RE: What notebook did you buy?

Subject: RE: What notebook did you buy?
From: "Spitzer, Judd L" <judd -dot- l -dot- spitzer -at- lmco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 09:18:56 -0400

If you're looking at upgradability, then the Mac is the way to go. It
is well documented that Macs have a longer usable lifespan than their
comparable PC brethren, and much of the reason can be pointed directly
to Microsoft. This means you can upgrade the Mac OS software without a
major tech refresh. I've recently read reports that the average Mac
lifespan is about 5 years while the PC lifespan tends to be about 2

On the subject of "Cracking the Case", I have cracked the cases on two
different Apple powerbooks and an iBook, and was able to successfully
replace the hard drives in each. This is can be an undaunting task for
the not so hardware tech savvy. However you can pick up decent sized
(60 Gigs currently) internal drives for less than $100 for a laptop. So
$100 hard drive upgrade in 3 or 4 years, or $1000 laptop. I think you
can squeeze a lot of life out of an old trusty computer.

Judd Spitzer
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
> random idiocy of friends who want to look for the latest crazy

> celebrity download.

The only upgrade for a laptop that makes financial sense is
memory. Notebook computer hardware is more expensive, and you can
quickly spend very close to the cost of a baseline notebook. You can
replace the hard drive, but could run into setup problems.

If you have the original setup CD, buy a memory upgrade and
reload everything.

Ed Wurster


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