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If you really feel comfortable working with the inside of your computer,
then you should buy RAM from a computer store and put it in yourself.
Many people *don't* feel that comfortable, though. For Windows XP, 1 Gb
is the minimum, and 2 Gb is ideal.
Bluetooth is not perfectly secure, but I don't rely on it for long-range
public data transmission anyway. Instead, I use it to synchronize my PDA
and mobile phone to my laptop. WiFi, properly used, is much more secure.
Kevin Amery wrote:
> To add to what Joe said....
> I would especially recommend not to upgrade RAM through a computer
> maker, whether it's Dell, HP, or whoever. When I've bought Dell
> laptops in the past, I've noted that Dell's cost to upgrade RAM was
> substantially more expenseive than buying it from a computer store.
> The only exception is that some times Dell has a promotion where they
> double the installed RAM for free
> Bluetooth is useful, but it's not very secure. I think someone on the
> list provided a link about phone security recently that mentioned it.
> If you get Bluetooth, I would leave it disabled until you actively
> want to exchange information with someone.
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