Martini Shot: The Dell

 

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  1. Percival Thatcher
    wilber forge: When is the last time anyone used a slide rule to resolve something ?

    Would you know how to use low tech ? One power outage puts folks into such a tizzy. · Sep 16 at 8:06pm

    I brought one in to a Physics final to back up a Texas Instruments calculator that was starting to lose its ability to hold a charge. Carter was still President, to the extent that Carter was ever President.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 1:21 AM PDT
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  2. Kervinlee Member

    When I got my imac I had to get a whole new wardrobe.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 4:18 AM PDT
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  3. John Walker Contributor

    So, I listened to this on my Dell XPS 17 (XPS L702X) running Ubuntu Linux:

    Linux hayek 2.6.38-11-generic #48-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 29 19:02:55 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    for which I paid a fraction of the price of a Mac and have installed all the software I need to maintain a Web site with more than 1.5 million accesses a day for free.

    Yep, it’s thick and not cool. I can live with that.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 4:28 AM PDT
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  4. Mel Foil Inactive

    Dells and HPs are for people that have other uses for money besides buying overpriced notebook computers. They’re also for people that can tinker around and regroup, or adapt for the moment, if some new piece of software crashes. When Macs crash, tears flow.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 4:36 AM PDT
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  5. Doug Kimball Member

    I use a Dell Lattitude E6510 with a wireless mouse. It is considerably more powerful and was considerably more expensive than my wife’s (a musician) MacBook Pro. I hate that Mac; lousy keyboard with no feel, no delete key, that crummy pad. Yecchh! I come from the business world. I need a computer with some substance.

    Call me old fashioned, but so what. Fashion is not something I waste money on or time thinking about.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 4:55 AM PDT
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  6. Jimmy Carter Member

    Oh, yeah?

    I like to go into those pompous coffee shops slinging the beads to and fro on My abacus.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 5:06 AM PDT
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  7. Percival Thatcher

    The Mac/PC Holy War never really ends. There are just cease-fires from time to time.

    Me? I’m a pragmatist. Get ‘er done!

    I bought a Mac IIci back in the Jurassic Era. The 16 Megs (yes, that would be megabytes, children) of RAM I bought to expand it cost me as much as the piddly little HP I have now. I also bought a x386 about the same time. The Mac was for work-related documentation (our tech writers had taken over the asylum). The PC was for getting any real development done. One could do development on either, but Apple regularly released OS updates that would blow you out of the water if you hadn’t followed every single stricture included in design documentation that was about 2 feet thick on the bookshelf.

    Coolness? Please. I’m a nerd. My coolness peak came when I could saunter up to some lovely and whisper in her ear “wanna come back to my place and see my Internet connection?”

    I’d let her use the Mac of course. The main advantage it had was it was well-nigh idiot-proof.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 5:29 AM PDT
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  8. Foxman Inactive
    Kervinlee: When I got my imac I had to get a whole new wardrobe. · Sep 16 at 4:18pm

    Worn-out jeans are SO expensive.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 5:48 AM PDT
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  9. Cas Balicki Inactive
    Jimmy Carter: Oh, yeah?

    I like to go into those pompous coffee shops slinging the beads to and fro on My abacus. · Sep 16 at 5:06pm

    You wouldn’t even need the abacus if you were sharp, like me, and could count using only you fingers.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 5:52 AM PDT
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  10. wilber forge Member

    Speaking of computing substance, one has spent more than enough time with the huge fire breathing mainframes. Throw in a old Cray or two and those are the machines that get the job done.

    Call me old fashioned, have a Dell XPS tower desktop with big fast Terabyte drives plus bells and whistles. Gets the job done and stays in one place.

    Toting a machine around is a personal display of self importance and ego.

    Says, Gee look at me, I am connected, therefore cool. Not much of a life there.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 5:56 AM PDT
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  11. wilber forge Member
    wilber forge: Speaking of computing substance, one has spent more than enough time with the huge fire breathing mainframes. Throw in a old Cray or two and those are the machines that get the job done.

    Call me old fashioned, have a Dell XPS tower desktop with big fast Terabyte drives plus bells and whistles. Gets the job done and stays in one place.

    Toting a machine around is a personal display of self importance and ego.

    Says, Gee look at me, I am connected, therefore cool. Not much of a life there. ·

    Just so many brass buttons..

    Sep 16 at 5:56pm

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    • September 17, 2011, at 6:02 AM PDT
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  12. Profile Photo Member

    Hey! I use a clunky “ugly black Lenovo.” Here’s what I know that Rob doesn’t:

    I can spill water on it without it breaking, and I can drop it without it breaking. Apparently. That’s what the commercial said

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    • September 17, 2011, at 6:48 AM PDT
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  13. Duane Oyen Member

    I am not creative, I am old fashioned, I am hopelessly out of style. Rubber Duckie and I use twin Asus netbooks. They work just fine.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 7:17 AM PDT
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  14. Jimmy Carter Member
    Cas Balicki

    You wouldn’t even need the abacus if you were sharp, like me, and could count using only you fingers. · Sep 16 at 5:52pm

    Decabyte capacity is so yesterday.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 7:33 AM PDT
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  15. Cas Balicki Inactive
    Jimmy Carter

    Cas Balicki

    You wouldn’t even need the abacus if you were sharp, like me, and could count using only you fingers. · Sep 16 at 5:52pm
    Decabyte capacity is so yesterday. · Sep 16 at 7:33pm

    Not if you’re using base two!

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    • September 17, 2011, at 7:35 AM PDT
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  16. Cas Balicki Inactive
    ES: Hey! I use a clunky “ugly black Lenovo.” Here’s what I know that Rob doesn’t:

    I can spill water on it without it breaking, and I can drop it without it breaking. Apparently. That’s what the commercial said · Sep 16 at 6:48pm

    Perfect for the surfboard, then.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 7:37 AM PDT
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  17. wilber forge Member

    When is the last time anyone used a slide rule to resolve something ?

    Would you know how to use low tech ? One power outage puts folks into such a tizzy.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 8:06 AM PDT
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  18. Jimmy Carter Member
    wilber forge: When is the last time anyone used a slide rule to resolve something ?

    Would you know how to use low tech ? One power outage puts folks into such a tizzy. · Sep 16 at 8:06pm

    So, what are You saying? Should We get ready for rolling slide rules?

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    • September 17, 2011, at 8:09 AM PDT
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  19. HVTs Inactive

    It’s time for the ohh-so cool marketing shtick – the cleverly placed period: Slide. Rule.

    Now, if I could just develop a use for it … must Think. Different.

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    • September 17, 2011, at 8:44 AM PDT
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  20. Mr. Dart Inactive

    Matt Labash has a message for you, Rob, over at The Daily Caller:

    http://urlshort.me/35k

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    • September 17, 2011, at 11:36 AM PDT
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  21. wilber forge Member
    Jimmy Carter
    wilber forge: When is the last time anyone used a slide rule to resolve something ?

    Would you know how to use low tech ? One power outage puts folks into such a tizzy. · Sep 16 at 8:06pm

    So, what are You saying? Should We get ready for rolling slide rules? · Sep 16 at 8:09pm

    Perhaps a gerbil on a spinning wheel attached to a generator to provide power or a personal windmill that one blows into to provide laptop power.

    An abacus and slide rule still work with candlelight.

    In the end, the only reliable Green one is aware of is a parasite the grows off a heathy host, as in a strong tree.

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    • September 18, 2011, at 4:36 AM PDT
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  22. grotiushug Inactive

    The mac/dell debate is a side issue. ANYONE who parks himself in a coffee shop with a laptop is a tool.

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    • September 18, 2011, at 6:51 AM PDT
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  23. Ford Penney Inactive

    Thanks Rob, that was perfect. I have been a designer for over thirty years and have branded some national companies including Cold Stone and whenever someone finds out I do ‘that’ work on a PC they just give you that ‘just grew a second head’ look. Its become something of a game now, let people get all up in it and then the reveal, I’m not in the Apple Corp! Yikes! And I really like telling all the corp members how great Apple is… possibly the best and most Fascist tech company in the world, ‘Our way or no way!’ Once you join you can’t really let your side down by switching and they have you! Oh well, be cool that’s the mantra, Apple is the cool way and some of us just decided to forgo the cool and get the work done… on blank black boxes, kind of like a plain sheet of white paper, unless of course there’s an Apple logo watermark in the background and then its more than a plain piece of paper its ‘cool paper’.

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    • September 18, 2011, at 12:53 PM PDT
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  24. Profile Photo Member

    Apple can do all kinds of really cool things …. that I really don’t need to do. But it can’t run Quicken, which I really DO need to do. IOW, Apple really isn’t serious about working, it’s about having fun. Which is what I use my iPhone and iPad for. ;-)

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    • September 19, 2011, at 4:45 AM PDT
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