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I've had a number of computers over the years, and like everyone who has ever had a computer, I've had a number of computer problems as well.

Since I moved to a laptop, I've been overjoyed with the ease of operation and the general lack of issues I've had. My biggest problem was dropping my laptop - my own stupid - and damaging the power jack so I was no longer able to re-charge the battery. The laptop worked up until it lost the charge.

My new laptop has been, similarly, low maintenance - it is a little bit quirky, but generally, after my luck with laptops, I'll never go back to a desktop.

I was working off a laptop at work up till a few weeks ago when they upgraded me to a new desktop. Seemed like a good idea since the laptop was still running XP and was slow, especially when accessing docs through a Citrix environment.

O_o

I wouldn't say I have had constant problems with it... but steady would not be incorrect.

I waited an hour yesterday with monitor and resolution setting issues and multiple reboots before things started working; today, I got a stupid fatal error during a Windows 7 update. After the first hour, the IT guy finally gave into my whining and dug out my old laptop. He was kind enough to grab my most current files off the hard drive of the desktop and throw them on the common drive for me so I could get back to work.

He's into the 3rd hour of trying to get it resolved; he even has the Micro$oft monkeys stymied.

God, I am *so* glad I talked him out of wiping the laptop in case I needed it for travel or I would have been HOOPED - all my old files are still on here, thank god, so between those and the ones he put on the common, I'm all set.

Faster and newer and shinier does not automatically equal better.

So - what are your opinions on laptops VS Desktops? I wanna know the good, the bad and the utterly bizarre. Computers are *weird* man.

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runnerwolf
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Afte working help desk on them for over a decade now I have not seen a distinct difference between the two.

Part of that is when the video card fails on a desktop you can swap in a new video card, whereas on a laptop you have to put in for maintenance from the vendore and wait a day and a half or more to get it fixed.

I have a desktop and a netbook. I love the netbook as it is how I got through grad school. However now that I can remote desktop into my home desktop machine, I hardly use it except to browse the web while I am watching TV.

I am waiting for the Netbook tablet that will read my handwriting, have a solid state drive, and lets me install all my software.
cjoelle
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm 100% laptop, have been for the past 6 years now.

The good :

- this laptop in now three years old, which I've been told is almost antique in computer age, and it's still faster and better at everything than my brother's new 2 desktop + 3 screens (*facepalm* at that). We play some MMORPG together and my little laptop can handle four accounts at once, while his can barely handle two; and yet his specs are seemingly so much better in terms of... basically everything... I don't get it (and also I still run Vista while he runs Windows 7, so just this should be making my computer much slower, shouldn't it ?)

- I can carry it absolutely everywhere with me. Considering a good part of my life is in there, it makes me pretty happy.

- I can use the computer while in bed, now that's priceless (nowdays I guess people have a tablet, but I don't; so it's still pretty good to be able to do that :) )

The bad :

- From time to time I would like a bigger screen.

- I have a Vaio from Sony, and it has one of the rare (as of yet) un-hackeable DVD players, meaning I can't play my region 1 DVDs (I'm region 2).

I know people often say bad thing about Vaio, but my previous laptop was already a Vaio and the next one will also be one *shrug*.

If I was given the choice, I would go for a laptop everytime


maverick_weirdo
Mar. 16th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
At a previous job my boss had me fill out the online requisition myself for my "work laptop". As I was filling it out I saw that a "tablet" was the same cost to the company as a standard laptop, so I put my request in for the tablet. The requisition was approved.
Thus I ended up as the only person in that office with a tablet computer.

I do miss how light it was (compared to my current laptop), the ability to rotate the verticle, and using a stylus instead of a mouse.

mdlbear
Mar. 16th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
It's been nearly two decades since running Linux let me put all of my files on a server. Since then both my desktops and laptops (later, when I could afford them) have been basically secondary and ephemeral.

I'm typing this on my netbook in the living room, but I have an editor window open on my to.do file on the server. My desktop is currently asleep.
ladyniko
Mar. 18th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
I am either way... my laptop is my office, it's got my client records on it and such. Thus, I try to keep my business stuff on that machine and personal stuff off it.

My tower is my storage base. It's where I keep all my non-massage music and videos. It's also my DVD maker. It's a more powerful machine and can churn out DVDs easier for me.

Like Runnerwolf said - it's so much easier to replace a video card on a tower, than a laptop. My tower is a custom built Frankenstein and I love it that way. Serves me a lot better this way.

During the winter, I tend to stick more to hiding in my bedroom w/ my laptop and during the warmer months, flip to using my tower more. (It doesn't hurt that my DVD player takes USB flash drives and so, I can dump tons of videos to a flash drive and just watch hours of whatever - currently - it's Criminal Minds.)

dan_ad_nauseam
Mar. 24th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
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