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    What to look for in a laptop

    As always with laptops the important factors are usually: 1. Size 2. Weight 3. Price 4. Heat 5. Comfort 6. Performance 7. Screen resolution 8. Battery life If he's looking for heavy business use and occasional gaming then I'd think he wants at least a 15" laptop, maybe 17" if he does a lot of spreadsheets. Screen resolution varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. You can find high end 15" laptops with up to 1920x1080 resolution. I'd suggest hitting up Newegg and browsing through their selections. I'd say a decent laptop that can do most games will be around the $1000 to $1500 mark. It won't do "zomg Crysis at 2560x1600" but it'll be enough for most games at relatively high quality. You should find out what are the most important factors for him from the above list and then find a laptop based on that. Keeping in mind that the beefier the processor/GPU the most heat it's going to produce and the most power it's going to suck down.
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    Help me pick a laptop: portability or screen size?

    Depends on your budget. I've seen 15" laptops with 1920x1080 resolution screens. For anything computer-related Amazon wouldn't be my first place of shopping. You might want to try Newegg.com first.
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    Laptops for developing

    Quote:Original post by svr2112 The best you can do is to take the battery off every time it's fully charged and you are in a place where you can keep the laptop plugged to the wall. Batteries life is determined in Cycles. 1 Cycle equal 1 discharge + 1 charge. Charging you battery when it's half empty won't damage the battery itself but will make you run thru cycles twice faster, thus, it will kill your battery twice faster. Never, never, keep the laptop plugged in with the battery in fully charged for a long period of time..... This is the mistake most people make, it prematurely kills the battery. This used to be the case a long time ago. Todays laptops include circuitry to always use the mains power if the laptop is plugged in instead of using the battery. I have Asus and Toshiba laptops and they both do this. Even my netbook does this. So taking the battery out is pointless since while plugged in the laptop doesn't use the power from the battery, and the battery will lose a slight charge (due to the nature of lithium batteries) whether it's connected to the laptop or not. So just leave it in and forget about it.
  4. "Health" and "Health food" threads scare the crap out of me, because of all the 'wisdom' usually spouted there is usually very few sources to back up said claims. I'm not saying people are saying incorrect things, I'm just saying a few more sources would be great to read through so we can educate ourselves more. To get the best advice go to a registered nutritionist though after getting a medical check up by a real doctor.
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    Starting College LapTop Suggestions???

    If you want a laptop for classes, I recommend against getting a desktop-replacement laptop. You don't want something big and bulky. Find a good light laptop. You probably want something smaller than 15". Maybe a 13" ultraportable would be good if netbooks aren't your thing. Seriously, forget about big, bulky, and heavy laptops. They're not worth the hassle, and this is coming from someone that only has a 15.4" gaming laptop. It would be hellish to lug around a 17" laptop. Forget about desktops. You're probably not going to upgrade it over its life, so let's stop kidding ourselves about that. You will also always be shackled to your room when you want to get some work done. Paying $400 more for a laptop is definitely worth the freedom and mobility of being able to do your work anywhere whether its at home, the library, cafeteria, or lying in the hall after some classes(seriously!). You also don't want to play games on one. If you want games get an Xbox360 because apart from a few specific genres a lot of PC games these days are just console ports with more bugs. You will find that taking notes on your laptop in class is not all that it's cracked up to be. I've tried it, it's not worth the hassle, and this is just for general writing. If you want to take notes in chemistry, math, physics...etc. classes with all their drawings and formulas then you're in for a rough ride. Get yourself a pen and some paper, take all the notes and drawings you need, then scan them and perform some OCR on them and insert your drawings in the resulting document. That way you have the most flexibility and you end up with some really nice looking notes. To recap, get a small light laptop/netbook. Get some pen and paper for class. Get a scanner. For games get an Xbox360/Wii. I don't know what your budget is, but all this can be had for $800 if you choose to go for a netbook. Maybe $810 if you pick up some premium pens and paper ;p Or another idea: Get a point n' click digital camera and a voice recorder, or just a video camera. Set them up to record the whole class. Voila! You have everything you need from that class. You have notes, you have the lecture, and any question/answer sessions. Good luck.
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    Laptop!

    Look into the Asus G-series laptops. I currently own a G50vt and it's been a great laptop so far after almost a year and a half of use(and still quite capable). I think the G7x are the newest out there.
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    My mouswheel beats VS2010! :D (Yep, thats a problem)

    I'm guessing you're using a Logitech MX Revolution or some other Logitech mouse that has that kind of scroll wheel that keeps spinning. I've noticed that scrollbar behavior in so many applications I just started to think of it as normal behavior =/
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    Farmville / Cyber Nations Killer

    This is spam. If you want to tell us about this awesome new game then do it without a referral link, otherwise this is spam.
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    Visual Studio 2010 Professional

    You could always Download and install Daemon Tools. It's a great tool for dealing with ISO files. Just install and mount your iso file.
  10. Quote:Original post by owl I love these google guys. If they ran for the precidency I'd vote for them. (if I was n.american of course!) As a Canadian citizen I'm obligated to inform you that the United States of America does not encompass all of North America.
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    Laptop Question

    I'm going to chime in with my opinions of gaming laptops as a current owner of one. I own an ASUS G50Vt. Specs are: Core2Duo P8700 @ 2.5GHz, 4GB DDR2-800 RAM, Nvidia 9800GS (Which is an underclocked 9800GT and can be overclocked to 9800GT speeds, but I wouldn't recommend it and I'll explain why), 15.4" 1680x1050 screen. First, I love this laptop. After moving between North America and the Middle East I'm glad I was able to take my performance PC with me and still be able to play games and do all the good stuff I was able to do. There's a lot of performance packed into this little machine. Second, I hate this laptop. Even at normal desktop usage the thing is hot and has perceptible noise. The CPU is normally around 50 degrees C and the GPU at 70 degrees C at idle temperature. Playing games the GPU is constantly around 85-90 degrees C. There's just no way to get rid of so much heat using heatpipes and a single fan, even with the lower power usage of mobile components. I can literally keep a cup of coffee hot just by keeping it next to the exhaust vent while playing a game. The second reason I hate this laptop is that it's big and heavy. It may be portable, but I'd say portable means I can take it out of the house someplace else. I wouldn't say it's portable inside the house since it's cumbersome to move it around due to heft and the battery life is abysmal lasting around 2 hours for web surfing which means I have to carry the charger. The physical size of the laptop reminds me of something from the 90's, even if the styling looks nice. The third reason I hate it is the screen is too small. My eye sight is fine, but reading on it with about a meter of distance between myself and the screen is uncomfortable. Games with small icons such as in RTS's (think Supreme Commander in zoomed out strategic view) are less fun to play since i have to concentrate more just to see clearly what it is I'm looking at. It cost me around $1800 last year. I could have bought a gaming desktop, second monitor, AND a $600-700 laptop for work use. I could have even shipped my desktop with me overseas for a fraction more. My recommendation is: unless you have money to burn or you have some outstanding reason for wanting a gaming laptop, such as having a session of Crysis out in the wilderness as you drive back from a client's site, then just save your money and get a gaming desktop and work laptop. The downsides of a gaming laptop greatly outweigh the benefits of one, and cost is just one part of it. If you really want a gaming laptop though, you can't go wrong with ASUS, the build quality on this laptop is great. Hope that helped ;)
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    Favorite novel

    I loved Karl Schroeder's book titled "Permanence" .
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    Nerd Theater

    Cool comics, I like them. Just one question, why do I need to have javascript enabled to view the comics? =/ .
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    Social Security is asking for its money back

    Quote:Original post by nsmadsen Quote:Original post by Alpha_ProgDes You can't spend you way out of this problem.... Exactly right. I see what our US politicians are pushing for and it makes me scratch my head. The more the US goes into dept the more we're just pushing some of our problems down the road for our younger generations to deal with. At the same time other problems pop up. It feels like a downward spiral. Indeed, I agree wholeheartedly. Your government should start cutting social services so that you can keep funding your wars. I mean seriously, who needs healthy living people when you have oil and colonial interests? Thumbs up!
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    Buying a New Computer

    Most likely you're not going to be able to upgrade for years to come. Why? A few things: 1. CPU sockets change, a few times within a single generation. For example the Core 2 Duo's came using a LGA 775 socket, and the generation of CPU's after being the Core i7 came using LGA 1366 and recently also LGA 1156. I doubt that even the next generation of CPU's (Sandy bridge...etc) is going to use either of these sockets. Also, From my perspective it seems that i7 CPU's are maxed out in terms of performance apart from clockspeed differences, which you can always overcome by overclocking a lower end part. The only thing that will change is the number of cores. 2. GPU's. Every generation of GPU's has a sweet spot in terms of performance per dollar, and this generation isn't any difference. Usually that sweet spot will last you as long as the higher end ones will, and after a few years there usually won't be that big of a performance difference to justify spending an additional 1-200 dollars right now. 3. Memory. In many benchmarks I've seen for DDR3 there doesn't seem to be much performance gained by spending more $$$ for premium speeds. Same as the diminishing returns experienced in DDR2 land when going from DDR2 800 to DDR2 1000. This is probably the only thing that's upgradable in my view, and that's only by expanding storage rather than faster speeds. If your memory slots are full then you'll just be wasting money you spend right now if you expand in the future. In my opinion, buying a $800-$1000 PC every 3 years is much more effective than buying an $1800 PC every 4-6 years. Right now I'm running a C2D system, GF 9800, 4GB DDR2 RAM, and I don't see myself NEEDING to upgrade for a few more years yet, especially when we're on the verge of new technologies being introduced(SATA 3, USB 3, couple others). Right now pretty much all next gen systems(i7, DDR3...etc) are still at a premium price. If I was going to grab a system right now I'd get a core i7 860(socket 1156), with 4-8 GB of RAM initially, a graphics card around $150-$200, a 64 or 128 GB SSD for the OS and some choice apps like VS...etc and a game or two, and a bigger magnetic drive for the remaining inconsequential apps and media that you're no doubt bound to have. But like I said, with SATA 3, USB 3, and much faster SSD's that can utilize much more bandwidth than SATA 2 can provide, I'd wait a while.
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