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Wow. This is really nice

This computer! It has so much SCREEN OMG. And the keyboard! It lights up! But not too much, just enough to find the unusual keys in a dark room.

And it has a fingerprint reader, an add-on that I thought lame until serenity_valley demonstrated why I needed it--because instead of typing in a password you just rub your fingertip over the little indentation. Shut up. There's nothing untoward about it.

I still haven't figured out the problem with Vista, because so far it's just like XP only slightly flashier, and is giving me no grief at all.

So, in short, I am a very happy Dell customer, and you don't know how old and crappy your old and crappy computer was till someone steals it and forces you to get a new one.

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executrix
Jul. 10th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I've been afraid to get Vista (although I might, when they bring in System 7 and dump the Vista computers at low!low! prices) so I'm glad it isn't causing you grief!

The, ahem, Form Factor that *I* find unduly suggestive is the index-finger-to-scroll-wheel procedure.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 10th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hee! Oh yes. Scroll-wheel. I don't use a mouse at home, but I scroll-wheel professionally.
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emeraldsedai
Jul. 10th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's really, really neat-o.
kernelm
Jul. 10th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Ha, fingerprint reader is nothing. I've always been a fan of the TrackPoint on IBM/Lenovos and, well, I'll just let XKCD speak for me. :-D

That's one of the many reasons I'm pretty sure my next laptop is going to be a Thinkpad. Not the dirty talk, I just like them as a pointing device!
kernelm
Jul. 10th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, just a warning, the XKCD link has NSFW text.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 10th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ha! Yep, computer porn. Doesn't mean what you thought it meant.

I used Thinkpads at a recent software convention (they were the laptop of choice for general-use deployment all around the convention floor) and I have to say, the keyboards on those things had by far the best tactile feel and key travel and sheer happy typingness of any laptop I've ever tried.

This wasn't a tie-breaker for me in deciding on the Dell, but it was one of those features that's so noticeably better than what the competition offers that I did think about it.
serenity_valley
Jul. 10th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! Isn't it just such a time of glee in those first days/weeks after you get a new machine?? Especially when the change from your old one is so drastic! You get used so used to the limitations of the old one because it's such a gradual thing, but that first time you boot up with that HD screen, or you launch a program in 1.29 seconds (instead of 1.29 minutes)...honestly, it's like Handel's "Messiah" in the background, amirite?

(We didn't quite get to enjoy that immediate "aaaahhhhhhhh" moment this time around because we were still deep in the midst of the Epic Technological Fail, but still. Although the first time we logged on with the new modem & router? Oh yes, choirs of angels I'm telling you.)

So, so cool!!! I'm so excited for you! And how right was I about that fingerprint thing? (Plus, I love that you can register "backup fingers" in case the primary finger is...compromised in some way. Practical + macabre = WIN!)

And I'm with you on the Vista thing. Of course, it helps that we're using it well after initial release, but still, I haven't had any issues with it. And I rather like the transparent menus and reorganized menu/file structure.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 10th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
It is altogether awesome in every way. I haven't encountered the file structure much yet, but what little I've seen has thrown me slightly.

A couple of unexpected hard-drive replacements ago, I gave up on making my new computer/drive just like my old one. There are a few baseline applications that I always need within moments or days of first boot-up (Mind Manager, NoteTab, Corel Graphics, Chrome, Avast Anti Virus to replace McAfee/Norton fail), and eventually I get my pictures and documents across, and pretty soon I wind up wanting one of the bootleggier media players, and I settle in.

I hadn't thought about a compromised right index finger! Ew!

What should I be thinking about in a new modem and router? I've lost track of the standards. My new computer is WiMax enabled. Am kind of tempted to make that leap. Any thoughts?
vchrusch
Jul. 10th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I see that you're using Google Chrome. How is that as a browser?
emeraldsedai
Jul. 10th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Fast, small, simple, effective and powerful. I'm a fan.
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