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Comment Chromebooks with horsepower ... (Score 1) 187

My favorites (I own 2 or more copies of each) : Chromebook with Celeron 2955U and m2 msata 2242 drive : Acer c720 4GB ; Toshiba Chromebook 2 2015 model. Both are also available in i3 models but I have never been able to tell the difference between the i3 and Pentium-class Celeron models (2955U and 3215U). Chromebooks have a very high standard for sound and horizontal viewing angles and so they are GREAT streaming devices - much better than most sub-$400 windows devices! These models can also do some lightweight 3D games (league of legends at 25-40 fps with 10-12 shaders or 20-23 shaders for the i3 models.)

Comment Re:A definite turning point, possible end of an er (Score 1) 361

Look carefully and you will see tremendous UI improvements; They screen is WAY better, brightest in its class; The sound is WAY better, best of any laptop. The disk is WAY faster, really astonishingly fast; The touchbar is WAY better only because it includes TouchID which means instant logins (no more fumbling with CAPS LOCK key!) The keyboard absolutely sucks, but it sucks no worse than any other stupid-thin keyboard on a device in this class. So overall, this machine is an amazing improvement, completely ruined by a brain-dead mania for USB 3.1c ports ...

Comment Missing one crucial port ... USB 3.0 (Score 1) 361

They needed to include ONE regular USB 3.0 port. There are a zillion devices that fit *inside* a USB port, such as a YubiKey, and nobody wants to carry those $50 security items around on a dongle so that they have to "dongle in" whenever they login. Apple blew it bigtime on the MacBook Pro redesign. They had it made in the shade until Tim Cook got this idea :

Comment Intel's new Tock-Tick release cycle ... (Score 4, Funny) 52

For so many years in a row, Intel has been making faster and faster processors. This year, for a change, they have decided to focus on making only slower processors, and the Broadwell series is the result! This year they are slowing down the CPUs, next year they will slow down the system bus ...

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 564

Hey I consider myself a power user. I use a $2200 laptop. It's a 2006 laptop, but it was still a $2200 laptop in 2006. And there is no way I'm trading in this beautiful all-metal machine for some piece of $1000 plastic lower-res non-IPS garbage that is sold today. My $2200 machine is still plenty fast and the repair parts cost ALMOST NOTHING and are PLENTIFUL so why should I mess with Windows 8, 9, 10 or anything else for that matter ??

Comment Re:Betteridge's law of headlines (Score 1) 321

The entire Windows ecosystem sucks, not just Windows 8. With computers not getting faster, Microsoft has a business model predicated on, "Force the user to throw away their perfectly good computer, and buy a newer cost-reduced model in order to get the next generation of Operating System". I'm sorry Steve but you'll never get me to pay $90-$130 to install Windows 7 on my $160 used computer which is 10 years old (Thinkpad T42p or T60p) and kicks the butt of any netbook or chromebook in performance! And I doin't have 4+ hours to get the install CD to work, including that nice 30-minute conversation with the fellow in India who holds my testicles in his hand while I beg for a security code!

Wake up and smell the reality! Forcing people to trade older high-end old computers for newer low-end new computers (the only thing that is offered) is a FAIL !!

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