What kind of laptop?

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Wed Dec 4 09:41:59 EST 2002

On Tue, 3 Dec 2002, Richard Cottrill wrote:

> I'm a big fan of IBM thinkpads. My most recent obsessive focus has been the
> miniature X23 (or thereabouts). I'm of course writing on an IBM laptop so
> old that it provokes peels of laughter from all and sundry.

I'm sitting next to it's baby brother, the X21, which I have owned for
about a year now. The Linux support is excellent -- especially because IBM
seem to be actively working on making it better.

> I've seen real problems with a top of the line IBM A40 (I think) and its
> integrated WiFi. It just didn't work. I suspected a dry solder, or some
> other kind of dodgey, internal connection (occasionally an excellent signal
> would appear for a few seconds, and then vanish). The reseller was
> apparently not terribly helpful. IBM's WiFi PC cards also got a pasting in
> online forums (innumerable faults), but I'm not sure if that's related to
> the newer, integrated ones.

Tridge has one of these in his lid (a quite new machine), and he didn't
comment on it causing him pain...

> FWIW the IT guys where I used to work said they had less problems with Dell
> than IBM laptops.

At work we bought 6 Dells recently. Three went in for repair nearly
straight away.



Michael Still (mikal at stillhq.com)     UTC +11 hours

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