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The newest member of my family [Dec. 20th, 2009|12:13 pm]
Zoethe
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She's 17 inches long. She weighs in at 6 pounds. And she's PURPLE!

Yes, I am lovingly caressing my brand new laptop. When we were in California my old laptop took a swan dive onto the concrete floor. And while if appeared to recover, like Beth March it was weakened by the crisis and is slowly fading. And it was 5 years old and very slow. I could have pushed it for a few more months, but how smart is that when my livelihood depends on my computer? Better by far to be able to go back to the old machine for anything that I might have forgotten to transfer rather than trying to recover lost data from a dead machine.

And how could *I* turn down the opportunity to own a purple laptop?

The awesome thing about the 17 inch version is that is actually has a 10-key pad. As much number entry as I do, that's really awesome. The bad thing about it is that is has a 10-key pad. Which means that the keyboard is offset from the center of the computer. And the keys are a different size than either of my other computers. So I'm having to relearn to type on it.

tHE OTHER BAD THING IS THAT THERE IS NO CAPS LOCK LIGHT. The offered solution is an icon that appears on the page for a moment indicating that you have or haven't locked the caps. Which disappears in about 5 seconds.

But these are niggling things. I love the huge screen, and the lightning speed. And it even fits into my laptop bag!
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[User Picture]From: myshanter
2009-12-20 05:44 pm (UTC)
Can we see it? Is there a link to the product?
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[User Picture]From: elbiesee
2009-12-20 05:50 pm (UTC)
10 key pads are love. You quickly learn how to re-balance. (Bummer about the caps lock light, though. Must be a jolt - one minute you're typing the neXT YOU'RE SCREAMING...)

Congrats! Does she have a name yet? (I name my complex and expensive to repair belongings - computers, cars, kids...)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-20 08:18 pm (UTC)
I have not managed to come up with a name yet. She deserves one.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2009-12-20 06:30 pm (UTC)
WE WANT PIX!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: lordindra
2009-12-20 06:32 pm (UTC)
I have a 17" widescreen laptop.

Never use it anymore. Just way too big for my needs. Carrying around a nearly 7 pound laptop all over campus was just a PITA. Happier with my 13" MacBook.

That said, if my needs tended more towards a portable computer and less towards a mobile one, I'd be much more a fan of larger laptops.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-20 08:20 pm (UTC)
I debated a teeny one, but I think this is going to make me very happy.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2009-12-20 06:36 pm (UTC)
There's nothing like a new computer to brighten your day.

BTW - I like your icon. My partner, Erik, loves "Big Bang Theory," especially the "Sheldon" character.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-20 08:20 pm (UTC)
I adore it.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2009-12-20 07:14 pm (UTC)
One of my online friends is overdue for their first baby - I thought it was HIS post until the PURPLE part!!LOL!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-20 08:21 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! LOL!
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2009-12-20 07:27 pm (UTC)
The awesome thing about the 17 inch version is that is actually has a 10-key pad.

*intense jealousy* Bookkeeping on my laptop would be much easier with one.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-20 08:21 pm (UTC)
You can apparently buy USB ones. I never got around to it, and it wouldn't be good for actual lap usage.
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[User Picture]From: batshua
2009-12-21 01:20 am (UTC)
And bluetooth ones, although they tend to be quite a bit pricier than the USB ones.
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[User Picture]From: off_coloratura
2009-12-20 07:42 pm (UTC)
17" long, or 17" diagonal?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-20 08:23 pm (UTC)
Diagonal, yes. Probably 13" long, in reality.
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[User Picture]From: infowidget
2009-12-20 07:48 pm (UTC)
You may also wish to think of her as a potential tax refund.
Since/If you do primarily a lot of your work on your laptop, you may possibly be able to claim the purchase as a 2009 business expense.
I am a tax nerd. I doubt that I would have been a great accountant but it might've been slightly interesting. :>
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-20 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, she will be written off.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2009-12-20 09:16 pm (UTC)
Better by far to be able to go back to the old machine for anything that I might have forgotten to transfer rather than trying to recover lost data from a dead machine.

That was very wise of you. Learning to discern when it's time to move on is a very valuable asset. I think I've gotten better at figuring out, "Oh, hell. The battle is lost. I should get a new one."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-20 11:12 pm (UTC)
I often have a lot of guilt about getting rid of something that still works but doesn't quite do the job anymore. False economy, though.
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2009-12-20 11:46 pm (UTC)
Where I take one thing from your post that didn't really have to do with the main idea:

I've always had a crush on you, but your reference to Little Women cemented it further.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-21 05:01 am (UTC)
How could I not, once it came to mind? I'm glad someone got it.
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[User Picture]From: yndy
2009-12-21 03:04 am (UTC)
Ooooh!! Fun!!

My latest laptop is a 15" with the 10-key and whilst switching back and forth between that and my last work laptop, the adjustment was horrific!

But now that the old work laptop is gone, I'm adjusting to the 10-key offset just fine!

The only real bummer for me is the Insert/Delete/etc keys which are now all in the wrong place. I have to look to find them! :)

Purple is awesome. I want a purple computer. But first, I want a new android phone... to complement (compete with?) my iPhone. The geek in me isn't happy with just one cellphone.

p.s. agreed about the LW reference... I think you just prompted me to re-read that. It should juggle well with Vampires a Go-Go. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-21 05:05 am (UTC)
I will have to revive the other one to get a few more things off of it, but I am already getting used to the offset position. You're absolutely right about the positioning of the delete key - they could have left the insert key off entirely, since it's a source of nothing but heartache, IMHO.

And yay for LW fans!! I read it aloud to my daughters a few years back. Such a terrific book.
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[User Picture]From: donkey_hokey
2009-12-22 01:50 pm (UTC)
This piece of software: http://download.cnet.com/KeyState/3000-2094_4-10479635.html takes care of the lack of lights on my netbook. And this one: http://download.cnet.com/Toggler/3000-2072_4-10054498.html will nicely disable your Insert key.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-01-03 05:27 pm (UTC)
Alas, not programmed for Win7. But I will keep checking for updated versions. Thanks!
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