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Comment: Re:Where have I seen this before... (Score 1) 126

by ball-lightning (#33582780) Attached to: Dell's 'Dual Personality' Laptop
Also having purchased a convertible laptop, I have to disagree with you. I've gotten three good years out of my Gateway C-140X, and would even consider buying another one if they still made them. Tablets as a rule, imho, are almost useless unless you are taking a lot of notes. If you are, they are useful, because generally one takes notes on a table, where weight is not an issue.

Comment: Re:Response to meego (Score 1) 163

by ball-lightning (#32684898) Attached to: Intel Porting Android To x86 For Netbooks and Tablets
In the PC world, Intel doesn't care whether you are running OS X, Windows, or Linux. What makes you think they are going to care which smartphone OS you are running, either? Advanced operating systems are complements to high-powered CPUs. By helping introduce a bunch of advanced mobile operating systems (that are compatible with their product, as opposed to iOS), they increase demand for what they actually make money off of, the Atom CPU. Meego was never going to make them much money -- its only purpose is another platform to drive Atom sales. Also, the marketplace should work on this port just fine. If I understand correctly, Android uses a virtual machine for this exact purpose, they are never stuck on one hardware platform.

Comment: Re:A Mimic Device Is Precisely What They Want (Score 1) 338

by ball-lightning (#30675514) Attached to: Microsoft's Risky Tablet Announcement
Ahem, you have not owned every tablet PC, becuase if you did you would know about Gateway's (now discontinued and sadly not replaced) C-140X. I own one of these tablets, and two years after purchase, after much use, the batteries last almost exactly half as long as they used to, 6 hours. With new batteries, it will run 12 hours no problem. I'm typing this reply on it right now. Yes, it is a bit large (14 inches) and heavy (haven't weighed it, but probably close to 8lbs with batteries) but I've taken notes on it for the past two and a half years, and it has been fantastic. That being said, I think you are looking for something closer to what Lenovo has released with their C2D/snapdragon powered thing. I'm really, really glad Lenovo hasn't turned into another Laptop mill.

Comment: Re:The Decade of Microsoft (Score 1) 220

by ball-lightning (#30590278) Attached to: A Decade of Dreadful Microsoft Ads
This is not even close to being accurate. I jumped on the windows bandwagon after Win 3.11 was released, and it used to BSOD for *everything*. Remove a floppy while it was in use, BSOD! Divided by 0? BSOD! Win 9x blue screened a lot, but it was a bit better. By the time XP rolled around, there were only a very few things that caused the machine to blue screen, and in cases I can remember, it was almost a hardware issue, or a driver issue (which generally is not microsoft's fault). This is one of the main reasons Windows screams at you if you install a non-signed driver. They want you to know if you install something they didn't vet themselves, blame the BSOD on someone else, not them. Hell, nowadays Windows can restart the entire graphical subsystem if the graphics driver did something bad (and I've found graphic drivers are the main culprit these days)

Comment: Re:I keep trying (Score 1) 483

by ball-lightning (#30550954) Attached to: In total, I've downloaded X Linux ISOs, where X= ...
I have never had any trouble installing Vista or '7' on anything, both seem to come up just fine and install w/out any additional drivers (though it is possible I could have just been lucky) but I have had the sort of trouble you are referring to installing Windows XP. Laptops haven't had floppy drives for a very long time, and XP setup NEEDS a floppy drive if you want to add any drivers at startup, period. Luckily, I had another computer and a CD burner, so I was able to just create a custom install disc. Still a real pain though. I really don't think this is an issue for most users. Everyone I know (non-techie) just buys their computer, and uses it until it "becomes slow" (either because it is outdated, or more often because it needs to be wiped) and then buys a new one.

Comment: Re:this is dumb (Score 1) 186

by ball-lightning (#28475877) Attached to: Lenovo Software Update Stealthily Installs Adware
While I generally don't care how my machine looks like, Trackpoints are awesome. You might not think so (and I respect that), but I am currently typing this on an IBM SpaceSaver II that was NOT easy to find, just for the Trackpoint (As an aside, if anyone knows where I can get more of these for a decent price, please get a hold of me). It's pretty much the ultimate pointing device if you aren't playing games, and are doing work (imho).

Comment: Re:Wait... (Score 1) 186

by ball-lightning (#28475813) Attached to: Lenovo Software Update Stealthily Installs Adware
I wouldn't do that if I were you... Honestly, everyone I've ever known to own a Toshiba has been unhappy. Aside from the whole P4-in-a-laptop thing (around 2004, a whole bunch of their laptops died from overheating) everybody's complaint is the same: The bundled software is atrocious. So really you're not going to get much. Generally what I do is, I spend some extra money on an OS disc, and just wipe the computers once I get them.

Comment: Re:Disappointing... (Score 1) 325

by ball-lightning (#26658695) Attached to: Fannie Mae Worker Indicted For Malicious Script
They are not as much of a scapegoat as you'd think. They were originally government run, and then later "privatized". This led to a situation where they were still extremely (relatively) responsive to government policy (like buying loans to low-income families that were lower than their original standards to increase availability of loans) and had an implicit (now explicit) guarantee from the USG. This implicit guarantee allowed FM to borrow at a lower cost than its competitors, which allowed it to "crowd out" its competitors in the market for reasonably high-quality mortgages. In response, other financial companies began to "invest" (speculate) in lower-quality, sub prime mortgages. This is why it is very important for us (USians) to be careful about what we do now. Organizations we setup to combat this recession could very well do us harm 10, 20, (60!) years from now.

Comment: Re:Microsoft Sucks Checklist (Score 4, Insightful) 659

by ball-lightning (#26603097) Attached to: Bill Gates' Plan To Destroy Music, Note By Note
Where has this hate for the X-box come from? Isn't the X-box the #2 selling console? (#3 being Sony's Playstation 3??) Isn't Sony also losing billions of dollars on their hardware sales? And take it from someone who had one of those PS2s whose faulty lasers died right after the warranty expired, they aren't the first company to make a product that wasn't 100% bulletproof! Now, I don't have an X-box 360, nor do I want one. That being said, where is all this hate coming from?

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