Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:52 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Something truly interesting is currently happening in the PC space. Ask any random internet commenter how the PC market is doing, and I'm pretty sure you're going to get something along the lines of 'everybody but Apple is failing'. Turns out this isn't the case - Lenovo has just become the world's largest PC and laptop vendor, after three years of steady growth in sales and profits. "During the second fiscal quarter, Lenovo's worldwide PC shipments grew 10.3 percent, in a difficult market that was down eight percent year-over-year, the 14th quarter in a row that the company has grown faster than the PC industry as a whole. In this challenging environment, Lenovo achieved its highest-ever worldwide market share of 15.6 percent, gaining share points in every geography, every product category in which it competes, and in every respective customer segment." Very impressive.
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RE[2]: Keeping true
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 9th Nov 2012 02:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Keeping true"
StephenBeDoper
Member since:
2005-07-06

I have nothing but love for both my Lenovo ThinkCentre workstation at the part time job, and my fiancée's IdeaPad laptop. The design and "fit and finish" are top-notch, and they are competitively priced.


Yeah, Lenovo's business class gear* is great - or, depending on how you look at it, they haven't managed to screw up the already-great designs they bought from IBM. I've been using a Thinkcentre as my desktop PC (one of the "pizza box" models) for about 2 years now, and I'm genuinely surprised that there isn't the same kind of geek-reverence for them that there is for Thinkpads.

They're fairly small, very quiet, relatively expandable (most have at least 1 PCI slot, many also have a PCIe slot), incredibly easy to service (replacing the PSU is about the only thing that needs a screwdriver), and built like damn tanks. In many ways, the pizza box Thinkcentres remmind of the old Sparc 20 - not just because of the similar form factor, but because there was obviously significant effort put into making maintenance work as simple as possible.

It's funny, my workstation has unintentionally turned into a shrine to things that IBM used to make: Unicomp Model M clone connected to a Thinkcentre, which has a Thinkpad sitting on top of it.

*I've been decidedly-unimpressed with everything I've used from Lenovo that didn't have "Think" prefixed to its name. Same cheap crap you get from Dell, HP, Acer, et al.

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RE[3]: Keeping true
by zima on Sat 10th Nov 2012 02:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Keeping true"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It's funny, my workstation has unintentionally turned into a shrine to things that IBM used to make: Unicomp Model M clone connected to a Thinkcentre, which has a Thinkpad sitting on top of it.
*I've been decidedly-unimpressed with everything I've used from Lenovo that didn't have "Think" prefixed to its name. Same cheap crap you get from Dell, HP, Acer, et al.

I propose you run on that shrine the Hercules emulator, in the background, ~idling; though serving some files or smth would be even better ;) )

(hm, and over here consumer Lenovo laptops seem one of the nicer ones, with great value; they are really what's responsible for most of the growth)

PS. Oh my, and it took me whole 5 minutes to realise I forgot about OS/2. ;p
Too bad IBM Simon is non-functional in present mobile networks...

Edited 2012-11-10 02:42 UTC

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RE[3]: Keeping true
by lucas_maximus on Sat 10th Nov 2012 17:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Keeping true"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

To be fair, Dell's Latitude range has always been pretty solid.

But their consumer stuff has always been shit.

Edited 2012-11-10 17:14 UTC

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RE[4]: Keeping true
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 11th Nov 2012 18:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Keeping true"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

To be fair, Dell's Latitude range has always been pretty solid.

But their consumer stuff has always been shit.


I was just talking about the consumer-class machines (I should have been clearer about that), I haven't really dealt with their business-class stuff. Their consumer-class desktops are some of my least-favourite machines to do service work on - things that should be simple always turn into a puzzle (like figuring out how to take the case off, or remove a drive).

They do make nice servers though, at least the 2 or 3 models that I've worked on.

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