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Comment Re:The best home display worse than the worst Thea (Score 1) 299

Sound is more important than screen resolution anyhow, I learned this back in '98 or so when DVD was new and the price of Dolby Digital amps started to come down because it was no longer limited to laserdisc setups. Even just a good 5.1 setup is great improvement over TV speakers. Since broadcast TV went digital, most prime time shows now have 5.1 audio. And by 5.1 I mean actual speakers placed around the room, including a sub-woofer, not the TV's built-in sound bar speakers. (although the sound from those sound bars can sometimes be quite good)

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 142

4) Updates sometime reboot the computer while you are working (too hard to test?)

That can happen even with Windows 7 on a desktop, but at least you can (usually) reliably disable automatic updates with Windows 7. Enjoy your Redmond spyware!

my old PPC macbook pro 17 that lasted me 2 times what the Lenovo did

They were just called "PowerBook G4". I had two of them and one of the first Intel models, all with the "Aluminum" case. They were freaking horrible. I don't know what was worse, the optical drive going out of alignment with the slot in the case (have to field-strip it to eject a disk), the crappy latch (won't stay closed), or the metal surface that pitted like crazy with the skin oils from my hands. The keyboard key tops wore down badly with my touch-typing, too. My Unibody has some keys messed up now, but not nearly as bad after over four years of daily use. And you're comparing that favorably with your Lenovo?

12) The trackpad sometimes acts on his own, I got used to it but still have some d'oh moments from time to time

In my opinion, PC trackpads are universally horrible, just less so lately. To be fair, I think part of the problem was Apple buying up the company making the best trackpads, but I have never failed to be annoyed by the "tap to click" feature (enabled by default in mouse emulation mode, so you have to install a driver to turn it off!) giving rogue clicks.

If I have to replace my Late-2011-17", I'll probably look into a hackintosh on a higher-end laptop. Between EFI, and Apple using so much standard chipset stuff, there are apparently a few good options out there. Also, I only recently upgraded to 10.9, and it's probably easier to get a hackintosh working two or three versions back.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 142

I would be happy to see an up-to-date version of my Late-2011 17" (bought in mid-2012 and still going strong), with the replaceable RAM (32GB this time, please!) and full 2.5" SATA. I still don't need that Retina crap (producing a Retina screen that large was probably one of the reasons they killed the 17"), but I would be fine with with SSD and SD card slots instead of the optical drive and Express Card slot. And I am even willing to wait a year or so for Intel to finish making mobile versions of their new architecture.

I'm really not happy about soldering down RAM and even SSD in their latest top-of-the-line "Pro" models.

Seriously, this thing is the best Mac I've ever bought new, second would be a G4 "Windtunnel" (4 HD and 2 optical drive bays!) that I got at a CompUSA back in 2002 or so that lasted over 10 years and a re-spackling of the CPU heat sink (which took 15 minutes!) before it suddenly died one day such that it wouldn't even turn on. I haven't had time to rebuild it properly, but I have since acquired two Mac Minis from the 2010-2012 era to replace it. Really, 2011 was the peak of good hardware from Apple. It was also the year that Steve Jobs died.

Comment Re:No, it just needs the Boomers to die off (Score 1) 260

Also, constantly working more than 40 hours (in other words, more than just a crunch week every few months) leaves you too tired and making mistakes that result in no net performance increase. All it does is make PHBs happy because they usually think that an hour worked is always an hour worked, and if we're throwing more hours at something it must be getting done faster!

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