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[#] Sun Jan 28 2007 11:17:20 EST from Linux Man @ Uncensored

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(That damned "locate" command, and the "check security settings" cron job

are the main culprits. Does anyone actually use 'locate'?)


Yes, people still use locate. I use it more than I would use wthe command which.

[#] Sun Jan 28 2007 15:46:58 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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So, what's everyone's favorite Thinkpad?

There's a local shop, used to be "Computer Renaissance", that has a used T30 for $499.

[#] Sun Jan 28 2007 16:05:11 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I loved my T30 but the T30 has a common failure mode, the memory controller fails often. I wouldn't buy another.

[#] Sun Jan 28 2007 16:18:15 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I read about that, too...something in the "earlier" models.

[#] Sun Jan 28 2007 19:20:04 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Mine wasn't an early model, 1.6Gig with up to 1gig of RAM. One memory slot failed than the ohter a month later. Now neither works and the fix is a new mainboard.

I bought a used Averatec for less than the repair/replacement cost.

[#] Sun Jan 28 2007 21:13:10 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Crud...guess I'll hold off on that one, then.

Wally World has an Acer with AMD Turion for $598...maybe i'll hold out for that.

[#] Mon Jan 29 2007 00:23:03 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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I have no experience with Acer. You might look on outpost.com every day.
That's the online presence of Frys, they often have Compaq at good prices.

Here's a refurb Toshiba for $500 with new warrantee: http://tinyurl.com/y7mtfe

[#] Mon Jan 29 2007 07:51:56 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Mon 29 Jan 2007 12:23:03 AM EST from Curly Surmudgeon@haven (Haven BBS)


I have no experience with Acer. You might look on outpost.com every day.
That's the online presence of Frys, they often have Compaq at good prices.

Here's a refurb Toshiba for $500 with new warrantee: http://tinyurl.com/y7mtfe


My experience with Acer manufactured units has been good.  Their units also used to be rebranded and sold by Texas Instruments.  2 companies ago, we were using the TI units, with great success, as did my father, in his work with the Odd Fellows.

And the Acer, in question, is new, vs. refurb...makes it enticing. 



[#] Mon Jan 29 2007 18:24:12 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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Alan Shot is buying Acer laptops for his company and says they are great.  My Father-In-Law also uses one.  I haven't seen much good or bad on the various review sites on them, but I really haven't paid attention either. 


[#] Mon Jan 29 2007 19:00:15 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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The Averatec I purchased on Ebay is running very well under Fedora Core 5, the only flavor of Linux that would load. Failed Kubuntu, Ubuntu and Suse10.2 and Fedora6. Nice laptop with a good battery and widescreen that cost $325.

If you buy a Thinkpad T30 you can have my broken one for parts.

[#] Wed Jan 31 2007 11:39:49 EST from nadia @ Uncensored

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i used an averatec tablet pc for a week and it was awful. might have been the tablet windows abortion though. (might? as if there were a doubt...)

[#] Wed Jan 31 2007 18:11:00 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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As for Compaq's, I've had enough grief with them

in the past, needing bizarre custom drivers, that I would NEVER touch a Compaq again except as a resource for parts, taken out while dismantling the beastie.




[#] Wed Jan 31 2007 21:01:26 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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The only reason I willingly deal with HP/Compaq is because that's the laptop my company handed me.

I want something better for my own personal use.

[#] Thu Feb 01 2007 03:45:01 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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Ditto.


[#] Thu Feb 01 2007 03:45:55 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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I'm interested in older IBM laptops in the hope that they might have a better keyboard than the newest Dell's and Apple's laptops.


[#] Thu Feb 01 2007 09:48:34 EST from Campagnolo @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Compaq servers (Post-DEC/pre-HP) were rock solid servers for the most part. In a good data centre environment (conditioned power/ proper cooling) a proliant 3000, 5000, 6000, 7000, or 300 series would keep up w/ any IBM E-Serv. Their desktops and laptops have always sucked from a tech support standpoint.


[#] Thu Feb 01 2007 09:53:45 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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The one time I bought COmpaq desktops I had major device driver hassles. Maybe an isolated incident.. and it -was- windows... but still, not a good experience.

[#] Thu Feb 01 2007 10:33:52 EST from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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Compaq business desktops were great - the consumer models sucked cat puke. The best machines I've ever used were the legacy-free iPaq desktops. I had about a dozen of them, and aside from one bum keyboard, were rock solid.

[#] Thu Feb 01 2007 10:35:54 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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The current round of HP laptops that are built for the corporate world are pretty nice, the Compaq laptops that HP is doing for the consumers however are crap.   The HP Servers from prior to the merger with Compaq were decent servers at a lower cost than IBM or Compaq.   However they did not have some of the features that the IBM over-engineered servers had.  HP servers from that time were great for small businesses.   I'm still not thrilled with the HP/Compaq servers of today.  So we buy the IBM xSeries servers for our server usage.  They are rock solid, decently priced, and over-engineered.  Almost everything is designed in a redundant fashion so I can lose one of anything and the box keeps going. 

 

I love me the IBM servers.   



[#] Thu Feb 01 2007 11:35:02 EST from isoroku @ Uncensored

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If you think the xSeries servers are over-engineered and have a lot of redundancy, check out the System i and System p servers. :)

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