Thread: OT: Technical Questions
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08-25-2011, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Jack Bourdain View Post
Hey guys, I was wondering if some of you could help me pick out which channels to order from;

I got the A la Carte 30, and I have no idea which channel(s) to order... Obviously I'm going to get TSN/RDS/Sportsnet, but anyone know what other channels are "good"? A little description would help!

(PS Mods, I wasn't sure if there is an OT thread for this or not, so move at your discretion! Thanks!)
Depends what you're into tbh. My parents for instance LOVE the movie channels. Some people with a family get the family channels. My best suggestion is to mix it up. ACTION in movie section usually has those 80s and 90s action movies that are usually classics and stuff like that. I glance every now and then at it, mind you, i barely watch tv anymore. Mix it up, maybe someone in your house likes the food network, or discovery. TLC is something my sister watches. It really depends what you're into. Just don't chose music channels and garbage like that.

Originally Posted by neofury View Post
Sorry but Toshiba shouldn't even be said in the same sentence as HP, Acer or Dell. As a hater of all three of those companies I know for a fact Toshiba is much better both through personal experiences and friends. Don't know where you got the idea that they should be lumped into the Acer category but they're simply a lot better than Acer, HP or Dell.

Lenovo gets fairly good praise as does ASUS. I've never owned a Lenovo but all of the others I have owned or used through work, the only ones out of HP, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Asus or Lenovo I would ever buy are Asus and Toshiba. Lenovo just never really used so I wouldn't risk it.

Between Asus and Toshiba hands down I'd choose Toshiba. Last laptop our office got from Asus doesn't even compare to the laptop I got 1.5 years ago from Toshiba and it's supposed to be better. I'll chalk it up to being a bad model as all companies have theirs but I'd even probably choose alienware (owned by Dell) over Asus at this point. Don't hate Asus but not in love with them either. I'd also choose Sony (decrapify it of course) over Asus as well. Now we may be talking different price ranges once you introduce Sony/Samsung but honestly no reason to choose an Asus over a Toshiba unless you're comparing a good model versus a bad. Both are perfectly acceptable brands for lappy. Toshiba fixed my friends laptop for free after he spilled a 2L of coke onto it Dell has milked my dad out of a few repairs already

Also refurbished laptops imo are just bad advice. Laptops due to the components being so close together etc are often not cooled properly. Especially in poor quality brands like Acer they'll run fine the first year or two but the components will break down quick due to poor design of the laptop and bad ventilation/cooling. I would never buy a used laptop because even with good laptops naturally those components are closer together and heat up more often. So you buy a 2 year old lappy that works perfectly, they refurbished it (whatever that means, obviously they didn't gut it and replace everything or else they'd just not even bother) and it works now... wait a few months or a year. Also I've never had an Acer laptop that went a year without hardware problems and I've owned two.
TBH, i've owned several dells in my life if you count my dads and brothers and all that. Only me? A PC and currently a laptop. Honestly, my dad's still using an old school dell PC without problem. I used to milk my PC dry, on all day, downloading, high usage all the time. After 5 years the thing overheated. 5 years man...for an average computer that was extremely overused. My dad uses his like the average person and it was purchased in 2002. It still works just fine, no replacements or repairs needed. Dell is merely a service, they assemble hardware from other company and make very little. Saying a laptop is a 'dell laptop' when it's pieces range from nvidia, intel, microsoft, jbl and so on, is like me putting a ferrari sticker on a ford focus and calling it a ferrari. It's entirely irrelevant. They're in majority just distributors of the product. The product itself is rarely theirs. The only thing one can argue is support, warranty and all that. Honest to god, I don't even get the warranty. I get the 1 year manufactures warranty and with the amount i use it, if there isn't a defect that shows up within a year, it's fine. Then again, if I spill 2L cokes on my computers then yah, maybe these things would matter to me.

Originally Posted by neofury View Post
Our road tech here at the office was telling me the same thing yesterday, how he got one in at the last second like you

I wonder if today he got this email
HP updated their website as well:

Only problem--->out of stock.

If I were some tech guru, which I'm not. I'd think if HP distributed these tablets for dirt cheap and sold updates and software packages for their products, they may actually make money off these things.

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