RE: "budget" laptop?

Subject: RE: "budget" laptop?
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 08:01:39 -0500

Sorry, Ed, I must have been thinking slightly bigger than reality: It
was a 20.1-inch notebook I had in mind. For instance,
-78299212-78299212-80247383.html -- 2 GB RAM, 240 HD.

But, as it turns out, the model above may not be currently available and
this dalliance with even 20 inches may have been more of a passing fancy
than I realized. The current offerings at HP's web site, for instance,
appear to max out at 17" wide. In any case, if you want to dig more into
20" notebooks, I'd start with the standard Google search: I saw some
interesting-looking links from there.


-----Original Message-----
From: Edgar D' Souza [mailto:edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:31 AM
To: Pinkham, Jim
Cc: Rob Hudson; techwr-l List
Subject: Re: "budget" laptop?

On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 7:12 PM, Pinkham, Jim <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
> Just to offer some further perspective on this: The norm in notebooks
> this quarter (since about late July/early Aug.) is at least 3 GB of
> RAM and 250 GB hard drives -- and quite a few are available at
> not-outrageous prices that have 4 GB of RAM and 320 GB hard drives.
> Ed's spex seem a little on the light side for what's currently on the
> market.

As Fred said, if you want to continue using 32-bit versions of whatever
is your favorite OS, then (IIRC, slightly over) 3GB is addressable.
Granted, that extra gig is a cheap upgrade against the future
possibility that you'll be running a 64-bit OS anyway...
however, my last try at using 64-bit Linux, around two years ago, was
not much fun, since a lot of stuff I wanted to use was not 64-bit
compatible at that time (Flash, for one; IIRC VMware Player then had
some restrictions about host or guest OS not being 64-bit... and other
stuff didn't work too well either). Things have no doubt improved since
then, but I have yet to have another go at it. I'm comfy with 3GB,
though - can do pretty much all I need to in that.

And the 320GB drives - true, and one can always find bit-hoards to
occupy as much space as you have :)

> If you want a little heftier and much pricier, 22" notebooks are
> available, too.

Whoa... external display or built-in? Google didn't turn up much on this
- some links would be appreciated :-)


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"budget" laptop?: From: Rob Hudson
Re: "budget" laptop?: From: Edgar D' Souza
RE: "budget" laptop?: From: Pinkham, Jim
Re: "budget" laptop?: From: Edgar D' Souza

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