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Welcome Niamh [May. 23rd, 2003|01:36 pm]
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Yay.

My new laptop, niamh.cfhp.org, arrived in the mail yesterday morning.

niamh.cfhp.org

She is thoroughly awesome.
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[User Picture]From: madbard
2003-05-23 11:58 am (UTC)

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Whoo! (Whistling and lewd comments.)
[User Picture]From: blueelephant
2003-05-23 12:03 pm (UTC)

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Are you running GNU/Linux on it and if so were you able to buy it without paying the Microsoft tax?
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:00 pm (UTC)

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I'm dual-booting XP and Slackware.
[User Picture]From: old_girl
2003-05-23 12:22 pm (UTC)

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Word. She's a beaut.
[User Picture]From: simonfunk
2003-05-23 01:01 pm (UTC)

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How's typing speed on the KB? And how did the linux install go / how well supported is the hardware?
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:03 pm (UTC)

Re: keyboard

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The keyboard is pretty reasonable. Not quite full-size, but quite close. Typing speed is fine, though the right shift key location & size is killing me.
[User Picture]From: simonfunk
2003-05-23 01:09 pm (UTC)

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Interesting. You've just made me realize I never use the right shift key. (Yeah, even for A in Apple I use the left one!) I guess this laptop was made for me. :)
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:17 pm (UTC)

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I think I only use the right shift key in one or two (non-ergonomic) situations. For instance, typing the colon in URLs. Note that I type colon with left shift in most if not every other case. Very strange stuff.
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:24 pm (UTC)

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I spent several months looking at small notebooks / big subnotebooks, looking for the smallest machine with a reasonable feature set, and this is quite simply it.
[User Picture]From: simonfunk
2003-05-23 01:29 pm (UTC)

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yeah, it looks like about what I'm looking for too, so I'm glad you found it. :)
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:34 pm (UTC)

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Word.
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:53 pm (UTC)

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Did I mention that this thing gets an obscene amount of battery life? On the order of 12 hours.
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:04 pm (UTC)

Re: linux

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Everything is supported, with the exception of the winmodem.
[User Picture]From: simonfunk
2003-05-23 01:16 pm (UTC)

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Have you played with adding an external monitor and/or TV?
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:24 pm (UTC)

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It has VGA and S-Video out. I've successfully connected an external VGA display at work. I haven't tried the S-Video out yet.
[User Picture]From: simonfunk
2003-05-23 01:31 pm (UTC)

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Mostly curious how this would work under Linux, since Linux's multi-monitor support is still sketchy at best.

But conversely, I don't do windoze. I wonder if it will ever be possible to buy a decent laptop w/out paying the MS tax?
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 01:33 pm (UTC)

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The folks at Emperor Linux sell this machine with Linux on it: Piranha.
[User Picture]From: simonfunk
2003-05-23 03:20 pm (UTC)

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Hey, for only $350 above suggested retail they throw away the (already paid for) MS software and install Linux for you. What a deal! :/

(I wonder if they further sell all those unused MS licenses on the side?)

Does anybody buy (as opposed to make their own) Piranha, and if so, why?

I wonder if it will ever be possible to buy a decent laptop w/out paying the MS tax?
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-05-23 03:26 pm (UTC)

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I certainly didn't see the point of buying the machine from someone other than Fujitsu itself.
[User Picture]From: simonfunk
2003-08-13 06:01 pm (UTC)

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Whaddya think of the P1000 series? I'm thinking of getting one, but wondering if there's anything besides the obvious lack of CD to watch out for.

Also: were you able to play with one of these hands-on before you bought (and if so, where?) or did you just do it all online?
[User Picture]From: hober
2003-08-13 09:04 pm (UTC)

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I thought the P1K was too small, keyboard-wize. I was able to play with a P2K hands-on, at Fry's.