About the laptops…

After Tuomas (tigert) arrived from his long plane flight, he opened up his laptop in a cube at work, resuming it from its suspended sleep. I was also in the same cube.

He then proceeded to show me something, but as soon as he pointed to it (with his finger toward the screen), the display went black. After trying all sorts of keypresses to wake the blank laptop, he decided to try to power cycle it. Weird things were happening on boot, and it would decide to either go blank or reboot at seemingly random places on start up. It even began having problems in the BIOS screen.

All of the laptop problems were eerily familiar — it was what my IBM ThinkPad was doing when I first got it. The difference was mine was on the first day and his was just this past week. Much like my laptop, his laptop’s cure is to get a motherboard replacement, so it was sent off to the service department.

Meanwhile… I also have a Mac laptop, so I have been using it while Tuomas has been using my ThinkPad (with his hard drive swapped out for mine). I don’t think he’ll get his laptop back before the conference, in around an hour…

Anyway, I just wanted to state the reason why I will have a Mac at the GNOME Summit instead of my ThinkPad.

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5 Responses to “About the laptops…”

  1. some guy says:

    do you really have to make excuses for having a well-engineered, attractive, durable computer which also runs the excellent Mac OS X, instead of a cheesy ThinkPad with the little nipple/mouse thing?

  2. Heh.

    Well, having a machine using OS X at a GNOME Summit seems a bit odd. Granted, I have an outdated not-fully-working copy of Fink’s version of GNOME 2.6.

  3. Roman says:

    Well, kinda weird. Could write about hardware problems on the apple site. All of my friends had problems with hardware parts (DVD, memory, USB) and no one problems with parts on a Thinkpad (T-Series).

    Actually, I’ve the feeling, that none of the manufacturers today are using quality parts. You pay a motherload of money and get a so-so quality product. Selling laptops isn’t profitable anymore and thats probably the main point on how they build their devices.

  4. numpty says:

    Why not just install Ubuntu on the Mac laptop? Works like a charm, I use it all the time…

  5. Trae McCombs says:

    We all know it was you Garrett. You get around electronics and they just simply cease to work. 🙂

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