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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2011, 02:07:08 am »
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Okay, Dell Inspiron is on the list! I'll for sure check them out when I swing by the tech stores next. :)

 
We have 3 laptops in the house: one for each daughter (both in college) and one for me.  Mine is the oldest, 4 years old or so.  It's an HP, and, although I've grown fond of it, I wouldn't but another HP.  I've had a lot of problems, mostly undiagnosed mystery shut-downs.  The thing just suddenly shuts itself down.  It goes through periods of this.  My husband sometimes has luck downloading patches to Vista.  Other times it just randomly stops.  Also, the battery no longer lasts longer than 30 minutes, sometimes less.

The next oldest is a Gateway, I guess 3 years old.  My OlderDaughter loves it -- but that's really only because she has it set up exactly the way she wants it and doesn't want to deal with that again.  ;)  That one has a big problem with heat build up.

The youngest is a Dell.  As far as I can tell, YoungerDaughter loves it and has had no problems at all.

So I'll be buying a Dell next time.  Unless I can afford a Mac... ;)
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2011, 03:55:39 am »
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Man I HATE Win 7. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Never used Vista which I always thought was a joke, but the only Win OS I dislike more than 7 is Win ME.

 
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2011, 08:15:22 am »
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I agree with you on Vista as well. Can I ask why you don't like Windows 7?


I loathe the way it wants to save stuff (as in where it wants to put it). Also, plan on installing something to use rather than Explorer. I've not been a big fan of it for a few years, but they actually managed to make the directory structure worse.

I've spent the last four months unable to find shit and never knowing where a download has been saved or where to install it. I finally created a folder on my desktop where I stuff everything because if I allow the OS it's way, I'll never see it again.

I also hate that every single time I want to install something (like this morning I'm doing maintenance and I'm asked every time I update one of my protection softwares if I really, truly want to allow this application to make updates. I get tired of the repetition.
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2011, 08:19:06 am »
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From what I've seen of Windows 7, I have to say that I like it. But this is coming from a person who would rather have XP pulled from her cold, dead hands. XD

I spent the XP years half on XP and half on Linux, so I was used to different ways of doing things. If you spent that last ten years on XP, Windows 7 does a lot differently than you are used to -- which makes some people dislike it.
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2011, 07:28:21 pm »
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I spent the XP years half on XP and half on Linux, so I was used to different ways of doing things. If you spent that last ten years on XP, Windows 7 does a lot differently than you are used to -- which makes some people dislike it.

 
That would be me. Only it goes beyond dislike. It's active hatred.
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2011, 06:43:38 pm »
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I also hate that every single time I want to install something (like this morning I'm doing maintenance and I'm asked every time I update one of my protection softwares if I really, truly want to allow this application to make updates. I get tired of the repetition.

 
I don't know if you're working on your own computer, but if so you can turn off user account control, the thing that pops us "Are you sure?"

Personally, I adore 7 because it lets me do things like turn features off. :D

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2011, 06:55:02 pm »
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I don't know if you're working on your own computer, but if so you can turn off user account control, the thing that pops us "Are you sure?"

Personally, I adore 7 because it lets me do things like turn features off. :D

 

First thing I did on mine!
 UAC is annoying.
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2011, 06:56:59 pm »
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I don't know if you're working on your own computer, but if so you can turn off user account control, the thing that pops us "Are you sure?"

Personally, I adore 7 because it lets me do things like turn features off. :D

 
Whoops, wrong Windows link. The right one is here.

And yeah, agreed with Ocelot - it's one of the first things I do with a new Windows install now.

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2011, 08:43:34 pm »
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I have an Acer, and while I've only had it for 6 months, my son used it for work (video game programming) for 2 years before he felt the need for more ram (this one has 4, his current 12).  It works just fine - and he puts not just a lot of time, but a lot of strain also on a computer when he's programming - lots of windows open and such.
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #24 on: July 21, 2011, 10:33:01 pm »
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I don't know if you're working on your own computer, but if so you can turn off user account control, the thing that pops us "Are you sure?"

Personally, I adore 7 because it lets me do things like turn features off. :D

 
Yeah, but honestly, I don't want that turned on to begin with. There's a lot of stuff MS wants to protect you from that is just flat irritating as hell. (This is one of them. And THANK YOU for this because it is now turned off.)
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2011, 10:34:13 pm »
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I have an Acer, and while I've only had it for 6 months, my son used it for work (video game programming) for 2 years before he felt the need for more ram (this one has 4, his current 12).  It works just fine - and he puts not just a lot of time, but a lot of strain also on a computer when he's programming - lots of windows open and such.

 
I believe Bob said awhile back he was using Acer laptops and really liked the one or two he had. And he's going to put a laptop through its paces, I'm sure.
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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2011, 06:59:17 am »
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Man I HATE Win 7. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Never used Vista which I always thought was a joke, but the only Win OS I dislike more than 7 is Win ME.

 
Win ME was the worst, but forgivable because of where Windows was in its development.  There's no excuse for Vista!!  That said, I'm finding I rather like Windows 7, and have always been a staunch XP supporter.  I think one of the biggest Windows 7 drawbacks when it came out was that they put it into new computers that were too weak to support it.

Still love XP and run it on an older machine with few problems.  However, many new apps and programs are so heavily graphics oriented, XP can't support them.

Back to the original post, what are you looking at using the computer for and do you want portability and how often?  I have a wonderful ASUS gaming laptop with the best of everything I could afford, but it's heavy and I wouldn't want to carry it around on my shoulder all day.

I refurbish/repair computers as a hobby and my first recommendation is to buy the most high end you can afford--it'll last you longer.  But are you looking for internet, word-processing, video/picture editing, etc.?

Something you may want to consider is a tablet.  For my birthday, my hubby let me choose which tablet I want and I'm going to get the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer--it's docking station is a keyboard that adds up to 16 extra hours of battery life.  And depending what you want a laptop for, this could be everything you need.

As far as brands go, I would NOT buy a Dell!  They make up the vast majority of the computers that come my way.  My favorite is HP and would put Acer second.  (ASUS has become my number one high-end gamer system, tho.)  And definitely go with Windows 7--it's a good stable OS once you tweak it your way.

I won't touch a Mac for numerous reasons, not the least being how Jobs runs his empire and how proprietary the Macs and I-whatevers are.

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2011, 07:27:49 am »
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I don't know if you're working on your own computer, but if so you can turn off user account control, the thing that pops us "Are you sure?"

Personally, I adore 7 because it lets me do things like turn features off. :D


See, I love this about Windows.  I'm still teaching some old dogs about the modern age and how not to be afraid of computers.  One of the things I tell them is to just start clicking on things to see what comes up and don't be afraid.  Explore your computer.  If it's a bad thing, Windows will ask, "Are you sure?"  And if it's really bad, Windows will come up with a lengthy explanation and another "Are you really sure?" question.

Then it also allows seasoned users to turn those off.

I think that's all a good thing!

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2011, 09:11:05 am »
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Win ME was the worst, but forgivable because of where Windows was in its development.  There's no excuse for Vista!!  

 
They had Win2000 at the time. There was no excuse for ME.

I am sticking with XP for as long as I can hold out. Somehow the last software advancements on basically anything (OS, mail clients, Office, browsers, ftp programs, instant messaging, mp3- and media players, photo editing) have just not brought me anything I like, only more annoyance*. And it's made my laptop (10 years old) too slow for, well, the exact same things that it could do perfectly fine 10 years ago.

* (Well, I have to correct that for Office. It did bring certain good things too. But also a lot of annoyances.)

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Re: Wanting to buy a new laptop: What do I look for?
« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2011, 01:24:42 pm »
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I believe Bob said awhile back he was using Acer laptops and really liked the one or two he had. And he's going to put a laptop through its paces, I'm sure.

 
One thing about inheriting computers from a programmer - they always have more ram than I think I need.  Which means they are always very fast at everything.  And the hard drives are always way more than I have use for, so no slowing down there either.  The desktop we have he gave me in 2007, and it still runs great (a few fan replacements later) - he used it for 3 years before he gave it to me.
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