Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd May 2006 16:03 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y CNet compares Acer's TravelMate 8200 to apple's MacBook Pro, and concludes the Acer wins; but only by a small margin. "The Acer pulled ahead with ample features and superior performance and battery life, then sealed the deal with its lower sticker price. If you're looking for the most connectivity and fastest performance for your dollar, the TravelMate 8200 is the laptop to buy. The MacBook Pro's strengths clearly lie in aesthetics, from its lightweight, eye-pleasing design to its graphics-friendly display to its elegant operating system. And Apple's superior software package could be said to offset the price differential between the MacBook Pro and the TravelMate 8200."
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RE[4]: OSX
by snowbender on Thu 4th May 2006 13:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: OSX"
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Ok, how about on a UK bought iBook you try to locate the # symbol?
Hmm.. I have an iBook with an international qwerty keyboard, I assumed that was UK/qwerty since it's definitely not US/interational qwerty, but since I do have '#' with Shift-3, I guess it's not UK/qwerty then. I wouldn't know about your keyboard though, but that's something you could check/ask before buying.

Or what about the much publicised 'rock solid' Unix underpinnings?
The rock solid Unix underpinnings have not much to do with your problem with xdvi IMHO. I know, X11 applications are just what I call "second-class citizens" on OSX. It's useful you can use them, but in general it's better to avoid them. I know since I ended up running a whole X11 desktop with fluxbox/xterm/emacs/gv, and then I just installed linux.

But there are applications available for using latex on OSX, for example iTeXMaC and TeXShop. Normally there's not need for dvi if you go straight to pdf. There is a native dvi viewer on OSX, but it's shareware MacDviX.

Anyways, I consider my sis a "non computer savvy" person, but she did use latex for her thesis because of the obvious advantages. However, I'm pretty sure she has no idea what "dvi" is.

Look at the iBook logic board issue and all the bad feeling that generated.
Well... I happen to have experienced this first-hand, with a G3 iBook, which I bought in Taiwan. I started having problems when it was already out of warranty. I didn't buy the extra warranty since I thought chances that it would break down were small, and that it would need to be pretty bad to cost as much as the warranty. Also, the extra warranty for an iBook is a lot compared to its price (back then in Taiwan it was, anyway). In any case, I brought it in in an Apple Center in Belgium and it was covered by their special logic board repair program. In the end, they had to send it to an Apple repair center in the Netherlands, but they sent it and repaired it for free and I could pick it up after two weeks. It's not fun to miss a laptop for 2 weeks. In fact, I imagine for a lot of people it's just intolerable. In any case, to make things short, I had to bring it back 3 times more. And then it broke down for the 5th time. That was getting too much, even though it was repaired for free all the time. So, this time I just called straight to Apple Customer service to tell them about the problem and that I really didn't see the point in having it repaired again because obviously it's gonna break down again. They transferred me to another person, who reviewed the repairs on my laptop, told me that was indeed not normal and then offered to send me the new G4 iBook instead. And a week later or so, I could drop off my old G3 iBook and pick up a new G4 in an Apple Center.
The logic board problem was very annoying for those who were affected by it. Definitely doesn't give a good impression for someone like me who gets this problem with the first Apple computer he bought. On the other hand, I can understand this kind of manufacturing problem can happen and in the end I'm happy in the way it was resolved. I doubt I'd get the same kind of service with a lot of other brands.
At least, I know a friend who has a (pretty high-end) Compaq laptop, which has been giving him problems from the beginning. The reason is probably that the laptop gets too hot and then locks up. It's rumored to get too hot by bad design (it contains one of the first AMD laptop cpus). He brought it in several times, but then gets it back with them saying that they can't find a problem with the laptop and that it doesn't lock up when they test it. In the end, my problem has been resolved, but this friend still can't do much with his laptop.

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