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The power socket for my laptop has really truly finally died this time, and after a new power cord, a new keyboard, sugru to hold the disintegrating case and power socket together, I think the dratted thing is finally on the way out this time.   Who knew a Vaio would be so fragile?  Although I think it's lasted me since 2011, so I suppose that by modern standards its lifetime was not excessively short.

Laptop purchasing is a horrid nightmarish confusopoly, even choosing with the help of Pp who builds his own machines.  In the end, I have ordered an Asus N550JK.   It will come with Windows 8*, oh no, and it will no doubt take three days to ensure it is all set up as I want it. Drattitude.

* Before anyone pops up to say 'why not another OS'...- I'm sticking with Windows.  I fully expect Windows 8 to be baffling and horrible, but any OS I don't know is bound to be baffling and horrible, and this way at least I should be able to keep most of the software I know how to use.  Just the idea of going through it all to find out if it will all run on anything else fills me with dread, let alone the idea of having to find non-Windows alternatives and learn their quirks.  I like learning, but not that kind!

Don't get me wrong, I love Linux as a server OS, everything I build is hosted on Linux and I turn away any work that requires a Windows server.  But for a desktop machine, I want my oooooold familiar horrible applications that have calcified habitually around me like a shell over the years.  I did briefly consider going cloud-based with a Chromebook, but I have enough hassle with Google randomly changing their mind about their web interfaces all the time, I would like to keep some control!

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lil_shepherd
23rd Jun, 2015 19:03 (UTC)
You should immediately be able to switch to Windows 10 which, we are assured, is much more user friendly (it could hardly be less so than 8.) I'm sticking with Windows 7 until this Vaio fails. Which it has shown no sign of doing. (Getting the icon that says 'switch to Windows 10' out of my task bar is actually a daily task!)

I had a wonderful Samsung netbook, but bought another Samsung to replace it and it was the worst computer I have ever owned (yes, worse than my Amstad 1512, which I loved.) It gave up the ghost after less than two years...
bunn
23rd Jun, 2015 21:31 (UTC)
I thought Windows 10 came out 29th July? I have the 'switch' icon, but I don't think it actually allows you to install it yet. I had planned to wait till I could buy a system with it preinstalled, but unfortunately the Vaio seems unlikely to hold together that long.

Admittedly, most of the things that have gone wrong with it have been fixable, but I have NEVER had a laptop where I've had to take the damn thing to pieces so many times. I eventually got to the point where I left half the screws out, because I was constantly having to open it up to fix things and it has way more screws than it needs to keep things in place.
huinare
23rd Jun, 2015 23:57 (UTC)
Yes, I believe the 29th is the date. I expressed a desire to get the free upgrade per tyrannical taskbar icon. The icon continues to pop up offering the upgrade, although I have already opted in. I had to google it to find out that it's not available quite yet. I'm cautiously looking forward to it.
lil_shepherd
24th Jun, 2015 05:16 (UTC)
I think sometimes we get the equivalent of a Monday morning car. (I adore my Vaio, but then I also adored my Samsung netbook...)


I'm too fond of Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 until I have to. But I am getting very, very annoyed that each time I customise the taskbar not to show either the notification or the icon, each morning the icon comes back in place. Way to annoy me, Microsoft.

ningloreth
23rd Jun, 2015 23:19 (UTC)
I have a very simple method for choosing a laptop -- Is it red? OK, I'll have it then.

Windows 8.1 is actually a lot better than Windows 8 and, if my experience is anything to go by, Windows will keep pestering you until you upgrade. It's a bit daunting because it mentions complete backups and hours, but in the end it doesn't take too long.

8.1 still has the silly Metro thing but you can set it to boot straight into the Desktop. It has a rudimentary Start Menu, but I just pin all the applications to the taskbar. You can run XP-based applications on it, but you need to select the right compatibility mode or they tend to crash.
bunn
24th Jun, 2015 07:44 (UTC)
I went through a phase of always having blue ones, but I seem to have moved away from that now : the Vaio was black and this new one is sort of brushed metal. I am amazed it took computer manufacturers so long to work out that people quite like to buy things that are in different colours, and that neither beige nor black are the Only Colours in the Box...

That sounds hopeful about 8.1, thanks for the tips! I had assumed I wouldn't need to know 8 at all and could breeze from 7 to 10, so I really have no idea about it.
anna_wing
24th Jun, 2015 02:53 (UTC)
You have my complete sympathy. Good luck.

I've just bought the ASUS Eeebook, the X205TA (I loved the original ASUS netbooks, and was very happy when ASUS went back into the category), but have not done anything with it because my internet and landline went down that day and stayed down for ten days. I will do set-up tonight. Luckily my house-guest is a 20-year old with a diploma in robotics and mechatronics, and some knowledge of various programming languages, so I shall press her into service as necessary.
bunn
24th Jun, 2015 07:49 (UTC)
10 days! Eeek! Good luck with the setup.

I always thought netbooks were a good idea, but I tend to want to do everything on the same device, and some of the things I do I need more processor power for, so working on a minidevice never quite happened. I do have a phone which in theory I should be able to work on, it's quite a powerful little computer, but in practice I never do, and the poor thing has been relegated to being a small camera that occasionally takes phonecalls or is required to display a recipe when I'm cooking.
king_pellinor
24th Jun, 2015 09:47 (UTC)
I like my netbook, as it's a bit more portable than a full laptop but perfectly good for browsing, office stuff, and simple games.

I think the problem these days is that you have a spectrum of devices available from basic phone through smartphone, tablet, netbook, laptop, to desktop, with each of them available in various sizes and strengths. The only sensible thing to do is to pick some convenient points and ignore the ones in between.

So at the moment I have a basic (not smart) phone (with a week of battery!) for keeping in touch, a desktop for day to day purposes, and a netbook for travelling, whereas LoA goes for intermediate steps: a smartphone and a laptop (as well as the desktop for writing on and killing me with).

My phone contract is up for renewal and it seems sensible on one level to go for a smartphone, but that's a move up the spectrum: I'd lose the battery life and portability of my existing phone, but the gains in terms of web access aren't great as my netbook covers off most of that. Maybe I should have both phones and just swap SIMs about so I can pick and choose :-)

What I really want is a coherent modular suite, where say a very basic phone connects to a laptop to make it a 4G device, and the laptop docks with a proper monitor and keyboard to make a desktop. Shouldn't be hard to do technically, but I bet it'd be expensive :-)
bunn
24th Jun, 2015 10:47 (UTC)
I am something of a dinosaur; I don't *like* using multiple devices for anything more than the most lightweight web browsing and email. So I have one heavy, large overpowered laptop which I use for everything and lug about regardless of weight.

Thinking about it, this is probably an evolution of the way that I didn't like leaving books in a locker at school, so would carry a huge bag full of books from lesson to lesson. Consistency above all!

At the moment I am on one of Pp's desktop machines. It isn't set up right, nothing is in the right place and it makes me snarl. :-/
king_pellinor
24th Jun, 2015 11:53 (UTC)
I'm with you. Everything is on the desktop: the phone is just for calls and texts, and the netbook is for specific things (mostly through the web) when the desktop isn't available.

I don't like the idea of a phone that can do stuff, because it's one more thing to keep track of.

I have moved over to using OneDrive to keep documents synched across the desktop and netbook, and accessible from other PCs too. But it's not very reliable :-(
king_pellinor
24th Jun, 2015 09:47 (UTC)
I like my netbook, as it's a bit more portable than a full laptop but perfectly good for browsing, office stuff, and simple games.

I think the problem these days is that you have a spectrum of devices available from basic phone through smartphone, tablet, netbook, laptop, to desktop, with each of them available in various sizes and strengths. The only sensible thing to do is to pick some convenient points and ignore the ones in between.

So at the moment I have a basic (not smart) phone (with a week of battery!) for keeping in touch, a desktop for day to day purposes, and a netbook for travelling, whereas LoA goes for intermediate steps: a smartphone and a laptop (as well as the desktop for writing on and killing me with).

My phone contract is up for renewal and it seems sensible on one level to go for a smartphone, but that's a move up the spectrum: I'd lose the battery life and portability of my existing phone, but the gains in terms of web access aren't great as my netbook covers off most of that. Maybe I should have both phones and just swap SIMs about so I can pick and choose :-)

What I really want is a coherent modular suite, where say a very basic phone connects to a laptop to make it a 4G device, and the laptop docks with a proper monitor and keyboard to make a desktop. Shouldn't be hard to do technically, but I bet it'd be expensive :-)
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