September 3, 2010
This person’s review of the iMac 27″ machine is dead on. I agree with everything he stated, in fact, it is as if I wrote the article!
Coming from using the Microsoft Windows OS since version 3.0, I can definitely say that the extra expense in getting a Mac is well worth it. In addition to the excellent hardware of the computer system, you get an OS that truly “just works”. No more hassle with device drivers, annoying popup warnings, etc. All of Apple’s apps that comes with the Macs all work together easily and nicely.
I still have to use a Windows NT machine for my day job, and I hate it more than ever. This morning I booted it up and had to wait for over 10 minutes for it to churn away and do its thing. The disk drive was thrashing around and I have no clue what its doing! Why does it take soooo long to boot up? It’s all of this hassle that makes spending the extra money for a fast and efficient Mac very reasonable.
October 10, 2009
In my previous posting I gave you my initial feedback regarding the Acer 751h Netbook that I recently purchased from Costco. So far, I like what I see with regards to the hardware. I also understand that this is a low-powered Netbook machine, designed for portability and long battery life, so I’m not expecting a super fast laptop with the highest performance. Heck, this Netbook only cost me $290 US so I can only expect so much.
So here’s what I did to get the Acer Netbook setup for my evaluation:
1) Remove all the junkware from the system
I hate the McAfee antivirus software because it’s such a resource hog and slows down computer systems significantly. So the first thing I did was remove it from the system. I also removed the Carbonite Lite, Microsoft Office Student, Google Desktop, eSobi, and most of the installed games.
2) Ran the CCleaner freeware software
To remove all the dead entries in the system’s registry file, I ran the program called CCleaner (which I routinely use on my main desktop PC). It quickly identified and deleted all the dead entries pertaining to the software I just removed in step (1).
3) Setup WiFi connection to my home router
Since I need to be connected to the Internet to proceed, I configured the Acer Netbook to connect to my Belkin wireless router. I just used the standard procedure for making the WiFi connection. Read the rest of this entry »
October 10, 2009
In my previous posting, I noted that I was examining an Acer Aspire One 751h Netbook computer for my own personal use. After buying the Acer Netbook from Costco for $290 US, I brought it home and began the process of cleaning it up and conducting my 3-day evaluation process. But before I get into that discussion, let me first give you my initial impressions of the Acer 751h Netbook.
The best feature of this Netbook is the high resolution LED-backlit LCD screen. It’s 11.6 inches in size (measured diagonally) and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The display is crystal clear, the sharpest I’ve ever seen on a laptop. I’ve got no complains regarding the screen.
With the 768 pixel vertical resolution, you can view much more on a displayed web page as you would with a 600 pixel vertical resolution. This means less vertical scrolling which is a very good thing.
The keyboard is also very comfortable to type on (and being a touch typist, that is important to me). It’s nearly-full size (about 90%) and the keys are very large compared to the smaller Netbooks. Also, the layout of the important keys are all in the right place. The only bad thing is that the directional arrow keys (up,down,left,right) and the Home/End/Page Up/Page Down keys are crammed into four small keys at the lower right corner of the keyboard. Certainly not a deal breaker, by no means. I have no complaints with regard to typing on this keyboard.
The Netbook is very, very quiet. It does apparently have a CPU fan, but it’s whisper quiet (at least, so far!). The bottom of the unit feels slightly warm, but barely noticeable. The palmrest areas are cool, which is important if you do a lot of typing (a former laptop that I owned had the hard drive located under the left palmrest area and it got so hot that it was uncomfortable to use). Read the rest of this entry »