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Old 06-16-2016, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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So instead, you are going to waste even more time typing or scanning the recipes into this computer rather than just looking them up online.
Well, neither.

I don't scan, I use my Canon Rebel DSLR. It's been my copying machine for about a decade. How much time does it take to open up a book, hold it open with something, and snap a picture?

As it was today, Gabrielle got its first use in the kitchen. Today, it did use up precious counter space because the work table is flat against the wall and I wasn't in the mood to move things around to find a plug. In the upcoming days, that will change ALTHOUGH my black cat decided the corner of the work table was a perfect spot to watch me work in the kitchen. Witch's cat there among some of my dry goods jars....PERFECT!

Note to self, note to all: save the entire page, not the print version page they often provide; the ends of the lines may be truncated.

Ie, this is what I made today: Avocado Quick Bread Recipe - Allrecipes.com . This is the print page: Avocado Quick Bread - Printer Friendly - Allrecipes.com and some directions didn't make it, so I ought to go back and download the big pages.

Turned off Gabrielle for the night and unplugged both ends of its power cable (cat preventative).

In other news, did find the box with my tortilla press...but not the one with my other bread pan but probably should just buy a 2nd one. For all I know, perhaps that one didn't make the move.

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Ah. That explains a lot. Not everyone is like that. Not everyone stares into their phones and ignores the world around them all the time. One thing cell phones have made people good at: multi-tasking.
Well, to each their own. Myself, I had a very peaceful day turning off the Net at 1030 and not getting back to it till I got to work tonight.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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A modest upgrade - if you have an old printer stand (inclined) - raising the laptop helps maximize cooling airflow.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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A modest upgrade - if you have an old printer stand (inclined) - raising the laptop helps maximize cooling airflow.
Thank you, ...........

Alas, no; that went away when I gave my dot matrix to Goodwill over a decade ago (I do occasionally toss things out).
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Well, to each their own. Myself, I had a very peaceful day turning off the Net at 1030 and not getting back to it till I got to work tonight.
Not really the point I was making. But anyway... let's carry on.
Personally I think you should just invest in a tablet. You can take pics of books right from the tablet, wham. No more transferring, they are just there.
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:26 AM
 
Location: New York
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My $00.02

Vista was one of the worst operating systems I have every worked with. Since the mid 90's owned 20+ computers, worked on 100's more.
  • Donate it and get a tax deduction.
  • Vista takes 4+ minutes to start up from a cold boot.
  • Many programs running in the background, eating up ram. Open more then a few programs, computer locks up.
  • Did I say many programs are running in the back ground. Try turning some of these programs off and computer slows down even more.
  • If you want to keep, install a copy of windows 7 and you'll experience speed like a new computer.

Good Luck
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Not really the point I was making. But anyway... let's carry on.
Personally I think you should just invest in a tablet. You can take pics of books right from the tablet, wham. No more transferring, they are just there.
Well, that is rather duplicating systems and equipment that I already have and it would be equipment that I hardly use. I haven't had a need for a tablet up to this point, why have one now? Likewise, I'm a photographer, a type of Paparazzi in certain circles, and I do need my DSLR with its telephoto lens, so why not use that with one of its smaller lens for the task at hand? Transferring pics from the card to the main laptop, the one connected to the Net, is something I have done for years. It is not new, it is not really a burden, and the processing of pictures, such as when I have shot over a thousand in a day, is an accepted task.

SIGH, I guess it is just a difference between being a photographer or not.

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My $00.02

Vista was one of the worst operating systems I have every worked with. Since the mid 90's owned 20+ computers, worked on 100's more.
  • Donate it and get a tax deduction.
  • Vista takes 4+ minutes to start up from a cold boot.
  • Many programs running in the background, eating up ram. Open more then a few programs, computer locks up.
  • Did I say many programs are running in the back ground. Try turning some of these programs off and computer slows down even more.
  • If you want to keep, install a copy of windows 7 and you'll experience speed like a new computer.

Good Luck
I remember in the old days of DOS of one of the counter complaints to the slowness. "Well, that's when we get out of the chair and go get something out of the frig.".

For the tasks assigned to Gabrielle, it's not a point of speed. Right now, Gabrielle displays recipes downloaded at another time to another computer. Before, Gabrielle was processing music from an LP on a turntable while I went away and did something else. For the task assigned, Gabrielle does pretty well.

ON THE OTHER HAND, when I tried to task Gabrielle to processing slides into digital, it didn't work. I had to do that through my primary laptop, Selene, to handle that task. That produces something of an "ideal" headache since it is Selene that I am typing on right now. It's "ideal" in that if Selene is processing slides (currently not since the upset of the move), then I am not wasting time being idle on the Net.

Another advantage to Gabriellle is that if I do need to take a computer with me somewhere uncertain to maintain communications, that's the unit I take. It has no vital information on it and if something bad goes down and I have to get out of there fast, then there is no great loss if that unit gets left behind in the shuffle.

I try to keep my laptops and desk top as long as I can for various reasons. My old Gateway, Romana, I use for novel writing. My desktop, Lyta, I keep around because it seems when there was a shift in Windows, the old Wordpad files suddenly became unreadable. So if I ever find those CDs with the old logs, I might get around to shifting them over, assuming that Lyta still works.

If they aren't still around? Then off on some drive are their rooms. Such as Caitlin's Room, Willow's Room, and Purdey's Room.

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Old 06-17-2016, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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SIGH, I guess it is just a difference between being a photographer or not.
Why the SIGH? I just can't understand because I'm not a photographer? Come on...
Simply trying to help you, no need to be all "Only a Photographer would understand??"

I have a pretty nice DSLR and consider myself a good amateur.

I think you would find a lot more uses for a tablet. It would eb a lot simpler for the task, I don't care how long you've been doing it the way you do it now.
But since you seem to have some type of problem with computers where you must avoid them or you get trapped by "the pretty lights", maybe you should just keep doing what you're doing.
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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It would eb a lot simpler for the task.......
I don't understand what you are trying to say here.
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Old 06-17-2016, 01:56 PM
 
Location: USA
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SIGH, I guess it is just a difference between being a photographer or not.
Yep. You're in the computer forum. So those who have replied to you are most likely to be computer-centric. Ergo, efficiency and the right tool for the job and all that. For what it's worth, I'm a hobby photographer focusing on nature, wildlife, hunting.


Anyway, my wife and I did that years ago. Re-purposed a freebie older Win-XP laptop that was given to us for kitchen duty. It was a novelty at first. Then became tiresome. Then a hassle, really, since it took up space. Stupidest idea we ever thought of, . Gave it up after a few months. Eventually donated that little sucker to some kid in the neighborhood. Even now, we laugh about it every so often, pointing at each other ... "who's !@#$%^&*! bright idea was that?!" ....

Re-purposing is good in some cases. This definitely wasn't one of them. For us.

Anyway, if your mind is made up about "no tablets", then please disregard everything below. But if you're interested in opinions .....

What the others have posted about tablets -

For the use-case you've described (recipes to be used in the kitchen. ),... it just screams "Tablet". Some people who've never had a tablet don't appreciate how useful they've become. And not everyone becomes a zombie. You determine whether you become a zombie or have "idle time on the Net".

1.) Your approach = take photo of recipes using DSLR with appropriate lens, download to usb stick, load into kitchen computer, Gabrielle? "When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail".

vs.

2.) Using a tablet, take photo of recipe and done. Or don't even take photo. Just go to allrecipes.com and read. That's if you have home wifi, of course.


Me? I would sell "Gabrielle" for $50 and get a tablet (i.e. Amazon Fire tablet) for $49 or less when on sale. So break-even. Hardly any money spent. But a lot more useful. Plug in a Micro SD card and load it with ebooks, videos, etc ... that's a whole lot of data/information you can take with you if you need a computer on the go.

When idle (the tablet, not you), it can function as a digital photo display for family photos. Or a kitchen timer. Or even (broad)cast cooking videos to the kitchen tv (if you have one)! Even log into the local library and borrow/check out recipe books onto your tablet. From your kitchen! Rather than having an old laptop taking up space and energy in the kitchen. Sure, you can make it work. But there are better ways.

okay, this post was my "idle time on the Net". Now back to productive work.
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:45 PM
 
Location: NJ
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  • If you want to keep, install a copy of windows 7 and you'll experience speed like a new computer.

Good Luck
Better yet, if your hardware supports it, install Windows 10. It boots a lot faster than any Windows 7 computer I have ever used.
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