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Old 11-23-2008, 12:26 PM   #29
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MacBook Pro...nuff said.


P.S. Especially with all your photo work...

Seconded! Once you go Mac, you'll never go back.... They offer a 15" and a 17". I use the 17" for my photos, and my husband loves his 15" for music and movie downloads. We are both recent converts. matches your Airstream

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:40 PM   #30
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Thanks for all the replies and thoughts. On further reflection I have decided that the replacement needs to have the 64bit processor, a minimum of 3 gig ram. I want a 17 inch screen, but that is pushing the money up there to high.

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Old 11-23-2008, 05:05 PM   #31
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I have a business laptop that has functioned flawlessly through thousands of miles of bashing it around. It always boots, its fast, has a great screen, and the batteries last. And the processor handled all my business programs, including graphics. Its a Lenovo/IBM. and its XP.

HOWEVER, it cost $2000. Now that I have retired, back it goes.

So now what? I can get something for $800 that looks good. But there is some reason the business laptop cost twice that. Reliability? Screen quality? Durability?
Support? Battery recharge time or maximum cycles? Keyboard feel? Swapability? Power of USB ports? Hard disk speed? Graphics? There must be some reasons.

So, I must decide... Which one will endure the bashing around in the Airstream? Yet, which one would be less expensive to lose?
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:15 PM   #33
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Hey Rodney,
This could be a blessing in disguise. The new laptops are cheaper and better than their predecessors. However, Vista can be a hassle. I found that my old printer, scanner and web cam would not work with Vista. Vista also requires twice as much memory as XP. Due to the volume of Vista complaints, Microsoft has extended the life of XP and some new PCs can be ordered with it. 3.0 is a pretty good and free alternative to Microsoft Office.

Check out Skype as a free way to make audio and video calls. It runs really well on the new dual core machines. Great way to keep in touch while on the road.

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The mother board and processor on my faithful laptop have died (thankfully the hard drive survives) and its time to find a replacement. I dread the hours of endless comparisons ahead and the probably inevitable move to the new windows. I also dread the unexpected expense. Oh well, fresh start time. I know I want/need a big screen and plenty of processing power, other than that all bets are off. Wish me luck.
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:33 PM   #34
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General: I just got my husband, who is the least computer ready person I have ever known, a new Dell Laptop with Vista. He had a Dell with XP and you cannot believe what he could do to that. We've had the Computer Nerdz here in OKC wipe everything off his old computer three times. I got him the 17 inch screen with Vista and all the hard-drive and memory I could afford. He's had it a couple of months and it just won't let him mess it up. I would like to have an Mac, who wouldn't, but the price is just too much for the average consumer. I'd like to have a Lexus too, but I'm driving a Toyota and pulling a 76 and 78 Airstream. We get what we can afford. I will say that Bob's laptop is heavy, but he doesn't travel that much except to a jobsite for several weeks and then back home, so it doesn't bother him. I'm using a Dell desktop now and the State uses Dell at work. So far the Vista has done well and no complaints except from Computer Nerdz for the lack of steady business.
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