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What shapes beyond square or rectangular?

Living Room / Re: Lenovo Reliability
« on: November 07, 2009, 06:58 AM »
The article doesn't address reliability of specific models.  I'm sure we all have stories to tell about lemons we've known and loved.

The two IdeaPads they rate for features and value get average scores.

BTW, CU rates Apple as way ahead of everybody else for quality of tech support.  I suspect for most of us here, tech support comes from digging around on the Internet.  I haven't actually called a manufacturer in many years.

Living Room / Re: Lenovo Reliability
« on: November 05, 2009, 07:02 AM »
So what was listed as the most reliable?

Laptops, in order:


It's worth noting that the laptop ratings weren't too different from one brand to the next.  With desktops, Apple was notably better than the rest.


Living Room / Lenovo Reliability
« on: November 04, 2009, 09:30 PM »
The December issue of Consumer Reports came today.  CU rates Lenovo as the least-reliable laptop, based on surveying 75,000 people who bought a laptop between 2005 and the first half of 2009.  That's quite a fall.

Developer's Corner / Re: What's your Programming Language?
« on: October 26, 2009, 06:37 PM »
I use Emergence BASIC for everything.  It creates real standalone executables that run fast in XP, Vista, and Windows 7, and generate some decent pocket change for me.  I guess that makes it a real language.

Living Room / Re: What are you waiting for?
« on: October 24, 2009, 05:08 PM »
Honest politicians, free beer, the Rapture (any day now).

Living Room / Re: Best Laptop Input Device?
« on: October 06, 2009, 04:46 AM »
I have a wide armrest on my chair and have the mouse on that.

Me too.

The plus of macs imho, is that you can reload it/reformat and get everything back without 3 days of updates.

Make an image of your C partition once a week (twenty minutes on my system) and your Windows PC can be completely restored in no time.  Surely, Macs need backing up too.

Also if I am reading this correctly, this is $14,999 per year to stay current!

Sounds like a bargain - they could have charged $15,000!

Being COOL is not high on my list of priorities.   :)

Post New Requests Here / Re: saving printer ink
« on: September 29, 2009, 06:21 AM »
This InkSaver font was mentioned a while back.

General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware Website Creator For Dummies?
« on: September 19, 2009, 07:50 PM »
This old freeware version of WebBuilder might be worth a look.  The commercial version is inexpensive and outstanding.


General Software Discussion / Re: Do you touch-type or hunt-and-peck?
« on: September 15, 2009, 04:10 PM »
Four fingers, working hard.

I'm likewise addicted.  By my count, there have been seventeen updates to Version 9 since January 2008, and some of them have been substantial.

I think many of the questions aren't suitable for simple yes/no answers - much like political polls and moral/ethical questions we all face in life.  I prefer a format where you can assign weights to your answers.

LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask.
« on: August 05, 2009, 10:41 AM »
I have been using Avast for many years now and never had any problem at all.

Me too.

BootIt NG is an imager, partition manager, and boot manager.  One nice thing about BootIt is that if you have problems (which I haven't yet), you can get quick help from the developer.

BootIt NG costs $34.95.  I've been using it for at least four years and have never been charged for an update (there have been many). 


Fred Langa's thoughts on overheating.


Living Room / Re: Advice on Netbooks
« on: July 02, 2009, 11:58 AM »
I'm not a gamer and I wouldn't want to use my Acer as my main computer, but like I said previously, it's fast enough for most things when using a combination of XP with a hard drive.

Just as important, everything worked properly the first time.  When you look at all the posts on the Aspire forum, the vast majority of complaints and problems relate to non-XP units or those with SSD's.

Living Room / Re: Advice on Netbooks
« on: June 29, 2009, 07:56 PM »
What IDE do you use?

My language of choice is Emergence BASIC.  I do all my coding with UltraEdit, so don't really use an IDE.

Living Room / Re: Advice on Netbooks
« on: June 29, 2009, 06:00 PM »
What kind of development work is that?

I do this kind of stuff.

Living Room / Re: Advice on Netbooks
« on: June 29, 2009, 05:24 PM »
I've used an Acer (8.9" screen) for several months now.  It has XP Home, 160GB hard drive, a gig of RAM, and the extra-cost 6-cell battery.

XP boots up and runs beautifully.  No problems whatsoever.  I can do my development work on it with tolerable speed.

The screen is very sharp, maybe a little glossier than I'd like.

No heat problems or excessive fan cycling.

The battery is supposed to last for six hours.  Mine initially gave five +, now it's down to just over four at 100% charge (?).  It sticks out the back a little, no big deal.  My wife carries the Acer in her purse, so size and weight must be pretty small.

I just took it on a three-week vacation to the UK and it worked like a champ the whole way.  A seven-dollar plug adapter was all it took to use the electrical outlets.

Wireless works fine.

The computer feels very solid.  My wife and I absolutely love it.  I paid $350, including the six-cell, but I'll bet it's cheaper now.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: May 30, 2009, 08:50 AM »
Grownups saying "Woo Hoo!!!!"

Living Room / Re: "Check mail every ??? minutes"
« on: May 27, 2009, 05:34 AM »
I sell and support software.  Orders and support queries come in by email.  I like to know about them immediately, not just when I remember to check my email.  It's not unusual to receive an order and a "where's my stuff" email within five minutes of each other.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: May 24, 2009, 07:46 PM »
The fact that about a quarter of the Internet population spells "lose" with two o's when referring to misplacing something.

I just might loose my mind!

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