Computer Shopping Again

Sunday, 2008-October-26 at 18:30

So after all the work I did to make my recent computer purchase usable, the screen resolution wasn’t satisfactory, and the built-in Atheros wireless card was problematic under every operating system I had installed on it. MJ needed a portable computer that he could take with him for his classes, so I gave him the computer and the system restore DVDs. He’s now experiencing the pain that is Vista (and has been instructed that there will be NO free support from me for Windows Vista).

But this means that I need to get a portable computer for my own use. I am still doing a lot of work out of town, spending months at a time living out of a suitcase, so it has to be a laptop / notebook computer. I want preinstalled Linux (or PC-BSD or DesktopBSD), preferably 64-bits, on a modern dual-core CPU and at least 4GB of RAM. Obviously, wireless networking has to work well, preferably 802.11a/b/g and draft n. It will be a few years before I buy another after this, so I am looking for something that will be useful for at least three or four years.

I also do not want to deal with Lenovo—ever again—and I dislike Dell’s truly abysmal service. If anyone has some suggestions for a supplier, please respond in the comments.

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