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what is your favorite brand of computer

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Computothought
Computothought

8 years ago

I really liked the Commodore 64. It was open source before anyone thought of such a thing. You did not have to worry about software patents. the code hardware information was all out in the open. Enjoyed learning Assembly language from The man himself, Jim Butterfield (in person)!

Hope to move up to 64 bit multiple core systems one of these days. Budget requires me to use my old 32 bit machines a while longer. Favorite os is one I get paid for. If not getting paid for it, I'll take linux.

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lemonie
lemonie

13 years ago

Brands mean nothing. The machine it's self should mean more. L

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

I would agree, I had an Acer forgot which model that went south within a year, and one that lasted 3 before I needed to upgrade it (but it was still going at least).

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11010010110
11010010110

Reply 12 years ago

which is still damn short life for a computer *writing from a 2001 box which runs perfectly a desktop released 2 days ago* i dont mind anyway since my computers are built from scrap. get it for free whatever it is and say thanks when choosing brands i look at my / others experience with them and how its built inside (if i seen it myself or online) there are also some brands i think are ovepriced hipey crap not worth attention (apple) or which i boycott (sony)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

3 years? It would still be my computer but a 2 gig HD just didn't do it anymore, and I could only upgrade it so much. Computers are like cars. they are nearly outmoded by the time you get them home :-)

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11010010110
11010010110

Reply 12 years ago

my oldest box now (1999 P3) supports 13 G drive without issues our first box (1995 P1) had 4 G drive. it was ok for windows 95 and all the stuff all the family made on this computer. that was on dial up though - no downloads

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Oh, my last box was a WIN95, then WIN98 and then finally a WIN98SE machine, and I was on dialup too. I did some downloading, but it was always a gamble leaving it up all night trying to get a few MB of program or info.

I remember a few years before that, when I got it and loaded Norton on it....in July. Well, the firewall / virus checker needed to catch up with downloads. It took me nearly two weeks to get it down, as I kept losing the connection and it had to be restarted again. what was that about the good ole days? LOL

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ongissim
ongissim

Reply 13 years ago

I think brand does matter. I know I'm never going to buy a machine of cheap quality such as e-machine.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 13 years ago

Would you consider Coca Cola or a Big Mac to be high quality products?
Branding may be an assurance of quality, but you can build your own machine with high quality parts.
Computer manufacturers do little more than assemble the machines, so what they are built of is more important than who built them.

I don't know what an e-machine is, and can't be bothered to look, but the 'e' sounds like it stands for 'economy' (i.e. cheap)?

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chase!!
chase!!

Reply 13 years ago

Coca Cola is hands down the best soda I have ever tasted, so yeah, it is a high quality product... But back to the topic, despite the fact that most manufactures just slap parts in, that doesn't make brands worthless. Some brands have better designed internals, whether that means better airflow for cooling or easier internal access. (Keep in mind I'm refering to companies like Dell and Apple who design their own cases). To answer the OP's question, my favorite brand is by far Apple, I like their industrial design, it's very clean and well thought out. Plus OS X is a fantastic operating system and, unlike with Windows, I don't feel like I'm fighting it all the time.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 13 years ago

"Coca Cola is hands down the best soda I have ever tasted, so yeah, it is a high quality product." I never knew there was a correlation between personal preference and quality.

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chase!!
chase!!

Reply 13 years ago

Since when is any quality not subjective to the person making the assessment? Qualitative measurements are never absolute, unlike a quantitative measurement. You can't say that something measures 10 qualities, where as you could say that it measures 10 inches. Quality leaves a lot of wiggle room.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 13 years ago

When people don't define which sense of the word they're using. Generally in the sense of "High quality product" people would not take that as a personal qualitative statement, but in the pragmatic interpretation as meaning superior. Awful, pompous and artificial. Charles II

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chase!!
chase!!

Reply 13 years ago

Oh, I know most people use it in the sense of superior product, but that still leaves a lot of room for interpretation. How does one measure superiority? As soon as you put a non-preferential thing there, you are no longer talking strictly about quality. For example, when talking about cars, you may take quality as long lasting vehicles, where I may take it as horsepower per cubic inch of displacement of the engine, neither of which are actually quality. Even if you get the entire population of the Earth to agree on which of two products are the "highest quality" and therefore is superior, it does not mean the subjectiveness of the assessment is gone.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 13 years ago

One measure superiority quantitatively ;-) The gov't considers products like soda (cars, aspirin, etc) "parity products", they are all equal, so if a claim of superiority of one parity product is made over another, it has to be backed up quantitatively. Coke can say it's the best soda, as can any other soda, but Coke can not say it's better (superior, higher quality) than Pepsi unless it can prove it. But Coke could claim it's superior to a product outside it's parity class, ie Coke is superior to water. or Pepsi better than a kick in the stomach.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 13 years ago

I liked OS-X, I've always had a fondness for UNIX, but I hated OS 9 and the piles of Mac-crap running it... And any major brand is capable of producing a turkey (e.g. several failed brands from the Coca Cola company, which would be far from the best soda you've ever tasted) L

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chase!!
chase!!

Reply 13 years ago

Surely you don't mean Ok Soda. But really, you said Coca-Cola and Big Mac, refering to individual products made by the Coca-Cola Company and McDonald's, respectively. (I enjoy tangents)

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 13 years ago

I was citing examples of branded products that are medicore. I don't know what OK Soda is, but perhaps that says it is/was a weak brand? L

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chase!!
chase!!

Reply 13 years ago

And I will argue to the death that Coca-Cola is the single greatest soda ever created to the death.

I probably need more to do with my time.

Anyway, OK Soda... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ok_Soda

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 13 years ago

Have you ever drunk a warm, flat coke? (disgusting) Coke is mainly water, industrial acid, sugar, caffeine, brown, and some flavourings. Most of the appeal is that it's usually cold (and therefore flavour-depressed) and fizzy. Lager is similar, but at least you become intoxicated... L

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chase!!
chase!!

Reply 13 years ago

Who drinks flat pop? I have had warm Coke, it's not that bad. Keep in mind, I'm someone who would choose a Coke over Dom Perignon. Not to say Dom isn't good, but Coke is better. Another point of contention: Ale is far superior to lager in just about every way.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

We've got a few e machines, they may not be top of the line, but I've had mine for a few years, without a single problem.

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Aar000n3y
Aar000n3y

12 years ago

If it's put together by a company, it automatically sucks. Either because it has bad parts (most main-stream computers sold these days), or because it's overpriced (Alienware). Laptops are a bit harder to put together yourself, so for those I'd go with Viao. Pretty fast, usually built well.

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asyn
asyn

Reply 12 years ago

You joke, but I first learned how to program using one of those... not to mention the countless hours playing Hunt the Wumpus and Alpiner.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

I had one of those back in the early 80's. They had cassette storage! I did play hunt the wumpus, but I truly loved Alpiner! But I'll have to say, the old T-99 put me off computers for 20 years. I successfully put in a program to draw with, but when I tried to put in a Star Trek program (one command at a time), I developed a genuine hatred for all things electronic and "modern"!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

They had cassette storage!

Aye, so did my CoCo I had one game that took five minutes to load

I enjoyed programming in BASIC on the TRS-80 machines when they finally came out, but I never owned on.

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holeman666
holeman666

12 years ago

selfbuilt wins from everythiung else, just because it can have anything you want.

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Kira_Koenig
Kira_Koenig

13 years ago

Well, lemonie, I haven't seen many people build a laptop scratch from parts alone. I have seen some homemade laptops, but they are usually big an bulky. One other thing, Brand is going to be a major factor, because you have to chose parts don't you? Amd or Intel? ATI or Nvidia? So in a way, yes the brand will matter on performance and sometime reliability. The specs on my laptop are blow. AMD Turion 64 ML-37 processor: 2GHz, 64KB L1 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache - ATI Radeon Xpress 200P chipset with Mobility Radeon X700 GPU and 128MB video memory - 1GB DDR333 SO-DIMM (2x 512MB), upgradeable to 2GB maximum - 15.4" WSXGA+ TFT LCD display (1680 x 1050 resolution) - Broadcom (802.11b+g) wifi, Gigabit wired Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth - 2.5" Ultra DMA 66/100, 100GB (5400rpm) hard drive - 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW slot loading combo drive (Panasonic Model: UJ-845-C) - Audio AC'97 2.2, built-in dual speakers and microphone, speaker/headphone - I/O Ports: 1x PCMCIA, 4x USB 2.0, VGA, DVI, S-video, IEEE 1394a, Mic in, Headphone, RJ11, RJ45, 5-in-1 media reader - 56K v.92 Fax/modem - 2-3.5 hrs battery life w/h 4800mAh battery - Weight: 6.3 Lbs - Size: 14.3" x 10.5" x 1.4" When I did computer repair, by far the worst computers I worked on were, DELL, OLD HP's, and E Machines. These are a few reasons I would not have a store bought computer. Dell made their crap heavy as crap....I tink they added 10lbs of lead just to make you feel like you got your monies worth! Proprietary parts all around, which meant customers had to pay a lot of $$$. Warranty was another fault, most people were charged $$$ for their warranty claims. Charged to much for upgrades and customer support was crap (cost $$$ too!) Newer HP's are not as bad, but older HP's were a bitch. Everything was bunched together in such a small place made it nearly impossible to do any work to it. E-Machines are getting better and Using better hardware, but in the end I would rather build my own!

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asyn
asyn

Reply 13 years ago

You neglected to mention the shiny red paint job and that nice Ferrari logo on it too.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 13 years ago

I've built my own, but got lazy (about 2 days short of a year ago, according the the Antivirus software which is asking me to renew at cost...) and bought a brand you wouldn't have heard of (Aries I think). The main point is that e.g. Intel make some low-performance chips as well as high performance ones. Microsoft have produced some real crap, as well as software that's pretty good. (And I wasn't considering laptops) L

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

13 years ago

My personal preference is for whatever fastest machine i find on the roadside or in a dumpster. right now I'm using a p4 1.7ghz someone threw out. I'm beginning to believe that the majority of machines are thrown out for a very few reasons, adware, too little memory, and "mom I need a new computer for school".

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ctdrum1124
ctdrum1124

13 years ago

a troll? i just want to here people's opinions on computers.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

13 years ago

I find it unfortunate that other's didn't see this topic for what it was. Ctdrum1124 joined Instructables forum for no other purpose than to start another Troll. Please don't feed the Trolls!

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ctdrum1124
ctdrum1124

13 years ago

ill reword it. laptop or desktop

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Kira_Koenig
Kira_Koenig

13 years ago

Well, desktops should be built part by part to ensure best quality and performance for a given cost. However, when it comes to laptops, I have only one choice ACER. Specifically, my Ferrari 4005. Some pics below :D

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LasVegas
LasVegas

13 years ago

I suspect this is a troll to start a platform fight. I agree with lemonie. A computer is the sum of its parts. Not an individual brand.