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> What Laptop Do You Use, And Why?
post Dec 15 2007, 03:42 PM
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I assume the vast majority of everyone here uses or has used laptops in addition to their Zaurii. What do you use and why?

My first laptop was a Toshiba Tecra with a P-III 650 Mhz. Very nice machine at the time (almost 8 years ago.) It performed reasonably well, and was mostly problem free. It had a tendency to overheat, specially after a couple of years. I wasn't crazy about the construction of the machine (a few creaks, soft screen hinges, etc.) I didn't like the design either (2 tone plastic in the LCD cover, for example.)

After that I got an IBM Thinkpad T23 (refurbished), and I was extremely impressed by it. Much more solid, better looking, overall a more professional laptop (comparing it to the Toshiba was like comparing a Mercedes to a Toyota.) Whenever I had any problems it was very easy to service using the hardware manuals from IBM. A very modular system. Changing RAM, hard drive, even major components like the keyboard or the LCD panel was doable and somewhat of a pleasure.

Due to my experience with the T23 all the rest of my laptops have been Thinkpads. I have an X21 that I picked up in mint condition in ebay a couple of years back for little over $200. I have a dual boot of Ubuntu and Windows XP on it. It is beautiful, solid, and performs well, and now can be picked on eBay for about $100. Granted it is not as portable as the Zaurus, but it is still a very small system and with vastly superior possibilities.

So, what laptop brand are you guys partial off? Are you a Dell Devil, an Apple Advocate, or a Panasonic Person? tongue.gif
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post Dec 19 2007, 02:06 AM
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Fujistu Lifebook B-2154 circa 2001

1.4kg, Celeron 450, 192MB and touchscreen configured as follows

1. Ripped the HDD out and replaced with 4GB CF card (Transcend 266x which gives 40MB/s)

2. Had the batteries refilled with newer LiIon cells from batteryrefill.com - takes the life up to 5 hours from 3

3. Installed Windows 98SE (yes!) with IEradicator to remove IE and unofficial SP2.01.
This is remarkably secure and fast, no services running in background, most malware won't run.
Linux does run but not quite as resource efficiently and the touchscreen and BIOS suspend/resume are not quite 100%

4. Install CPUIdle

5. Install OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird and the whole PIM/PI suite

Also have a set of HP Omnibook 800CT's which I use as wireless X-terminals running cut down Slackware off CF cards
The older ones have not quite enough video RAM to do 800x600 16-bit colour (who designed that?) but a bit of X tweaking will get you 800x572

...and an Omnibook 600 for the old DOS/Win 3.1 nostalgia games

...and an Omnibook 300 (spot the theme!) with DOS/Win3.1 in ROM, 9 hours of battery (AA's), Flash drives and 1.3kg - from 1993 and still going strong
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ToneBlind   What Laptop Do You Use, And Why?   Dec 15 2007, 03:42 PM
ntw1103   I am current using an HP tc4200 tablet. I also hav...   Dec 15 2007, 10:43 PM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(ntw1103 @ Dec 15 2007, 10:43 PM) Th...   Dec 18 2007, 10:57 AM
deluxe   QUOTE(ntw1103 @ Dec 16 2007, 02:43 AM) I ...   Dec 20 2007, 05:57 AM
pelrun   QUOTE(deluxe @ Dec 20 2007, 01:57 PM) and...   Dec 20 2007, 06:14 AM
jocasmi   I've got an Acer Travelmate 212T, a very simpl...   Dec 16 2007, 03:24 AM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(jocasmi @ Dec 16 2007, 03:24 AM) I...   Dec 18 2007, 11:00 AM
Capn_Fish   I'm currently using a Dell Inspiron 700m with ...   Dec 17 2007, 11:29 AM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(Capn_Fish @ Dec 17 2007, 11:29 AM) ...   Dec 18 2007, 11:04 AM
snk4ever   For almost 2.5 years: IBM x31. I love it. Small, r...   Dec 17 2007, 02:05 PM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(snk4ever @ Dec 17 2007, 02:05 PM) F...   Dec 18 2007, 11:05 AM
craigtyson   QUOTE(ToneBlind @ Dec 18 2007, 07:05 PM) ...   Dec 19 2007, 05:52 AM
Hrw   Dell D400 - 12" screen, no CDROM/DVD drive at...   Dec 17 2007, 03:02 PM
ToneBlind   QUOTE(Hrw @ Dec 17 2007, 03:02 PM) Dell D...   Dec 18 2007, 11:06 AM
Hrw   QUOTE(ToneBlind @ Dec 18 2007, 10:06 PM) ...   Dec 20 2007, 10:38 AM
adf   Acer 5520 - lot o power for little $$. ...   Dec 18 2007, 01:13 PM
dlj0   QUOTE(ToneBlind @ Dec 15 2007, 06:42 PM) ...   Dec 18 2007, 09:43 PM
xjqian   Toshiba Satellite 3005 since 2001. PIII 1GHz + 512...   Dec 19 2007, 01:48 AM
njefferies   Fujistu Lifebook B-2154 circa 2001 1.4kg, Celeron...   Dec 19 2007, 02:06 AM
snk4ever   QUOTE(njefferies @ Dec 19 2007, 02:06 AM)...   Dec 20 2007, 02:33 AM
njefferies   QUOTE(snk4ever @ Dec 20 2007, 10:33 AM) I...   Dec 26 2007, 08:55 PM
Fushnchupsh   I use a Dell c400 ultra portable. I have a thing ...   Dec 19 2007, 09:39 AM
Capn_Fish   Not to hijack the thread, but I've got a mini-...   Dec 19 2007, 12:01 PM
zmiq2   I'm using an ebay fujitsu b2610, PIII-800MHz/2...   Dec 20 2007, 03:24 AM
cal   I have a black Apple Macbook with a 2 GHz core duo...   Dec 20 2007, 04:06 AM
Tom61   Asus EEE here. It had the right combination of siz...   Dec 20 2007, 03:57 PM
speculatrix   Personally, I had a few IBM thinkpads which were p...   Dec 26 2007, 02:57 PM

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