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New Toy

Posted on 2006.11.21 at 12:35
Current Location: 63134
Current Music: Back to the Future I, II & III scores.
Just got a new toy in the office, the Sony Vaio UX280P. What a sweet piece of work!

It's a full version of Windows XP (which is far less gay than say, Media Center or PocketPC) in a widescreen format with built-in wireless/bluetooth/USB, full docking station & portable port replicator. This little puppy has a full gigabyte of RAM and a 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo chip. This little thing is with a quickness! Of course the first thing I did was install Firefox.

And now, for something completely different, and taking a page out of the book of irulan_amy, I am on Second Life as London Packbiers. Yes, they have a Mac client.


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-11-21 19:30 (UTC) (Link)
May the quickness be with you, always!!!!!!!!!
ehowton at 2006-11-21 21:21 (UTC) (Link)
Domo, sensei.
skiesofchaos at 2006-11-21 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting device. I trust it is a lot refined from the previous version, it did not get very good reviews. It looks like an excellent concept if it lives up to the actual use. From what I have read though, they are rather expensive, as much as a full laptop?
in any case, spirits bless,
ehowton at 2006-11-21 20:49 (UTC) (Link)
Its not a clie if that's what you're thinking, but yes, these were $2000. You can also use the touch-screen and rotate the display to portrait - it's like, a fast, usable, stable version of those dreadful tablets.
skiesofchaos at 2006-11-21 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
No, I was talking about the previous version, the UX180P which had some problems with battery life, usability and rather low end components. http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_VAIO_UX180P_Micro_PC_VGN_UX180P/4505-3126_7-31879278.html
I am pleased to see they have apparently greatly improved the unit. Though frankly I think that price is outrageous for what you get. Pretty thing though.
spirits bless,
ehowton at 2006-11-21 22:55 (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. I support the National Headquarters of a healthcare organization and have to the keep the CEO knee-deep in new gadgets to play with. Many of the VP's have been requesting tablet-pc's (which I hate) so we're hoping this will be a viable option for them. I still have a lot of playing around to do, but it is a fully functional operating system, and so far, it rox0rs. I think tomorrow we're going to try to put OSX x86 on it. After that, I may try to put Kubuntu on it ;)

Search on man.
Calm savior, god speed and forgive you
Morning star, fragrant meadowperson girl.

Nice to meet you!

skiesofchaos at 2006-11-23 16:12 (UTC) (Link)
Pleased to meet you also.
spirits bless,
snapper521 at 2006-11-21 21:04 (UTC) (Link)
I'll take the laptop and leave the handheld thing-a-ma-bob thanks. :-)

Laptops are not as expensive and I actually have a faint idea of how to run it... whereas with this thing I wouldnt have the faintest clue! :-P

ehowton at 2006-11-21 21:12 (UTC) (Link)
It's exactly like a tiny laptop. If you know how to use a laptop, you'd know how to use this, because they used the exact same operating system... Schweet!
drax0r at 2006-11-21 22:19 (UTC) (Link)
Dude, that makes me jealous in the pants. I've longed for one of those micro-vaios for quite some time. Enjoy!
ehowton at 2006-11-21 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
I don't want to ever think of your Pants of Fury.
galinda822 at 2006-11-21 23:19 (UTC) (Link)
Why does all the excitement happen when I'm gone?
Just what we need...another device the user's won't have a clue how to use.
They'll want one though cause it looks cool!

Do I sound cynical?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-11-22 00:25 (UTC) (Link)
Trust me they never know how to use them!!!!!
Your not being cynical.
I deal with the same type of simpletons every day.

(Sample of a typical customer)
My phones, not working!

What did you do to make it work?

Pushed the power key!!!!!!
ehowton at 2006-11-22 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
You're a god among men.
galinda822 at 2006-11-22 17:39 (UTC) (Link)
I love when they call because somethings not working and I go up there only to find the power cord isn't even plugged in - then they want you to tell them how it came unplugged!!!
ehowton at 2006-11-22 17:25 (UTC) (Link)
Do I sound cynical?
Bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic.

Hmmmm. Hard to say, seeing how the entire office agrees with you.
galinda822 at 2006-11-22 17:38 (UTC) (Link)

I may be cynical but I'm usually right!

And that's my 'life' experience after working there for almost 8 yrs.

Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-11-24 17:42 (UTC) (Link)
Damn! That's awesome!
ehowton at 2006-11-25 00:52 (UTC) (Link)
It is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
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