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+ - Ask Slashdot: How do you choose a Windows laptop? 7

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jfruhlinger writes "I'm a Mac guy. When our 2004-era Windows XP laptop, which was used primarily by my wife, died last summer, I got myself a new MacBook Pro and she inherited my still servicable 2008 MacBook. But after about six months, she hasn't gotten used to it, and wants a Windows machine. I don't have an ideological problem with this — it'd be her computer, and we've got a bit of money stashed away to pay for it. But trying to pick one out is my job, and I find the the whole process bewildering. Apple's product differentiation is great at defeating the paradox of choice — you have a few base models, the difference between which is quite obvious, and you can customize each. The Windows world seems totally different. Even once I've settled on a vendor for a Windows laptop (something I haven't done yet), each seems to have a bewildering array of product lines with similar specs. Often models that you find in electronics or office supply stores that seem promising in terms of form factor are exclusive to those stores and can't be found online. Obviously people do navigate this process, but I'm just feeling out of my depth. How would Slashdotters go about picking a solid, basic laptop for Web surfing and document editing that won't be obsolete in two years?"

Comment: Re:Google results don't contain searched for terms (Score 1) 270

by zxsqkty (#34960936) Attached to: Google Fires Back About Search Engine Spam

Your example link returns all four search terms if you grep the source of the page, so your search was actually 100% successful in terms of keyword occurrence.

Keyword relevance, however, is in the eye of the beholder. Look to the comments on that page for occurrences of 'open' and 'frame'...

Comment: Re:no failures in 10 years (Score 1) 715

by zxsqkty (#33582716) Attached to: The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

I bought a macbook 2006, still running strong.

Solid machines indeed. I especially *love* the self-cleaning aspect of the early Intel Mac laptops. Dirty keyboard? Simply fire up a YouTube Flash video and let the fans blow the crap out.

Twin fans means you get a mini tornado above the 'H' key.

Comment: no failures in 10 years (Score 5, Funny) 715

by zxsqkty (#33569366) Attached to: The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

10 years ago I bought a Powerbook G4 and ran it for 6 years without a single issue. Then I got burgled whilst on holiday, and it was no more. Once the insurance came through, I got a MacBook Pro (2006) and it's still my main workhorse today. No longer the fastest or bestest, but everything works.

While waiting for the insurance to pay up for the G4, a friend gave me an old T30 Thinkpad. I upped the RAM & HDD and installed Linux, then used it daily. That died in a house flood 2 years ago (burst water main, upstairs neighbour), again whilst I was on holiday.

This leads me to believe that the single largest cause of computer failure is going on holiday. Now, I take the fuckers with me.

Comment: Re:Maybe it's the hardware.. (Score 3, Informative) 764

by zxsqkty (#33178236) Attached to: Microsoft Losing Big To Apple On Campus

1) Open the picture.

On 10.5 and later, select the image and hit the space key. Use arrow keys as required to navigate.

Like how the OS calculator doesn't have scientific functions until 10.5.

In 10.4, press Command+(1/2/3) to switch views. Command+2 is 'scientific', Command+3 is 'programmer'.

Or how to extract a still from a movie, you have to re-navigate to the directory every ... fuckin' ... time.

If your movie is full screen, hit Command+Shift+3 and it'll create a picture on your desktop. If your movie is windowed, hit Command+Shift+4 and use the cross-hairs to define the area to snapshot.

Or how you can't use the standard upload file interface on websites, but have to hope it's compatible with iPhoto or some other hack.

I really don't get this. Either use the 'browse' button like anyone else, or just drag and drop the file in question into the file upload control.

Or the lack of alt-shortcuts which makes it so that you can't call up a function from a menu unless it's been hot-keyed.

Turn on 'full keyboard access' in the System Prefs (Ctrl+F1).

+5 informative my arse. Perhaps your time and energy would be better spend learning to use your damn machine instead of ranting about non-existent problems.

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