, I ordered one no problem, then started getting emails asking for this and that. Apparently, they will ship my monitor, but not the CPU. You know, the thing I actually need. I've been going back and forth about it, but finally decided to use ShipitAPO to get it. I'm not thrilled about it because it's going to cost me a fair amount more to do that, plus I've never used it before and this is an expensive test drive, but short of flying to the States and trying to find what I want and bringing it back myself, I don't have another option. Dell gave me some more grief about that one, but right now, they are supposedly building it, and I'm waiting for a shipment confirmation.

 Thankfully, we've been able to get most of what we need without all this drama up to now, and I'm relieved it doesn't have to take a tortuous route to get here like most military addresses overseas do. I am just crossing my fingers at this point that all works out. There's really not much else I can do.

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