My new Laptop

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    My new Laptop

    Well, my aged laptop gave all it could. It died on me last night. Just doesn't turn on anymore. I believe something fried inside since I still can notice an odd smell coming from it.

    I'm going to Staples today and get me the one I've been dating for a while; Asus U6SG.

    Specs are:

    Intel Core2 Duo T9300 (2.5 GHz, 64 bit)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9300M G
    4Gb DDR2
    250GB (5400 RPM)
    12.1" WXGA

    The Memory is actually 3Gb. But I'll be also buying a 2Gb stick and giving away the 1Gb one. It comes with a few nice extras; fingerprint security, 2 batteries(!), 8 in 1 Card Reader, and even a bag.

    Hopefully this will mean I won't have to think of an upgrade for another 5 or 6 years.

    I choose Asus over Toshiba this time. Actually my first non Toshiba laptop. The reason was threefold:

    - This Asus looks very sturdy. I couldn't find a Toshiba model with such high specs that didn't put an emphasis on design over sturdiness. This is a must for me when buying laptops. I pay particular attention to the screen joints and I also rock the laptop gently on my hands trying to see if it feels like if it was made of just one piece.

    - Price. Asus is beating Toshiba. Period.

    - Toshiba Support has become terrible in Portugal (long waiting times and reports of not actually fixing whatever the problem was). I did have an excellent service in Australia. But in Portugal it sucks. I can't afford that especially when I don't trust my laptops to anyone except the makers.

    Anyways, guess today is my birthday
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    That sounds like a nice laptop. I am still quite impressed that they can fit all of that into a small laptop with a 12" screen

    Honestly I have always harbored ill feelings towards Asus. That might be unfounded though. I have never owned an Asus computer, but I just remember that our old Asus 32x CD-ROM drive on our old Gateway computer would never work! It always ticked me off, but maybe it was just that one drive...who knows.

    My current laptop is a Dell, and it is about 2 years old. I purchased a 3-year warranty with it, so I will use it for at least another year, if not longer. So far it hasn't let me down, so I am happy with it (although I know a lot of people have problems with Dell).

    I am heavily considering getting a MacBook or a MacBook Pro when I get my next laptop.
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    Certainly sounds like a nice spec laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidP View Post
    I am heavily considering getting a MacBook or a MacBook Pro when I get my next laptop.
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    My brother and I swear by Lenovo these days, but this thing sounds nice, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornedBee View Post
    My brother and I swear by Lenovo these days, but this thing sounds nice, too.
    Lenovos are sexy.

    ASUS gets a lot of heat for their cut-throat marketing methods, but the fact is they make good products.

    Mario, can I ask how much pocket-change you'll be putting toward this purchase?
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    Looks like a very nice laptop but the screen is just far too small for my tastes XD
    But I guess you're happy with it!
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    Two batteries? That is awesome to say the least!

    But really, if you put alot of emphasis on sturdiness and just overall quality, there is only one brand...Thinkpad! Get one of those and you will never go back to anything else...

    When the world ends in a nuclear glow or a flood of melted icecaps, the final remaining life will be bacteria in the vents of undersea volcanoes and the last piece of technology to give up the ghost will surely be a ThinkPad.

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    There was an article about that...
    It showed, really, that no brand was superior than the other. What impressions you have may have been luck, because as far as the brands are concerned, they do not have any improved build quality over each other.
    You could just pick whichever brand you want. Although, support, homepage, tools and all that might not be equal among them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CornedBee View Post
    My brother and I swear by Lenovo these days
    Interesting you mention it. I was advised one a couple of months ago by someone I tend to listen to. Unfortunately Lenovo presence here is very limited. I would have to actually order it, since only in the northern part of the country I'm aware of any reseller. The laptops however look great (never touched one).

    Quote Originally Posted by SlyMaelstrom
    Mario, can I ask how much pocket-change you'll be putting toward this purchase?
    Did put Have it with me as we speak. Although still need to format it and install proper software.

    I have to say the thing looks very beautiful. Even more on my desk than it did on display. Actually, I didn't know I had bought such a beautiful laptop before I took it off the box. And I've been flirting it for a couple of months already (has it ever happened to you folks?).

    It cost me 1,752 Euros including the 2GB stick. The leather palm rest feels really smooth and pleasant and the back sheen is absolutely gorgeous. Here's a link, but I'm telling you it doesn't make justice. I'm not usually leant towards aesthetics. But this laptop has that kind of simplistic beauty. No flashy effects, no nothing... A beautiful laptop that doesn't need any lipstick.

    My only complaint... The keys could have been all black and it wouldn't loose its sex appeal. Probably even climb a few notches. Particularly with me, since I really feel black is a great color for a laptop (kudos to Lenovo!).
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    I never knew that the appearance of a computer was so important.

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    It certainly sounds nice. I have recently purchased a lenovo ideapad laptop and I am thoroughly pleased with it. The online support is great and it has great hardware. I would definitely recommend the lenovo to anyone interested in a new laptop

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    Quote Originally Posted by medievalelks View Post
    I never knew that the appearance of a computer was so important.
    I never knew I said it was...
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysia View Post
    There was an article about that...
    It showed, really, that no brand was superior than the other. What impressions you have may have been luck, because as far as the brands are concerned, they do not have any improved build quality over each other.
    You could just pick whichever brand you want. Although, support, homepage, tools and all that might not be equal among them.
    I'd like to see that article actually.
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    It's quite some while ago I saw that, but it was on n4g.com.
    I'll try to see if I can find it again.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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