Computer update: Well, after a long setup, the new Dell is in action and working fine. First impression: it’s quite a bit faster than the old HP but it plays well with the HP monitor. It’s a nice monitor, 24 inches, with both DVI and HDMI inputs and 4 USB2 ports. The Dell is connected to the HDMI port and it works fine. The monitor has some decent speakers, too.
The Dell has Windows 10 pre-installed, a separate graphics card with 2G RAM, 24G of DRAM, 4 USB 3 and 4 USB 2 ports as well as a card reader. The hard drive enclosure is connected via USB3. It contains the two drives with photos from the old HP. It’s seems to be working well and still has two empty bays.
Before I downloaded any software I installed Norton AV. I had to remove the MacAfee that was preinstalled at the factory to do so but I’ve had good luck with Norton for 12 years so I’ll stick with what works for me. I also got an offer from BLURB to get Adobe CC (Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge) for $7.99/month (US) for the first year. I still don’t like the idea of renting software but I’d better get used to it. I haven’t installed any plugins yet but I hope to get around to it soon.
I have had the opportunity to edit only a few images so far but the Dell seems to be designed for the task. It’s fast and smooth and more than capable handling multiple large files.
I’ll try to let everyone know how things go with it as I progress.