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Comment: Re:Hard to believe (Score 1) 804

The service aspect is not all positive.. With a vendor built, a component failure means a 2 week minimum turnaround where you're out of a machine.

This is why many professionals choose to either buy equipment that comes with, or pay a little bit extra for, 3 year on-site next business day hardware service that includes replacement parts.
The key here is "on-site". Unfortunately for people who uses software that require OS X, Apple doesn't offer this.

Comment: Re:I know that I need mine (Score 1) 136

by Mattsson (#44763955) Attached to: Sleep Found To Replenish a Type of Brain Cell

There are also studies that indicate that you should not get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, but should wake up for an hour during the night.
Apparently, some argue that this is how we evolved to sleep an thus this should be the most healthy way.
The only reference I could find on short notice is the Wikipedia article on Segmented sleep

Comment: Re:QHD or WQXGA? (Score 2) 217

by Mattsson (#44173331) Attached to: AOC's 21:9 Format, 29" IPS Display Put To the Test At 2560x1080

2560x1440, 2560x1600 and 2560x1080 are the exact same amount of horizontal space.
If you can get 2 or 3 pages side by side on a 2560x1080 screen, you can also get in on a 2560x1600 screen.
And a 2560x1440 screen usually cost the same as a 2560x1080, so you pay the same for less pixels.

Comment: You own it and it's your responsibility. (Score 1) 377

by Mattsson (#43858983) Attached to: Why Everyone Gets It Wrong About BYOD

One thing that many people overlook when they voluntary bring their own hardware to work is that when it breaks or is worn out, it's their own responsibility.

For instance, if you use your private laptop 8 hours a day at work and the fan or battery is worn out after a year, it's your own responsibility.

Or, if you bring your laptop to work and it breaks, it's also your own responsibility.
You'll have to pay for repairs or a new laptop yourself.

Unless, of course, if you have a contract with your employer about them taking responsibility for private equipment.

Comment: Re:Don't buy bad products... (Score 1) 592

by Mattsson (#42850187) Attached to: Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

I'd say option three is best.

3. Products that can not be resold are not bought by anyone, so the companies that insist on selling such products either disappear from the market or change their business model.

The problem is that this options requires people to actually not buy, for instance, games that can not be resold.

Comment: Try the big three (Score 1) 570

by Mattsson (#42830399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

Try looking at HP, Dell and Lenovo.
For instance, here's a few of the ones from HP, Simply filter on "Operating System: Windows 7 (64 bit)":
http://h20386.www2.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=B0C30EA&opt=ABU&sel=PCNB
http://h20386.www2.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=B8W13AA&opt=ABU&sel=PBNB
http://h20386.www2.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=H4P02ET&opt=ABU&sel=PBNB
http://h20386.www2.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=C5A68ET&opt=ABU&sel=PBNB

Similarly, I found a whole bunch of Thinkpads from Lenovo which ships with Windows 7 after searching for about 1 minute.

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