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New computer

My parents are now the proud owners of a new Packard Bell desktop machine. It’s pretty good – AMD Athlon XP 3000+, 512MB RAM, 80GB HD, DVD rewriter, 64MB onboard graphics (since I doubt my parents will be playing Doom 3 any time soon), TV tuner card and multi-function card reader, plus the usual ethernet, 56k modem, keyboard, mouse and related gubbins. There’s also a 17″ TFT monitor with built-in speakers that looks very nice and occupies much less space on the desktop. The whole setup is a rather fetching black and silver colour – much better than the beige boxes we used to have.
It comes with Norton Internet Security Suite 2004, but it’s only got 90 days of free updates, after which it’ll presumably demand payment of us, so I’m replacing that with the standard firewall in XP SP2 (which we had to install) and McAfee VirusScan Enterprise which is decidedly less annoying.
In fact about the only thing it doesn’t have is a floppy drive, which I suppose is a sign of the times.


  1. It probably comes w/ free viruses though.

  2. It came with a lot of stuff we didn’t want (like an AOL trial) but it didn’t come with viruses. A thorough scan with McAfee didn’t bring anything up.

  3. Packard Bell is back? Since when? I thought they went out of business a few years ago.
    I hope this machine is 100x better built then the infamous ones Packard Bell made during the 90s. In my line of work, I don’t think I can recall another computer brand that came through the door that hadhad more defective parts and hardware issues then Packard Bell machines back in the day.

  4. I have no idea, Chris. Either way they’re now part of NEC and they’re quite a major manufacturer of home desktop systems, at least in the UK.