My new shiny work laptop has arrived with Windows Vista Business premium (I think!) pre-installed. After everything I’d read in the press and on-line I feared the worst but much to my surprise its actually working quite well. Quelle Horreur. Mind you, it came with Vista Service Pack 2 installed and all I’ve done is let Windows Update run its merry course. Shock horror, its been quite stable, performance has been pretty good. The laptop isn’t over-specked either so its pretty good performance came as a definite surprise. the most difficult thing for me to get to grips with is the control panel – ie, adding/removing software, sorting out other bits and bobs and what not. I borrowed the Missing Manual for Vista which soon got me cruising. An excellent book and a not-so-bad-at-all operating system.
My subscription for Norton Internet Security expired yesterday. Normally I’d log in and buy a subscription for another year directly from Symantec. I say normally because this year I am skint and I really need to watch my pennies.So instead i did something a little different. Instead of paying £39.99 online to Symantec I tootled round to my nearest computer store – in my case PC World (www.pcworld.co.uk) – and bought a three license copy of Norton Internet Security for £24.99 (UPDATE: £23 as of September 19th 2011). Hmm, but did you have to reinstall the software I hear you ask. No. I merely clicked on the Renew Subscription button (or whatever it was actually called) and when prompted for a license code i entered the license code from my brand spanking new £24.99 copy. The code was accepted and I got 12 months of antivirus action only I saved £15.01 in the process. Good eh?! I reckon the journey there and back must have cost me around £2. Go on, save yerself some cash.
Be sure to check out the savings first. If you can’t get a cheap copy at your local software shop/store then renewing online is probably the best option for you.