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Yeah I had the option of going with an i5 at least, but I dunno, something was bugging me to get the i7 lol . But honestly, most of the power draw on an idle laptop is from the screen. Which reminds me, I really should test to see how much it's taking on mine.

Either way I'm not complaining too much, 14hrs (about 7-8 hours video playback) is pretty much exactly what I need. Just long enough to keep me entertained on my flights to Beirut.
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Yeah I know, I just couldn't remember the word avatar
lol I think you're reading a bit too much into his words. The ironic thing is that he's old fashioned (for his age) but disses touch typing.
But it's jealousy. He's a young male, so this is typical behavior. He lacks the maturity to react any other way. I should know: I'm almost 31 now, so I've been there and done that.

Here's an analogy, even though it's not a very good one:

I'm a drummer, and I used to participate on a few different message boards in the drumming community, and there are two basic stick grips: traditional, and matched. Traditional is where the left hand holds the stick differently than the right (it's most commonly seen being used by jazz drummers). Matched is self-explanatory. I guess I'm comparing Traditional to Touch Typing and Matched to mastered Hunt and Peck.

Traditional grip was created by the outdoor marching drummers so that they could be able to hit the drum with their left hand due to the angle of the drum. During my time on those message boards, it was very common for the younger male drummers to say similar things about the Traditional Grip that your old roommate said about Touch Typing: it's old school and no longer needed. But the reality is this: they are jealous because every drummer who can play fluidly with the Traditional Grip makes them feel inferior (including me). Not only that, but every single drummer who plays really well with Traditional grip is usually much better at drumming than drummers who've never learned Traditional Grip.

In a similar way, not being able to Touch Type makes your old roommate feel inferior. But the only way he knows how to react is to make fun of it and say that it's useless. He's simply trying very hard to find a way to stop feeling inferior in the same way those young drummers say that Traditional grip is old school and useless when it's far more useful than they could ever know. So the mature reaction would be him taking it upon himself to learn how to Touch Type just like the mature reaction of those drummers would be to learn Traditional Grip.

My clue is this: he was impressed at first, but then he changed and said that it's old school and useless. This means that he was still impressed, but immediately started feeling inferior, and his natural competitive instincts kicked in and caused him to say that it's old school and useless in an attempt at trying to stop feeling inferior. This is the same reaction that all of those young drummers had that I mentioned. They were all usually very impressed at first, but then immediately found reasons why it was stupid and useless.
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how many cells is that?
And Thinkpad is it?

edit: I only learned to touch type for a short time (and only like an hour a week) a long time ago, so I probably learned the rest by myself. But I suppose the software's difficulty got ot the point where you didn't have time to watch what you were writing.
Wow. So how fast can you type today?
Edited by TwoCables - 3/20/10 at 3:29pm
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Yeah I had the option of going with an i5 at least, but I dunno, something was bugging me to get the i7 lol . But honestly, most of the power draw on an idle laptop is from the screen. Which reminds me, I really should test to see how much it's taking on mine.

Either way I'm not complaining too much, 14hrs (about 7-8 hours video playback) is pretty much exactly what I need. Just long enough to keep me entertained on my flights to Beirut.
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It's pretty perfect for school uses. I get around 4-5 hours watching HD Content.
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What's that laptop's model #, where did you get it, and how much did it cost?
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What's that laptop's model #, where did you get it, and how much did it cost?
It's an Acer
Got it on Newegg
Cost me $550 before $50 MIR. With Freeshipping. Back to school sale so it's much more $$ now.

They only have the 17" version right now though
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115739

I wouldn't recommend it based on the keyboard though. It makes me want to chop my fingers off and type with my eyes.
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I'm debating between getting a Filco or a Das. I keep reading the Filco is a better overall, but I really like the look of the Das...except the fact that I can see that piano finish getting annoying to clean all the time.

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I couldn't pass up the price on this boy.

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built in BT
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720P screen
LED Backlit
4 Pounds (sheesh this thing is light.)

It's pretty perfect for school uses. I get around 4-5 hours watching HD Content.
The thing with laptops is that I feel like they are more about the extras than the actual components. I mean, at least for me they are, because I have a desktop to do all the heavy lifting.

For example, take the battery control. You can give this laptop a charging threshold so that it doesn't start charging a battery until it drops below a certain percentage (so you don't waste charge cycles), and you can tell it to only charge it to a certain point, like 40% (so it doesn't lose it's charge if you mostly use it while plugged in). It can also automatically fully charge-discharge-recharge the battery for you, which you should do every few months to reset the meter and increase the lifespan.

Then take the Wifi application it comes with. Depending on where you are, it not only automatically connects to whatever available AP you have saved, but it can also do the following automatically depending on your location:
- Change your IP address and DNS settings
- Change the proxy server in IE and Firefox
- Enable/disable the firewall
- Automatically pick the best connection available (like automatically turn off the wireless connection when you plug in an ethernet cable)
- Connect to a VPN
- Change the home page
- Change the default printer
- Enable/disable file sharing

This is such a huge step up over doing it just with windows, especially for me. My college has a proxy server and I always had to manually change it every single day between class and home, and I no longer have to manually run the VPN to my home network wherever I go. Believe me, it gets annoying.

And of course there's the fact that it's got a Trackpoint and a really nice feeling keyboard with no flex. Those alone are half the reason to buy it IMO. And the touchpad has a great surface too if you prefer that.

And the carbon fiber chassis, and the titanium-magnesium rollcage. You can actually hold the laptop horizontally by the corner of the screen without any risk.

And the drainage channels in the keyboard, so if you spill something on it the liquid goes straight underneath the laptop and doesn't hit any circuitry.

Edit: Oh yeah. And the matte screen. Much nicer on a laptop than the glossy ones. In fact, there are no glossy surfaces at all.
Edited by Manyak - 3/20/10 at 4:14pm
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I'm debating between getting a Filco or a Das. I keep reading the Filco is a better overall, but I really like the look of the Das...except the fact that I can see that piano finish getting annoying to clean all the time.

Help me, guys! I can't make up my mind
I used to have the Razer Lycosa, but now I have the Filco Majestouch. One of my most favorite differences is that I no longer have to deal with that high-gloss dust magnet anymore. I also hated how it was absolutely impossible to keep it clean (as opposed to simply keeping it dust-free) . I actually gave up really quickly on cleaning it and instead just vacuumed it every day. Yeah. Every single day.

But other than that high-gloss finish, there are 2 other things I would have hated about the Das Model S:
  1. The lack of a Meta key (WinKey) on the left side. I never use the one on the right, and so it would be very irritating for me to have to adjust.
  2. The placement of the USB ports. I would have used one of those 2 ports for my wired mouse, but the placement of those ports would have made it rather inconvenient. I would have had to figure out a new way to place the cable so that it wasn't awkward. It just would have been too close. The placement of the USB port on the Lycosa is far better.
But if it weren't for these two specific things, then I guess I probably would have ended up with the Model S. However, the Das Model S doesn't have full N-Key Rollover.

In other words, I'm very glad that I bought the Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO instead of the Model S.
Edited by TwoCables - 3/20/10 at 4:15pm
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I'm debating between getting a Filco or a Das. I keep reading the Filco is a better overall, but I really like the look of the Das...except the fact that I can see that piano finish getting annoying to clean all the time.

Help me, guys! I can't make up my mind
Filco, won't need cleaning. And if you take the keys off and give them a clear coat over the top you can help keep them letters there just fine.

I've never used a Das specifically, but I don't like Piano finishes. They need cleaned, very often. And from what I've heard, early Das boards have a fair share of issues.

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Originally Posted by Manyak View Post
The thing with laptops is that I feel like they are more about the extras than the actual components. I mean, at least for me they are, because I have a desktop to do all the heavy lifting.

For example, take the battery control. You can give this laptop a charging threshold so that it doesn't start charging a battery until it drops below a certain percentage (so you don't waste charge cycles), and you can tell it to only charge it to a certain point, like 40% (so it doesn't lose it's charge if you mostly use it while plugged in). It can also automatically fully charge-discharge-recharge the battery for you, which you should do every few months to reset the meter and increase the lifespan.

Then take the Wifi application it comes with. Depending on where you are, it not only automatically connects to whatever available AP you have saved, but it can also do the following automatically depending on your location:
- Change your IP address and DNS settings
- Change the proxy server in IE and Firefox
- Enable/disable the firewall
- Automatically pick the best connection available (like automatically turn off the wireless connection when you plug in an ethernet cable)
- Connect to a VPN
- Change the home page
- Change the default printer
- Enable/disable file sharing

This is such a huge step up over doing it just with windows, especially for me. My college has a proxy server and I always had to manually change it every single day between class and home, and I no longer have to manually run the VPN to my home network wherever I go. Believe me, it gets annoying.

I can definitely see that being so nice to have. But most of it's not needed. My School's WiFi is 100% open, all it does is give you a quick re-direct on first logon to a ToS page which you must agree to (then your MAC is dumped into the System as agreed, and stays there.)

I've got the ability to charge manage with this Laptop, but I've got to do it within Windows. The default WiFi program on here will disable the WiFi when Ethernet is present, or no WiFi signal is present.
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I can definitely see that being so nice to have. But most of it's not needed. My School's WiFi is 100% open, all it does is give you a quick re-direct on first logon to a ToS page which you must agree to (then your MAC is dumped into the System as agreed, and stays there.)

I've got the ability to charge manage with this Laptop, but I've got to do it within Windows. The default WiFi program on here will disable the WiFi when Ethernet is present, or no WiFi signal is present.
Most of the time yeah you're right it's not needed, but in my specific case I wouldn't give it up for anything lol. It's just way too annoying to have to change the proxy all the time (I set one up at home too so I actually have to keep typing it in), go to the logon page to put in a username and password, and then browse the internet. And then if i have like 20 tabs open when I get there, every single one of them gets switched to the logon page and I get screwed because there's no longer a back button. This application stops all that from happening, lol.
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