Dell XPS M1330 Laptop Obituary

Dell XPS M1330

My laptop was pronounced dead three weeks ago. It collapsed at our home after the motherboard crashed and stopped taking a charge. For three years, it dutifully kept all my music, writing and returned search results without judgment.

A little dramatic you might say, but this is the second time I’ve had a laptop die a catastrophic death. Though I protected each laptop with up-to-date anti-virus software, made sure it got defragged every 3-6months and kept it lean as possible with constant disk cleanups, each one died suddenly. Well, now it’s shame on me. Here’s what I learned:

• Back up (often): externals are great, but cloud storage such as Dropbox allows you to access your important files anywhere you have internet access.
(I have a Transcend external. It works on both PCs & Macs.)

• Let go: do I really care about those papers I wrote in freshman English? No. With Netflix, Hulu+, Grooveshark, Spotify etc., you don’t need to buy media.
• Get real: when I bought my last machine I upgraded everything, which is why my laptop gave the impression that I was a gamer. But did I need it? No.

Now I’m searching for a new laptop. The ultra-slim Lenovo U300S looks amazing, but I’m holding out for its chunkier cousin, the Lenovo U300.


One response to “Dell XPS M1330 Laptop Obituary

  1. Noticed your intro in the Social Media Examiner club. I’ve backed-up to the cloud with Rackspace, but have learned it can be difficult to get those docs downloaded – though its invaluable for immediate access.

    Now also backing up regularly using Time Machine – every hour, and sleeping better as a result. 🙂

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