From: Ron Heiby (heiby_at_falkor.chi.il.us)
Date: Mon Apr 26 1999 - 23:03:19 EDT
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At 07:29 PM 4/25/99 -0700, you wrote:
>For the record, the 600's can have a 2nd HD in the Ultraslim Bay
I believe you. It would be nice if the IBM web site would include this in the
set of features they claim for the machine. If they did, some of us would have
a better chance of knowing about the system's true capabilities.
>They do. My 600 doesn't, but mine is one of the originals. The updated
>models that followed after those do indeed have the 2nd Batt. capability.
Too bad they don't include this info on the web site, either.
>As for the card modem...its not only not a big deal to pop it out and back
>in again, I generally fail to see what its needed. The classic battery
>need is because you're not near an AC outlet...which usually means you're
>not near a phone or ethernet jack either. Unless you're using
>cellular...why do you need to reset the card? And if you're using the
>card...why do you need to be on battery power?
I don't think I said that it was a "big deal". It's kinda like the top of the
line Ford Taurus I bought a few years back. It had a number of problems. None
of them were a "big deal". Was I ticked that the Ford dealer was unable, after
numerous chances to do so, were not able to fix the problems? You bet. I
bought a (nearly) top of the line ThinkPad. I have a problem with Suspend /
Resume. It is not a "big deal". Am I ticked about it? You bet.
I'm sitting in my office at work. My system is booted (a process that takes
about 3 minutes). It is plugged into wall AC power. My planner software beeps
at me and reminds me about a meeting. I hit Start | Suspend (because Fn-F4 or
closing the lid just Sleeps, not Suspends) and suspend the 770ED. I unplug it
>from the power and phone line. I go to my meeting. I open the lid and take
notes, look up things, etc. The meeting ends. I suspend again and visit a
couple other people in their offices. Eventually, I am back at my office. I
plug in and open the lid. The system resumes. Now, it's time to re-boot so I
can use my modem again.
What's wrong with this picture?
>My thought is when I'm on an airflight. If its 5 or 6 hours, its not a
>big deal for me to use one battery for 2.5 to 3, spend 60 seconds
>suspending, swapping, and awakening, then work for another 2.5 to 3 hours.
You left out the part about juggling the extra battery that doesn't fit into
the PC to start with, so you were not able to insert it while waiting for
boarding. So, you have to put the TP somewhere while you A) get the spare
battery out of the seat pocket in front of you; B) wrestle your briefcase out
>from under the seat in front of you or the overhead compartment to get the
spare battery; or C) get on your hands and knees to find the battery that fell
off your lap where you were keeping it so you would not have to do A or B.
>Most of us who have used lighter machines don't consider the differences
>in function to be anywhere *near* worth carrying the extra 2 lbs. & 1 inch.
Well, I don't really disagree that the differences between the STEALTH
features of the 600 and the published features of the 770 family are quite
similar. Of course, since the IBM web site doesn't mention anything about A)
putting a second battery in; B) putting a second HD in; C) HDs larger than 6.4
Gig.... Also, I'm pretty sure that DVD was not an option on the 600 family
when I bought my 770ED. So, would I rather have a high end April 99 TP600 than
a December 98 TP770ED? Maybe. Of course, I've had the use of that 770ED for an
extra five months.
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