Need a new laptop ASAP

Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:02 am

My netbook runs Android and Windows. I use it to control my telescope and capture images when out in the middle of a field. It runs XP. I love XP! Unfortunately, not going to be supported any longer. :(
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:26 am

Rick 386 wrote:
The only way I can access the HP right now is through teamviewer. It has all me accounting and estimating software and files on it so I will need to transfer if buying new.


Rick if you don't have backups of your files you're flirting with disaster.
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:06 am

I do have backups for all the files.

The problem was not being able to see the screen yesterday when I needed to.

Had 2 customers show up for damage estimates. All I could do at the time was take their info and then create them when I could access through team viewer. Most people want their estimate right then and there.

Will have this resolved this morning. Cannot keep going with remote access.




Rick
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: rberq On: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:19 am

Rick 386 wrote:It has all me accounting and estimating software and files on it so I will need to transfer if buying new.

Ditto what Richard said about backups. I use Dropbox which duplicates and syncs files between two computers in my house and also stores everything “in the cloud”. There is a little setup required to make sure all your data files are kept within the Dropbox folder and subfolders, rather than at the folder locations used by application defaults. But after that, backup and synchronizing is essentially seamless. I keep the original application installation files, and data files, within Dropbox. There are other commercial products similar to Dropbox.

Rick 386 wrote:I'm hard on them and the work environment is not really good to them with the dust and dirt I generate ... The only way I can access the HP right now is through teamviewer.

You could consider keeping your primary computer at home or in a similar friendly environment. Then keep one or two inexpensive laptops at your business, and access the primary via teamviewer or Microsoft Remote Desktop or similar. The computers at your shop would contain no business-application software or data files at all – they would essentially just be remote keyboards and monitors for the primary "real" machine.
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:21 am

Microsoft is about to release an App for the ipad. Full MS office. Probably won't be cheap :mad:
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:06 am

I went into Staples the other day and it looks like they are getting out of the laptop business. They had hugely discounted prices.
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: Yanche On: Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:01 pm

coalnewbie wrote:Sorry again Yanche. We write 40,000 page reports for the FDA in Word and Acrobat. We've tried all those Macs. Our docs are organized by complex templates hidden behind VPNs given to us by our customers and Macs always crash. Been there done that. Unix with Windows on top is stupid. A good modern Ivybridge laptop, running 2x27" external monitors (BenQ is the best at $200 each at 1920x1080 and at least as good as Cinema displays) is the way to go and MUCH cheaper, faster, better and more stable. Boy there must be a lot of money in electrics. Now Apple iphone/ipad products have no equal and that is where Apple shines. Macs are fine until you actually try to do any work on them except they excel at graphics like designing the front cover of Vogue magazine. Been like that for 30 years and nothing changes.

Sorry coalnewbie you missed my point. Apple makes excellent hardware, that was my point. Having that quality hardware including the Retina display is what I wanted. I agree, as you point out, there are much cheaper solutions for desktops. With my configuration I do not boot Windows atop Apple's Unix like operating system, the drive is partitioned to boot either Apple's OS OR Windows 7. What Apple does provide are the low level software drivers that interfaces it's hardware with windows. Just like any other hardware vendor's software drivers. Given the love hate relationship between Apple and Microsoft, those drivers are not included in the Window OS operation system. They are provided by Apple directly. Apple's laptops use batteries designed exclusively for them. That's how their laptops and tablets have long running times with less volume and weight than others.
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:42 am

Apple nice screens pretty graphics...
Now Apple is a marketing company that happens to sell computers...
Don't get me wrong...
Right tool for the job is always best...
But to say apple "hardware" is better is wrong...
Look at the specs on the chips...
Apple makes the product 'better' by having a closed enviroment via it's software...
That and 18 month release of an os with a 3 version support...
Quark for newspapers and Pagemaker for Mags...
Macs ruled...
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: Yanche On: Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:28 pm

I would characterize Apple as an engineering company with great marketing. Historically the first with a mouse, the inventor of the SVGA graphics standard, the first with a WYSIWIG screen to paper system. The list goes on and on. Today's Apple hardware is designed by Apple engineers in the USA. Apple bought an integrated circuit design company and makes custom IC's for the functionally they want. They don't just package what others have designed. The iPad and iPhone glass screen is Corning gorilla glass, a super strong glass that Corning didn't have a market for until Apple came along. Apple's volume is so high they design custom production systems that are then installed in the Asian production factories. Apple is an engineering company. Working there is high stress and high pay.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:23 am

One thing we can agree on is that Apple is a US jewel that has few equals. Jobs was a historic visionary that I am sure was tough to work for. Ipod, iphone, ipad were incredible products but now where do we go? Iwatch and c rappy Apple TV is not the next generation of anything nor is putting Windows in, under or around any IOS system the future or even the present. It's like great coal stoves, they mostly only do one thing but do it really well. Cook says great things are coming and I am waiting with bated breath and an open wallet, we will see. My experience of life is that visionaries are very hard to replace and great managers with lots of cash don't fill the bill very often or very well. Wang, DEC, IBM and any many others did historic things like Apple but failed to provide a sequel.
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:02 am

Now I'm as confused as ever. I just want a damn computer that works for more than 5 years. Seems that's not possible today .... :mad:

Wanted a Mac ... but seems pointless to spend the money on one and still have to run stupid Windows .. Got so much crap on this computer, switching it all over would be a friggin nightmare. Just what I need .... :roll:
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:38 pm

Got you covered smitty:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/281257500881?lpid=82

Stable (for over 4000 years), eco friendly, virus immune and cheap. Stick with me.
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Coal Size/Type: Rice, Chestnut
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:00 pm

Well I went in to the store and came home with a new Toshiba laptop sporting Windows 8.1

Good price for this little gem.


They didn't have anything with windows 7, so what could be the harm going to the latest, new system ??


Well let me tell you................... In FSC.




Rick
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Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: rberq On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:20 pm

Rick 386 wrote:... what could be the harm going to the latest, new system ??

:P What, indeed? :lol:
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Re: Need a new laptop ASAP

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:33 pm

Dell online win7/win7pro...
Just sayin'...
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