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New (Vista) computer 3895

Hero Member Posts: 769
New (Vista) computer
« on: March 30, 2008, 12:54:48 PM »
Well, I bought another PC. Some of you know that I am a BIG Mac fan (no burger jokes please).

I needed a small full blown computer that I could carry with me in my bug-out bag. I like the "tablet" design but Mac doesn't make one. They allowed a company to modify one of their laptops but it's $2000! ::)

I have a PDA and 3 ipods but none of them "does it all". I got this HP from Sam's Club for $1000 but it has Vista and the AMD processor. I can deal with both and look forward to using something that I'm not that familiar with.

I've already had problems with Vista and some software I tried to install (need a driver) but overall I'm very pleased with the computer. It's loaded with features and is only 12"X 9.5" folded up and has a 12.1" screen, DVD burner and a webcam.

Let me hear some Vista and AMD nightmare stories, it can only help! :D

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=387375&pCatg=11607

Calvin

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008, 01:00:46 PM »
Very nice computer Calvin!

Is it the exact model in the link you posted?

Eddie
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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008, 01:02:14 PM »
my Vista condolences bro; I knew Calvin when he was a sane man I'll say...

Hero Member Posts: 769
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008, 01:18:19 PM »
Very nice computer Calvin!

Is it the exact model in the link you posted?

Eddie


Yup, dat be the exact one. it's crazy loaded for $1000!

Calvin

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008, 01:21:29 PM »
my Vista condolences bro; I knew Calvin when he was a sane man I'll say...

I know, I know, may the MultiTool gods forgive me! :ahhh

Calvin

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2008, 01:29:08 PM »
in a month or two, our "friends" at microsoft (big hacking cough) will stop giving updates for XP,
so we all will have to decide our fate, and you'll get lots of horror stories!....

Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,448 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008, 04:15:45 PM »
I'm running Vista with an AMD proc in my laptop and I really haven't had many significant problems so far.  I use FF for innernet stuff, it allowed me to set it as a default without a problem, and I recently switched to Pidgin for IM and haven't had a problem with that either.

The only real issue I've encountered is that the software for my digital video camera doesn't work with Vista, and so far I haven't managed to locate an update from the manufacturer.  This is a little frustrating as the footage from it seems to get distorted when I dump it using any other software.  Not a big deal because my two desktops are running XP.

All told, I'm not terribly upset with Vista, and if I do have issues, it's mostly because I'm not as familiar with Vista as I was with XP.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2008, 04:35:19 PM »
in a month or two, our "friends" at microsoft (big hacking cough) will stop giving updates for XP,
so we all will have to decide our fate, and you'll get lots of horror stories!....
I think XP has another couple of years in it yet, theres too much Vista-hatred around, even within Microsoft itself judging by all the leaked memos and emails, asking for those kind of specs just to run an operating system was an insane idea, especially an operating system thats basically just XP with flashier graphics and a load of features that were already available for XP if you needed them, you'll have to upgrade eventually but not for a good while yet, I dont care anyway, Windows 95 was the last one I paid for and Ive had them all >:D
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,448 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2008, 04:56:30 PM »
I agree- XP is too widespread.  It'll still be supported for some time, especially since many dealers are still installing XP on brand new machines.

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Hero Member Posts: 769
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2008, 05:04:40 PM »
I like the overall look of Vista. I had a taste of it for about a month when it first came out and though it was pretty cool. At that time it pretty much worked with NOTHING!

It seems to be better now and I can deal with it's quirks, I actually used ME for over a year!!  :ahhh  What a piece of garbage that was, programs crashed all the time and you couldn't just shut down the program, you had to shut down the whole computer.

The best description of Vista I've heard is that it is a poor version of a five year old Mac OS. :D

Calvin

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2008, 12:21:44 AM »
Microsoft will be supporting XP through 2014.

Mike

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,448 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2008, 12:58:23 AM »
Is that an official statement made somewhere?

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2008, 01:00:49 AM »
and even if it was, do you trust microsoft to keep their word!! :-[

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2008, 01:14:38 AM »

Common sense ..... so rare, it's virtually a super power.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,271
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2008, 01:22:36 AM »
they haven't fixed the current bugs in it's systems, and with Vista out, they'll do even less!
only the embarrassing/big security things they fix/hide.

Hero Member Posts: 769
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2008, 02:46:20 AM »
they haven't fixed the current bugs in it's systems, and with Vista out, they'll do even less!
only the embarrassing/big security things they fix/hide.

It's no secret that most Microsoft software and operating systems are buggy and bloated. I know you have heard it from me before but if you want the best computing experience, get a Mac! I have only been a Mac convert for less than a year and it's not even close which is better. I don't hate PC's or Microsoft, they are just not as good as Mac. There are some things I like better with PC's but I think when I really learn Mac I realize even more how much better Mac is.

All that said, I cannot get away from the PC world, nor do I want to. I have 4 computers (2 Mac & 2 PC) at home and 1 (company owned) PC at work. I am now using XP Media Center, XP Professional, Vista and Mac OS X (Tiger). This will keep me well rounded and up to date in the computing world.

Now an important question for you. I mentioned that I bought this small computer in order to carry it with me everywhere in my bug-out bag. I am currently carrying a Maxpedition Jumbo Fatboy and it's too small for this computer. I already ordered a Maxpedition Last Resort but does anyone have any other recommendations for a bag that will hold (and protect) this computer and still hold all my EDC goodies?

http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=13&idproduct=66

Calvin

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2008, 11:55:03 AM »
Crumpler make some excellent products don't know if there's anything that will suit you but i have one of the Gimp cases for my tablet and it is great both in quality and function.

Life is like a sandwich...the older it gets the crustier it becomes!
Hero Member Posts: 967
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2008, 08:23:42 PM »
Vista is a bit bloated and some things still haven't been resolved but for most people (if you have a good enough spec PC) it is fine to use. The only trouble I've found with Vista is its quite slow out the box and Networking can be a right pain in the ass to sort out sometimes. Most peoples Wireless / Networking will go smoothly but when it dont it can be awful to sort out. SP1 is out now so a lot of these minor glitches and bugs will be solved.

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2008, 03:56:02 AM »
« Last Edit: April 08, 2008, 10:47:12 PM by eodtech »

Why do I carry a 45 ?
Because they don't make a 46 !
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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2008, 05:10:43 PM »
Calvin will like that. :D

I'm back!!
Hero Member Posts: 769
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2008, 02:42:41 AM »
Calvin will like that. :D

Calvin loves that. Truer words have never been spoken!

Calvin

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,448 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2008, 02:55:25 AM »
Good to see you are still kicking Calvin!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Hero Member Posts: 769
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2008, 03:40:05 AM »
Good to see you are still kicking Calvin!

Def

Thanks Def. Work is killing me. I've gone from 50-55 hrs per week to 60-65 (69 a couple of weeks ago). I just hit 400 hrs overtime worked already this year! :o

I'm not complaining, it's just why I haven't been posting much.

It's kind of strange, me working all this overtime and they had to lay off 8 people on our plant a couple of weeks ago.

Calvin

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Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,448 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2008, 12:45:58 PM »
Well someone has to do the work those 8 people aren't doing!

The dogs must be starting to wonder who you are!

Def

Leave the dents as they are- let your belongings show their scars as proudly as you do yours.
Global Tuffy Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 28,078 Just Awesome! And a Slayer of Polar Bear!
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2008, 05:49:44 PM »
Like Def said, good to see you around mate.  :)  Try not to work too hard.

I'm back!!
Hero Member Posts: 769
Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2008, 06:44:23 PM »
Well someone has to do the work those 8 people aren't doing!

The dogs must be starting to wonder who you are!

Def

As long as they get their snacks at 3 in the morning before I leave for work, they probably don't care if I'm home or not! :D

Calvin

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2008, 07:21:24 PM »
Well someone has to do the work those 8 people aren't doing!

The dogs must be starting to wonder who you are!

Def

As long as they get their snacks at 3 in the morning before I leave for work, they probably don't care if I'm home or not! :D

Calvin
It gives them plenty of time to surf the net, looking at all the dodgy doggy site's :D

Give in, buy several Farmer's!!!!!!
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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2008, 02:51:16 AM »
You can install OS X on a pc, know there are allot of computer geeks that runs both Vista and OS X on the same computer, don't know exactly how they do it, but it's possible.

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Re: New (Vista) computer
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2008, 03:11:13 AM »
You can install OS X on a pc, know there are allot of computer geeks that runs both Vista and OS X on the same computer, don't know exactly how they do it, but it's possible.

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