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About Goatman

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  1. For the record, IBM was responsible for the G5 and Transmeta was looking after the mobile parts. I don't think they'll leave Intel for a long time (if ever). There's more than just poping a new chip into the socket involved in switching CPUs. Even to move to AMD they'd have to re-engineer the chipset, and logic boards.
  2. It would only slow his network down while the xbox is connected. So as long as he doesn't start a big file and transfer, then goes on Xbox Live! he'll be fine. Also it's a common misconception that transfer speeds slow down to the slowest device.. It slows down yes, but a computer with a N adapter talking to an N router won't slow down to G speeds when a G adapter connects. Sure it'll be slower, but not that slow. I know this from experience with my own network.
  3. I think Vista is great.... the problems you describe would happen with XP as well. It's the Dell technicians fault for not making sure you computer was working again.... also Dells have Motherboards. There is nothing wrong with Vista, it's only people who don't like change that have problems with Vista.... I also don't understand what you're talking about them changing the menus in Vista? In Windows, the menu belongs to the application running, not Windows. So if a menu is different, whoever coded the app is responsible, not Windows Vista. I upgraded from XP to Vista, Vista runs just as well on my PC as XP did(which is great and flawless). My Machine is not super new, and is 1 to 2 years old.
  4. MS Word for example will automatically correct words that are commonly mis-spelled
  5. Why are you avoiding Dell? I'd go for a complete system, the Alienware or Gateway FX would work. Building your own PC is an option, but can be a real hassle.
  6. E-mail Adam about this problem, I think he had the exact same one!
  7. I'd say ebay it... make a buy it now for $1200, and start the auction at like $800 I saw a couple lesser machines for around a grand.
  8. Don't forget they have to be SO-DIMMS
  9. I think Vista is the best Windows to date..... It's not like ME at all, it wasn't rushed, and it works as advertised. People who hate Vista are people who mostly pay attention to FUD. But really, most Mac users who "hate" Windows are mostly people who listen to FUD. My biggest problem so far with keyboard shortcuts in OSX is the stupid little symbols they use that aren't on the keyboard itself... what's wrong with CMD-Q or Shift-F7 or ctrl-C or opt-F instead of the crazy symbols, I have to guess about because I can't be bothered to sit down and memorize them when I'm just trying to figure out what shortcut keys do what. At the very least print those cryptic symbols on the keyboard. At least in Windows what's shown on the screen matches what's written on the keyboard.
  10. I know, but my point was that doesn't really matter... because if the drive dies, and makes you lose data, or makes you suffer with downtime, the warranty doesn't matter.... and the length of the waranty doesn't mean the drive will be any more reliable. When shopping for a modern hard drive, go for price and features, the manufacturer hardly matters, everyone has horror stories involving every company.
  11. There's nothing on the drive that's worth recovering... (for me) I had it all backed up else where, it was more the inconveniance of having to find a replacement. Not to mention, I'm only 2 weeks outside of my 1 year warranty on my MacBook.
  12. I don't really see that as making any difference... The 60 GB Seagate that came in my MacBook, if I bought it from Seagate would have a 5 year warranty, it died after a year.
  13. It's the exact same service department that deals with you if you buy your Mac from Apple, or CompUSA
  14. I had the exact same thing happen to me, only it was the stock 60GB Hard Drive from my 1st Gen MacBook. I use my Mac to run the sound for theatre productions, and it was a race against the clock to find someone who had another drive in stock. I had backups of course, but my trouble was finding another one! I replaced it with a 160 GB Toshiba, all is well now. I've never had a hard drive just die while the computer was in operation like that.
  15. I've heard of people with Logic Board problems getting offered replacement machines of equal machine from the new line. Example, a buddy of mine had a 15" PowerBook that had 5 Logic Boards replaced, adn they finally just traded him a MacBook Pro on the 6th time in.