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The best damn waste of time!

Enhancing your computing experience

Oscar
Total posts: 1323

Yeah I use Process Explorer on a daily basis at work thanks to Vista and its phantom Thumbs.db files it likes to create in every directory and not close the handles to even if you never went into that directory. RAGE!

Drew
Total posts: 4902

you know what's ridiculous? when you're trying to close an unresponsive program but nothing is happening task manager won't even come up after a few seconds you get frustrated and decide to do a hard reboot and as soon as you hit the button the program instantly closes and windows acts like it just wants to log off and that it's sorry and it didn't know that you really wanted to close that program but everything is ok now and then you're like it's too late for that now enjoy your hard reboot as you hold the button for two more seconds without remorse until you hear the gratifying click of the hard drive's spinning coming to an end

acelxix
Total posts: 2285

Yeah sometimes you can get the same effect by clicking the shut down button.  It'll bring up a list of programs waiting to shutdown and as long as you have one that needs user feedback (like an unsaved doc) you have the option to cancel and can continue using the computer.  At that point though a lot of programs and services may have been shut down so it's probably best to just restart anyways. 

No more satisfying hard drive click with SSDs. :(  Although I do hear it on my work laptop.  Slightly higher pitch when the hdd is winding down maybe because it's smaller. :)

mwinter
Total posts: 4229

Yeah I like the sound of my linux box running for 6 months and then rebooting when I install a new kernel

acelxix
Total posts: 2285

Yeah I like the sound of dragons being slayed in Skyrim rope-a-dopes in SC2 and headshots in BF3 and Crysis 2.  Can you get them to run in linux?  Sure.  Is it a pain in the ass?  Yes.  Do you get the same performance?  doubtful.

mwinter
Total posts: 4229

Touche. I'm still waiting for the Steam Client for Linux which was apparently just a false rumor :(

Drew
Total posts: 4902

so my attempt to revitalize my brother's old laptop for my use has come to a halt due to a stripped screw and a mystery board plug and wire that i can't figure out where it belongs the wire is cleanly cut but i don't know how that could have happened since the only tools i've used is a screwdriver and hammer (yes hammer) working theory is that the stripped screw and mystery wire were placed by the 6 year old malaysian kid who built the computer in protest of working conditions....stupid kid

 

any recommendations for laptop purchasing? kind of sour on dell since both my brother's and my mother's had issues with holding or receiving power after a few years optical drives also crapped out on both but i know they didn't actually make those

mwinter
Total posts: 4229

Yeah I had power issues on my work dell -- replaced the battery and everything worked fine again.. Wasn't all that expensive but then again i didnt pay for it. 

Haven't bought a laptop of my own lately but the HPs we have for work are decent.

acelxix
Total posts: 2285

I bought something similar to this for my grandparents but the one I got was a floor model and was only $350 (may have been an i3 and they took $50 for being a floor model).  Considering their previous desktop was still running Windows 97 and still works and they never complained this one will probably last them for another decade.  I felt a little sad giving it to them because I know the laptop will never be used to it's full potential.  

Anyways I'm not sure about longevity of laptop brands but I know the screen died one of my toshiba M5's and the hard drive died on the other (work laptops).  They issued us Dell Latitude 6410's now and I'm satisfied with it.  14'' screen i5 m540 2.67 Ghz cpu 8gb ram 500 gb hd web cam weights maybe 4-5 lbs good keyboard and battery life is ok.  Runs quiet.  Of course the retail value with those specs is over a grand (as googling indicates).

According to cnet the HP Pavilion dv76b55dx has the longest battery life but the research obviously doesn't include battery life over time.  My sister has a similar hp and hasn't had many problems with it.

Drew
Total posts: 4902
was intrigued by nvidia's optimus technology but found it cost prohibitive

narrowed it down:
hp 4530s
hp g6t upgraded to an i3
and maybe best buy will sell an asus x54c this is my first choice right now...