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Old 02-11-2011, 09:39 AM   #41
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I'm using a 15" MacBook that I bought with my DD's Apple education discount when I bought hers....about 4-5 years ago.....had HP's before then and am now sold on the benefits of the Mac....I actually use my old HP monitor as an extra monitor for the MacBook....I only recently upgraded the OS on the Mac in order to be able to use it with my DW's new iPad and the Netflix app on the TV (which I still haven't subscribed to yet!).

I did buy a refurb'd Asus 10" from Woot a year and a half ago.....for something to keep next to the recliner....but it now languishes as the iPad seems to have replaced it....
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:53 AM   #42
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I have an old Dell Latitude D600 laptop which I bought used in 2008. Runs Win XP. It's pretty much patched together (battery, built-in USB ports don't work). (I use a USB PCIMA card and an added USB hub for my USB connections).

Just the other day, I bought a used Dell Mini Netbook. Runs Windows 7 Starter. Cute, sharp display, but I can't look too long at the tiny screen without some eyestrain.

For now that's my hobby computer (brings back memories of the tiny Timex Sinclair 1000 I had way back).
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I have a HP netbook, 2 years old, needed replacement battery and screen cover is cracked but not dysfunctional, runs XP, works for me. DWs Macbook is 3 years old and works like new, son's Macbook is 5 years old and still does everything he wants including some serious music mixing. I would get an ipad but with DWs iphone & my netbook we are pretty well covered.
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Eww, I googled that. Leave it to a Texan...

They DO make laptop cooling pads on which to rest your laptop, y'know. I got one from CompUSA during their going-out-of-business sale. I like the way that it raises my laptop a little bit so that i can see it better, too.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:38 PM   #46
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Original hard drive had some issues with inconsistent performance once it was > 50% utilized, but it never crashed. Replaced it with a higher storage capacity model, no problems since.
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I had Rocky Mt Oysters at a weekend party in Tuscon AZ back in the 90s when I was there for a 2 week optics course.
We techno-geek students attended a BBQ party at a nearby dude ranch. The Western band leader wanted to see if any Easterners had the bollocks nerve to try them. You KNOW I wasn't going to let that challenge go by.
They were actually delicious. The people at my table turned a little green watching me savor them in an exaggerated way for the benefit of the band leader.
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My old back-up laptop is a Dell. +1 on the melting!!!
Yeah have a 2 yr old dell studio and i hate it - it nearly burns my wrists when it is on - had an inspiron before that that was fine for 4 years - this one the plug line went bad, drained down the battery, then when I got new plug (which was expensive), battery woudn't juice. I refused to buy a new battery.

So early this year, I got a toshiba portege - I am really happy with it - it is smaller, faster, lighter and was way cheaper than the dumb dell. I think Dell has gone down hill. Toshiba has good ratings on reliability - HP has the worst...
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Umm, no. If they were supposed to be hot, they would be inside the abdomen. They like it cool.
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Just came home last week with a new 17" Acer 2.0 laptop $398.

Now Ms Grasshopper has my 3 YO Acer 15" 1.7 laptop, which is running wonderfully.
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4.5 years. I'd upgrade, but everything works the way I want on this machine. Lena's newer laptop has some touchpad issue that I've never been able to resolve.

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Some have failed, but they've been replaced for free. At $26, I'll be they last almost as long as a $100 version.
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I had Rocky Mt Oysters at a weekend party in Tuscon AZ back in the 90s when I was there for a 2 week optics course.
We techno-geek students attended a BBQ party at a nearby dude ranch. The Western band leader wanted to see if any Easterners had the bollocks nerve to try them. You KNOW I wasn't going to let that challenge go by.
They were actually delicious. The people at my table turned a little green watching me savor them in an exaggerated way for the benefit of the band leader.
Gulp...

Based on the menu, someone or something was short on bollocks...
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:09 PM   #53
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What is the best way to donate old computers? I am always concerned about the info I have on my HDD.

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I have a MacBook given to me as a Christmas gift in 2006. I like it. I don't do much other than surf the net, e-mail and occasional stock trade on Schwab. My son had to replace the HD in August 2010.
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Well, I'd like to get at least another year out of my Dell. I'm interested in the laptops that can send your computer internet wirelessly to the TV screen. (no cord) Can't remember what it is called. Something similar to Wifi.
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I just bought a new Toshiba 18 inch and really enjoy it. My old laptop which is 7 years old and is now being used for word processing.
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I think if you have a restore disc that came with the computer to restore the computer back to the state it was when you first had it from the manufacturer, you should be fine.

If you don't have a restore disc, there is free software you can download to wipe your HD clean.

Not long ago, I bought an external HD but after using it for a few days, didn't like so. So before returning the HD for a refund, wiped the drive clean then restored it back to the factory state before returning.
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Just purchased new 15 inch MacBook Pro. First time I have purchased a Mac. Prior to that owned Acers (until they became shoddy), Dells, Toshibas...etc. Tired of hard drive crashes and virus software. Taking some getting used but love it...very stable and made extremely well (should be for the price). Far easier to use than Toshiba with Win 7 on it (wasn't sure I could make the move to Mac so tried both ..and chose the Mac).
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Paid over $1,300, ... Is three years all we can expect from one of these now a days?
Ouch! Yes, three years seems reasonable to me, so you shouldn't have paid $1300. Buy cheap, so it doesn't bother you to throw one away when it breaks. My wife is on her third laptop, which is an ASUS 15.6": Amazon.com: ASUS A52F-XA2 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black): Computer & Accessories that I just bought her for $500. I can't recall what the previous two were, but I'm sure I'd never pay $1300 for a laptop. (I get desktops for myself.)
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I have never bought a laptop. People give them to me. I have two 600m Dell's, one 1505 Dell, Two B130 Dell's . I see no reason to buy the new ones. These work perfect and I see no speed difference when surfing the internet. I replaced the power jacks on the B130's for a total of $6.00 and a rainy afternoon of my time. I had a person give me an HP Desktop last month. He said it was old and had got really slow. I reformatted it and the thing was fast and ran perfect. I donated it to the school and they love it. I would never in a million years pay what some people do for computers. Just learn a few tricks and a computer will last for 10 or more years. Tom
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