smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)


That car has screens and trays so you an put a keyboard or a laptop on them so you can use computers in the back seat and one in the trunk. Wait.... what? )

In the end I say this car has too much superfluous pimping going on. Time to unpimp the auto!

[Read RIDES Magazine's Genesis Is An Apple Fanboy's Dream Car]
smoketetsuo: (Default)


That car has screens and trays so you an put a keyboard or a laptop on them so you can use computers in the back seat and one in the trunk. Wait.... what? )

In the end I say this car has too much superfluous pimping going on. Time to unpimp the auto!

[Read RIDES Magazine's Genesis Is An Apple Fanboy's Dream Car]
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)


That car has screens and trays so you an put a keyboard or a laptop on them so you can use computers in the back seat and one in the trunk. Wait.... what? )

In the end I say this car has too much superfluous pimping going on. Time to unpimp the auto!

[Read RIDES Magazine's Genesis Is An Apple Fanboy's Dream Car]
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
I ended up figuring out how to add\remove hard drives on that computer I posted about earlier. Like I said, the side panel to access the motherboard was easy to open. It has a tool-less screw that you can unscrew with your fingers. However the rest of the case's cover is a one piece deal that is riveted to the case many times.

However I noticed that there is a green plastic bracket covering the drive cage. The drive screws which usually attach the drive to the drive cage go into some catches there with one screw to firmly secure the drive. Well, I had to remove the front panel of the computer with its latches and slightly pull the catches for the drive and slide it out.

I slid out the hard drive and found out it's an Ultra ATA Seagate U Series 7 60GB hard drive. I can find an 80GB 7200RPM one that should be compatible for about $34 bucks or less. So I have bad news for my family but I also have potential good news. Much better than the $80 one I found before when not knowing the exact kind of hard drive it had.

If that doesn't work there's something more serious wrong with the computer such as a bad hard disk controller. If that's the case that computer is ready for the junk pile I'm afraid. I don't think I'd want to have them buy other parts such as a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc.

It's a good thing that they don't have anything terribly important on there. Everything in there is going to be lost unless we have a data recovery service performed on it which is probably not worth it.

By the way HP swallowed up Compaq a few years ago and they only have basic support on their site for the Compaq computers from before the acquisition. Things such as archived drivers from the last time they where revised for that computer. The only documentation they have to download is a list of support numbers. There isn't anyplace where I could find specific information like specs so I can find out what type of hard drive it uses. So this was the only way I could find out.
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I ended up figuring out how to add\remove hard drives on that computer I posted about earlier. Like I said, the side panel to access the motherboard was easy to open. It has a tool-less screw that you can unscrew with your fingers. However the rest of the case's cover is a one piece deal that is riveted to the case many times.

However I noticed that there is a green plastic bracket covering the drive cage. The drive screws which usually attach the drive to the drive cage go into some catches there with one screw to firmly secure the drive. Well, I had to remove the front panel of the computer with its latches and slightly pull the catches for the drive and slide it out.

I slid out the hard drive and found out it's an Ultra ATA Seagate U Series 7 60GB hard drive. I can find an 80GB 7200RPM one that should be compatible for about $34 bucks or less. So I have bad news for my family but I also have potential good news. Much better than the $80 one I found before when not knowing the exact kind of hard drive it had.

If that doesn't work there's something more serious wrong with the computer such as a bad hard disk controller. If that's the case that computer is ready for the junk pile I'm afraid. I don't think I'd want to have them buy other parts such as a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc.

It's a good thing that they don't have anything terribly important on there. Everything in there is going to be lost unless we have a data recovery service performed on it which is probably not worth it.

By the way HP swallowed up Compaq a few years ago and they only have basic support on their site for the Compaq computers from before the acquisition. Things such as archived drivers from the last time they where revised for that computer. The only documentation they have to download is a list of support numbers. There isn't anyplace where I could find specific information like specs so I can find out what type of hard drive it uses. So this was the only way I could find out.
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
I ended up figuring out how to add\remove hard drives on that computer I posted about earlier. Like I said, the side panel to access the motherboard was easy to open. It has a tool-less screw that you can unscrew with your fingers. However the rest of the case's cover is a one piece deal that is riveted to the case many times.

However I noticed that there is a green plastic bracket covering the drive cage. The drive screws which usually attach the drive to the drive cage go into some catches there with one screw to firmly secure the drive. Well, I had to remove the front panel of the computer with its latches and slightly pull the catches for the drive and slide it out.

I slid out the hard drive and found out it's an Ultra ATA Seagate U Series 7 60GB hard drive. I can find an 80GB 7200RPM one that should be compatible for about $34 bucks or less. So I have bad news for my family but I also have potential good news. Much better than the $80 one I found before when not knowing the exact kind of hard drive it had.

If that doesn't work there's something more serious wrong with the computer such as a bad hard disk controller. If that's the case that computer is ready for the junk pile I'm afraid. I don't think I'd want to have them buy other parts such as a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc.

It's a good thing that they don't have anything terribly important on there. Everything in there is going to be lost unless we have a data recovery service performed on it which is probably not worth it.

By the way HP swallowed up Compaq a few years ago and they only have basic support on their site for the Compaq computers from before the acquisition. Things such as archived drivers from the last time they where revised for that computer. The only documentation they have to download is a list of support numbers. There isn't anyplace where I could find specific information like specs so I can find out what type of hard drive it uses. So this was the only way I could find out.
smoketetsuo: (captain jack)
A few years back my family was trying to use the computers at the public library and they gave them a hard time. So on the spur of the moment they decided to buy themselves a computer. They went to (I think) Sam's Club and brought home a Compaq S4010CL computer. Recently, the hard drive seems to have died on us.

Details Inside... )
smoketetsuo: (Default)
A few years back my family was trying to use the computers at the public library and they gave them a hard time. So on the spur of the moment they decided to buy themselves a computer. They went to (I think) Sam's Club and brought home a Compaq S4010CL computer. Recently, the hard drive seems to have died on us.

Details Inside... )
smoketetsuo: (captain jack)
A few years back my family was trying to use the computers at the public library and they gave them a hard time. So on the spur of the moment they decided to buy themselves a computer. They went to (I think) Sam's Club and brought home a Compaq S4010CL computer. Recently, the hard drive seems to have died on us.

Details Inside... )
smoketetsuo: (captain jack)


Dell recently has started including a Dock with their computers. No I'm not just going to sit here, point at it and laugh. I'm not just going to say, "Dell ripped Apple, hur hur hur!". However, we have come a long way from Apple sending a ceast and desist order to Moby of Mobydock to Dell including a dock with their computers. Details Inside... )

So what do I think of it? Eh, it's just another bundled piece of software that the end user may or may not use. Like I said before the knee jerk reaction would be to just proclaim it an Apple rip. However lots of people had already done it. So it seems it's now fair game. Also face it, not everyone wants a Mac but they may like certain things like the dock. Some people may think it detracts from the Mac experience if others had a dock but I don't agree.

It reminds me of kids on the playground and one getting upset because they think little Johnny owning a fire truck toy means one less fire truck toy for them. So they get upset. There's enough toys, fire truck or otherwise for everyone. ;)
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Dell recently has started including a Dock with their computers. No I'm not just going to sit here, point at it and laugh. I'm not just going to say, "Dell ripped Apple, hur hur hur!". However, we have come a long way from Apple sending a ceast and desist order to Moby of Mobydock to Dell including a dock with their computers. Details Inside... )

So what do I think of it? Eh, it's just another bundled piece of software that the end user may or may not use. Like I said before the knee jerk reaction would be to just proclaim it an Apple rip. However lots of people had already done it. So it seems it's now fair game. Also face it, not everyone wants a Mac but they may like certain things like the dock. Some people may think it detracts from the Mac experience if others had a dock but I don't agree.

It reminds me of kids on the playground and one getting upset because they think little Johnny owning a fire truck toy means one less fire truck toy for them. So they get upset. There's enough toys, fire truck or otherwise for everyone. ;)
smoketetsuo: (captain jack)


Dell recently has started including a Dock with their computers. No I'm not just going to sit here, point at it and laugh. I'm not just going to say, "Dell ripped Apple, hur hur hur!". However, we have come a long way from Apple sending a ceast and desist order to Moby of Mobydock to Dell including a dock with their computers. Details Inside... )

So what do I think of it? Eh, it's just another bundled piece of software that the end user may or may not use. Like I said before the knee jerk reaction would be to just proclaim it an Apple rip. However lots of people had already done it. So it seems it's now fair game. Also face it, not everyone wants a Mac but they may like certain things like the dock. Some people may think it detracts from the Mac experience if others had a dock but I don't agree.

It reminds me of kids on the playground and one getting upset because they think little Johnny owning a fire truck toy means one less fire truck toy for them. So they get upset. There's enough toys, fire truck or otherwise for everyone. ;)
smoketetsuo: (driving panda)
How does someone work out on a treadmill and do stuff like type at a computer at the same time?

I just imagined if you put a chair on it to sit down in front of the computer someone could come by and use the treadmill to pull you away from the computer. I wonder if it has enough force that if someone turns it up all the way suddenly it'll shoot you and your chair off of it. ;)
smoketetsuo: (Default)
How does someone work out on a treadmill and do stuff like type at a computer at the same time?

I just imagined if you put a chair on it to sit down in front of the computer someone could come by and use the treadmill to pull you away from the computer. I wonder if it has enough force that if someone turns it up all the way suddenly it'll shoot you and your chair off of it. ;)
smoketetsuo: (driving panda)
How does someone work out on a treadmill and do stuff like type at a computer at the same time?

I just imagined if you put a chair on it to sit down in front of the computer someone could come by and use the treadmill to pull you away from the computer. I wonder if it has enough force that if someone turns it up all the way suddenly it'll shoot you and your chair off of it. ;)
smoketetsuo: (Doctor 10)


It's a computer case made to look like the HAL9000 supercomputer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.



link to article

I'm a big 2001 fan so that was right up my alley!
smoketetsuo: (Default)


It's a computer case made to look like the HAL9000 supercomputer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.



link to article

I'm a big 2001 fan so that was right up my alley!
smoketetsuo: (Doctor 10)


It's a computer case made to look like the HAL9000 supercomputer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.



link to article

I'm a big 2001 fan so that was right up my alley!
smoketetsuo: (captain jack)

Gateway recently unveiled their new all in one computer recently and it has been in a lot of gadget news sites already.

More inside.... )

BTW, the official site for the "Gateway One" is up. It looks pretty Apple'esque to me.. with a hint of Windows Vista.

Also of course the downside with any of those all in one computers is lack of upgradeability. You can pretty much only upgrade the hard drive and ram if you are lucky or add external devices.
smoketetsuo: (Default)

Gateway recently unveiled their new all in one computer recently and it has been in a lot of gadget news sites already.

More inside.... )

BTW, the official site for the "Gateway One" is up. It looks pretty Apple'esque to me.. with a hint of Windows Vista.

Also of course the downside with any of those all in one computers is lack of upgradeability. You can pretty much only upgrade the hard drive and ram if you are lucky or add external devices.

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