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Comment Awesome (Score 1) 80

I really love vintage computing. I didn't even know this repro company existed until now. Very cool! It's hard finding old parts for these things and guys on eBay are starting to realize their collector's value. Now is not a bad time to get in to this market considering the people already having nostalgia from 30 year old computing.

Comment Re:Yes, but you probably shouldn't (Score 1) 504

As I said, I use Gillware for my clients. There are still plenty of residential customers who have no idea what a backup even is, yet they store all of their family photos on their computers and experience a hard drive crash. As a matter of liability, my repair shop will not attempt to remove platters from a hard drive and put it in another one. So, we recommend a 3rd party.

Comment Yes, but you probably shouldn't (Score 1) 504

Data recovery centers have dust-free environments when removing the platters from hard drives. Air contamination can easily cause data corruption. Sure you can try fixing your broken hard drive, but you'll most likely lose all your data in the process. If you have critical information that you don't want to lose, just use a professional. I switched to Gillware for my clients. Their prices are some of the cheapest I've seen in a while. Was always a fan of DriveSavers in the past, but their prices are expensive.

Comment Douche bag and turd sandwich (Score 2, Insightful) 2416

Yet another reason to stop voting for any of these candidates in this 2-party system. Yea, if we vote Romney in, I'm sure he'll overturn this debacle. But at the same time he'll figure out other ways to funnel our tax dollars in to industries that him and his party supports. Burn it all down.

Comment They shouldn't be scared (Score 2) 565

There's no reason why OEMs should be scared or even feel threatened by this. Although I'm not a huge M$ supporter, they do this kind of stuff all the time. They layout a standard, show the OEMs, and then the vendors duplicate it and personalize it. There is still plenty of money to be made for OEMs that choose the Windows 8 platform for their devices. All companies like Acer and ASUS need to do is just release a tablet that actually comes with a digital ink stylus, or perhaps built-in mobile broadband support. Simply take the components that Microsoft hasn't included, and put it in yours instead. Tablets are innovating all the time so there's no reason to think of this as a threat. Consumers will continue to choose what they feel is right for them. If anything, a bold move like this will make vendors more confident in Microsoft's abilities and they'll stand by their side.

Comment Flaming (Score 1) 914

There are a million things I could say to flame the new MBP. Why am I not excited about it like so many others are? 5400 RPM hard drives on their non-retina base line models is a start. Did Apple buy millions of these things before the floods in Thailand and they're still trying to get rid of them? Yea, there are things like short-stroking, but it's still a piece of crap 5400 RPM drive that is slower and less reliable than a SSD. I simply question some of the choices Apple made in regards to the hardware for their other models. I suppose $2199 is a fair price for their actual retina model even though it's way out of my personal budget. But to me, it would have said a lot about their character to just include a stupid 128gb SSD drive with their non-retina base line model without having to spend an extra $200. It's just ridiculous to even give people an option to chose such outdated hardware for being such a cutting edge company.

Comment Re:They cost about $79 (Score 1, Informative) 448

I'm very happy with my AKG K240 studio headphones. They are also close to $99 retail. But worth every penny. The audio cable is detachable as well so if years down the road you get a short, you can easily replace the cable for about $15. If I'm just at home, nothing beats a pair of big ass headphones.

Comment Sounds cool, but (Score 2) 399

It's almost as if they're just throwing the word "developer" in there just to make it seem like a different machine. I will admit it definitely peaks my interest and I'd certainly contemplate buying one. But every time I try to code on a laptop, especially web development, I get very frustrated with the lack of a good keyboard and mouse. Not to mention the INSERT key is probably the most important key for me to use and they're always in awkward places unlike your standard desktop keyboard. What also concerns me is the simple longevity problem with laptops. Hard drive crashes (maybe not so much nowadays thanks to SSD) and dead batteries seem to be all too common. Therefore relying on such a machine to get your work done is hard to do. I know people make due just fine, but for me personally it will take a lot convincing.

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