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  • countryclubber
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    school district has bought laptops for teachers for about 7 yrs. they change every 3 yrs with the teacher getting the machine after 3 yrs if they do a number of things, like inservices etc.
    HS uses PC, MS and Elementary use Mac (another story). My wife works at MS, I at the HS. I didn't want mine. don't like to type on them and ditto the cursor thing. At school only used it with mouse attached. I use a Dell desktop at home. Wife wanted hers for some reason (she hates computers) but since it came home it has never been out of bag.

    The district buys 40 to 50 laptops a year with PC's one year, Macs the next 2. Each year about 5% are screwed up out of the box. Another 5-10% screw up the first year with another 10% get screwed up by the user during the first year. 20-30% need to be thrown away after 3 yrs, 40-50% work fine for people years after they take them home and 10% seem to be able to work in a rainstorm in the jungle downloading anything and everything with no problems what so ever.
    It doesn't matter what type it is or where they got them from percentages are same..

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  • Pego
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    Originally posted by tafnut
    Apparently I am not destined to ever use a laptop (except in dire emergency), because I can't keep some part of my hand off that stupid little touchpad, so the cursor is always appearing in random places when I'm trying to type something. :evil: :evil: :evil:
    Ditto.

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  • bambam
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    I have typically gotten about 3-4 years out of laptops. Now on about my 4th-5th one - started having laptops in the early 90s.

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  • Mennisco
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    Originally posted by MJD
    Because I use it in 4 locations and sometimes travel with it.
    On frugality:

    http://www.thetaoofmakingmoney.com/2007/07/09/430.html

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  • MJD
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    Because I use it in 4 locations and sometimes travel with it.

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  • tafnut
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    Originally posted by MJD
    Originally posted by tafnut
    Originally posted by MJD
    I plug keyboards into my laptop. I wouldn't use them if I had to type on the laptop itself.
    Um . . . doesn't that sorta defeat the whole purpose of a LAPtop . . . portability . . . work anywhere . . . only one thing to carry around?
    I have a couple of keyboards. It is like a docking station. That would include a printer, scanner, speakers, etc. Travel very rarely with it.
    I'm missing something here - if portability is not an issue, and you have all the peripherals, why don't you just use a desktop model?

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  • MJD
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    Originally posted by tafnut
    Originally posted by MJD
    I plug keyboards into my laptop. I wouldn't use them if I had to type on the laptop itself.
    Um . . . doesn't that sorta defeat the whole purpose of a LAPtop . . . portability . . . work anywhere . . . only one thing to carry around?
    I have a couple of keyboards. It is like a docking station. That would include a printer, scanner, speakers, etc. Travel very rarely with it.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    I use a laptop with docking stations, keyboards, and monitors both at home and at work and just take the laptop with me. Therefore, I am never without a file I need!

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  • tlb747
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    Every two years, since 2003 (although my first lap top was free).

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  • guru
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    Originally posted by Mennisco
    The basic problem with any "melt"down, is, um, well, heat related. With a laptop the keyboard may also function as a heatsink. All semiconductors generate heat, so keeping the CPU, graphics chip and memory sufficiently cool are tasks that laptop manufacturers are constantly grappling with. Anything that interferes with the ventilation of the system is not going to help. Hope this does.
    It does help. Thanks. I keep my laptop in the living room for the most part at home, and it has been known to find it's way on the arm of the couch occasionally. I'm sure that doesn't help the vents on the bottom. I will pay more attention to avoiding that in the future.

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  • tafnut
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    Meanwhile, I'm still driving this big HOG!

    http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... t=computer

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  • Daisy
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    We go about 5-6 years between upgrades. Never had one fry on us. We only go with MAC despite the price tag. I use it at work and home, carry it in my back pack on my cycle commute. We're currently on our third one. The only thing that is a pain is they don't have a standard VGA port in the computer so I have to carry a connector. I always have a spare in case I lose one. Battery life is another issue. I have never had a MAC that beats a PC in that department.

    We bought a DELL laptop for $800 and it is such a horrible machine to use that we never touch it now. Mouse pad sucks and speed is terrible, despite it supposedly being a fastish machine. Who knows why its that way but we won't be buying another PC in the near future.

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  • tafnut
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    Originally posted by MJD
    I plug keyboards into my laptop. I wouldn't use them if I had to type on the laptop itself.
    Um . . . doesn't that sorta defeat the whole purpose of a LAPtop . . . portability . . . work anywhere . . . only one thing to carry around?

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  • bad hammy
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    Originally posted by MJD
    I plug keyboards into my laptop. I wouldn't use them if I had to type on the laptop itself.
    I felt that way for years and avoided getting a laptop because of it. Finally got one (it helps that it was paid for by my employer) and within about two hours was wondering why I had avoided it. The keyboard and touch pad are a piece of cake to get used to. I do have to turn off the feature that allows you to activate a mouse click by tapping on the touch pad, though. That feature drove me insane . . .

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  • Mennisco
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    The basic problem with any "melt"down, is, um, well, heat related. With a laptop the keyboard may also function as a heatsink. All semiconductors generate heat, so keeping the CPU, graphics chip and memory sufficiently cool are tasks that laptop manufacturers are constantly grappling with. Anything that interferes with the ventilation of the system is not going to help. Hope this does.

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