[RndTbl] Question about Laptops

Mike Pfaiffer high.res.mike at gmail.com
Fri Dec 24 17:42:52 CST 2010

On 10-12-24 05:26 PM, Adam Thompson wrote:
> One possibility I always encourage people to check out is off-lease Dell laptops.  You can get a business-grade (Latitude, IIRC) refurb unit *with* a 2-year replacement warranty (optional, only about $70-80) for a few hundred dollars.  And their business lines almost always run Linux 100% OK.  They're just not current-gen at that speed.
> But contrast to a netbook with tiny screen, cramped kbd, 1yr wnty, slow HD, slow CPU... for similar price.
> See http://www.dfsdirect.ca/.
> -Adam

	This is definitely an option. With a couple of exceptions the Dells 
we've had at the lab have been pretty good. I didn't know about this. 
I'll forward the message to my father. Knowing him, this is likely what 
he'll consider first.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Pfaiffer<high.res.mike at gmail.com>
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> Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2010 16:59:00
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> Subject: Re: [RndTbl] Question about Laptops
> On 10-12-24 04:24 PM, Trevor Cordes wrote:
>> On 2010-12-24 Mike Pfaiffer wrote:
>>> 	Merry Christmas and happy holidays (what ever works for you -
>>> you never know). ;-)
>>> 	My father had decided to look at a laptop. He wants to put
>>> his family tree program on it and take it for a trip out East this
>>> spring. He has seen me running Linux on my desktop for years and
>>> thinks he would like to give it a try on the laptop. Even in a
>>> dual-boot configuration. Being cheap (a typical Winnipegger) he is
>>> only willing to spend $200 -$300 for the machine. There are some
>> Most in that range will be netbooks.  Even cheapo 4-yo technology
>> notebooks are still around $400-500+ on sale.  Make sure he knows the
>> difference as netbooks can be disappointing if that's not what you
>> really want.
> 	I saw three machines in that price range (retail). One was a netbook.
> It never occurred to me to think about this until you mentioned it, His
> primary thing is the family tree stuff and e-mail.
>>> 	The question is what are some good brands and locations to
>>> scope out?
>> Buy today's Free Press and go flyer frolicking!  Surely there will be
>> some crazy BD blowouts.
> 	Got a bunch of flyers delivered this week. Prices range from $175 up to
> over $1,000. Quite a spread.
>> As for brands, the entire world except for
>> Acer, that's my humble opinion based on selling computers for 13 years!
> 	A couple of the cheaper ones were Acers. I'll have to take a second
> look. It seems as though quite a few people using Toshibas like them. I
> think my father might be happy with an Intel Mac laptop but the bottom
> end for refurbished units is $400. Add another $200 in upgrades to make
> them useful. That's more than he wants to spend.
> 				Later
> 				Mike
> P.S. A link from the supervisor at the CLL... Everyone WILL enjoy this.
> It is mandatory. ;-)
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ctrvp
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