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May. 10th, 2008

07:35 pm - Dude, where's my pixels?!

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From:wy
Date:May 11th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
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you could have gotten the 15" T61p with the wuxga or wsxga+ :P

Blame OSes that don't do proper DPI scaling.
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From:mavjop
Date:May 11th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
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It's the work standard laptop. I didn't choose.
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From:wy
Date:May 11th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
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Bummer. Well, I'm still on good old XGA, so .. =)
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From:mavjop
Date:May 11th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
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C'est la vie. :) ... but I do so wish I had more pixels. That's one of the complaints my smug Mac-using friends have about Apple. Seriously, what the hell's up with the stupidly small numbers of pixels on the laptops?
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From:bizzy_
Date:May 11th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
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you should have told work to get you a mac.
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From:mavjop
Date:May 11th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
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If I'd asked, I could probably have got one, but I really prefer running Linux as my main OS, not Mac OS, and so I figured a PC laptop would be better for that.

Plus... a Mac laptop wouldn't give me a sensible number of pixels either! =)
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From:wy
Date:May 12th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
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Geh. Thinkpads running OS/X ftw. :P
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From:mavjop
Date:May 12th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
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If I wanted to run OS X at all, I would get a Mac. The only reason I haven't got a Mac laptop is that I don't want to run Mac OS X. At times, I've considered whether I might somehow manage to get used to OS X as my primary OS, but it falls short for me. I'd be more likely to bludgeon Linux onto a Mac laptop than to bludgeon OS X onto a PC laptop.
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From:wy
Date:May 12th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
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Sure. Not much bludgeoning involved, really. For me, it's a better linux. Same CLI tools, same apps (via macports) ... Still keep a windows partition around, but I boot it less and less.
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From:mavjop
Date:May 12th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
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I dislike the kludginess of package management on OS X [1], and it is far less well-supported in terms of buildability of Open Source software, plus the software I work on day-to-day is not supported on OS X, so I prefer to use a variant of Linux which is at least closer to supported (and tends to involve a lot less screwing around to make work). Oh, and the filesystem sucks.

[1] You can choose one of several, that sort of glom on top of the OS, but it's nothing like the elegance of, say, Fedora, where /everything/ including all parts of the OS gets managed through one package management system (rpm), and you can do 99% of what you need to do through yum, which makes life even more wonderful. Installing stuff on my Mac feels like such a step backwards.
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From:surpheon
Date:May 11th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
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The T61P is amazingly heavy. It's my current workhorse and every time I pick up my old T40 I'm amazed at how light and slim it is.

But it does have 1680x1050 (I still think the 1400x1050 was the ideal form factor, but they're killing it).

This is, of course, not a coincidence. Manufacturing costs (over enough time) scale with number of pixels, and the 'wide screen' marketing halo gave them them cover they needed to trim a few pixels right on out.
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From:wy
Date:May 12th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah. That's one reason my T43p with the 15" UXGA screen stays home, and my X31 with the 12" xga screen goes everywhere on the planet.
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From:mavjop
Date:May 12th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
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Heh. :) I probably ought to buy myself a small, light, easy to transport laptop, but I don't really want to spend the money buying a machine when work supplies one, and I kind of like having the same environment -- the same machine -- everywhere I go, while at home, while at work, and while traveling.
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From:mavjop
Date:May 12th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
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The silly thing, though, is that panels are getting cheaper. Much cheaper. And yet they're just deciding to cheap it out more and more rather than giving us the fruits of progress.

Of course, one could say that the market self-selects the fact that they care less about pixels than shaving a few bucks off the top of a laptop. Humbug! Humbug, I say!

I've not looked at the T61p. I suspect that our systems manager reckoned they were too big/heavy. The business types mostly have little X60s or whatever they're called, but most of us Engineers would rather have the larger (alas not large, though) number of pixels and somewhat higher spec overall. 1680x1050, I could deal with.

I could not agree more with you on the "'wide screen' marketing halo" hiding trimming off pixels.

The same effect had people paying much higher prices for "widescreen TVs" (even before HD), even if it were a widescreen TV with the same horizontal size and smaller vertical size. I always thought that was so moronic.

Oh, and a slightly similar effect (ok, only half of it -- the confusion of change, but not the marketing halo) enabled retailers in Ireland (and presumably all over Europe) to increase prices when the changeover to the Euro happened (so, you're changing the price on an item from IEP 5.99 to the equivalent EUR 7.60, they pulled stuff like changing the price to EUR 9.50. It was much less immediately obvious (you'd have to do calculations to figure out that they'd done it) than if they had later raised prices from 7.60 -> 9.50.
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