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    > It's like buying flood insurance in Arizona.
    Bad metaphor, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,144126,00.html

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    You theorycrafting does not intimidate me Cyberfish
    Feel free to point out any flaws in my theory . I am all ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberfish View Post
    Feel free to point out any flaws in my theory . I am all ears.
    A Thinkpad WILL survive a fall from 1 meter.

    But on a more serious note. Whether or not the added durability is worth it might differ from owner to owner, however it also means that a Thinkpad has a much longer lifespan than most other laptops, and surely that is worth the extra couple of hundred dollars? It is to me atleast.
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    A Thinkpad WILL survive a fall from 1 meter.
    I stand corrected. How about 2 meters .

    I guess it depends on usage. If you intend to keep it for 10 years or something, it's a good idea to spend the extra couple hundreds of dollars. If you will only keep it for something on the order of 3 years, it's probably not worth it (especially with accidental warranty). For me I change my laptops about every 3 years, and none of my 3 laptops - one ECS, one acer, now HP - have failed (loose hinges, harddrives, anything).

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    I bought a Lenovo just a few months ago. The thing is so sturdy looking, I feel no worries playing arcade emulating games on it (I'm talking about serious key hammering as is the proper thing to do with most old arcade games).

    So far so good... but if the OP doesn't mind waiting 3 years I'll let him know if you are right.

    On the other hand, precisely 3 years (the irony kills me) after I bought my Toshiba, three keys were irreversibly broken (backspace, p, and o) and I never used it for Mame. Just regular work. It has to be said though it was a sturdy laptop on many other aspects. But so are cheaper (read more just priced) laptops like Lenovo.
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    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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    If you intend on dropping the damn thing, get a ToughBook. A guy I worked with dropped his 50 feet onto a concrete floor and it survived. The battery was toast, but the comp was fine.
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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