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Nov. 10th, 2006 @ 09:37 pm Le sigh.
In the continuing saga of Neeroc vs technology, the video card in my latest laptop blew up on Tuesday. Luckily we had preemptively ordered a new laptop as I was going to try out a new X60. (For anyone keeping track the tally would now be 2 hard drives, 2 completely new laptops and build #6 - this year).

I received it Tuesday night and immediately began transferring my files. This isn't as easy as it sounds. My last T41 was so transient that I hadn't even bothered moving the files off the HD from the previous machine, I just used it in the expansion bay when I needed any of the files. Not pretty but it worked. Now though, with the delivery of the 3rd machine, I had 2 drives to cart around. As well, in order to use the extra HD/CD bay, I need a docking station. The whole point of having a teeeeeeeny laptop is not having to cart a big docking station.

Oh - did I mention it's teeeeeny? Here see for yourself - I'm comparing it to hubby's R51 - not the smallest laptop to start with, it has a 15.4" screen, so it's kinda limited:

Here it is on its docking station:


Here it is on top of the R51 (I didn't count the extended battery - sue me *g*):



My observations so far:
Tiny machine = tiny keyboard. The escape key is squished under the edge of the screen. Or should I say 'screen', I think it's a whopping 12". Now the docking stations and new ThinkVision 19" fix that, any time except when I'm surfing on the couch. Back to the tiny keyboard, for some reason they decided to smush the Windows key in between Ctrl and Alt. The completely unnecessary, hated Windows key. I would much prefer Ctrl and Alt keys that are bigger than 1cm each. They've removed the scroll pad, which I hardly ever used, and added biometric ID - any time I don't have to remember another password is a good day for me.

The graphics card in the machine sucks - max display is 1024x768 at something crazy like 40Hz. Apparently the full monitor will get better resolution, but I haven't been off my couch long enough to try it out. *g*

Thing that makes me laugh most about this config - when the machine is in the docking station, there are 7 USB slots available!

And with that, I'm off to finish configuring my machine (aka - loading games)
Who does she think she is?
catspit
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From:neeroc
Date:November 11th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
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The R51 is a nice machine. I'm having a bit of a problem finding some extra mem for hubby's machine at the moment, and I wish I'd gotten him a better graphics card (really wasn't paying attention).

What boot loader are you using?
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From:running5k2day
Date:November 11th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
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I have the power book g4 from Mac. It's got a 15" screen and it is Awsome! My hubby was bugging me for a bigger screen, but damn! Who needs a screen bigger than that on a laptop? I have one...ONE stupid computer that was a Windows and the damn thing crashed! The harddrive doesn't want to turn on! It's not even a year old that darn thing. I'm gonna have to take it in to the shop. I love my Mac!!!
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From:neeroc
Date:November 11th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
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The Powerbook is a pretty sweet machine. A couple of the guys at work use them exclusively. Macs just seem so proprietary to me. I like the mix and match PC world *g*
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From:spydielives
Date:November 11th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Is the x60 smaller than the x40?

I love mine (with its extended life battery - 7.5 hrs on a full charge), because I can fit it in my oversized-purse, and carry it around like it is a book in one hand.

10.5" W x 8" D x 1" H (the ext. life actually makes it 9" deep).
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Date:November 11th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
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I think they're the same size. I should have tried for the tablet *g*.

What do you think of the keyboard? My fat fingers are still getting used to it.
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From:neeroc
Date:November 11th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Arg - that was me.
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From:spydielives
Date:November 11th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Well, this is my second laptop this size, so I am used to the size. Honestly, I like it. When I have to use a full-size keyboard, my fingers tend to hurt pretty quickly.

Of course, I have relatively small hands. My middle finger is less than three inches long, and the width from pinky to index is also less than three inches.

Mine does't even have a Window's button - I never used it, so I don't miss it. I *love* the Fn button, and I take advantage of keyboard macros whenever I have the chance (because I don't bother hooking up a mouse unless I want to). The only thing I miss is my touchpad, which I had on the last model, but wasn't available when I bought this one. The joystick is a bit of a pain.

Otherwise, this is perfect for my needs.
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From:bad_soup_day
Date:November 12th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
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Cute.

In my last job I had a wonderful petite Dell but in this one I have a luggable IBM Thinkpad.

Mucho jealous.
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