On Jul 15, 4:10 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Yes, I agree. Laptops are great if you make use of the fact
that they are portable. If you don't value that ability, then
a box system has advantages. Clearly there are tradeoffs
in a number of areas that have to be made to get everything
to fit into a small form factor. For the same $$, you generally
wind up with a smaller screen, less CPU power, no
system expansion capabilities, etc. The same is true of
the Apple and similar computers where everything is in
the display. If a component fails in a mini-tower sitting
on the floor, I can fix it. If that same component fails in
a laptop or the Apples, good luck figuring out how to
get at it, fix it or where to get the part.
By the time something goes wrong, the computer is long past it's useful life
I have currently 2 laptops that are over 5 years old. And they have been
running 24/7 except for the times that I took them while travelling.
They are currently running as servers
All I did to them was max out the memory
And since I installed Linux on them, I have only booted them once a year to
make sure that there was no memory creep.
The Windows I run on top of the Linux, gets re-booted once a month.
I wouldn't waste my time, money and desk space for a box PC if my life
depended on it
It's just not cost effective.
Yet you, like 2 other posters, run M$ Windows despite a history going
back to pre DOS days. I find this extremely curious. One of the
reasons I haven't run Windows in over 10 yrs is because it's a flakey,
unreliable, intrusive piece of crap that's more of an hassle than a
help. Regardless of my views, we have 3 old Unix hands running Windows.
Jes outta curiosity, why?
+1 to that. How would he even know what Windows is or isn't
today, since he says he hasn't run Windows in over 10 years?
Kind of like some of the strange folks around that still stick
with Win98 and insist that only it was stable.....
I was being sarcastic about having never run Windows in 10 yrs. I
have 2 XP boxes. One is hardly ever used at all (netbook), the other
used soley for Netflix, they and M$ having made NF streaming
unavailable to Linux as of yet. I still hafta reboot about every
other day to get it to straighten up and fly right.
Agreed. Despite my Netflix/XP box having the rare freaky-deaky day,
it's surprisingly robust, not succumbing to any really bad mojo or
exploits, despite still being really crapped up with bloatware. OTOH,
I don't use it for anything BUT Netflix. That means no browsing the
mean streets or darker side of the web or reading email, etc. I would
certainly hope Win7 is a step up. BTW, I notice how all you offended
Windows users have managed to completely jump from the W98/XP era to
Win7 as if Vista never existed. How does that work? ;)
I upgraded to SP3, but no other updates other than Silverlight.
Actually hadda downgrade a step on FF and SL. It's stable enough,
now. If I could find the original install disc, I'd do a wipe and
start over, but my alzheimer mom lost it and it's her computer. One
day, I may dig out a virgin copy of XP I have and install it.
I'm sure Windows has improved since win2k, but I still read about it
imposing control over the user. This new secure boot (UEFI) crap in
Win8 is jes more of the same game. Screw that. My linux box does
EXACTLY what I WANT it to, no more, no less. It's mine. Hands off,
M$! Hell, Apple is even worse.
Has so far on the first 12. I did need to downgrade from 64 bit to 32
bit so we could continue using the fi4120 scanners - and had fun
finding the correct vista 32 bit driver to give the functionality we
Other than that, great. Six have been running for several months now -
got 10 more last week. Six of them up and running.
My MP3 players run DOS and the one in the tiki bar is running in the
W/98 DOS box, just because I want the network capability.
There is an application for XP that lets you run real DOS but it is a
I also run W/98 on my server for the scanner, fax, printer and weather
station. It runs on an old Thinkpad, just because it only takes a few
watts to go. That may get replaced by a WYSE thin client but it will
still be W/98 or XP.
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