RE: Labtop

it's a line of laptops, which used to be made by IBM, and which have
been sold to the company which was manufacturing them for IBM, lenovo.
 
they have a reputation for being of the highest quality and durability,
and being pricey, meant for the business world.
 
lenovo has lowered the price, and I don't know about quality changes.
 
they had a lot of unusual options back in the days when other laptops
were out only to keep the price down, and so offered few options.  I got
my thinkpad for instance with a device bay on each side, and you could
hot-swap various drives and other devices in and out of the bays as
needed.  one option I bought was a  numeric keypad which popped out from
the right side bay, giving you almost a full-size keyboard.  I had
thought at the time it would be important to my use of a screen reader.
I've since learned the laptop layout, of jaws at least, is just as easy
to use as the standard jaws keyboard commands.  I could if I like,
remove the keypad and put my floppy drive in that bay, or an additional
hard drive if I had one; they made a lot of accessories.
 
If my wife hadn't wanted a white computer, I probably would have bought
a thinkpad, because of their reputation for ruggedness.
 
One of my relatives owns a "T" series thinkpad, and it's small and
light, with a nice keyboard, and nothing has broken on it for many
years.  it's by far their most popular line of laptops.  I believe
office depot carries thinkpads if you want to try and see one hands-on,
but usually they were a mail-order only company.
 
hth,
 
Chip
 
 
 




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Chip Orange
Database Administrator
Florida Public Service Commission

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        From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Randy Campbell
        Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:56 AM
        To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: Re: Labtop
        
        
        Thank you for your input.  That helps a lot to know  and I know
more now than I did.  What is a thinkpad?  Thanks again and have a great
day.  Randy

                ----- Original Message ----- 
                From: Chip Orange <mailto:Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
                To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
                Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 8:43 AM
                Subject: RE: Labtop

                you'll get a lot of opinions, probably all of them right
in some way.
                 
                I just bought a Dell inspiron, one reason is that it has
a relatively full keyboard, which includes alt and control keys on both
sides of the space bar (not a given with laptops), and it has all six
keys of the traditional six-pack grouping (some laptop keyboard require
you to make these keys by pressing a special fn key plus an additional
key; when you're trying to make control-shift-home, and you have to
press fn+ something else to make the home key, this can become a pain).
                 
                try to ask questions about the keyboard, as it will end
up influencing how you feel about your purchase more than say the
processor speed.  In this case, the heavier the laptop the likelier you
are to be pleased with the keyboard, as the larger the laptop is likely
to be.
                 
                I bought a 14 inch screen inspiron, that weighs about 15
pounds.  I never price shopped, I was interested in many other things
besides price.  I simply tried to bring the price down as much as I
could by choosing the cheapest screen size, which is today around 14 or
15 inches.  smaller and larger screens usually cost you more.
                 
                I'd recommend you get built-in bluetooth and wifi, as
these don't work nearly as well if you have to use add-in devices later
on.  built-in from the factory means special built-in antennas as well.
                 
                Try to get the cheapest graphics card and sound card you
can; this is usually the one built into the motherboard.  I don't
believe you'l benefit from upgrading either, and even the cheapest sound
cards today are multi-channel.  If you ever want to do complex audio
things you'll end up doing them at some home desk setup, and it won't be
an inconvenience to buy an external high-quality usb sound card if you
ever needed something better than you got.  Complexity when upgrading
the sound card sometimes causes confusion with drivers that have too
many options or features which interfear with speech synthesizers.
still, if sound processing is what you live for, and you know it, go
ahead and get something high-end built-in.  Dell offered me a choice of
3 sound cards, much different in price, but I had no real idea how they
differed in capabilities.
                 
                If your money is tight, you can put off buying things
like a dvd burner til later, they can be moderately expensive.
                 
                the exact model of what I bought is the Dell 1420 if
you're interested.  It's available in your choice of colors, including
color matched accessories if you buy any.  speaking of accessories,
don't buy a leather case; they're heavier, cost more, and are no more
durable than the regular ones.
                 
                I'm also impressed with thinkpads (now from Lenovo).  I
still own one which is 5 years old.
                 
                I am very unimpressed by Sony, and wouldn't recommend
them.
                 
                hth,
                 
                Chip
                 
                 
                 




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                Chip Orange
                Database Administrator
                Florida Public Service Commission
                
                Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
                (850) 413-6314
                
                 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author
and do not necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service
Commission.)
                

                 


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                        From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Randy Campbell
                        Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 11:48 PM
                        To: jfw
                        Subject: Labtop
                        
                        
                        I am looking to buy a new labtop but I'm not
sure what to buy.  Could somebody on this list reccomend what they think
is the best labtops out there.  Thank you.  Randy

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