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Old 03-31-2004, 08:16 PM   #15
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For starters,
The hard-drive is removable, cage supported from the front panel. (I have three 80 gigs WD, each with it's own WINXP O/S and, full complements of software.) The main chassis has 756mbs RamBus chips, Creative Audigy, (front panel control audio) 6 each USB2.0, 5.25 floppy drive, PlexWriter CD- RW 16/10/40, Panasonic DVD, "G-Force Video board w/256mbs, 1.gigs P4 on ABIT motherboard (with 850 chip-set). 17" Multisync LCD 1765 monitor.
All on hi-speed cable, which regularly clocks at 3.2 to 3.4mb for my Internet.
Looking into WIFI for the future.(Traveling, you know?) HP's PSC2210 all in one printer/fax/scanner/copier and, numerous memory sticks inputs for photos work.

I know it's slightly dated but, it's so finely tuned..I'd hate to part with it in total favor of a laptop.
...and that leaves you what, 2 sq ft of living space left on your Sovereign? Good thing you have an LCD instead of a CRT.
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:18 PM   #16
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The first thing I'm going to do when we get our Safari Monday is put one of those white Apple stickers in the window. What a swell carrying case for my TiBook!
One of the justifications for getting it (almost 3 years ago) was it came with a dvd rom, so we could watch movies when we were boondocking. I even bought a spare battery, just in case the battery croaked before the film ended. Also our trailer was a 16 footer, so space was at a premium.

For the last 2+ years it's also been my primary business machine, which means I tote it back and forth to work everyday, and it runs and looks as good as when it was new. Unless one is doing professional sound or video editing, I'm not sure whether having the latest and the greatest is worth the cost. Not that there is anything wrong with the latest and greatest [drools all over Twink's 17" PBook]!


You know, last summer when I had the Bambi, I had the 17" with me. I had only the screen door closed. The Bambi was near a pathway....and a few folks walked by...like most of us know, folks really gawk at Airstreams....well, the long and short of it was that I as in the Airstream on the 17" these folks walked by and I overheard one say..."look, they even make a laptop that looks like the camper!"

I thought that was really neat. At any rate, I can see how some folks need a bunch of stuff on their confuser, but for me, my motto is kiss. Keep it simple stupid. I like to just plug things in, turn things on...I get to do the easy stuff so rarely in life, it's nice to have something that just works!

Working for a school system that is all Macs as a I.S. Manager, I ususally get to play with a bunch of stuff for testing...iBooks, G5 xServes... Besides liking the 17" Powerbook, I really love the 20' Flat panel iMac. It's a real beauty. I have what I would consider a fairly good relationship with the local folks and a few in Cupertino. They actually used us once as propaganda for advertising in one of their products. I also once in a while get to beta test some of the pre-release stuff which is really nice as I can provide feedback--and they really listen! It's a great working realationship. Ever since Steve came back, it's like a whole new world. I was just out in Cupertino a few months ago and we ate at the famous Cafe Macs on the Apple Campus. Picture a large mall's food court-- it's that size and all great food...no trashy stuff...really good stuff....anyway I digress!

Macs aren't perfect, but to me, they do what I need them to do and then some.......

A bad day with a Mac still beats a great day with a PC in my book!
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After so many years on PC's (my systems looked like 53FlyingCloud's) I switched a year and a half ago to MAC for the same reason Twink says, KISS. I've since had two Powerbooks and two iPods. I'm on wireless (Apple Extreme) cable connection and I emulate XP on Virtual PC so I can continue to run Quickbooks, the only PC software I prefer. I run dual flat panels and put XP in one and OSX in the other. I haven't looked back. My wife still uses a Dell laptop but is always looking with envy at my Powerbook...

The Mac is has a certain elegance that makes my workday more peaceful and organized - less frenetic, somehow.

Anyway, I bought Apple stock. The company rocks.

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It may have a few grey hairs on it, but I am sure when you put it together it was pretty much state-of-the-art. It is personal preference, but I like my HD inside the 'puter. I have a bad habit of losing things, I would not want a wayward Hard Drive with a bunch of possibly sensitive info wandering about loose.
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From reading your reply, I think you misunderstood something.
Namely, the HD is inside the 'puter~! It's just that, I can remove or change over to another HD via the front panel. In other words, I don't have to open the puter's case to switch over to another HD.. This allows me to be able to keep right on working even if something were to go wrong with one, by just switching HD. (like HD failure, etc.) In the beginning, I had WINXP on two of the HD and, WINME on the third. I'm thinking of switching over to Linux on the third HD and, use it to get familiar with that O/S..
"Twinkie",
I agree with the idea of KISS, for the very reason, there's alot of folks out there that just don't have a clue as to what makes puters work and, for them..that's the best route.
I like to built my own puters from the ground up and, then see what can be done with them. I'm working on the plans for a newer one, one that'll include features that I'll be able to use while traveling. Laptops will always be a part of where I go, so please don't go into this tirad of laptop verse desktop..okay?
I've always been impressed with Apple puters from the earliest days (should have bought stocks when it was down to the penny stock level..lol)when I had my first VIC20..Remember those? Heck, I used to play on-line chess(over the fone) with the VIC20 against a neighbor of mine in town who had the Apple11 puter.

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and that leaves you what, 2 sq ft of living space left on your Sovereign? Good thing you have an LCD instead of a CRT.
I'm not even going to get into My trailer is BIGGER than your's lmao...I agree about the LCD..IT'S just the kewlest~!~! The whole family loves it~!! including my cat, as he can see himself when I have the video camera on..lol
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Old 04-01-2004, 06:08 AM   #19
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Ever notice how those desktop users always get so defensive?

'53, I think your system sounds terrific - would love to have it. I just wouldn't want to haul it around on my back all day!

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I've always been impressed with Apple puters from the earliest days (should have bought stocks when it was down to the penny stock level..lol)when I had my first VIC20..Remember those? Heck, I used to play on-line chess(over the fone) with the VIC20 against a neighbor of mine in town who had the Apple11 puter.
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Ah... the VIC 20!!! And the Atari, the TI 994A, The Apple II. 300 baud modems and 160k single-sided floppies. Those were the days... I still have my first PC... a Sinclair ZX81 with a whopping 1k internal RAM and 16k external RAM module; black and white TV-analog monitor, and a "compact cassette" for serial storage. Wow... those were the days... My all-time favorite machine tho was my Radio Shack TRS80-Model 100 laptop. One of the very first, and most elegant for it's time. Just think, 53FC, my Sinclair is older than some of the folks on the forums!!!

FWIW, I currently use an NEC Mobilepro 900 with WIFI as my on-the-go computer. What a machine!

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Roger,

Unbelievable! I have the exact same Sinclair set-up - built from a kit in '79 or '80 - even the 16K expansion module... Wow!

I'm liking you guys more and more!

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Old 04-01-2004, 06:43 AM   #22
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Ah... the VIC 20!!! And the Atari, the TI 994A, The Apple II. 300 baud modems and 160k single-sided floppies. Those were the days... I still have my first PC... a Sinclair ZX81 with a whopping 1k internal RAM and 16k external RAM module; black and white TV-analog monitor, and a "compact cassette" for serial storage. Wow... those were the days... My all-time favorite machine tho was my Radio Shack TRS80-Model 100 laptop. One of the very first, and most elegant for it's time. Just think, 53FC, my Sinclair is older than some of the folks on the forums!!!

FWIW, I currently use an NEC Mobilepro 900 with WIFI as my on-the-go computer. What a machine!

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You rock~!!
How did we ever get by with 300 baud?? Audio coupled at that`!~!
Lucky you..I could never afford the TRS sys back then...lol
I still have the VIC20 system as well~! Even the tape player that was used to load programs~!! GAWD..How times have changed..(We had, what?? a total of 2 or 3 kb to work with then? gawd~
It was fun then but, who would ever wanta go back to writing their own program again..?? EVER~?
I'll tell you, as much as I've cursed Bill Gates, after WIN95 came out, he did pave the way for all of us. Anyone says different, needs to go and try to write their own program~!!
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Here's another

Possible Media Center for Airstream..
While surfing the internet, I came upon this design which, looks promising as an complete package for your Airstream. Cost wise, not bad at all either~
Key Feature
Hi-Fi Audio + Performance PC + HomeTheater
AM/FM Radio Tuner w/ Antenna Kit
Audio CD Player
MP3 Music CD Player
Front Panel LCM Display
Provided Remote Controller
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I remember those days.......

I still have my Apple 2c and Apple 2gs and picked up an Apple II+ from the dumpster at work. Still works! I have a shoebox full of software when I used to pirate the software. Those were good times!

I remember using BBSs with my 300 baud modem and then how cool I thought my 1200 and 2400 baud modems were. Also had the TI99 4a with the tape. Didn't really care for that too much though.

You know I was on eBay a few days ago.....anyone else notice that Apple II+ systems are going for hundreds of dollars? It's like some cult is out there.

I hear ya 53. My buddy love to build his own too. It is fun. I helped one time.
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How does the computer get rid of head in that box? Heat and fast processores do not get along.

My bud was running several Servers out of his house. He had to put a window A/C in to keep them happy He has Central Air. At one point before the Window A/C He had the servers laying on their side with the hard drives laying in the open with fans on them.
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How does the computer get rid of head in that box? Heat and fast processores do not get along.

My bud was running several Servers out of his house. He had to put a window A/C in to keep them happy He has Central Air. At one point before the Window A/C He had the servers laying on their side with the hard drives laying in the open with fans on them.
If you visit to the website, you'll see examples of cabinets that show fans on one side and, as well as, the backside is open like the regular puter cases~

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Ever notice how those desktop users always get so defensive?

'53, I think your system sounds terrific - would love to have it. I just wouldn't want to haul it around on my back all day!

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Erm, that's what these are for: , right? So the thinner-skinned amongst us understand that we're just kidding around.

I admire anybody who can build their system, I was just under the impression that the topic was which type of computer works best for people on the road. For me the TiBook's fine, but I have a friend who does sound work in the movies on location - obviously he needs more than a laptop and a 2.5 mp Kodak (off topic - I've got to get a better camera as soon as I can afford it). Folks that live out of their rigs might be better off with a desktop system - I know the LCD on a laptop is not optimum - yet.
One of these days we'll be able to roll all the components up like scrolls and carry the equivalent of the Terascale Cluster in our overhead bins.

Edit: Might make it tough for the modders at first thogh.
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...At one point before the Window A/C He had the servers laying on their side with the hard drives laying in the open with fans on them.
In 1972 I was an engr. for Burroughs (anyone remember them?) & was installing a B-3500 mainframe for a bank in Cambridge, MA. The other mainframe there was a GE/Spectra-7, their entire row of washing machine sized disks were 'skinless' & each had a 19" box-fan (a la local hrdwr. store) blowing on them to keep 'em from overheating & crashing! Boy have times changed in 30+ yrs!!
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