[kwlug-disc] could be the laptop deal of the year
Robert P. J. Day
rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Fri Jun 25 10:12:08 EDT 2010
On Fri, 25 Jun 2010, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 9:45 AM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:
> Good configuration, great resolution.
> I stopped getting refurbished laptops, several years back. Instead,
> I go for new ones and pay for the additional warranty.
ironically, i take exactly the opposite tack -- i view laptops as
disposable after a while. since it's my primary (read, only) system,
i put lots of miles on mine and i *expect* them to start wearing out
after about a year. my previous one had the fan start to go and the
wireless suddenly stop (and something else i can't remember). at that
point, since i spent less than $500 on it, i simply assume i got my
money's worth out of it, and i moved on.
> 1. Does the HDMI work under Linux? Does it need any drivers?
i'll find out shortly after i unpack it. it worked fine on my
earlier gateway so i see no reason for it not to.
> 2. How heavy is the 17.3" inch. Tell us after a month or so of
> lugging it if it is too heavy, bearable or just right.
that's not an issue for me, since i have a backpack and i'm always
lugging around extra cables, maybe a book or two and all sorts of
other junk. and i've had a 17.3" laptop before, didn't bother me.
and given that i just got another pre-pub tech reviewing contract, i
*want* all that screen space and resolution for editing.
p.s. the new tech review contract is for mongodb:
ironically, i know *nothing* about mongodb but someone is now going to
pay me to learn about it. life doesn't get much better than that.
Robert P. J. Day Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
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