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[#] Tue Mar 09 2010 13:36:43 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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eMachines is building it standard into their netbooks' touchpad for gesture purposes.

I tried one out over the weekend. It's actually quite addicting once you get the hang of it.



[#] Tue Mar 09 2010 14:09:20 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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A multitouch touch screen on a netbook would be cool. But I wish they would ditch the teeny tiny touchpads and get a touchpoint in there. A touchpoint on a netbook makes so much sense. I really want a netbook and I am definitely going to get one in the next month or two. It is sad that I am going to have to settle for a touchpad.. one with a touchpoint will probably come out 10 minutes after I buy...

[#] Tue Mar 09 2010 14:58:24 EST from fireball @ Uncensored

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I agree, a trackpoint on a netbook would be very nice, and I don't even
like the things. Best notebook input device I've ever had was an old
black and white mac laptop I got second hand, that thing had a
trackball, and it's certainly all been downhill from there.

[#] Tue Mar 09 2010 19:47:52 EST from cellofellow @ Uncensored

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Trackballs are awesome for laptops indeed. I had an old Mac PowerBook once upon a time (like 15-10yrs ago) and it had the trackball. Didn't appreciate it for what it was then, as I was a young kid and simply envied all the people with newer laptops that had touchpads.

Still, I do agree a trackpoint, which is minimal in size and requires the least motion from the keyboard to access, is perfect for a netbook. I'm surprised Lenovo, with the ThinkPad line which is famous for trackpoints (among other things) hasn't put trackpoints in the IdeaPad line of netbooks. Ah, well.



[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 07:53:43 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea trackpoints are excelent for throwing focus from one window to another..

but wait.. I usualy just use all apps fullscreen on my netbook.



[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 14:42:42 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Re: Trackpoint.

My Toshiba laptop has both a touchpad and a trackpoint, and I find myself using both, depending on what I'm doing. However, I also have a cordless notebook mouse that I use as well, which makes a lot of tasks easier to do than using the touchpad or the trackpoint.

One thing I just thought about though...My laptop can convert into a tablet.
There's a mini-joystick in one corner of the tablet which can perform some limited navigation: cursor up, down, left, right. It might've been more useful if there was a trackpoint there instead of the mini-joystick.
Trackpoint Binder

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 15:55:52 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I am just so used to the touchpoint now that I have no desire for a regular mouse. I do have a mac mini in the house with a regular mouse and I don't mind using the mouse at all.. but on a laptop the touchpoint feels so much better.

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 22:55:29 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It does, but as someone who used IBM ThinkPads exclusively for a very long time, I can tell you, you'll get over it. When I was shopping for my current laptop I eventually came to the conclusion that insisting on a trackpoint was going to significantly reduce the scope of machines that were available to me.

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 01:35:45 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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god... i hate that little dick-stick in the middle of the keyboard.
Never fuckin works right, and it's a pain in the ass to try and type
around.

I'll take a multi-touch enabled trackpad anyday.

And I've got a PB140 with the trackball. Those days, yeah, trackball
was definately an improvement over the touchpads. Still don't like
trackballs though.

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 06:58:07 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Thu Mar 11 2010 01:35:45 EST from Animal @ Uncensored
god... i hate that little dick-stick in the middle of the keyboard.
Never fuckin works right, and it's a pain in the ass to try and type
around.

I'll take a multi-touch enabled trackpad anyday.

Okay, if anyone else had written this, I'd let it pass, but because it's Animal, I can't help but notice the use of 'dick-stick', followed by 'pain in the ass', leading to 'multi-touch'.



[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 07:54:54 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. I've heard "nipple mouse" and even "clit mouse" but never "dick stick."

To make Animal's post even more amusing, he could have substituted "type around" with "reach around while typing." :)

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 08:52:14 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Haha, I usually call it a clit mouse. Anyway, yea ig it seems the Thinkpad era is over. I've had a 390X, T30, X60 and T42.. I'm using the T42 now, the X60 broke in a dozen ways, it was not as rugged as the others. So the 40 series is the end of the line for me and actually it is fast enough for most of what I do but the day of reckoning approaches. My friend got a Dell business model which has the trackpoint and it is a really nice machine but he says the trackpoint isn't quite as good as the IBM one. But I would consider Dell.
I haven't looked at Toshiba in a while. According to a study I recently read about, Asus is the most reliable laptop (least repairs over 3 years) followed by Toshiba. Asus laptops look good, I might go there. Sony Apple and Dell come next in the ranking. I don't want to pay for a Sony though.
I am also interested in Fujitsu which isn't in the study.

So yea, I do have the option of a trackpoint in there, but I will have to see. But for a netbook, its moot, none of them have it. And I want a netbook...

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 09:13:03 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Toshiba has very nice LCD screens. I've got one with a 17" display and it's a pleasure to use. Of course, I'm not constantly on the go like you are, so you probably want something a bit smaller.

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 12:08:11 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Thanks ig. That's why I want the netbook, so I have something to take with me different places when I am not necessarily planning on doing a lot of work.
I don't want to lug around my main computer and put it at risk anymore. And I will use the netbook for my audio jobs (remote control of the DSP) and for DJing. But I still want a laptop for my main computer, and even though I will be doing much less work away from home or office, I will still want to take the regular laptop with me places (even if just a coffee shop for change of pace) so I don't want something gargantuan. I think a 15 is the top size I would get.

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 12:09:00 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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PS: I used to have a Toshiba Tecra 8100, it was the first one I got when I moved to NYC and it was awesome. I would definitely consider another Toshiba.

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 12:19:24 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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My Toshiba M4 had an issue with the system board that occurred within a few months of getting it, but Toshiba happily replaced it and I haven't had any trouble with it since. I've had it for at least four years now.

[#] Fri Mar 12 2010 15:42:59 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Now... I realy can't decide whether this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPg1ZMiC9pA

would rather be IG striking back after another sabotage...

or... Wiz to give up sabotage and easily outperform IG...

or Ford with one of his newest creations to eaze the day.



[#] Sat Mar 13 2010 02:09:55 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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FWIW, which isn't much, I love the pointing stick on IBMs.

Many people hate them unfairly because either a) They've used one on a non-IBM that sucked because it was poorly made, b) They've used one on a computer that didn't have the proper drivers so it sucked or c) Both of the above.

[#] Sat Mar 13 2010 18:33:42 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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PS: I used to have a Toshiba Tecra 8100, it was the first one I got
when I moved to NYC and it was awesome. I would definitely consider
another Toshiba.

Their screens are just awesome. If I ever buy an LCD television, I'll probably go with Toshi for that as well. They've got some nice ones.

(For now, though, the 32" CRT will continue to do just fine.)

[#] Mon Mar 15 2010 10:42:20 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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dothebart - If IG had one of those I wouldn't sabotage it. But I might steal it.

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