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I think I need a new laptop

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by SoCal2NYC, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. farfisa23

    farfisa23 Well-Known Member

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    I use my boyfriend's Mac now and then and hate it.

    Use it for a week non-stop, once you get past the learning curve, you'll love it. Look at it like this, will you ever hem your pants with a break ever again? No.

    That took some time and now you love it and it's second nature. If you can wear a Thom Browne suit, you can use a Mac (weird logic, but work with me.
     
  2. Huntsman

    Huntsman Well-Known Member

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    One thing I really admire about the Lenovo/IBM machines is the little white LED in the lid that some have. It functions to send just enough light down onto the keyboard if you like to work in the dark or dimly-lighted situations. I'm on an HP right now that's great, truly great, but I miss that light from my company machine.

    ~ Huntsman
     
  3. Mr. Blue Tape

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    Well I mainly bought this system to I could work on a project with my friends so we all got the same hardware and software and it was only $700, so it isn't too big of a loss. Can Macs run Linux too?
    Most of the hardware is supported on Linux. There are still issues with suspend/resume to ram which of course will only effect you on a laptop. As a long time Linux user (gentoo or slackware) I really don't like my mac pro. [​IMG]
     
  4. DNW

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    Be reasonable, get an IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad. Anything else would be second best. /Sir Charles
     
  5. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    But I am so used to right clicking!!!
     
  6. farfisa23

    farfisa23 Well-Known Member

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    I use a mouse for my MacBook when I am at a desk and the ctrl/button key. I can see what you mean.

    If you want a Windows machine, the Sony Viao range looks really good and they perform well too.

    As a Mac guy, I wish we had just a few more choices.
     
  7. ghulkhan

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    Use it for a week non-stop, once you get past the learning curve, you'll love it.

    +1

    If you want you can run windows on the mac. You should plan to do that. Once you buy it and start using it you will not want to use windows anymore....
     
  8. Viktri

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    The one I have is about 2 years old, before that I had a computer for about 4 years that my old roomate built me. I'm out of the loop as to what the going rate and standard for memory, RAM and all that shit is. Used for: Porn Styleforum Watching downloaded iTunes TV shows What should I get (not an Apple)?
    Do you want it as small as possible or do you enjoy a hefty laptop? Small laptops are powerful enough these days to watch movies, music, browse web, etc although at lessor qualities than bigger laptops. For small laptops, you could try: Model Number: VGN-TZ150N/B (Sony Vaio - around $2,000 before tax) 11 inches. or Asus EEE ($400) - 7 inches - not sure if you can purchase EEE offline though.
     
  9. HomerJ

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    Be reasonable, get an IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad. Anything else would be second best. /Sir Charles
    If style, portability, and power are important the Thinkpads can't compete with the Sony line. X61 and SZ both weigh 3.7lb. X61 takes an external optical, integrated graphics card, and a 12.1" display. SZ has an optical drive and external graphics chip and a 13.3" display. I suppose Thinkpads have a reputation for durability that Sony does not.
    Use it for a week non-stop, once you get past the learning curve, you'll love it. Look at it like this, will you ever hem your pants with a break ever again? No. That took some time and now you love it and it's second nature. If you can wear a Thom Browne suit, you can use a Mac (weird logic, but work with me.
    Used a Mac at the library. I don't think I'd go one week before I throw it out the window. I couldn't get much work done and it was so frustrating to use. Where the hell are the mouse buttons?
     
  10. Viktri

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    That took some time and now you love it and it's second nature. If you can wear a Thom Browne suit, you can use a Mac (weird logic, but work with me.

    If one wore Thom for the sake of wearing $6,000 suits (for the exclusivity of an expensive brand rather than enjoying the quality or cut), I would agree.
     
  11. Edward Appleby

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    If one wore Thom for the sake of wearing $6,000 suits (for the exclusivity of an expensive brand rather than enjoying the quality or cut), I would agree.

    pwned.
     
  12. andrew.cmyk

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    I don't know how much of a newbie you are when it comes to computers, but the threat of spyware alone is a good reason to switch. A lot of people are going with the Apple trend not only because it looks good, but you're practically invulnerable to viruses/spyware... which you are bound to run into if you're downloading porn, tv shows, or just surfing the web. I used to repair computers on the side, and the number one problem I encountered was spyware infested machines that were SO SLOW that it was a joke. That's something you want to take care of frequently on a PC, whereas a Mac will never be hindered by it.

    But I won't force Mac down your throat. If you want a native Windows laptop, go for it. Just remember that all the best ones have that simplistic, lightweight, functional design made most famous by Apple. And that's a good thing! The world will be a better place without huge ass "laptop" computers that weigh upwards of 10lbs and are over an inch thick... and without hideous molded plastic bullshit that adorns some of them.
     
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    I suppose Thinkpads have a reputation for durability that Sony does not.

    That, and it doesn't pretend to be a "media" center like some of the other laptops. It's a business machine, no more, no less. Also, you'll really appreciate IBM warranty and support if you ever need to use it.
     
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    That, and it doesn't pretend to be a "media" center like some of the other laptops. It's a business machine, no more, no less. Also, you'll really appreciate IBM warranty and support if you ever need to use it.

    I kind of dig that aseptic style. Sterile, no nonsense, almost stodgy. Consumer electronics design has gone too sleek, "sexy", too Apple sometimes.
     
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    I don't know how much of a newbie you are when it comes to computers, but the threat of spyware alone is a good reason to switch. A lot of people are going with the Apple trend not only because it looks good, but you're practically invulnerable to viruses/spyware... which you are bound to run into if you're downloading porn, tv shows, or just surfing the web. I used to repair computers on the side, and the number one problem I encountered was spyware infested machines that were SO SLOW that it was a joke. That's something you want to take care of frequently on a PC, whereas a Mac will never be hindered by it.

    But I won't force Mac down your throat. If you want a native Windows laptop, go for it. Just remember that all the best ones have that simplistic, lightweight, functional design made most famous by Apple. And that's a good thing! The world will be a better place without huge ass "laptop" computers that weigh upwards of 10lbs and are over an inch thick... and without hideous molded plastic bullshit that adorns some of them.


    Probably doesn't need to be mentioned again, but I guess I should anyway; untrue.

    It's other activities that cause viruses; not the porn, tv shows or surfing.
     
  16. andrew.cmyk

    andrew.cmyk Well-Known Member

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    Probably doesn't need to be mentioned again, but I guess I should anyway; untrue. It's other activities that cause viruses; not the porn, tv shows or surfing.
    Myspace, installing 3rd party applications with "bundled software", etc. I'm just saying it doesn't happen for some of us. And the chances of it happening are like a million to one.
     
  17. Viktri

    Viktri Well-Known Member

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    Umm mac users only think they're immune to viruses because they don't run anti-virus. If you think most viruses only attack via O/S (operating system) I think you're mistaken. Also, I specifically refered to downloading porn, tv shows & surfing the web.. not myspacing & installing shit on your computer. People who download bundled software will get viruses.. free software often contains adware. But that's not in the course of normal use imo.
    I kind of dig that aseptic style. Sterile, no nonsense, almost stodgy. Consumer electronics design has gone too sleek, "sexy", too Apple sometimes.
    blame NEC for coming out with their Japanese smooth white laptops however many years ago and Apple for picking up on it
     
  18. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    My computer is so effed up and slow the past few weeks that I can't even play a show on iTunes without it jumping and skipping. Same with YouTube. I have to let the whole video clip load, stop everything and then play it or it gets all skippy.

    I don't "download" porn; but, rather steaming video. I don't know if that helps.
    All music and TV downloads are from iTunes.

    Not on Myspace and I don't have any of those 3rd party things on Facebook.
     
  19. A Y

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    From a technical perspective, OS X is no more secure than Windows. It's just that the market is so small, not many hackers have bothered with OS X yet.

    --Andre
     
  20. andrew.cmyk

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    Umm mac users only think they're immune to viruses because they don't run anti-virus. If you think most viruses only attack via O/S (operating system) I think you're mistaken.

    Also, I specifically refered to downloading porn, tv shows & surfing the web.. not myspacing & installing shit on your computer.

    People who download bundled software will get viruses.. free software often contains adware. But that's not in the course of normal use imo.




    blame NEC for coming out with their Japanese smooth white laptops however many years ago and Apple for picking up on it

    The fact of the matter is that about 99% of viruses that are created are exploitations of the Windows or *nix operating systems and their native programs. I've been working with Macs on a daily basis for the past 5 years, and my former employer has for over 20. In our combined time, he's only encountered one virus ever. Now that they're gaining popularity, more attempts will be made, but I have yet to see a successful virus. Macs biggest failure is hardware, which is why I'll never buy a launch item. I typically purchase after the 2nd or 3rd revision to make sure I have a solid machine. My main computer is a 15" Powerbook G4 I bought in January of 2005 and it's still works as good as it did when I first got it.

    Congrats for NEC for inventing Japanese smooth white products... but I said Apple was the one who made it most famous. I actually find the Macbook and its predecessors cheap and flimsy compared to the MB Pro line.

    I may not work in that industry any more, but I'm certainly well-informed. I'd like to see you prove otherwise.
     

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