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Old 03-18-2009, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default I really need a laptop

to make it easier to read all my illegally downloaded comics. i'm having a hard time sitting straight up at my desk reading this shit. i want to recline.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:10 PM   #2
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then get a laptop!

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:12 PM   #3
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end of thread!

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:18 PM   #4
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do you have any other reasons to get one?

'cause i dunno that this one is sufficient.

BUT HEY, WITH THE WAY YOU BLOW MONEY ON THOSE LEASES, WHY THE HELL NOT?! AMIRITE?

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:22 PM   #5
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nah that's it. that's the only reason.

maybe i can lease a laptop then

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:23 PM   #6
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actually i just blew a ton of money on a new tv. im tapped out.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:23 PM   #7
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i just want to sit down and catch up on my Buffy and Angel comics

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:25 PM   #8
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would it be possible to view them on your new tv, maybe using a wireless mouse to turn the pages

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:25 PM   #9
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Laptops are good for carrying around

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:28 PM   #10
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I bought this a little while back. Looks like it's cheaper now.

I really love it and you can game to your heart's content on it if you choose
Gateway - FX Edition Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - P-7805u

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:29 PM   #11
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bonnie is good and boiling down what debaser means

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:30 PM   #12
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I don't know what you mean

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:31 PM   #13
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would it be possible to view them on your new tv, maybe using a wireless mouse to turn the pages
i can browse the internet and stream videos from my computer via the ps3 and xbox but i have no idea how to read comics short of actually lugging my computer down and connecting directly to the tv

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:32 PM   #14
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bonnie is so clevar

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:47 PM   #15
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Get a copy of Virtual Machine Workstation. Get an OS - Ubuntu Linux will do if you don't have any various copies of Windows floating around. Install VM on a portable harddrive. Use VM instead of laptop.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:50 PM   #16
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you just blew my mind, sbt

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:55 PM   #17
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can you explain that in a different way? let's pretend i have no idea what you're talking about.

are you saying i can somehow turn a portable hard drive into a virtual computer? how do i connect a keyboard and mouse? how do i connect a televison to be a monitor?

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:58 PM   #18
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It's what I use at my job so I can do school work without doing it on the company machine. In particular, I had to have SQL Server 2005 up and running so the college provides software... I set Windows Server 2003 on a VM and voila nobody gets mad at me because everything is isolated to that VM. All I had to get was a portable HD. I've also put Ubuntu on a 8Gb flash drive to mess around with Linux. There is also Sun VMX er something like that which is free but doesn't work as well as Virtual Machine. You will have to install VM Player on the host machines but it is a small program and doesn't fuck with stuff in a bad way.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:00 PM   #19
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can you explain that in a different way? let's pretend i have no idea what you're talking about.

are you saying i can somehow turn a portable hard drive into a virtual computer? how do i connect a keyboard and mouse? how do i connect a televison to be a monitor?
You must have a host computer but you can take that VM from computer to computer if you have VMWare player installed on those host computers. The VM will use a certain amount of the host computer's ram, processor, etc. It's kinda like connecting to a terminal server if you've done that before.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:00 PM   #20
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you're drunk and high and making this shit up.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:02 PM   #21
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thanks, i feel dumb.

come down to sacramento and come over and do this for me.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:04 PM   #22
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Sun Virtual box is free but limited and a bit clunky compared to VMWare:

VirtualBox

Here's the site for VMWare:

VMware Virtualization Technology, Virtual Machine, Green IT Servers, Hypervisor - VMware

Essentially it's best to have VMWare Workstation to set up your VM. If you are friendly with the IT people where you work then ask them about it. They'll probably already know about the program. You'll need to install VMWare Tools after you have the VM going... it makes it seamless for your mouse to go from your host computer to the VM, and to do things like drag and drop/copy files off of the VM to the host machine and vice/versa.

Virtual Machines are the shit, yo.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:06 PM   #23
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sounds rad, man!

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:06 PM   #24
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so whats a good laptop to get (lol)

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:08 PM   #25
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I bought this a little while back. Looks like it's cheaper now.

I really love it and you can game to your heart's content on it if you choose
Gateway - FX Edition Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology - P-7805u
not sure if i can count on the opinion of tech from somebody that drives a ford focus

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:10 PM   #26
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debaser was completely overwhelmed by sbt's tech talk

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:26 PM   #27
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get a Netbook as they're relatively cheap. I've got an MSI Wind 8)

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:30 PM   #28
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what exactly is the difference between a netbook and a laptop. what can't a netbook do that a laptop can?

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:38 PM   #29
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not sure if i can count on the opinion of tech from somebody that drives a ford focus
I paid cash for the ZTS and it gets excellent mileage, which is all I wanted. It's perfectly fine as a daily commuter.

 
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:38 PM   #30
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what exactly is the difference between a netbook and a laptop. what can't a netbook do that a laptop can?
They are generally smaller and have less horsepower. For reading comics and stuff, it would be fine hardware wise with the screen size maybe being an issue (I think the bigger ones are 10"). If I were in your situation, I'd probably get a netbook.

VMWare Server is also free where Workstation is not, but I still don't see how that would be a solution for what you want.



edit: I work in IT too and also drive a Ford Focus. It's gets good mileage and I hate big cars and not really caring about cars otherwise.

 
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