September 01, 2013

Here She Is!

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Pond Scum, allow me to introduce you to Nori, my new computer.

Nori is a HP ENVY 700-074.  She's loaded with a 4th Generation quad-core i5 chip from Intel, running at 3.0GHz.  There's 12GB of RAM,  a 2TB hard drive, built-in wireless networking (which I'm not using), and a pretty case that attracts fingerprints like nobody's business.  It also came with a wireless keyboard that I'm honestly not fond of (it's essentially a laptop keyboard) but I don't own any USB keyboards, a wireless mouse that I'm not using because the one from Logitech that I own is a lot better, and built-in graphics that... well, they aren't great.  I've discovered that I am in love with USB 3.0, and am very glad that my external hard drive came equipped with it.  The only problem is that two of the four USB3 ports are top-mounted behind a fairing, while all the USB2 ports are front-mounted, behind a drop-down panel that doesn't leave enough space to insert a wireless mouse thingy and still be able to close the panel. As a  result, I've got the Logitech mouse thingy plugged into one of the USB3 on top, which is silly.  I think I'll be able to survive, however.

It also comes with Windows 8.  Fortunately, it also comes with HP's "Quick Start" program, which does most of what the missing START button does.

Click to see a better look at the QuickStart menu... and some of my music collection.
Setup went the way it usually does, mostly waiting for Windows Update to figure out that yes, I really DO want it to install the updates, please.  I'm a little afraid to add the graphics card... what I don't need is a repeat of what happened LAST time. 

But that's dwelling on the negative.  So far, I'm pleased as punch with Nori, and suspect she'll be with me for a good long time!

Nori's namesake, from Hidamari Sketch.
Say hi, everybody!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:08 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 Etna, the new laptop, waves hi, being an HP Envy series too.

What's the genesis of the name?

Posted by: Mauser at September 01, 2013 07:58 PM (TJ7ih)

2 Nori is my favorite character from the Hidamari Sketch franchise; she's the closest to being normal and well-adjusted of the bunch, with a dry sense of humor.  She's also the only one of the six with a computer, as seen above.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 01, 2013 08:28 PM (ifb6Y)

3 Ooh, I can't bear HP stuff any more ever since they hosed me with a laptop in 2011.  Other than that, it looks like a nice PC.
I have a Gigabyte motherboard with  sockets for 8 or 10 USB ports (a mix of 3 and 2) on the motherboard.  I doubt your board's got any extra sockets but if it does you could attach a cable internally and put the mouse adapter completely inside the case.

Posted by: RickC at September 01, 2013 11:40 PM (swpgw)

4 Welcome Nori!  Sae says hello!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 02, 2013 12:47 AM (PiXy!)

5 There's a whole half-episode of Sae and Nori talking in the most recent series... and we're getting two specials in November.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 02, 2013 01:02 AM (ifb6Y)

6 RickC, there's actually plenty of USB ports, but the wireless mouse dingus has a blind spot of RIGHT WHERE I USE IT THE MOST if I plug it into the back of the computer.

Same thing happened with Chiyo-chan, so it's not a Nori problem, but a Logitech one.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 02, 2013 01:05 AM (ifb6Y)

7 My Logitech wireless devices came with USP extension cables that even included a little stand to hold the widget at an angle.

There also turned out to be a update available to one of them so that it worked with the newer mouse so I didn't need both of them any more.

Posted by: Mauser at September 02, 2013 08:10 AM (TJ7ih)

8 That's a bummer.

I've seen the extension cables Mauser's talking about; you could probably get one at Fry's or the equivalent, or a short regular cable & a hub.

Posted by: RickC at September 02, 2013 09:11 AM (swpgw)

9 Oh dear Lord. It's a CYLON!

Posted by: Brickmuppet at September 02, 2013 10:30 AM (F7DdT)

10 Man, I have put my two copies of Windows 7 into a nice fireproof lockbox.  I'm doing everything I can not to have to get Win 8.  The wife bought a new laptop and 8 was the only option for it.  I'm hating supporting it.

Posted by: Dreamshadow at September 03, 2013 01:32 PM (T5fuR)

11 A cylon?  Bah.  I'd be VERY disappointed to learn that the designers of  this beautiful rig did not intentionally base it off the original Knight Rider.


What?  So what if I'm the only one?  It's a shadowy flight into the world of a computer, which does not exist...

Posted by: Tom at September 03, 2013 06:36 PM (B3++G)

12 @ Brickmuppet, you mean Windows 8 isn't programmed to say "By your command" when you click an icon?

@ Tom, that's the German version of the machine you're thinking of.

@ Mauser, my first Logitech wireless moose came with one of those... I might have to see if I still have it around here somewhere.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 03, 2013 09:22 PM (ifb6Y)

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