I got a new laptop last Saturday! This is a HP Pavilion dv2701TX Special Edition Entertainment Notebook PC.
I had been planning to buy a new laptop for a while, since my older one was giving problems. (By the way, on 24-Apr the new version of Ubuntu Linux, 8.04 LTS, codenamed Hardy Heron, was released. I downloaded that and installed it on my old machine, and was very happy with it.) The new computer cost about Rs 45,000 (which is far less than the amount I paid for my old computer two and a half years ago!). It has an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.67 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM (which I am planning to upgrade later), and a 160 GB HDD. I love the build quality of this computer, it feels sturdy and the design is very nice. In fact, I took feedback from my friend Maheshwaran (who runs My Mind Leaks) on this — and he told me that his HP laptop was "used as a pillow while travelling" and had "fallen off a study table", and was still working fine. Personally I think the 14.1 inch widescreen is the perfect size for a laptop, and that's what I went for. I love the bright screen on this computer. Besides all that, the computer has a very aesthetic design (seen in the picture above, which is swiped from the HP website). In general, no complaints about the computer so far.
The computer comes with Windows Vista Home Premium, and this is what I am using now. I've read horror stories about Vista (a guy being told that it would take him 130 years to write a CD, very funny YouTube video about programs being incompatible with Vista), but I've had no major problems. Only minor annoyances. Here are a few of them below —
Of course on the positive side the OS looks very nice and the "Aero" interface is glossy and pretty. Let me try this out for sometime, and then I will see if I can set up a dual-boot option on my computer (Vista plus Ubuntu Hardy Heron). My only worry is that they didn't give a Vista DVD with the computer, so if something goes wrong, I won't have a way to reinstall the operating system (which I paid for, mind you!). I have the Windows XP CD that came with my older computer though, so let me see how things go.
Dark Fate 2 is a singleplayer level for Doom II, replacing MAP01. It's a small-sized hellish level — and there's a walkthrough video as well.
27-year old Taurean (birthday 15-May-82), Assistant Manager - HR at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd in Hyderabad, India. Previously, did Post Graduate Diploma in Management from T A Pai Management Institute (2003-05) and before that, Computer Science Engineering from Sree Nidhi Institute of Science and Technology (1999-2003).
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