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  • The 2010 Laptop Thread

    vesuvius said:
    ScottWelker said:

    You do realise just how much damage you are doing to HP?


     I must admit that I have been tempted after reading reviews in PC magazines especially for the models you mentioned, but they always seemed to be more the thing you get as a laptop from work type thing, and I would like to get something that looks like this. I also really don't fancy spending £2000 on a laptop.


    Every one in a while I get the urge, but find it hard to justify spending that amount of money on somthing that won't be my main development machine.


    I'll never touch HP again though, even with a barge pole.

    Re: You do realise just how much damage you are doing to HP?


    Just the facts. 'Google' a bit and you'll see my experience is far from unique. HP damaged themselves. Their "customer no support" leaves me no qualms about my posting.

  • The 2010 Laptop Thread

    GoddersUK said:
    ScottWelker said:

    The media vault uses a modified version of Resier FS, apparently.


    This site has some instructions, allthough they look like a lot of effort:



    Yes, thanks Godders. Saw that. This one too looks helpful: http://blog.stevecoinc.com/2007/12/recovering-data-from-hp-media-vault.html. I'll likely recover my files but this is no trivial effort.


    Again, HP is a real let down. I made a snap decision to buy HP based on their reputation - and my past experience. I could not be more disappointed.

  • The 2010 Laptop Thread

    elmer said:
    ManipUni said:

    eww HP... They are even worse than Gateway in the reliability and customer happiness charts.


    HP have two product lines:

    1. Consumer products

    2. Business products


    I my ex-life as a computer reseller, I found that HP's Consumer products were subject to complaints, in no small measure due to their use of Nvidia GPUs that were simply a whole bunch of trouble until recently.


    However, I found their Business products to be very reliable, perhaps due to their more conservative and robust designs, and subject to very few complaints. 5 year life-spans were annoyingly common... killing sales.


    Lenovo and Toshiba have similar approaches, with consumer and business oriented product lines, but it's probably fair to say that Toshiba's consumer products are more similar to their business products, than either HP or Lenovo are.

    I must jump on the eww HP bandwagon. The once vaunted product quality is a thing of the past. I now avoid HP like the plague.


    My tale of woe:

    First, let me say that I recognize my failure to do proper pre-purchase research. I relied heavily on past experience with rock solid HP quality and I was in a BIG hurry to replace equipment lost in a fire.


    A shade over 2 years ago I purchased 5 (five) HP dv9000 laptops, an HP Media Vault mv2020, and an HP PhotoSmart C7180. All but the C7180 failed just out of warranty.


    The PhotoSmart C7180 has been a thorn in the side from day one because its touted wireless features are just plain flakey (at least with Vista). Sometimes you see the printer, sometimes you don't. HP Support is... well... forget about it. Directly connected, the printer works admirably and I just live with the reduced functionality.


    All five (5) dv9000 laptops have failed. Network or video card first then a complete failure to boot. Google "HP Laptop failures". No joy from HP. Out of warranty. I am still having these repaired, one-by-one, on my dime :-/


    The mv2020 has also failed. It simply won't power up but hey, no problem. I installed the redundant drive so I can just pop it into a drive chassis and recover my files. NOPE! HP used a proprietary file system and I have yet to figure out how to get to my files. I have an open HP Support case but it looks like I'll have to solve this myself - or pony up $$$ for HP to fix a device I no longer really want. What good is a redundant back up device that employs a closed in/proprietary file system?


    Lesson learned – Avoid HP like the plague.



    I did not buy my laptops from NVIDIA - HPs finger pointing is of no consolation.

  • Hug me

    vesuvius said:
    ScottWelker said:

    To add to this " the people who give me requirements" vary greatly. In most circumstances it is the Architect of the project i.e. your boss so it is unlikely you would tell them that you are inflexible. In other circumstances it is the customer that changes the goalposts, and they usually have the hump that they are paying you all this money, and if you cannot make changes then their product will fail. It is a delicate balance of them always being right and ingratiating them, whilst spitting blood privately.


    A lot of the time, the software you write ends up being quite different from what was originally conceived because other (mostly better) ways present themselves. The bigger picture is that the changes requested are usually for the best, and show incorrect judgement at the projects inception. If you accept that architects/lead developers have no crystal ball either then you make the changes that are required, but it is really painful to discard something you have been working on at a whim, or change it significantly because the scope for introducing bugs increases due to the fact that you have to start thinking completely differently and usually things are running late and you end up doing what I am doing now, working at the weekend.



    Yep Vesuvius, achieving and maintaining a consistent requirements understanding (internally and externally) is quite the high wire act Smiley

    You MUST be flexible because the real world simply isn’t cast in concrete. However, as someone once quipped in a design meeting, “you can’t become so flexible that you can’t stand” Smiley

  • Hug me

    W3bbo said:
    vesuvius said:

    That's why you get the people who give you the requirements to sign an Affidavit.

    Even that isn't always enough W3...

    An attorney client confronted with his signed (and reviewed?) requirements document said... wait for it... "that's just a piece of paper" - groan.

    Requirements Management - the bane of our existence Smiley

  • Hug me

    Outstanding! Thanks!

    Ture dat'... an instant classic Smiley

  • Three different browser over three weeks ... the winner is ...

    Thanks Dr Herbie, nice to see a fresh, unbiased opinion. This is helpful.


    My only thought - as an IE8/FF user - is that FF w/o the UX and Productivity enhancing add-on is like a car without the wheels - not much of a driving experience but, I get your point. Thanks again!

  • Software diagramming

    ManipUni said:

    That stuff is fun in school. Nobody knows anything about it in real life, yet everyone gets by...

    Err.. not quite nobody. Many US corporations for which I've worked over the last ~10 years use UML; Class and Sequence Diagrams especially - Use Case/Activity Diagrams sometimes. The larger the development team, the more useful they seem - especially for communicating (at least) design intent. However, the quality supporting tools tend(ed) to be expensive and without them the effort does not seem cost effective - IMHO.

  • Which programming book would you recommend?

    Code Complete:




  • Linux question

    Bass said:

    I would go with Ubuntu. I highly doubt you will have any problems with graphics or wifi, but you can test things out before you install.

    Ditto Bass.


    FWIW, I've run Ubuntu on various hardware with no issues. Once you are familiar with the administrative tools and UI, I think you'll like it.