Got my new laptop

I received my new Dell E4300 last Friday and over the weekend I got all of my applications installed.  Tuesday night I copied over my 125GB of data (I really need to delete some stuff) and I have been using it ever since.  I even sent the M1210 I had been using back to our IT guy so I am committed.

For the most part I like it.  Mine has 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, internal AT&T BroadBand card, the bright blue case.  About the only thing I am not thrilled with is the Dell Connection Manager.  It takes over the function previously supplied by AT&T’s BroadBand Connect software.  The Dell application is clunky and it is constantly asking me to create a profile.  I don’t want a profile, I just want a connection!

I definitely like the size and weight.  There should be no problem working with it on an airplane.  I really like the ambient light keyboard too.  At first I thought it only had one USB port which would have been a real bummer but it turns out it has a dual function eSATA/USB port on the left hand side so it has two USB ports.  I typically use a BlueTooth mouse with it so I don’t think only having two ports will be an issue.  I may pick up a USB ExpressCard anyway for the odd time I need more.

A little forward progress

This evening I gave a co-worker a ride home so we were out of the office earlier than I typically leave.  I wanted to play golf this morning but didn’t have enough time so as I was headed home, I stopped at MDCC and played 4 holes.  The first four holes make a nice short circuit – it is a reasonably short walk from the fourth green back to the club house.

I hit the ball much better today than I did last week at Croasdaile.  I only had one really shanked shot and playing by myself allowed me to drop a few balls and hit the same shot several times.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous – I wish I had more time and more daylight!  No chance to play tomorrow either, too many conference calls early and late in the day to play.  Next week …  At least I feel a little less discouraged than I did on Friday.