Thursday, August 21, 2008
I could use some computer advice, please
As you'll have read in earlier posts, I'm going to have to replace my desktop computer after the fire. I have a laptop, which is doing stand-in duty at present.
I'm in two minds as to what to buy. This isn't a technical issue: in a previous life I was a Systems Engineer with IBM, so I have a pretty good idea about the nuts and binary bolts that make up computer systems. The problem is one of form factor.
I've thought of replacing my desktop computer with a new laptop, at the higher end of such beasts, with a fast processor, decent disk capacity, etc. However, my past experience with laptops has been that they're simply not up to working 24/7, as my desktop computer frequently does. Laptops overheat, or exhibit other problems. I get the impression they're not designed to run more than a few hours without being shut down, and having time to cool off.
What do those of you running laptops under heavy load have to say? Are modern laptops at last at the point where they can truly take the place of a desktop? Or are they still a mobile solution, very good at what they do, but not optimum for day-long and night-long work?
I'll be interested to hear your responses. Thanks in advance for the feedback.