Re: What notebook did you buy?

Subject: Re: What notebook did you buy?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 11:13:21 -0700

Amanda_Abelove -at- toyota -dot- com wrote:

Has anyone managed to upgrade their laptop the same way you upgrade a desktop? Swapping out hard drives modems to upgrade over time? My Dell can't be upgraded. It gets to be the one I leave at home for random idiocy of friends who want to look for the latest crazy celebrity download.

You can use PCMCIA cards to upgrade Ethernet and wireless connections. Similarly, if the laptop has a USB drive, you can use an external hard drive.

I believe that motherboard and CPU upgrades are technically possible on some machines, but that you may have trouble getting what you need -- and finding someone to do the work if you can't do it yourself.

Essentially there are three different platforms that you could choose,

the Microsoft Platform, The Macintosh Platform, and the Linux Platform.

While people tend to be emotional for some reason about there pick of
computers and software, the bottom line, is IF you can use what you
like, that is the best way to go.

Some comments on these paragraphs:

- There isn't really a Microsoft Platform, nor a Linux Platform. "Platform" in this sense refers to hardware. Microsoft and Linux are both pieces of software. Both run on what might be called the Intel Platform. For that matter, you can run Linux on the Mac platform, too.

- You can run Microsoft/Linux and OSX/Linux combinations by using a boot loader to select your operating system at boot time. You could even use a bootloader for OSX/Linux, and run a Windows emulator, if the machine has the memory.

It's worth being pedantic on these points, I think, because that way you don't get trapped into false oppositions. You can have a lot more flexibility than most people think.

Bruce Byfield 604-421-7177


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